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Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

Address: 750 Cannery Row, The Clement Hotel, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: 831-521-3304
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Ranked #1 of 77 Activities in Monterey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey Bay, beginning with the...
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Owner description: For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey Bay, beginning with the Rumsien Ohlone, the native people of Monterey. From abalone to rockfish, everything was fished and the Monterey Bay was a multi-cultural stew. This entertaining tour led by noted fisheries historian and author, Tim Thomas, will take you back in time to explore the history of the fisheries of Monterey Bay and the people who made it Monterey famous.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My wife and I enjoy learning about the history of the areas that we visit and vacation at, and so we were happy to learn about this historical tour given by Tim. We took the tour earlier today and it was perfect! Tim was born and raised in the Monterey area, and is a historian by trade, so he really... More 

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Northern New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This tour was the highlight of our time in Monterey. Without having done this tour first, walking around the main strip of Monterey would have been almost indistinguishable from the tourist districts of any other US city-- the Starbucks, the cheap souvenir shops, the Bubba Gump Shrimp chain, fudge, etc. After the tour we knew what buildings were original cannery... More 

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Clovis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is long overdue: I booked a tour through Groupon and took my son to Monterey. Although the policy says children must be 10 years old my son was 9 at the time. He did fine, though, albeit started fading at the end. I was stationed in Monterey in the late 1980's, and my family (great aunt & uncle) owned... More 

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Estes Park, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Personal enthusiastic fun walk through the history of Cannery Row. Tim is a native of the area and knows his subject! Learn the history of Cannery Row from a local. Insiders perspective with a personal light touch.

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Redwood City, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Perfect length, perfect timing, perfect guide. What a lovely way to get the "backstory" on the buildings and history of Monterey. I can't believe how much I learned in two short hours. Highly recommend!

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We were lucky enough to stumble across this tour online the day before we arrived in Monterey for our Anniversary trip. After reading reviews, we called Tim to book a reservation and had a fantastic time! This tour was super informative, complete with authentic photos, music, and other great props--a definite must if you find yourself in Cannery Row!

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We went on the walking tour of Cannery Row today with Tim Thomas. It was excellent! Just the right length, lots of information, pictures, and a terrific guide! we would definately recommend this tour to anyone interested in the history of Monterey and Cannery Row. We live in Santa Cruz yet we would bring guests on this tour anytime!

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Northern California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

It was a great tour. Rather than just looking at the bay and walking through the shops, this tour gives the buildings and area real meaning. Tim is a great guide. I totally agree with all of the other reviews. If you are going to visit an historical area, this is a wonderful way to understand it. Thanks, Tim.

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Tim Thomas grew up in Monterey and knows everything frontwards and backwards about the history of Cannery Row and all the little nooks and crannies that you would never think to stop and look at . My fiancé pointed out, she really enjoyed that he actually knew a lot of the historical figures in the old pictures he showed. Highly... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Tim Thomas is a very knowledgeable and engaging tour guide! He kept us riveted with his interesting stories, pictures and props. We enjoyed learning about the fisheries, cultures and individuals that created Cannery Row and the city of Monterey.

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