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Skateboarding is not a crime!

And in Monterey, boarders have their own special park. Just under two years old, the skate park is located behind Dennis the Menace Park on the edge of Lake El Estero. Challenging ramps and steep rounded corners make this an excellent place to practice turns and jumps.

Please note: skateboards are not allowed on the waterfront recreation trail; however in-line skates are welcome. Helmets are strongly recommended!

Did you know?

The "Woodstock of Mountain Biking" takes place on the back country trails of Ft. Ord each year during the grueling 24 Hours of Adrenalin race. Participants can ride solo, or on 2, 4, 5, and 6-10 person teams. The event is usually held in early May.


Photo courtesy of Sea Otter Classic

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Bicycling in Paradise

If you want to get to know what the Monterey locals love, trade in your car for a bike. With miles upon miles of bike lanes, waterfront trails and off-road tracks, you can go exactly where you want to go, while getting some exercise at the same time! Hop on the popular Recreation Trail, stretching 18 miles from Castroville to Pacific Grove. Along the way, you can stop for a bite to eat at Fisherman's Wharf, or visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On weekdays, bicyclists can enter Del Monte Forest free of charge. Considered one of the top 100 places to ride a bike in America, a cruise along 17-Mile Drive takes you by dozens of glamorous mansions and manicured golf courses of Pebble Beach. (Note: 17-Mile Drive is closed to bicyclists on weekends.)

Garland Park in Carmel Valley, and Toro Park in Salinas, offer mountain bikers hundreds of off-road options for tearing it up. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also maintains miles of trails on the former Fort Ord Army Base, in and around Marina and Seaside. While it may not be as fast, getting around on two wheels is often easier than four. Whether you bring your own, or rent once you arrive, cruising around the county on two wheels offers a whole new perspective—plus, you'll enjoy your dessert all that much more!

What is a Surrey?

Surreys are four-wheeled, canopy-covered cycles which are perfect for friends and families who want to ride together. They are outfitted with a steering wheel and two sets of bicycle pedals, but you sit side-by-side in a surrey. Easy to handle, surreys are definitely the answer for families with small children who want to enjoy the waterfront area together. Two- and four-person surreys for use along the Recreation Trail can be rented at Adventures by the Sea and Bay Bikes on Cannery Row.

Bike Rentals & Shops  

A B Seas Kayaks
32 Cannery Row #5, Monterey

Adventures by the Sea
299 Cannery Row, Monterey
201 Alvarado Mall, Monterey
Lover's Point Beach, Pacific Grove

Bay Bikes Rentals
Wheel Fun Rentals
585 Cannery Row, Monterey
99 Pacific St., Monterey
831-655-BIKE (2453)

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