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Old Fisherman's Wharf

Monterey, CA
831-649-6544
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2-Day Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach Tour from...
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Ranked #20 of 60 Activities in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Neighborhoods, Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks, Adventure
Activities: Shopping
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Owner description: Gift shops and stores fill this part of town.
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Sarnia, Canada
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149 reviews 149 reviews
93 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We were at the Monterey Fishermen's Wharf about 20 years ago and were quite fascinated and impressed at this popular tourist attraction. We had great seafood dinner at one of the restaurants by the wharf. However, when we came back for a visit in August this year, we were disappointed at how commercial this once great tourist attraction has become.... More

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Corvallis, Oregon, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I thought it would be something like the one in SF, but it quite disappoints me. Too many restaurants and not many interesting to see. However, I was pretty excited to see the sea lions and hear their roar. Another thing, I think it is more beautiful and romantic in the evening.

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Monterey, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Yes, it has great Italian Seafood restaurants, wonderful bay views & lots of interesting sea life, but my favorite thing about it is the "People watching" because you can see people from all over the world here & listen to them speaking different languages. I take a leisurely walk on the wharf about once a week, lunch at Cafe Fina,... More

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santa rosa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
55 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

at least once. I would say the Monterey wharf deserves a one time walk through. you get views of the boats and the seals and can stop by a shop or two...but quite honestly, there is nothing on the wharf that warrants a second visit. (unless you like candy...plenty of candy shops!!)

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Tampa, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Fisherman's Wharf is a popular tourist spot with many restaurants. When you arrive you will hear the seals barking and it's fun to wander around so see them lounging under the boardwalk. There are multiple places to catch a boat for Whale watching and a large observation deck above the restaurant at the end of the Wharf (it's free to... More

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Pasadena, TX
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to the restaurants here. There is always something happening and you can grab a bread bowl of chowder at a number of places, all of them good.

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McDonough, Georgia
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167 reviews 167 reviews
42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We stayed overnight in Pacific Grove and passed thru this area the night before on our way to the hotel. We thought it looked interesting enough to double-back the next morning before proceeding to Big Sur area. I am glad we stopped because we do like marinas, wharfs, piers and the like. There was lots of activity that morning but... More

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California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It was cute not a whole lot to do but my 6 year old just loves watching the ocean so he was satisfied. We walked around for a bit and tried all the clam chowder samples they were handing out. Yum. Seemed like a lot of shops were going out of business. The wharf may need a little revamping to... More

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Ann Arbor
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55 reviews 55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Take half a day and go see the seals while you have a drink in an ocean front restaurant. We tried to book whale watching but it was the day after the holiday and the operators did not seem interested in doing their afternoon itinerary.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

The wharf is bustling night and day. Plenty of shops and restaurants. Viewing areas to see the local seals, noisy they are too! A great place to walk around and enjoy the sights and smells.

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