Attractions in Monterey, California

Attractions in Monterey, California
A visit to Monterey, Calif., is the perfect weekend getaway for the water enthusiast. Opportunities for sailing, whale watching and surfing abound in this city just south of Santa Cruz. The temperate climate in Monterey affords the ability to enjoy the great outdoors all year-round. In addition to its beautiful coastline, the city is also home to a number of attractions that can be enjoyed by residents and travelers alike.

Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf, situated on Monterey Harbor, has a history dating back to the 1600s when it was named by a Spanish mariner and used as a place to unload goods from abroad. Today it is a collection of restaurants, shopping and other recreation. After enjoying a seafood lunch or cup of cappuccino on the wharf, visitors can take off on a whale watching cruise or sailing excursion. Fisherman's Wharf is also home to theater and face painting groups, and many shops selling mementos, jewelry and T-shirts.

Fisherman's Wharf
42 Fishermans Wharf
Monterey, CA 93940
831-372-6688
montereywharf.com

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is open daily to exhibit a variety of creatures from birds to reptiles. In addition to walking through the exhibits, visitors can take in a number of short presentations. Presentations include animal feedings and training sessions, as well as 15-minute films. Adventure programs are available, including tours that take guests behind the scenes of the aquarium and sleepovers for the entire family. For the visitors who want a really hands-on experience, a sailing adventure will afford them a day on Monterey Bay working alongside a marine scientist. Adventure programs have various age restrictions.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
831-648-4800
montereybayaquarium.org

Ventana Vineyards

Owned by a small group of local growers, the Ventana Vineyards were first planted in 1974. The vineyard welcomes residents and travelers alike to enjoy a visit to its tasting room, where they can not only sample a number of wines but also learn about the history and research of the vineyard. The tasting room is located within the historical Old Stonehouse building and is outfitted with a handcrafted table and Parisian tapestries. If guests want to enjoy fresh air, they can go just outdoors to the patio, which features an open fireplace and bench seating; Ventana encourages guests to bring picnic lunches. The vineyard allows private tastings in addition to hosting several events throughout the year.

Ventana Vineyards
2999 Monterey-Salinas Highway
Monterey, CA 93940
831-372-7415
ventanawines.com

Article Written By Lara Webster

Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.

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