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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike.... more » Owner description: Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. « less
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Ranked #3 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Designed by the creator of Dennis the Menace, this park has all sorts of unique attractions.
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Ranked #4 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Trails; Outdoors
A great 1.25-mile walk from Cannery Row to Lover's Point to soak up the sights and sounds of the sea.
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Ranked #5 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #6 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Beaches; State Parks; Outdoors
This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
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Ranked #7 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Scenic Drives; Outdoors

The 17 mile drive, CA , is a wonderful and scenicdrive with beautiful views. However, you should keep in mind that this is a toll road and you will have to pay a fee to drive on... more »

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Ranked #8 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.
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Ranked #9 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.
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Ranked #10 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Other; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #12 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
This large park has a diverse range of trails that run along the Big Sur River or out to the coast.
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Ranked #13 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Museums
Owner description: Cannery Row is the Central Coast’s premiere visitor destination. Home to some of the most luxurious hotels, world-class... more » Owner description: Cannery Row is the Central Coast’s premiere visitor destination. Home to some of the most luxurious hotels, world-class restaurants, boutiques & galleries, spas, premium wine tasting & exciting recreation Monterey has to offer, including the best nightlife. Walk everywhere. The breathtaking coastline of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is the backdrop for every Cannery Row experience. Parking is never a problem, and everything is within walking distance. « less
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Ranked #14 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, masterpieces of... more » Owner description: The Monterey Museum of Art has two locations. At MMA Pacific Street, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940, masterpieces of early California painting and photography including works by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston are showcased in this downtown landmark. Family-friendly with activities for children.At MMA La Mirada, 720 Via Mirada, Monterey, CA 93940, contemporary galleries of exhibitions of work by the greatest artists of the twentieth century and most exciting artists of today complement the old-world elegance and lavish rose gardens of the historic La Mirada estate. See the house where Hollywood celebrities where entertained in the silent film era and Richard Burton and Elizabeth stayed while filming The Sandpiper in the early 1960s. « less
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Ranked #15 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Art Galleries; Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #16 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this historic building is now a museum open for public... more » Owner description: Built in 1849 to serve as a public school and town meeting hall, this historic building is now a museum open for public touring. « less
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Ranked #17 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Built in 1860 by Whaling Captain Manuel Perry, this Victorian mansion is part of Monterey's "Path of History" walking tour.
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Ranked #18 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Trails; Tours; Cultural
Self-guided 2.7 mile walking tour around 46 historic buildings in downtown Monterey.
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Ranked #19 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: ; Children's Museums; Science Museums; Museums
Owner description: Now open at 425 Washington Street, located in Downtown Monterey, conveniently by the Monterey Sports Center and Dennis the... more » Owner description: Now open at 425 Washington Street, located in Downtown Monterey, conveniently by the Monterey Sports Center and Dennis the Menace Park, the Monterey County Youth Museum provides an environment unique to any other in Monterey County. This 8,500 square foot museum is packed with a variety of hands on exhibits, making each visit unique and exciting. It compliments any visit to the Monterey area or makes a good day into a great day for those who are fortunate to visit us on a regular basis. « less
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Ranked #20 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #21 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Step back into the life and times of the 19th century when visiting this historic home and gardens dating back to the 1800s.
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Ranked #22 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Military Museums; Museums
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Ranked #23 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: A landmark on Cannery Row, this is the spot where John Steinbeck's good buddy and biologist Ed "Doc" Ricketts prepped the... more » Owner description: A landmark on Cannery Row, this is the spot where John Steinbeck's good buddy and biologist Ed "Doc" Ricketts prepped the marine life he collected before shipping it to schools and medical facilities. « less
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Ranked #24 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #25 of 44 attractions in Monterey
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Ranked #26 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: History Museums; Museums
History museum showing what life was like in Old Monterey more than 150 years ago.
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Ranked #27 of 44 attractions in Monterey
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Ranked #28 of 44 attractions in Monterey
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Ranked #29 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Owner description: A gorgeous 1926 Movie Palace and Live Entertainment Venue in the heart of downtown Monterey. Beautifully restored to its... more » Owner description: A gorgeous 1926 Movie Palace and Live Entertainment Venue in the heart of downtown Monterey. Beautifully restored to its former glory with plush velvet seats, red carpet, fine murals and home to the peninusula's Mighty Wurlitzer! First class acts from Willie Nelson to BB King had graced the stage. Also the only place to see classic films such as Casablanca and Wizard of Oz sing-a-long! « less
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Ranked #30 of 44 attractions in Monterey
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Cultural
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