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Things to Do in Monterey

Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Monterey and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Monterey activities? We have 28 tour ideas.


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Adrenaline & Extreme

Monterey Laguna Seca One Day Formula Car Racing Program

Monterey, USA
Duration: 1 day
Priced From: USD 2295.00


Learn to drive a professional open wheel racecar at the iconic Laguna Seca Raceway in beautiful Monterey, CA from former Formula One World Championship driver Allen Berg. Drive a real formula racecar with a carbon fiber chassis for improved safety and handling and learn what it takes to handle... Read More

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Adrenaline & Extreme

Monterey Laguna Seca Two Day Formula Car Racing Program

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 days
Priced From: USD 4595.00


Learn to drive a professional open wheel racecar at iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in beautiful Monterey, CA from former Formula One World Championship driver Allen Berg. Drive a real formula racecar with a carbon fiber chassis for improved safety and handling and learn what it... Read More

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Adrenaline & Extreme

Monterey Laguna Seca Three Day Formula Car Racing Program

Monterey, USA
Duration: 3 days
Priced From: USD 6595.00


Learn to drive a professional open wheel racecar at iconic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in beautiful Monterey, CA from former Formula One World Championship driver Allen Berg. Drive a real formula racecar with a carbon fiber chassis for improved safety and handling and learn what it takes to... Read More

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Attraction Tickets

Monterey Bay Aquarium Admission

Monterey, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 49.95


Dive into an underwater world of mystery, beauty and awe at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, perched on the edge of the stunning California coastline. With your all-day admission ticket, you`ll come face-to-face with ocean animals from sharks and rays to penguins and jellyfish. Watch our giant Pacific octopuses creep, crawl and glide, or enjoy the sea otters as they romp, tumble and wrestle. You`ll see... Read More

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Bike Tours in Monterey

Monterey Self-guided Bike Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 24 hours (starts at 10:00)
Priced From: USD 36.00


Come enjoy the fun and ride a bike to discover the amazing history and beauty of Monterey Bay!

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Day Cruises

Monterey Bay Sunset Sailing Cruise With Complimentary Wine

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 75.00


Sail alongside sea otters, sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins while you watch a gorgeous sunset during this popular 2-hour cruise on Monterey Bay. Experience a romantic sunset sail with your sweetheart and observe Monterey's world-renowned marine life while you're... Read More

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Monterey 4-Hour Whale Watching Experience

Monterey, USA
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 48.00


Embark on a 4-hour whale watching tour. All trips are narrated by a naturalist or marine biologist guide, who will also spend one on one time with guests while on deck. Professional photographers are often sent to capture the spectacular sights seen from on board and are available to offer tips for your own photography.

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Food Tours

Carmel Small-Group Food and Wine Walking Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 79.00


Discover the charming coastal town of Carmel and savor a series of tantalizing food and wine tastings on this 3-hour guided walking tour. Your passionate guide will share stories about the history, culture and architecture of Carmel as you stroll to popular local restaurants and gourmet food shops to sample intriguing cheeses, delectable chocolates, artisanal pizzas and a variety of wines. Ideal for both tourists and Carmel... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

Monterey and Santa Lucia Helicopter and Wrath Winery Tour from Watsonville

Monterey, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 410.00


Soar above the Central Coast wine region and land at Wrath Winery during this 2-hour helicopter and wine tour from Watsonville. In between two 15-minute flights, you'll explore the vineyards and barrel room at Wrath, where you're greeted on arrival by vintners who produce many varietals, some with... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

Monterey and Big Sur Helicopter Tour from Watsonville

Monterey, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 375.00


On this narrated Big Sur helicopter tour, you'll be taken out over Monterey Bay and along the shoreline of coastal California. This popular 1-hour helicopter flight departs from Watsonville Airport and provides aerial views of Moss Landing, Elk Horn Slough, Monterey, Carmel, and... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

Monterey Bay Big Sur Helicopter Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 475.00


This aerial tour takes you sightseeing by helicopter from Monterey, with expert narration by the pilot as you fly. On this 60-minute grand tour along the Central California coastline all the way to Big Sur and back. Cast your gaze over the Pacific Ocean, and keep an eye out for migrating whales and other marine life.

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Helicopter Tours

Monterey Bay Peninsula Helicopter Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 345.00


This aerial tour takes you sightseeing by helicopter from Monterey, with expert narration by the pilot as you fly. On this 30-minute flight around Monterey Bay, tour along the Central California coastline. Your pilot will narrate your trip and take you to the best spots around the bay as you snap pictures and get inspired by the view. See Point Lobos, the Monterey Bay, Pebble beach and all the other stunning locations around... Read More

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Helicopter Tours

Airplane Tour over Monterey Bay from Watsonville

Monterey, USA
Duration: 40 minutes
Priced From: USD 99.00


This 40-minute airplane tour takes you out and around the Monterey Bay on an adventure you will never forget! Climb aboard one of our comfortable 4 seat (3 passenger) airplanes while we cruise over wonderful marine environments, whales, sharks, seals and more.

