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Monterey County Attractions:

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A Taste of Monterey
Cannery Row
Carmel Mission
Dennis the Menace Playground
Earthbound Farm
Edgewater Family Fun Center
Elkhorn Slough
The Farm
Fisherman's Wharf
Maritime Museum
Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca








A Taste of Monterey Wine Tasting Centers

700 Cannery Row, Monterey
127 Main Street, Salinas
831-646-5446
www.tastemonterey.com

Come taste the wines of more than 35 local wineries, in two comfortable and convenient locations. Both feature winery maps and information, gifts and souvenirs with a Monterey or Wine Country theme, and of course, fine Monterey County wines ? for tasting and purchase. The Monterey location (open daily 11am-6pm) has a stunning view over the Bay; the Salinas center (open daily 11am-5pm) is opposite the National Steinbeck Center.

 

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Cannery Row

Monterey
www.canneryrow.com

This historic waterfront district was once the heart of a thriving sardine-packing industry, a time immortalized in John Steinbeck's novel, Cannery Row. Now a tourist's shopping paradise, you can still see signs of the former bustling industry in the various warehouses that now shelter shops selling Monterey souvenirs, restaurants and galleries. Cannery Row is also home to the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, itself housed in the former Hovden Cannery. Several hotels and quaint inns allow visitors to experience the Cannery Row of yesteryear. Visit A Taste of Monterey and sample local wines, or brush up on the art of cooking by taking a class at the Culinary Center of Monterey. Interesting art galleries, a factory outlet center, and views of Monterey Bay round out the Cannery Row experience.


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Carmel Mission

Rio Rd, Carmel-by-the-Sea
831-624-3600

The Carmel Mission Basilica has some of the most significant religious artifacts in California. Founded by Father Junipero Serra, the mission was built in 1770 and is still home to a thriving Catholic community. Today, visitors can get a taste of mission life as it was back then. An on-site museum houses California's first library, as well as a collection of tools, equipment and appliances used by the Spaniards and Native Americans in their day-to-day life at the mission. The Spartan cell where Serra lived is also recreated in detail. The $2 adult and $1 child museum entrance donation is to restore the mission. The grounds and mission are free. Open Mon-Sat, 9:30am-4:15pm. Open one hour later on Sundays and remaining open until 7:15pm June through August. Call for a schedule of services.

 

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Dennis the Menace Playground

Monterey, near Lake El Estero

This famous playground is known throughout the state for its whimsical equipment, which includes a drinking fountain inside the mouth of a lion, a swinging rope bridge, a roller slide, and a life-sized hedge maze, among others. Young conductors can climb all over the real steam train engine and pretend they are rolling down the track. Created in 1956 by cartoonist Hank Ketcham, the park celebrates the right of kids to be kids. A snack bar is directly outside the park. Open daily at 10am; free admission.


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Earthbound Farm

Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley
831-625-6154
www.ebfarm.com

Celebrate the bounty of the earth with fresh fruits and vegetables the way Mother Nature intended them: free of synthetic pesticides and their residue. Earthbound Farm's organic Farm Stand is a great place to find unusual varieties of fruits and vegetables in a rural country atmosphere. Youngsters will enjoy exploring the special Kids Garden, created especially with little ones in mind. Featuring local chef walks, arts and crafts days, and more.

 

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Edgewater Family Fun Center

640 Wave St, Monterey
831-649-1899

Yesteryear amusements meet high-tech fun at this former cannery warehouse, conveniently located on the popular Recreation Trail on Cannery Row and complete with a restaurant for family refuelling. Little ones? eyes will sparkle at the 1905 antique carousel, and everyone will enjoy the horseracing arcade and the Old Time Photo Emporium, where you can pose for a sepia-tone family photo in a variety of Wild West settings. Entering the late 20th century, you?ll find nearly 100 interactive video, pinball and redemption games.

 

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Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Rd
Near Moss Landing
831-728-2822
www.elkhornslough.com

Home to hundreds of species of birds and marine life, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve is the remainder of an ancient river valley. The main channel winds seven miles inland, feeding 2,500 acres of rich marsh and tidal flats. Pelicans, herons and egrets, as well as countless fish, sharks, crabs, sea lions and otters call the slough home. A visitor's center offers interpretive displays and miles of well-maintained trails. Open Wednesday through Sunday 9am-5pm. Families will enjoy the Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Tour, a two-mile guided tour aboarda 27-foot pontoon boat. Call 831-633-5555 for rates and schedules.


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The Farm

Off Hwy 68 at the Spreckels exit, Salinas
831-455-2575
www.thefarm-salinasvalley.com

Visit The Farm, a fresh produce stand in the heart of "the Salad Bowl of the Nation." Take a tour of the farm and discover how delicious fresh-picked vegetables can taste! Featuring some organic produce. An unusual and interesting outdoor experience for the entire family.

 

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Fisherman's Wharf

Downtown Monterey
www.montereywharf.com

Old Fisherman's Wharf in downtown Monterey should be on the "must-do" list of every visitor to the area. This is a great place to take in the sights and sounds and smells of Monterey. Because neighboring Wharf 2 is the heart of the area's thriving fishing industry, you can usually watch the working trawlers unloading the catch of the day — just look for all of the seagulls hoping for a handout to know who's had a successful day on the Bay! Stroll down the wharf with a cup of hot clam chowder, or stop by one of several restaurants featuring fresh Monterey Bay seafood. You can photograph sea lions and otters frolicking in the calm inner harbor waters, or fi you're feeling more adventurous, take to the waters with a glass bottom boat tour, deep-sea fishing trip or whale watching tour in season.


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The Maritime Museum of Monterey and Stanton Center

Custom House Plaza, Monterey
www.mntmh.org

Monterey's maritime past comes alive at the Maritime Museum situated across the Custom House Plaza from Fisherman's Wharf. This museum showcases Monterey's seafaring heritage explaining the role this protected harbor played in early California history and as a home to the US Navy. A treasure hunt for the youngsters is held daily, and the gift shop features dozens of souvenirs for every sailor at heart!

 

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Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca

Off Hwy 68 between Monterey and Salinas
800-327-SECA
www.laguna-seca.com

A world-class raceway plus a county park with a lot of room to pitch a tent or park the RV await you at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area. Home to the Honda Grand Prix, motorcycle racing, historic auto races, as well as several festivals and concerts each year, Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is conveniently located halfway between Monterey and Salinas on Highway 68.


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