Top Things To Do While You Stay In Monterey, California
Explore one the most beautiful and alluring destinations on the California central coast. Located along the Pacific Ocean south of Santa Cruz, Monterey is an exciting place to explore with sandy beaches, scenic parks, iconic attractions, unique museums and a vibrant food and drink culture. Explore the amazing marine life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Stroll along Cannery Row to waterfront restaurants, tasting rooms, and shops.
Bike along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail or embark on a whale watching adventure from Fisherman's Wharf. See California's oldest houses and buildings at the Monterey State Historic Park or tour the collection of California modernism at the Monterey Museum of Art. Tee off at the Golf Links at Pebble Beach, cruise down 17-Mile Drive for breathtaking coastal scenery. From kayaking adventures to wine tasting, you'll find endless things to do in Monterey, CA, all just minutes from The Inn at 1252 Monterey.
Immerse yourself in the ocean world at this incredible aquarium on Monterey Bay. The famed Monterey Bay Aquarium is home to 80,000 amazing animals in naturalist habitats, including sharks, jellies, sea otters, penguins, and a blue whale.
Tucked into the coastline on Monterey Bay, historic Cannery Row is a popular destination with waterfront restaurants, pubs, and shops. Discover Cannery Row's colorful history and picturesque charm and soak up the culture and beauty of the California central coast.
Old Fisherman's Wharf is a waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment destination on Monterey Bay. Experience incredible bayfront restaurants, unique shops, whale watching cruises, sailing tours, glass bottom boat rides, and fishing charters, just five minutes from us.
Cruise 17-Mile Drive as it winds along the Pacific coast in Pebble Beach. Discover one of the most scenic drives in the world with breathtaking scenery, from coastal cliffs and beaches to forests and golf courses. See the Lone Cypress, Crocker Grove, Fanshell Beach, and the Restless Sea at Point Joe, or stroll the boardwalk above the beach at Spanish Bay.
Take a walking tour of the oldest buildings in California at this heritage park in Monterey's Old Town historic district. The park features scenic walking and biking trails, beautiful gardens, historic houses, including Custom House Museum, and the Monterey Walking Path of History.
Bike, walk, or surrey along this 18-mile paved path that stretches from Castorville to Pacific Grove along Monterey Bay and the Pacific coast. With gorgeous scenery and ocean views, the trail is a fun way to explore Monterey beaches, parks, and attractions such as Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Fisherman's Wharf.
Monterey County is one of California's top wine regions producing 53 incredible varietals. With picturesque scenery, the Monterey County Wine Country is home to many unique wineries and tasting rooms in Carmel-by the-Sea, Carmel Valley, and Salinas Valley. The Inn at 1252 Monterey is 20 miles from the River Road Wine Trail Reserve and 2 miles from the tasting rooms and wines stores on Cannery Row. Book our packages for your Monterey wine tasting getaway.
Monterey Museum of Art
Explore an impressive collection of early and contemporary California and American art at two landmark museums in Monterey, including paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures. The Monterey Museum of Art offers an acclaimed collection of California Modernism and landscapes, the photographs of Ansel Adams, as well as rotating exhibitions and events throughout the year.
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
A 2.24-mile racing track in central California near Monterey, Laguna Seca Raceway hosts a mix of auto and motorcycle events, as well as entertainment and music festivals. The racing track’s eleven turns are highlighted by the circuit's downhill-plunging Corkscrew and Andretti Hairpin. Lagina Seca hosts many auto racing events, including the American Le Mans Series, Ferrari Challenge Series, Monterey Sportscar Championship, and the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.
Del Monte Shopping Center
Located 0.4 miles from the hotel is the largest shopping center on the Monterey Peninsula. Del Monte Shopping Center is an open-air shopping mall with stores like Macy's, Gap, Apple Store, Banana Republic, restaurants that include California Pizza Kitchen, P F Chang's China Bistro, and Chipotle Mexican Grill, a Whole Foods and a movie theater.
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Enjoy paddle boarding on beautiful Monterey Bay. Paddle through the kelp forest along the Pacific Grove shoreline and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Get a great workout while enjoying views and marine life, including sea otters and whales. Rent paddle boards and kayaks and get lessons at one of our local companies - Monterey Bay Kayaks and Adventures by the Sea.
Monterey Conference Center
Located on downtown, the Monterey Conference Center is the state-of-the-art destination for trade shows, conventions, conferences, business meetings, social events and cultural happenings. The convention center features 41,000 square feet of meeting space, 19,600 square feet of exhibition space, a 500-seat amphitheater, and ballrooms in an exquisite waterfront setting on Monterey Bay.
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
Tee off on Laguna Seca Golf Ranch’s signature Robert Trent Jones golf course, a challenging Monterey golf course that follows the terrain of the coastal hills. The 18-hole championship course features elevated tee boxes with beautiful views, rolling fairways and greens guarded by challenging bunkers. Laguna Seca also features a clubhouse, a golf shop, and natural grass practice greens.
Pebble Beach Resorts
The top golf resort in the country, Pebble Beach offers four legendary golf courses including the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay, and Del Monte Golf Course, as well as the new Short Course at Pebble Beach. Enjoy unmatched golf experiences with breathtaking coastal scenery ot take lessons at the Pebble Beach Golf Academy. Get a tee time and get into the swing of the Monterey Peninsula.