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What to do and Where to go

From the world-class Monterey Bay Aquarium, to the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, Monterey County offers an endless list of fun things to see and do, for both the first-time and the regular visitor.

History buffs will enjoy walking the Path of History looking for landmarks detailing Monterey's brief stint as the capital of California. Outdoorsy-types will enjoy tide pooling along the rocky shore, or hiking in one of our many nature preserves. If you entertain more romantic notions, book a special getaway, and indulge in one of our many pampering spas. And for those who want to "shop 'til they drop" there is something in every price range, from the upscale stores at the Lodge in Pebble Beach and on Carmel's Ocean Avenue, to the Outlets at the American Tin Cannery in Pacific Grove and dozens of local 'treasures' across the county.

If you will be traveling with the kids, make sure you check out our Family and Children link for a list of great activities geared toward the younger crowd.

With all of the many fun things to see and do in Monterey County, it's best to plan your itinerary in advance, so you don't miss any of the area's great attractions. But don't worry, if you can't fit it all in on your first trip, you have a great excuse to return time and again!

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A Fuzzy New Face in the Aquarium

There's a new face in the ever-popular Otter Tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium: it's Mae, a sweet young thing, rescued as a two-day-old pup, whose just had her first birthday. She arrives just in time to replace the late, much-lamented Roscoe, one of the Aquarium's earliest sea otter rescues and star of the tank for 15 years, and the golden-hued Hailey, who died in January at the ripe old age of 17.

Deservedly one of Monterey's most famous attractions (and most popular), the Monterey Bay Aquarium has exhibits to intrigue and educate everyone in the family. The newest 'don't miss' exhibition is Jellies: Living Art. Visit for more information.

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