Tours in New Monterey

$55 for $100 Worth of Wildlife Watching at Shark Camp

Shark Camp

Multiple Locations

$100 $55

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$48 for a Culinary Walking Tour of Capitola from Santa Cruz Food Tour ($75 Value)

Santa Cruz Food Tour

Westside

$75 $48

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Knowledgeable guides lead groups to multiple tasting locations and spotlight neighborhoods’ cultural and architectural histories

Wine and Cheese Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Leal Vineyards (Up to 68% Off)

Leal Vineyards

Hollister

$30 $11

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Palates are introduced to subtle notes of varietals including chardonnay, malbec, and mourvèdre in tasting room on 50-acre estate

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (Half Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Downtown San Jose

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Sightseeing Tour or Sunset Flight with Refreshments for Up to Two from Golden Gate Accessible Aviation (50% Off)

Golden Gate Accessible Aviation

Oakland

$350 $175

Experienced pilots take passengers on a flight past San Francisco landmarks such as Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge

$599 for a Two-Hour Yacht Charter for Up to Six with America Cup Charters (Up to $1,008 Value)

America Cup Charters

Multiple Locations

$1,008 $599

Chartered ride aboard one of three luxurious yachts, including a 38-foot ocean-class catamaran

There's More to the Mission Than Burritos Tour for 2, 4, 6, or 15 from San Francisco Food Safari (Up to 57% Off)

San Francisco Food Safari

Mission District

$40 $20

Tour takes guests through the Mission District to learn about multicultural cuisine

$59 for Scavenger Dash for a Team of 2 from Sierra Adventure Sports on Saturday, September 20 ($127.59 Value)

Sierra Adventure Sports

Red's Java House

$127.59 $59

Teams of two traverse the streets of San Francisco as they find clues, collect items, take pictures, and complete challenges

Pub Crawl Admission for One, Two, or Four from Pub Crawl San Francisco (Up to 49% Off)

Pub Crawl San Francisco

Multiple Locations

$18 $10

Knowledgable guides lead guests to four San Francisco hot spots to enjoy free drinks and admission, party favors, and drink specials

General-Admission or VIP Sunday Funday or Saturday Midnight Party Cruises from Fume Blanc Commedore (51% Off)

Fume Blanc Commedore

SB 40 RESTAURANT

$79 $39

Weekend party cruises with cash bar, supplemented by live DJs or sightseeing on Sunday afternoons

$129 for a "Love Under the Lights' Yacht Tour of the Bay for Two from Just Dreaming ($200 Value)

Just Dreaming

Potrero

$200 $129

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Couples cruise the harbor for up to two hours, marveling at the skyline and the twinkling lights on the Bay Bridge

$20 for Entry for One to CitySolve Urban Race (Up to $50 Value)

CitySolve Urban Race

San Francisco

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

$45 for an Urban Hike from Urban Hiker SF ($45 Value)

Urban Hiker SF

Multiple Locations

$45 $45

Learn about the city and get in a workout by exploring San Francisco's many trails, hills, and public stairways

$49 for a Russian River Vineyards Deluxe Segway Tour from Segway of Healdsburg ($99 Value)

Segway of Healdsburg

On Location

$99 $49

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Expert tour guides lead groups of Segway-riding guests to wineries for vista views and optional tastings

Membership for 1 or 2, or Private Tour for Up to 10 from San Francisco City Guides (Up to 54% Off)

San Francisco City Guides

Civic Center

$75 $35

70+ monthly tours offered year-round, each focused on the architecture, history, and legends of San Francisco

Two-Hour Chocolate Tour with Eight Tastings for One, Two or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

San Francisco

$50 $25

Explore the tastes of the 19th-century Ghirardelli shop, Tokyo-import Minamoto Kitchoan, and the traditional pralines of Leonidas

Walking Tour for Two or Four or Private Walking Tour for Six from Haight is Luv Tour Company (Up to 59% Off)

Haight is Luv Tour Company

Chinatown

$40 $20

Tours focus on the people who made the magic happen, and use 100+ photographs in order to complete the picture of the corner in 1967

Drag Queen-Led Historical Tour for Two or Four from Drag Me Along Tours (Up to 64% Off)

Drag Me Along Tours

San Francisco

$40 $19

Rick Shelton, a.k.a Countess Lola Montez leads walking tours full of flair, opening an imaginary porthole to old San Francisco

The San Francisco Dungeon Visit for Two, Four, or Six (Up to 40% Off)

The San Francisco Dungeon

Fisherman's Wharf

$52 $31

Actor-led show covers 200-plus years, including haunted Alcatraz & mine-themed mirror maze, in live-action journey through city's murky past

Segway Tours of San Francisco from City Segway Tours (10% Off)

City Segway Tours

Fisherman's Wharf

$25 $22.50

Take guided Segway tours through the landmarks of San Francisco

$30 for an Introductory One-Year Membership for the San Francisco Maritime National Park Association ($60 Value)

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association

Fisherman's Wharf

$60 $30

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Association membership entitles holders and guests to free entry into historic ships and a submarine, as well as event invites

“USS Pampanito” Historic Submarine Tour for Two Adults, Family of Six, or Up to 15 (Up to 71% Off)

USS Pampanito

Fisherman's Wharf

$24 $10

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Restored WWII submarine shares its history via audio tours, oral histories, letters, and educational programs for adults and kids

