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Things to do in Monterey(11 posts)

Things to do in MontereyFender
Apr 10, 2003 1:12 PM
I'll be doing Sea Otter on Saturday and will be attending with a girl who's not really into the whole cycling thing. I plan on sticking around for a few hours and then heading out to Monterey. Any suggestions on where to go and what to do? This trip is somewhat of a date.
#1. The Aquariummohair_chair
Apr 10, 2003 1:27 PM
The Monterey Aquarium is one of the finest in the world (if not THE finest) and very, very cool. You must go there and see all the amazing creatures in incredible displays. Then go have a nice seafood dinner on Cannery Row!
#1. The AquariumFender
Apr 10, 2003 1:36 PM
Do the restaurants at the Cannery serve fish from the aquariam?
Actually, they serve fish AT the aquarium.Lon Norder
Apr 10, 2003 1:50 PM
In addition to the aquarium, check out Carmel, a scenic artsy town close by. Also the 17 Mile Drive, Point Lobos and Highway 1 down to Big Sur are nice drives with stunning views.
#1. The AquariumSintesi
Apr 10, 2003 6:23 PM
The aquarium smokes. My wife and I have been their twice. The jelly fish are out of this world. Don't eat any mushrooms please. Hit the Seahorse exhibit too. Even tho the line may be offputing. Well worth it. The first time we went we saw an octopus fully spread out and bright bright crimson. Pissed off! It was an amazing sight and only 12 inches away under glass.

Great great aquarium. Beats the dogcrap out of the one in Coney Island.
re: Things to do in MontereyGregJ
Apr 10, 2003 4:45 PM
Take the self-guided walk through Old Monterey. The path takes you through old gardens and around some really old adobe homes. It is especially pretty in the evening but all the buildings are closed to visitors then. Here is a link where you can get a map:

This area of town is considerably more authentic than the heavily touristed area around the aquarium. Which is definately worth seeing.
If you get a chance to do a little extra riding, the Carmel Valley Highway heading South East out of Carmel Vally is excellent. Head toward Arroyo-Seco and take the Chechagua/Tassajara side road for a great and difficult 70 mile semi-loop from Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley is a little town several miles inland from actual Carmel.
Eat clam chowder !!PeterRider
Apr 11, 2003 12:27 AM
And also
- if you want to go by car, there is a scenic drive, I think called the 17-mile drive
- the aquarium, as other have mentioned
- go to the beach and walk with her there ! Very beautiful, I've been there with my girlfriend and she liked it a lot.
- if she likes Steinbeck's books, try to find the places described in his novels.

Apr 11, 2003 7:02 AM
Thanks guys for the suggestions. I will definitely be taking her for a walk along the beach (possibly around sunset ;) ) and hitting the aquariam.
Keep your fingers crossed for me. This girl is a keeper!
re: Things to do in Montereyraboboy
Apr 11, 2003 7:32 AM
there are also a lot of small wineries there in the central coast that are close by.
Try sea kayaking. :) (nm)Ken of Fresno
Apr 11, 2003 11:36 AM
Lived there for 5 years, here's my listpeter1
Apr 11, 2003 6:59 PM
1. The Aquarium
2. Walk on Carmel Beach at sunset.
3. Breakfast at Deetjen's in Big Sur (or the Wagon Wheel in Carmel Valley)
4. Dinner at Pepper's on Forest Ave. in Pacific Grove. Just up the street from my old house.
5. If you like hiking, try Garland Ranch County Park in Carmel Valley, or the Ridge Trail at Andrew MOlera State Park in Big Sur.
6. Or just drive from Monterey to Big Sur along the Coast Road.
7. If you've got $250 to spend and want to guarantee a, um, succesful date, take her to dinner at Sierra Mar at Post Ranch in Big Sur.

DO NOT GO TO CANNERY ROW! Can't emphasize this enough.

I used to race the Sea Otter in the mid-90s...the mtb races were a blast. Had planned on going this year but couldn't get the time off.