Places to visit in Monterey

Top Things to Do in Monterey, CA

Places to Visit in Monterey


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Top Attractions in Monterey

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What travellers are saying

  • David C
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited just after spring break, so not too busy.
    Buy tickets before you go, to avoid having to stand outside and to scan a QR code to create an a account and hand over all your personal info to buy tickets. (No family tickets.) $165 for 2 adults & child. Not able to just pay at the door.
    DON'T BUY FOOD or REFRESHMENTS. £££.
    Eat before you go in.
    Take and empty water container which you can refill inside. Some attractions were far to small. (I'm glad I'm not a puffin)
    Had a "good time"
    Would I visit again. No.
    Written 9 April 2024
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  • Manish Khanna
    Mumbai, India338 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a vital part of our amazing drive from Mountain View to LA. We made sure we take Route 1 as much as possible and this section was fabulous.
    Stunning views, beaches, scenery. So much to take it, so little time.
    We were zipping through too fast. Need to come back and spend more time to take in nature and everything around.
    Recommended to ANY ONE and everyone!!
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • Kevin S
    Cincinnati, OH32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great local park. It has a variety of equipment for various ages. Our daughter enjoyed it more at 7 than 10 but still a good time.
    Written 31 March 2024
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA1,93,884 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to Monterey Bay area again on a lovely sunny day in February, Many locals were out. We enjoyed seeing different areas and for sunset, we parked by Asilomar State Beach and enjoyed the views. Its a gorgeous ocean area in California.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • Joske
    Oosterhout, The Netherlands438 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We didn’t bike the trial but walked half of the trail. Really great to do. Beautiful coast and we even saw seals! Will give you some beautiful pictures!
    Written 19 November 2023
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  • BigMisterJones
    Ratley140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The pier is the focal point of all things tourist in Monterey. Boat tours and eateries make up the majority of what's here and so there's a bit of a buzz about the place. It's quite a nice place to be. Will be the first place I come back to in Monterey if only to have a wander up and back down.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Waddler
    York, UK10,780 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a touristy area but retains some authenticity in its buildings and is an attractive street.

    Loved the Fish Hopper restaurant and we enjoyed Treasure Ride. Of course the aquarium is the big attraction but you might spot sea life anyway, look out for sea otters and sea lions wherever you get an outlook over the bay.
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • laurahM6799OT
    Cedar Rapids, IA18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The staff was so helpful and the atmosphere and surroundings were so wonderful! They talked us through what we were tasting and made sure we were relaxed and enjoyed ourselves. It’s a MUST TRY!
    Written 5 August 2023
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  • Nalah918
    Los Angeles, CA13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice quiet park with lots of easy trails, there were no envelopes provided to pay for entrance, there was a post with a slot where people were dropping cash/donations.
    The park was recently reopened on August not sure why it was closed but I think because all the rain we had a few months ago….
    A few benches along some trails where you take a break if needed with lots of shade. There are tables for a picnic, bathrooms are clean, plenty of parking.
    Overall great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Monterey.
    Written 10 September 2023
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  • Wendy B
    Monterey County, CA38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Monterey Museum of Art is a delightful destination in Downtown Monterey! During our recent visit, we were very impressed by the exceptional quality and variety of the exhibits. The interior of the building is not only appealing but also provides a beautiful backdrop to showcase the artwork. The staff's expertise and warmth left a lasting impression, making us feel exceptionally welcome. Having explored numerous museums around the world, I feel that the well-trained staff at the Monterey Museum of Art created an unparalleled sense of comfort and friendliness. They not only answered our questions but also offered insightful background information. A visit to the Monterey Museum of Art is highly recommended!
    Written 13 January 2024
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  • frequent1
    Groveland, CA1,495 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place has a phenomenal view and the houses are structured away from wind. They had plenty of heaters outside and the service, food and ambiance were excellent. Everything went off without a hitch. Highly recommmended
    Written 16 April 2023
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  • plok319928
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting history on the birth of the state of CA. Very nice historical collection.
    Very knowledgable personnel.
    Written 15 October 2023
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