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“Our diverse group of 4 all enjoyed it tremendously”

Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours
Ranked #14 of 42 Tours in Monterey
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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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

It’s true. The Path of History in Monterey is free and this is not. But you get what you pay for, and as others have pointed out in the reviews of the Path of History, there are just some things that a human guide can provide that a self-guided tour can’t give you.

But this is a review of the waterfront tour. To start, what you will *not* get on this tour is the kind of ‘guide’ we’ve all had at one time or another--you know, the kind that has given the spiel so many times that any interest in the subject matter and audience (if it ever existed) is long gone, and whatever minimal content there is gets delivered in a monotone. We’ve all taken one of those awful tours.

This is not that. This is the exact opposite of that. Tim is a fisheries historian and author who takes people on tours. That makes him a very special kind of tour guide--the expert kind--the kind you don’t run into all that often. But what really sets Tim apart from an average or even good guide is that he has both the expert’s depth of knowledge AND an engaging presentation. Tim not only tells us about the fisheries, the canneries, the life blood of the region at one time, but he brings the history and the people to life in a surprisingly personal way.

There is a lot of standing required on the (approx 2 hr) tour, and there are stairs, but there are also opportunities for sitting and resting and taking bathroom breaks.

Highly recommended.

2  Thank Arbeeone
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

My wife and I spent the afternoon walking in Cannery Row with Tim Thomas. He has a heart and passion for giving the history of this area. It was an engaging time and helped us get the big picture picture of the Monterey. The significance of the native Americans, Chinese, Japanese and Italian workers influence in the community. Tim is prepared and passionate in his presentation.

3  Thank TWB2006SSR
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Bought a Groupon for this tour. HIghly recommend this tour for locals and tourists. Exceeded my expectations and stimulates me to read more about the actual history of the area. Tim is extremely knowledgeable and organized. Have already recommended this tour to friends who live in the area.

2  Thank Debskalk
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

The walking tour was the highlight of our visit. It certainly exceeded our expectations. Tim is extremely well versed in the local history, & has an engaging presentation. This was a good buy, & we may well repeat it when back in Monterey.

1  Thank sbifano
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Reviewed June 18, 2013

My sister and I took this historical tour with Tim and it was excellent. We learned a lot in such a short amount of time. Even being a local, I had no idea about all of our history. The tour was also very interesting. We were captivated our entire time with Tim. This is definitely a tour you don't want to miss.

Thank ebbosse
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