If you really want to go on a vacation that you will remember for the rest of your life, you need to find a place that is unique and gives you the opportunity to do a number of different things. Most likely, you will not go on vacation alone, so ideally you should find a place that is capable of meeting everyone’s individual interests. Vacations tend to go a lot better if everyone can do something that really interests them and gives families a chance to bond and maybe even learn something new.
If you are looking for a place where you can have fun and enjoy natural beauty at the same time, you might consider visiting Monterey. There are many things to do there, so if you’ve never been to Monterey before, it’s important to have something to guide you. That way, you will have an idea of what to expect when you get there. Here are 10 things you might want to do in Monterey, along with links to each activity.
1. Fisherman’s Wharf
There is no doubt that you have heard of Fisherman’s Wharf in the past. It was an active fish market until the 1960s. More recently, it is a place where you can stop and enjoy the natural beauty of the pier, go shopping and even have a bite to eat. If you are going to be in Monterey, this is a must for the whole family.
2. Monterey Bay Aquarium
Who doesn’t love the opportunity to attend one of the best-known aquariums in the country? Here, you can see all kinds of different ocean life and even take part in the action of some of them. There is sure to be something there that will intrigue you and if you’re looking to get out of the heat for a while, it’s a great way to enjoy your afternoon.
3. Cannery Row
This place is kind of like Fisherman’s Wharf, only it’s much older. In the past, there was only one cannery after another, hence its name. Today, it’s all about brightly colored buildings, shopping, and eating local food.
4. Playa del Monte
If you like to walk along the boardwalk or make your way through the dunes on the beach, this is a perfect activity. It also gives you a chance to enjoy the local wildlife and there are even places to stop and have a picnic.
5. Colton Hall Museum
This historic building was built in 1847 as a government building. Today, it contains all kinds of exhibits that can teach you about the history of Monterey and its surroundings. Even if you’re not a history buff, it’s definitely worth checking out.
6. Lover’s Point Park
If you want a relaxing place to enjoy a more intimate picnic or are interested in renting a kayak and hitting the water, this is the perfect place to do both. It is also one of the most beautiful places in Monterey and it is not one that you will soon forget.
7. Pacific Biological Laboratories
If you have a knack for science, this is your alley. You can learn about many of the species that are native to the area, but at a much deeper level than you are likely to find anywhere else.
This is a more modern version of a museum. It still has many of the oldest maritime exhibits and tons of artifacts in the area, but combines that with constantly changing modern art exhibits. The intention is to pay tribute to the history of the area and still attract younger people who may not be as comfortable in a more traditional museum setting.
9. Monterey State Historic Park Office
If you are interested in old houses that have history in the area, this is where you can go to find out all about them. You may even get lucky and find some that are open to tourists.
10. Monterey Mirror Maze
If you are interested in doing something that is truly different, this is the place to go. As its name implies, it is a labyrinth full of mirrors. Your goal is to get through this extremely confusing maze in the shortest time possible without losing your sanity. It is ideal to spend a fun afternoon with family and friends and also serves to build trust among co-workers. Either way, you can’t lose.