Top Outdoor Activities in Monterey Peninsula

Top Outdoor Activities in Monterey Peninsula

Monterey is a little slice of heaven on the West Coast that's the perfect getaway. A charming coastal town offers an abundance of marine life and breathtaking coastal views, there are tons of outdoor activities to choose from. Come bask in the sun and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze.
Photo Credit: Monterey Eco Tours
A massive whale surfaces near a boat in open water while two people on board take photos with their phones. Enjoying one of the best outdoor activities in Monterey, they capture the whale's sleek, dark body as it creates ripples and small waves around it.
Photo: Courtesy of Discovery Whale Watch

Half Day Whale Watching Tour from Monterey

66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
Price: $75
Experience an unforgettable adventure watching for whales during their migration through the Pacific Ocean. Your expert naturalist guide will narrate your journey and teach you about whales and other local marine life.
Two fat tire electric bikes are parked on a dirt path overlooking a rocky shoreline with waves crashing against the rocks. Outdoor activities in Monterey can be witnessed here, with a large number of birds flying and sitting on the water, and a distant horizon under a clear sky.
Photo: Courtesy of Big Sur Adventures

2.5 Hour Electric Bike Tour Along 17 Mile Drive of Coastal Monterey

2002-2098 Sunset Dr, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Price: $79
Discover the beauty of 17-Mile Drive on an electric bike tour. Your guide will teach you about the area and stop at viewpoints along the ride.
A whale breaches the water at dusk, silhouetted against a vibrant orange sky with scattered clouds—a perfect scene for those who cherish outdoor activities in Monterey. The serene ocean surrounds the majestic animal as it leaps.
Photo: Courtesy of Discovery Whale Watch

Sunset Whale Watching Tour in Monterey

66 Fishermans Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940
Price: $75
Cruise along Monterey Bay and watch a breathtaking sunset while looking for whales. Your journey will be narrated by a naturalist/marine biologist who will tell you interesting facts about the wildlife and be ready to answer any question you may have.
Two people ride in a bright yellow, three-wheeled tour vehicle labeled "Sea Car Tours" along a coastal path. Vibrant purple flowers line the way, and the ocean with its rocky shoreline is visible in the background. The passenger has both arms raised in excitement, enjoying outdoor activities in Monterey.
Photo: Courtesy of Sea Car Tours

1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour

230 Alvarado St, Monterey, CA 93940
Price: $85 per group (up to two)
Enjoy a self-paced sightseeing tour of the Monterey coast and/or aesthetically pleasing town via GoCar. Listen to recorded commentary that will teach you about the history of the area on your ride.
A group of people enjoy outdoor activities in Monterey, standing on a boat cruising a tranquil lake during sunrise or sunset. The sun shines brightly in the sky, casting reflections on the water. A bird flies close to the water's surface, and two tall industrial chimneys are visible in the background.
Photo: Courtesy of Monterey Eco Tours

Elkhorn Slough Wildlife Tour

Monterey Bay Eco Tours - Elkhorn Slough Tour, 10932 Clam Way, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Price: $43
Get to know the wetlands and wildlife of Monterey on this catamaran boat guided by an expert naturalist. You’ll witness up close views of Elkhorn Slough, an estuary that a variety of wildlife (like sea lions, otters, different bird species, and more) call home.
A red building with white trim features a large white sign reading "Monterey Canning Company" at the top. Multiple windows line the facade, and various smaller signs hang below, indicating different businesses or attractions inside. The sky above is clear and blue, perfect for outdoor activities in Monterey.
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Historic Cannery Row: A Self-Guided Audio Tour of John Steinbeck’s Monterey

The Sardine Factory, 701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940
Price: $8
Discover the rich history of Monterey on this self guided tour of Cannery Row. Learn about John Steinbeck, the up’s and down’s of the local fishing industry, the revival of the neighborhoods, and more.

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