First of all let me tell you that I have had visitors gasp out loud at the ocean view here in Monterey. So number one on our list is to take in the ocean view over on this part of the peninsula, find some hidden paths and you won't be disappointed. Don't forget to look for sea life. I see something every time I go. Monterey is known for its Sea Otters.
Cannery Row has some of the best ambiance for shopping on the coast. The little trinket shops are the best place to get souvenirs. And You have to get a picture with larger than life sea otter at Sea Otter Shirts. Monterey Is known for their adorable sea otters that you can often see out in the bay.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
You can't go to Cannery Row and not visit the Aquarium. It is one of the largest aquarium in North America. And rumor has it that it was the visual inspiration for the Disney Pixar Movie "Finding Dory." Don't take my word for it though; come visit and see for yourself!
John Steinbeck Square & Monterey Canning Company Shops
Monterey's Cannery Row was made famous by John Steinbeck's book Cannery Row. Also, during WWII It became known as the "Sardine Capital of the World". All the shops are now in what were old canning factories. Because of this, there are street bridges that intertwine all the shops throughout Cannery Row and that gives so much character to everything! John Steinbeck Square is a hub where restaurants and shops come together. Also, the Monterey Canning Company Shops are one of the only places with a public Restroom.
The Candy Shops
There are an unusual amount of candy stores throughout Cannery Row, and most of them sell the most amazing salt water taffy. If your going with kids just know that they are around almost every corner.
Try on Forrest Gump's Shoes
Wether you eat at Bubba Gump's or not you should stop by to get a picture sitting on the bench looking just like Forrest himself.
McAbee Beach is the smallest stretch of beach in all of Monterey, and its entrance is right on Cannery Row.
The Green and Red Trolleys
GREEN: Monterey Trolly rides are FREE on the weekends, They run daily Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Its the best way to beat the crowds; it travels through Downtown Monterey, The Wharf, Cannery Row, and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
RED: The Wine Trolley gives Tours of Monterey, including a Ghost Tour of Old Monterey!
San Carlos Beach
A little ways off of Cannery Row is San Carlos Beach, The cutest strip of beach surrounded by hotels, the Coast Guard Dock and a huge lot of grass to run around on. We love to come here and most often find scuba divers gearing up to go out in the bay.
Adventures By The Sea
Here you can rent bikes, four person bikes, paddle boards, kayaks and more to take on the rec trail or out onto the bay. They have awesome workers there to help you out with anything you need.
Ghirardelli is the best place to buy chocolate and ice cream sundaes. You can sit inside, out on their front court patio, or on their back balcony looking out at the bay and McABEE Beach
Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum
These animatronic figures give you a Monterey History lesson while you walk through this cute little Wax Museum. Located inside of the Monterey Canning Company shops.