Historic Angel Island Tram Tour for Two, Four, or Six from Angel Island Company (Up to 50% Off)

Angel Island Company

Angel Island Café

$30 $15

One-hour tours travel across a picturesque state park with views of the Bay Area and stop at the historic US Immigration Station

Saturday City-Lights Sail, Friday Sunset Sail, or Sunday Afternoon Sail from SF Bay Adventures (Up to 49% Off)

SF Bay Adventures

Sausalito

$55 $33

78-foot, 1860s-replica schooner explores San Francisco Bay as guides point out landmarks including Angel Island and Alcatraz

$25 for a Sunset Cruise for Two from Angel Island Tiburon Ferry ($40 Value)

Angel Island Tiburon Ferry

Tiburon

$40 $25

On Fridays and Saturdays, 90-minute trips cruise around the bay as passengers enjoy sights, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island

Select Local Merchants

Since 1994, Chef Dilip of Loose Noodle Pasta House has treated diners as he would treat guests at his own home, always making sure they feel welcome and leave with a full belly. With the help of his kitchen staff, Dilip sends out familiar Italian favorites, such as lasagna with layers of beef, tomatoes, and b?chamel sauce or wild mushroom?stuffed ravioli in a garlic-herb sauce.

538 Lighthouse Ave.
Monterey,
CA
US

Pierce Ranch Vineyards is a boutique winery located in a highland valley at the southern border of Monterey County, but its wines have the robust characteristics of those from the Iberian Peninsula. That's because the family that operates the vineyard specializes in Spanish and Portuguese varietals. They use careful growing methods and fermentation techniques to craft a wide range of limited-run wines. Each and every one of their yearly production of 2,000 cases is grown on the estate. While lesser-known varieties such as touriga, tempranillo, and albari?o are emphasized, more familiar grapes such as cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel are represented as well. Previous vintages have included their 2010 albari?o that was awarded Best in Show at the Central Coast Wine Competition and a 2007 petite sirah that was declared Best in California at the California State Fair Wine Competition.

Flowers and ornamental vines surround the winery's tasting room, which occupies a cozy bungalow near the coast of Monterey Bay. Servers jot the day's wine offerings on a chalkboard and fill glasses behind a wooden bar. In addition to wine tastings, visitors can stop by for live music or open-house events.

499 Wave St
Monterey,
CA
US

As the vineyard manager for Carmel Ridge Winery, Paul Stokes prefers to let nature take its course. He and his team intervene in the grapes' growth as little as possible, instead allowing the weather and the grapes themselves to let them know when to prune and pick. They also let the flavors of the soil seep into the vines, enhancing the grapes' character and flavor nuances. The winery's resident winemaker, Lynn Sakasegawa Stokes, is decidedly more hands-on when the fruit reaches her; she transfers the pressings to small lots of barrels for fermentation. Even then, the barrels are filled by a gravity-based flow system rather than by mechanical pumps—a system invented by Isaac Newton when he brewed his own small-batch cider—so the grapes maintain their earthy taste.

700 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

1933 was a banner year for Phillip and John Bargetto. Prohibition finally ended, and the brothers were able to reopen their winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Originally from Piedmont, Italy, Phillip and John embraced their passion for growing northern-Italian varietals, twining their hillsides with vines of dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

Now run by the Bargetto family's third generation, the winery continues to cultivate these same grapes as well as two of Santa Cruz's more well-known varietals, chardonnay and pinot noir. Its most heralded wines hail from the 40 acres of trellised vines at Regan Estate Vineyards, which produces balanced yet concentrated fruit thanks to its sunny hilltop location, loamy soil, and cool breezes from thousands of naturally occurring ceiling fans.

Controlled aging in new-French- or American-oak barrels imbues some of the winery's reds with lingering finishes and toasty sweetness, and stainless-steel barrels ensure that the whites retain their vibrant acidity. Although most of the wines display a more approachable style, the La Vita line embraces the family's Old-World routes, featuring complexly tannic and age-worthy blends of Phillip and John's favored dolcetto, nebbiolo, and refosco grapes.

700 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

Perched at the helm of Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours, author, historian, and fourth-generation Monterey native Tim Thomas leads tour-goers on a voyage back through time. He enlightens groups on the area's past, stopping frequently to appreciate the people and occupations that have made the bay a cultural cornucopia. Fisheries seize the spotlight during the primary tour, which focuses on Monterey's ascension as one of the world's biggest fishing ports because of its fishermen's ability to talk the salmon into jumping into the boats. By special arrangement, tour-takers can also reel in facts during a jaunt through Nihonmachi—or Japan Town—or a spooky-story-packed exploration of the Monterey Cemetery.

750 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

While traditional phones were designed for the art of conversation, iPhones were designed for all sorts of arts, including photography. At iPhone Art Walk, Nicole Ocean teaches participants to snap stunning shots using their phones and several photo-editing apps, such as Instagram. Then she leads guests on a scenic stroll where they can practice their newfound skills at hot spots such as Monterey Bay Aquarium or Carmel's beaches. Nicole can also point visitors toward compelling sights for self-guided walks that pass by notable Carmel architecture or wander through the Monterey gardens where the eponymous Jack cheese grows.

131 Lighthouse Avenue
Monterey,
CA
US