Attractions in Monterey

In the central part of Cannery Row, visitors find the exciting Monterey Bay Aquarium. Among the many-featured exhibits include a tank dedicated to life found in a kelp forest, marine life found on the bay and marine animals found in open and deep-sea waters. Individual tanks showcase the fascinating giant octopus and another features seahorses. Penguins and sea otter exhibits entertain guests during feeding and training times. The facility also offers diving and sleepover tours.

Attractions in Monterey, California, near Cannery Row include the Pinnacles National Monument. The location derives its name from the unusual monoliths, rock spires and sheer walled canyons consisting of ancient volcanic rock and millions of years of erosion. The monument also houses two separate caves. The site remains popular with cave explorers, climbing enthusiasts and photographers. Bat species and the California condor are some of the species of native wildlife claiming the territory as home.

For an interesting look at the local fishing industry, visitors journey to Wharf 2 on Fisherman's Wharf. Watch as the trawlers unload the day's catch while flocks of pesky seagulls continually try stealing an easy meal. Many restaurants and shops occupy the wharf, which ensure the freshest seafood meal possible. The wharf area is also a prime location for watching the calm harbor waters. The tranquil spot frequently attracts otters and sea lions that love playing in the harbor waters.

Down by the harbor, guests have the option of taking glass bottom boat rides. The peaceful waters also enable kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders the option of leisurely trolling through the water while catching a close up view of the otters and sea lions. Travel along the coastline near Cannery Row or venture into Stillwater Cove. Charter boats take visitors out onto the water for deep sea fishing adventures. Fish commonly caught in the bay area include albacore tuna, halibut and rock cod along with salmon.

Scuba diving is another sport that attracts over 50,000 visitors annually from various world destinations. Diving attractions in Monterey near Cannery Row include the Monterey Bay Sanctuary. The water temperatures here hover anywhere between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Underwater visibility extends to 30 feet. Teeming with native marine life, the underwater world here also features a kelp forest and an underwater canyon. The number of places considered safe for divers of all skill levels include the Bluefish and Whalers Coves, Lover's Point and Monterey State Beach. McAbee Beach and San Carlos Beach are also frequented dive spots.