We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Activities (118)
Nightlife (11)
Shopping (82)

Top things to do in Monterey Peninsula

Name
Ranked #1 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Hiking Trails; Outdoors

 Point Lobos State Reserve is a "must" when visiting the Carmel area.  A small fee will gain you entrance into the park.  The ranger will gladly hand out information and maps for... more »

Map | Visitor photos (888)
Ranked #2 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Trails; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (23)
Ranked #3 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (58)
Asilomar State Beach (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #4 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; State Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: The name of this State Beach means "a refuge by the sea," which describes the breathtaking views of forest, surf and sand on... more » Owner description: The name of this State Beach means "a refuge by the sea," which describes the breathtaking views of forest, surf and sand on more than 105 secluded acres of scenic forest and sand dunes. « less
Map | Visitor photos (78)
Ranked #5 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; Outdoors

 The Carmel City Beach and the Carmel River Beach are two of the most scenic beaches in this area.  The pristine white sandy beach at Carmel is a nice place for a picnic, to fly a... more »

Map | Visitor photos (221)
Monterey Bay (Monterey)
Ranked #6 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Visitor photos (181)
Book a Tour
$40* and up
Ranked #7 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
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
Map | Visitor photos (1803)
Carmel Village (Carmel)
Ranked #8 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Neighborhoods; Cultural
Map | Visitor photos (198)
Tor House (Carmel)
Ranked #9 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Cultural
The historic home of the poet Robinson Jeffers is open to the public for group tours.
Map | Visitor photos (42)
Ranked #10 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast.... more » Owner description: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the sanctuary encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 4,601 square nautical miles of ocean. The sanctuary contains our nation's largest kelp forests and one of North America's largest underwater canyons. Its diverse marine ecosystem also includes rugged rocky shores, wave-swept sandy beaches, and tranquil estuaries. The sanctuary is managed to balance recreational and commercial uses with protection of natural resources, water quality, habitats, and its bountiful resident and migratory marine life. Visitors will find in the southern half a mostly undeveloped shoreline of rocky shores and steep mountainsides. The northern shoreline is similar but is dotted with settlements of small towns and moderate-size cities. Visitors to Monterey Bay National Marine Sancuary can enjoy surfing, diving, snorkeling, tidepooling, and camping. Hiking, biking and touring by car are just a few ways visitors can view this stunning coastline. « less
Map | Visitor photos (15)
Ranked #11 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Map | Visitor photos (23)
Lovers Point Park (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #12 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Map | Visitor photos (47)
Ranked #13 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Designed by the creator of Dennis the Menace, this park has all sorts of unique attractions.
Map | Visitor photos (38)
Ranked #14 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Map | Visitor photos (40)
Book a Tour
$200* and up
Ranked #15 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks
Map | Visitor photos (155)
Waterfront (Monterey)
Ranked #16 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
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.
Visitor photos (10)
Lovers Point (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #17 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Outdoors

 Lover’s Point is a very nice way to spend some time while in the Pacific Grove area.  The grassy park with beautiful views of the coastline is often a place where you will see... more »

Map | Visitor photos (58)
Book a Tour
$36* and up
Ranked #18 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Architectural Buildings; Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Missions; Cultural
Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura.... more » Owner description: Established in 1771, this Spanish mission is one of the most beautiful in the state and worth a visit for its serene aura. The mission includes a working church, gardens and interior exhibits. « less
Map | Visitor photos (129)
Mission Basilica (Monterey)
Ranked #19 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Cultural
Map | Visitor photos (33)
17-Mile Drive (Monterey)
Ranked #20 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
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 »

Map | Visitor photos (1105)
Garrapata Beach (Monterey)
Ranked #21 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Beaches; State Parks; Outdoors
This rocky beach is typical of the beautiful scenery along the Big Sur coastline.
Visitor photos (25)
Ranked #22 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
This park lacks the expected amenities but compensates with its spectacular setting.
Map | Visitor photos (32)
Point Pinos Lighthouse (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #23 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
One of the oldest operating lighthouses on the West Coast.
Map | Visitor photos (54)
Ranked #24 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Natural History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife,... more » Owner description: The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world. Its mission is to inspire discover, wonder, and stewardship of our natural world. This Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm. « less
Map | Visitor photos (31)
Ranked #25 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: State Parks; Outdoors
A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.
Map | Visitor photos (32)
Ranked #26 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Museums; Performances; Cultural
Map
Ranked #27 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Owner description: PacRep at the Forest Theatre - annual family musical (Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, etc.), and traditional... more » Owner description: PacRep at the Forest Theatre - annual family musical (Beauty & the Beast, Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, etc.), and traditional Shakespeare Festival under the stars at one of the oldest outdoor theatres on the west coast Historic theatre dating to 1910 and early stage used by the Carmel 'bohemians' that started the city's theatre movement. Shakespeare Festival includes repertory productions at PacRep's Golden Bough Playhouse and the Circle Theatre. « less
Map | Visitor photos (21)
Coast Guard Pier (Monterey)
Ranked #28 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Other; Outdoors
Map | Visitor photos (58)
Monarch Grove Sanctuary (Pacific Grove)
Ranked #29 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Museums
Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs... more » Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs and can answer questions about the butterflies and their migration, are only there from 12pm-3pm as available. It is highly recommended that you go to the Sanctuary when a docent is present. There is no charge to visit the Sanctuary, but donations are accepted.The Monarchs arrive in the Sanctuary towards the end of October, and leave around the beginning of March. The monarch population peaks the week after Thanksgiving. The monarch migration to Pacific Grove is so inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." The community has always welcomed the butterflies and sought their protection. Citizens of Pacific Grove voted to create an additional tax to create the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, led by dedicated volunteers.The volunteers at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary are from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The Museum, which is just about mile away from the Sanctuary, has a large exhibition on monarch butterflies containing videos and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. As both the Museum and Sanctuary are free, it's great to pair them together to get the most out of your experience to the monarch Sanctuary. « less
Map | Visitor photos (41)
Ranked #30 of 81 attractions in Monterey Peninsula
Owner description: Home to PacRep Theatre, the only professional theatre in Monterey County, housing two venues: Golden Bough Theatre, a... more » Owner description: Home to PacRep Theatre, the only professional theatre in Monterey County, housing two venues: Golden Bough Theatre, a 300-seat proscenium style for larger musicals, classical and contemporary performances - main lobby entrance on Monte Verde; The Circle Theatre, a 120-seat theatre-in-the-round - ideal for experimental works and other performances enhanced by an intimate setting, located in the lower, rear section of the Playhouse, with its own entrance on Casanova Street, between 8th and 9th. « less
Map | Visitor photos (8)