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Helicopter Tours

Monterey Helicopter Experience Including Wrath Winery Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 830.00


Soar above the Central Coast wine region and land at Wrath Winery during this 3-hour helicopter and wine tour from Monterey. In between two 15-minute flights, you'll explore the vineyards and barrel room at Wrath, where you're greeted on arrival by vintners who produce many varietals, some with... Read More

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Private Day Trips

Two Hour Private Sailing Cruise

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 349.00


Have the boat and captain to yourself to share the wonders of sailing with your group. Bay Cruises sail from 10:45 AM until our Sunset Cruises Depart. (Please call for availability). Two Hour Private Cruises depart from Old Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, CA.<br /><br />Sail beautiful Monterey Bay on our Two Hour Private Sailing Cruise Daily always available. Open 365 Days a year (weather permitting) allowing you... Read More

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Private Day Trips

Private Two Hour Sunset Appetizer Cruise

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 599.00


Our most-popular and romantic cruise with hors d'oeuvres. The appetizer option includes two hors d'oeuvres beginning with brie cheese, sliced pear, red grapes and stone ground crackers, and spicy red pepper humus and whole wheat pita. Sail alongside otters, sea lions, porpoise, and dolphins while watching a gorgeous Monterey Bay sunset with your sweetheart.

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Private Day Trips

Motor Vessel Cruises for Private Large Parties

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 1750.00


Bring large parties and groups from 7-25 passengers aboard our power vessel fleet. See whales, dolphins and otters. Great for company events, large family get together's, bachelorette parties or wedding receptions. Private power boat cruises are available at 4:00 P.M.<br /><br />

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Sailing Cruise on Monterey Bay

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 249.00


Share the wonders of sailing with your family and friends on this 2-hour private sailing cruise on Monterey Bay. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may spot grey, blue, and humpback whales, who spout water and breach as they migrate with their calves. Sea otters, dolphins, and vocal sea lions also frolic through one of the most pristine areas in the Pacific. All sailors are offered a chance to take the helm and discover the grace... Read More

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Sailing Trips

Monterey Bay Sailing Cruise With Wine

Monterey, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 39.00


Bring your loved ones, small groups, and even your dog (we are pet friendly) to join us for a memorable 1-hour sailing cruise within the most bio-dense, and bio-diverse Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Enjoy Monterey Bay, one of North America's premier sailing destinations, with a complimentary glass of wine and other beverages. During your sail, expect to see a large variety of mammals and birds!

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Sailing Trips

Monterey Bay Sunset Appetizer Cruise

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 89.00


Our most-popular and romantic cruise with or without hors d'oeuvres. The appetizer option includes two hors d'oeuvres beginning with brie cheese, sliced pear, red grapes and stone ground crackers, and spicy red pepper humus and whole wheat pita. Sail alongside otters, sea lions, porpoise, and dolphins while watching a gorgeous Monterey Bay sunset with your sweetheart.

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Sailing Trips

Private Wedding Cruise on Monterey Bay

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 549.00


Enjoy a stunning Private Wedding Cruise on a beautiful sailboat on Monterey Bay.

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Sailing Trips

Two Hour Monterey Bay Sailing Family Cruises

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 89.00


Sail with your family and friends on the beautiful Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay is one of the largest marine sanctuaries in North America. The two Hour Cruise covers around 13 miles round trip with complementary wine for the adults over 21.

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

2-Hour Monterey and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 119.60


Fantastic ocean vistas at every turn. This is one of the best coast drives anywhere! Highlights include Monterey historical buildings, Fisherman's Wharf harbor views, Cannery Row, Lover's Point and many amazing view stops. Get up close with deer (providing they are out), sand dunes and cypress trees. Plus see Pacific Grove, including downtown and historic points of interest, butterflies permitting.

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

3-Hour Monterey, Cannery Row and Pacific Grove Sea Car Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 173.96


Explore Monterey Bay and the Central Coast in a GPS-guided Sea Car, cruising through town or along the Pacific on this 3-hour self-drive tour. Hop into your own 2-seater convertible that navigates itself and provides narration about landmarks along the way, including Monterey's historical buildings... Read More

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour

Monterey, USA
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 65.25


Explore Monterey Bay and the Central Coast in a GPS-guided Sea Car, cruising through town or along the Pacific on a 1-hour tour. Hop into your own 2-seater convertible that navigates itself and provides narration about landmarks along the way, including Monterey's historical buildings and beautiful ocean vistas.

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Sunset Cruises

Private Two Hour Sunset Cruise

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 549.00


Our most-popular and romantic cruise. Sail alongside otters, sea lions, porpoise, and dolphins while watching a gorgeous Monterey Bay sunset with your sweetheart/family and friends. Open 365 Days a year (weather permitting) allowing you to set sail any day of the year. Come enjoy the beautiful coastline, Monterey sanctuary and wild life. It is very common to see otters, dolphins and sea lions on all sailing adventures.

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Walking Tours

Monterey Original Walking Tours

Monterey, USA
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 25.00


The Original Monterey Walking Tours takes you away from the crowds to discover Historic Monterey and Cannery Row up close and on foot. Walk your personal Path of History and visit sites made famous by John Steinbeck. These tours are informative, entertaining, highly rated and fun for all ages.

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Monterey Tasting Priority Pass

Monterey, USA
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 49.99


Receive one year's worth of access to exclusive savings and elevated wine-tasting experiences at more than 200 wineries in California. You receive an assortment of unlimited complimentary wine tastings, 2-for-1 tastings, and meet-the-winemaker experiences in Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey, Santa Barbara, Malibu, San Diego, and more. In addition, take advantage of discounted rates on wine... Read More

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