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Biking

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Bicycle Rentals

Adventures by the Sea

- 299 Cannery Row, Monterey (831) 372-1807
- 201 Alvarado Mall, Monterey (831) 372-1807
- Lover's Point Beach, Pacific Grove  (831) 372-1807

Bay Bikes Rentals  

640 Wave St, Monterey  (831) 646-9090 Bicycle Shop

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Bicycle Trails

See Also State Parks and Beaches...

 

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Birding >

Elkhorn Slough Foundation

Box 267, Moss Landing, CA 95039  (831) 728-5939

Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This ecological treasure at the center of the Monterey Bay coastline provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.

Docent-led tours of the Reserve are held every Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is also an early birding walk the first Saturday of every month at 8:30 a.m. More >>

Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society

The mission of the National Audubon Society and their local chapters is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity

For more bird watching information, please visit our bird refuges page

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Bowling

Monterey Lanes

2161 Fremont Street Monterey, CA 93940-5242  (831) 373-1553

Valley Center Bowl

1081 South Main Street, Salinas - (831) 422-9031

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Fishing

Chris' Fishing Trips

48 Old Fisherman's Wharf #1,  Monterey, CA  (831) 375-5951

Monterey Sport Fishing & Whale watching Cruises

96 Fisherman’s Wharf #1, Monterey, CA  (831) 372-2203

Randy's Fishing Trips, Inc.

66 Old Fisherman's Wharf #1, Monterey, CA  (831) 372-7440

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Hiking

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Along the Bay Front, Monterey.  The walk is perfect for skating, biking or walking along the water's edge.  The trail starts at Asilomar Beach in Pacific Grove and ends at Robert's Lake in Seaside.

State Parks & Beaches

 

Monterey County Parks Descriptions and locations of county parks.

 

Please visit our dedicated Hiking Page at by clicking here >>

 

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Horse Back Riding

The Holman Ranch

PO Box 149, Carmel Valley, CA (831) 659-6054

Molera Horseback Tours

Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur, CA (831) 625-5486

Monterey Bay Equestrian Center - Beach Rides

19805 Pesante Rd., Salinas, CA (831) 663-5712

Pebble Beach Trail Rides

Equestrian Center at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, CA (831) 624-2756

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Kayaking

A B Seas Kayaks

32 Cannery Row, Ste 5, Monterey, CA (831) 647-0191

Adventures by the Sea

- 299 Cannery Row, Monterey  (831) 372-1807

- 201 Alvarado Mall  (831) 372-1807 

- Lover's Point Beach, Pacific Grove  (831) 372-1807

Elkhorn Slough Foundation

Box 267, Moss Landing, CA 95039  (831) 728-5939

Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This ecological treasure at the center of the Monterey Bay coastline provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.

For the kayak lovers, the reserve is absolutely wonderful! Click here to read how to protect the reserve and where to launch and land your kayak >>

Kayak Connection  Elkhorn Slough

2370 Highway 1 Moss Landing, CA (831) 724-5692

Monterey Bay Kayaks

693 Del Monte Ave, Monterey, CA (831) 649-5357

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Rock/Wall Climbing>

Sanctuary Rock Gym

1855 East Avenue, Sand City, CA (831) 899-2595

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Roller Skating

Del Monte Gardens Skating Arena

2020 Del Monte Ave. Monterey CA 93940 (831) 375-3202

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Sailing Schools

Carerra Sailing

66 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA (831) 375-0648

Monterey Bay Sailing & Diving

32 Cannery Row, Suite C, Monterey, CA  (831) 372-7245

Scenic Bay Sailing School & Charters

Slip G-16 Monterey City Marina, Monterey, CA (831) 372-6603

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Scenic Boat Tours/Rentals

Carerra Sailing

66 Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA (831) 375-0648

Monterey Bay Sailing & Diving

78 Old Fishermans Wharf #1 , Monterey, CA  (831) 372-7245

Scenic Bay Sailing School & Charters

Slip G-16 Monterey City Marina, Monterey, CA (831) 372-6603

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>Skydiving

Skydive Monterey Bay

Training, events, location and facilities.

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SCUBA Diving

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Skateboarding

Monterey Skate Park

Located next to Lake El Estero behind Sollecito Ballpark

The Monterey Skate Park features fun and exciting elements that will challenge skateboarders and in-line skaters of all skills and abilities.

Marina Skate Park

304 Hillcrest Ave., Marina, CA

Salinas Skate Park

Los Cositas Dr., Salinas, CA 93962   (831) 758-7217

ABSOLUTE Skate Shop

250-I Reservation Road, Marina (831) 384-2276

68 Skate Shop

1173 Forest Ave. Pacific Grove (831) 648-3300

 

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Surfing

 

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Theme Parks

Gilroy Gardens

3050 Hecker Pass Rd Gilroy, CA 95020 (408) 840-7100

Explorer1.com Review -  Excellent family oriented theme park -- especially for families with younger children. The rides are pretty tame and there are lots of activities gear toward the little ones. 

Although the food at the park seems to be better than most theme parks, most families opt to bring their own snacks and drinks. It's healthier and a lot more cost effective.

Gilroy can be extremely hot in the summer, so make sure to take plenty of water and sun screen!

Paramount Great America

4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Train Rides

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Tours

Elkhorn Slough Safari

8022 Moss Landing Road Moss Landing, CA  (831) 633-5555

Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tours offer close views and photography of sea otters, harbor seals & more as part of a National Estuarine Reserve in Moss Landing, CA, in the Central Monterey Bay area.

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Walking

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Whale-Watching Tours

Whale Watching –  Central Coast Santa Cruz, Monterey, Half Moon Bay

Gray Whales – 20,000 Gray Whales pass by the Central Coast two times every year. During December through mid February, the whales migrate south from the arctic waters off the coast of Alaska to their winter birthing grounds off of the Baja Peninsula. Then from mid February through April, they return to the arctic waters to feed.  Peak viewing times are usually mid January and mid March.   More background on the Gray Whale >>

Humpback Whales – Spending the winter months off of the Mexican Coast to breed and give birth, the Humpback Whales migrate north to polar waters to feed during the summer months.  Humpback Whales are most common off the Central Coast from April through November.  More background on the Humpback >>

Chris' Fishing Trips

48 Fisherman's Wharf #1, Monterey, CA  (831) 375-5951

Monterey Bay Whale Watch

Fisherman's Wharf #1 Monterey, CA  (831) 375-4658

Monterey Bay Boat Charters

84 Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA 93940   (831) 372-0599

Monterey Whale Watching

96 Old Fisherman's Wharf #1 Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 372-2203

Monterey Whale Watching Cruises

96 Fisherman's Wharf #1 Monterey, CA (831) 372-2203

Randy's Fishing Trips

66 Fisherman's Wharf #1 Monterey, CA  (831) 372-7440

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Wind Surfing

GoinOff

A Web site that is dedicated to providing the best windsurfing and surfing links.

Windsurfing Paradise

AA Web site that is dedicated to providing the best windsurfing and surfing links

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