Things To Do In Monterey


$25.99 for a Three-Hour Whale-Watching Cruise from Chris’ Whale Watching Tours (Up to $37 Value)

Chris' Whale Watching

Chris's Fishing Trips

During warmer months, Monterey Bay fills with several species of whale, along with dolphins, porpoises, and other wild creatures

$37 $25.99

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8 or 12 TRX Classes at Physique Exercise Salon (Up to 51% Off)

Physique Exercise Salon

Carmel

Instructors help students of all fitness levels build strength with the TRX suspension-training program, which was designed by a Navy SEAL

$200 $99

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$9 for $25 Worth of Martial-Arts Lessons — Krav Maga Revolution

Krav Maga Revolution

Monterey

From the merchant: Learn to protect yourself and others. We focus on real skills for real people to feel safe and good about themselves!

$25 $9

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Comedy Show with Appetizers for Two or Four at Planet Gemini (Up to 52% Off)

Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

Duos or foursomes enjoy the comedic stylings of standup acts while munching on bar-style appetizers inside a warm, intimate club

$30.95 $14.98

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$249 for Open-Water Scuba Diver's Certification from Glenn's Aquarius II Dive Shop ($425 Value)

Glenn's Aquarius II Dive Shop

Monterey

Entry-level certification (up to 60 feet) includes classroom time, confined pool sessions, and four ocean dives; rental equipment included

$425 $249

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Billiards, Appetizers, and Drinks for Two or Four at Easy Street Billiards (Up to 45% Off)

Easy Street Billiards

Old Monterey Business District

Pool hall encourages friendly competition atop solid cherry tables from Rebco, each one with leather pockets and a soft wool surface

$27.50 $15

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$159 for PADI Open-Water Scuba Certification with Equipment Rental at Aquarius Dive Shop ($649 Value)

Aquarius Dive Shop

Aquarius Dive Shop

Learn how to dive in open water in a certification course that includes equipment rentals and 30+ hours of instruction

$649 $159

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Surfboard and Wetsuit Rental or Two-Day Snowboard Rental at On the Beach Surf Shop (Up to 44% Off)

On the Beach Surf Shop

New Monterey

Surfboard and wetsuit rentals help set surfers of all levels up for a day in the water, while snowboard rentals help equip the snow-bound

$45 $25

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Historical Walking Tour for Two or Four from Monterey's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour (Up to 52% Off)

Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

A historian leads groups on a 2.5-hour walking tour, detailing the people and jobs that made Monterey Bay a fishing and cultural polestar

$48 $24

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Purchase Credit at Dawn's Dream Winery (39% Off)

Dawn's Dream Winery

Dawn's Dream Winery

Taste flights featuring several different wines at a charming tasting room in the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Central Coast

$40 $25

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Paint and Sip Class for Two or Four with Canvas, Paint, and Wine at Wine from the Heart - Classes (45% Off)

Wine from the Heart - Classes

Wine From The Heart

Retired art teacher and local artist Bunny Paivine leads an easy-to-follow painting class perfect for first-timers

$80 $45

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Two Dance Classes from Monterey Tango Academy (47% Off)

Monterey Tango Academy

Monterey

From the merchant: Argentine Tango classes and lessons in Monterey for Absolute beginners who want to try this passionate dance

$15 $8

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Group or Private Dance Lessons for One or Two at Monterey Dance Studio (Up to 89% Off)

Monterey Dance Studio

Monterey Peninsula Dance

Instructors teach a variety of dance styles to students of all ability levels in group or private settings

$40 $19

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Movie Tickets and Popcorn for Two or Four at Osio Cinemas (Up to 45% Off)

Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

$29 $16

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Brad Cursio usually begins his golf lessons by telling his students to ignore the outcomes of their swings. This may seem counterintuitive, but it’s a cornerstone of the Fresno State alum's cerebral approach to the game—one shaped during his years as a golf-school director, when he regularly watched amateur players go crazy obsessing about the length and accuracy of their drives. When he started his own golf school, Monterey Bay Golf Academy, Brad took his past experiences into account and instituted a method of instruction that charts the swing’s progress rather than the ball’s path. Students at first skeptical of Brad's efforts to refocus their minds on swing mechanics should remember that he used the same method to become a PGA Class-A professional. To supplement his instruction, Brad utilizes the latest in swing-analysis technologies and sends his students home with DVDs packed with analyzed footage of their swings. He and his team of golf professionals also lead multi-day golf schools for all abilities. These schools focus on developing well-rounded players with lessons in swinging, putting, and wrestling mishit balls from the jaws of lake monsters.
10522 York Road
Monterey,
CA
US
Enjoy a true Mediterranean feast at Nico Restaurant. The creators of Nico Restaurant have crafted a delicious menu filled with healthy and gluten-free dishes. Nico Restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle. No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Nico Restaurant. Gather up your group of friends and head to Nico Restaurant, a local restaurant that has room for large groups. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Nico Restaurant. The crowds come out in force on Fridays and Saturdays, so don't neglect to make a reservation ahead of time. If time is of the essence, Nico Restaurant's take-out option may be a better fit. Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Nico Restaurant offers catering. Street parking is readily available near Nico Restaurant's Carlos St location. Nico Restaurant provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
San Carlos St
Carmel,
CA
US
Though still the same game at heart, the bowling competitions at Valley Center Bowl take on a sci-fi spin. The center's 30 lanes use flat-screen televisions to report bowlers' scores, play 3-D graphics, and display a digital clock counting down to the robot uprising. During events such as the Rock-N-Bowl, black and colorful lights dance along the walls and floors while videos pour from six 42-inch screens. Electronic entertainment coaxes visitors away from the lanes an into a newly remodeled, 3,200-square-foot redemption arcade that sits beside the Lazer Frenzy laser maze. Recently renovated with comfortable seating and flat-panel screens, Monterey Lanes entices bowlers of all ages to strive for a perfect 300 score while enjoying good company and crisp refreshments from the cocktail lounge. Weekend glow bowling and an onsite arcade keep gamers amused, and the pro shop caters to more serious bowlers. Monterey Lanes routinely lends its slick surfaces to charity events, such as Bowl Over Breast Cancer.
2161 Fremont Street
Monterey,
CA
US
Munch on tasty pub grub at London Bridge Pub in Monterey. There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything. Grab the kids when you head to London Bridge Pub — its family-oriented menu and ambience all perfect for the whole clan. At London Bridge Pub, you won't have to wait for your large or small group to be seated. Warm weather brings out London Bridge Pub's highly coveted patio seating. London Bridge Pub guests enjoy a taste of live music with their food as well. Weekends are when crowds really head to London Bridge Pub, so plan accordingly. London Bridge Pub welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. If you're strapped for time, take out food from London Bridge Pub. Drivers can park in the neighboring lot. Travel by bike to London Bridge Pub and store your bike at a nearby rack. A meal at London Bridge Pub will typically set you back about $30.
2 Wharf II
Monterey,
CA
US
For bar nibbles and pub food par excellence, Crown and Anchor is a top pick. Low-fat options are missing from the menu, so guests can leave their diets at home. Great food plus TV equals the perfect fan meal. Parents appreciate Crown and Anchor's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. For comfortable outdoor service, Crown and Anchor sets up a seasonal patio. Crown and Anchor is well-known for being able to seat large parties. If you're hoping to snag a table on a Friday or Saturday, it's best to ring the bar for a reservation first. Good luck spotting a suit and tie at Crown and Anchor — casually-dressed diners are the norm here. For those in a rush, the bar lets you take your food to go. Crown and Anchor patrons can find street parking at the W Franklin St location. Commute by bike to Crown and Anchor and find easy bike parking. Prices are affordable, with a typical meal running under $30.
150 W Franklin St
Monterey,
CA
US
In order to emulate the eco-friendly attitude of the LEED-certified Portola Hotel and Spa that surrounds it, Jack's Restaurant and Lounge regularly culls regional, sustainable ingredients for its contemporary takes on breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes. With the help of Chef Jason Giles' culinary imagination, Jack's adds innovative flavors to items such as naturally raised beef from Harris Ranch and seafood chosen in support of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, which helps to prevent over-fishing of threatened and endangered ocean life. Small plates of baked scallops lounge on the half-shell, while waiters usher basil-crusted Pacific sole to tables on the heated patio surrounded by edible velvet ropes. Wines poured at the lounge highlight the vineyards and wineries of Monterey County, and fair-trade organic coffees and teas are sourced from Peerless Coffee Company, a Northern California staple for more than 86 years.
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey,
CA
US
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