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Monterey Recreational Activities

Monterey, California Hotels and Resorts

Experience Monterey…

With its wealth of beaches, parks, open spaces and the great Pacific Ocean, Monterey has a plethora of indoor and outdoor recreational activities for you to enjoy. Whether it's a day hike through the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, biking down the Wilder Ranch State Park single track or riding the Big Dipper rollercoaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Monterey is a recreational paradise. And after the fun and games are over, take a breather and enjoy one of its fine restaurants or pick out that perfect gift at one of the unique boutiques along the world famous Cannery Row.

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Attractions

Beaches

Biking

 

|| Guided Tours       || Rentals       || Trails

Guided Bicycle Tours


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

 

Bicycle Trails

 

See Also State Parks and Beaches…
 
 
 

Bird Watching

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.

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

Organizations and Articles of Interest:

||   Protecting the Snowy Plover – New Rules and Regulations

||   Sequoia Audubon Society – Environmental Education and Conservation
 
 
 

Bowling

 

Monterey Lanes

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

Valley Center Bowl

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

 
 
 
 

Camping

Childrens Day & Summer Camps

Eco-Tourism

Family Favorites

Day Spas


 
 
 

Fitness Centers


 
 
 

Fishing

Gardens/Ag-Tours

Golf Courses

Hiking

Monterey is home to a number of wonderful areas that are perfect for hiking and nature walks.  

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 and Open Spaces

Monterey County Parks Descriptions and locations of county parks.

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

 
 
 

Horse Back Riding

Monterey Bay Equestrian Center — Beach rides

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

 

The Holman Ranch

60 Holman Rd, Carmel Valley, CA 93924  (831) 659-2640

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
Offers horseback rides along the beach on Monterey Bay for riders of all abilities. Also offers carriage rides, lessons, pony rides, and day camps.

Pebble Beach Trail Rides

3300 Portola Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953   (831) 622-5985
Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

 

 
 
 

Kayaking

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 >>

 

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

Kayak Connection

413 Lake Ave., Santa Cruz  (831) 479-1121
2370 Hwy 1, Moss Landing  (831) 724-5692

Monterey Bay Kayaks

693 Del Monte Ave., Monterey  (800) 649-5357

 

 

 

 
 

Music Venues 

Parks, Open Spaces, and Preserves 

Rock/Wall Climbing

 

Sanctuary Rock Gym

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

 
 
 

Sailing Schools

 

Carerra Sailing

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

Monterey Bay Sailing & Diving

78 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey, CA 93940   (831) 372-7245
 
 

 

Scenic Boat Tours/Rentals

 

 

Carerra Sailing

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

Monterey Bay Sailing & Diving

78 Fishermans Wharf #1, Monterey, CA 93940   (831) 372-7245

 

 
 

Skydiving

Skydive Monterey Bay

721 Neeson Rd #1, Marina, CA 93933   (888) 229-5867
Training, events, location and facilities.

 

 
 

SCUBA Diving

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

 

 
 
 
 

Surfing

Theater – Live 

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!

 

Looking for a major theme park with really cool rides? Click here to expand your search.
 
 
 

Tours - Guided

Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tour

(831) 633-5555
Redwood Adventures
P.O. Box 1191, Boulder Creek  (831) 338-1191

 
 

Walking

Also see biking and hiking links

 

Go to Parks & Beaches Page…
  
   

 

Whale-Watching Tours

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

From Dec-May, thousands of gray whales swim north along the California coast on their way to summer feeding grounds. Oceanic Society and others offer boat tours to view these majestic creatures up close..

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

 

Princess Monterey Whale Watching

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

 

 

 

 

  
  
  

Wind Surfing

 

 

Wine Tasting

What's on Tap
This Fall

Events

Monterey Festivals & Events:

Whale Watching – Dec. through May  

    

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Santa Cruz.
  
  

Attractions

Top Fall Attractions:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Aquarium is your window to marine life in the Monterey Bay!

Cannery Row

Historic Cannery Row is great destination for hotels, shopping, dining, and, oh, yes, the Aquarium!

Monterey Fishing

Fall is fishing and crabbing season!

Kayaking and SCUBA Diving

The rocky bottom around Monterey make it perfect for ocean adventures!  

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May

Golfing

Pebble Beach…need I say more

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.
  
  

 

Advisories

Monterey's Fall Advisories:
  

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially on Highway 1 between Seaside and Monterey. Also, 68 between Highway 1 and 101 can be extremely slow. It's a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions. 

Yes, it's still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.