Things To Do In Monterey


California Roots Festival Tickets

California Roots Festival FanXchange

Monterey Fairgrounds

Punk, hip hop, world music and more at outdoor festival that keeps things green with camping options and bicycle-valet service

$383.90

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8 or 12 TRX Classes at Physique Exercise Salon (Up to 50% 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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Mirror Maze Sessions and Blacklight Mini Golf at Monterey Mirror Maze (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Monterey Mirror Maze

Monterey Mirror Maze

Attractions at Monterey Mirror Maze and Highway 1 include 3D black-light mini golf, Break the Vault Lazer Challenge, and a mirror maze

$30 $15

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$143 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 $143

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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

On The Beach Surf Shop

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's Waterfront & Cannery Row Tour

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 (31% 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 $28

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

Easy Street Billiards

Easy Street Billiards

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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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 52% Off)

Osio Cinemas

Osio Cinemas

Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

$29 $14

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  • Monterey Mirror Maze
    A chill swept through Monterey on March 8, 1933, and it had little to do with the unseasonably cool temperatures. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had ordered the nation?s banks to shut down for four days, but Cannery Row Bank was very much abuzz; thieves blasted a gaping hole in the vault wall and absconded with heaps of cash and gold. Police officers chased them into nearby cannery warehouses but quickly lost sight of them. Much like the movement to eliminate prime numbers from the calendar, the long-dead case was resurrected in 2009, when new evidence was unearthed at the Clement Monterey Hotel. The fresh clues are now displayed at Monterey Mirror Maze, a site that pays homage to the mysterious events of that blustery March day. Visitors reenact the heist at the laser maze, which angles green touch-sensitive lasers into a thrilling obstacle course. As competitors race toward the bank vault to complete the heist, they dodge the beams or suffer a booming alarm and extra time added to their score. Low scores lead to cool prizes such as gift certificates and sunglasses. Visitors can top off their heist with a trip through the mirror maze?a trial in and of itself, since strobe lights and a perfectly symmetrical labyrinth of mirrors mask dead ends and surprising corners. Once maze goers finally break free, the fun continues at the adjoining Highway 1 Golf Games & Grub. Here, murals of the Pacific Coast flank the 3D black-light mini golf course. As guests move from one attraction to another, they can stop to fuel up at the snack counter where sliders and corn dogs ensure each player has enough energy for a re-match.
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    751 Cannery Row, Ste 109
    Monterey, CA US
  • Monterey Bay Golf Academy
    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.
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    10520 York Rd.
    Monterey, CA US
  • Nico Restaurant
    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.
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    San Carlos St
    Carmel, CA US
  • Monterey Lanes
    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.
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    2161 Fremont Street
    Monterey, CA US
  • London Bridge Pub
    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.
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    2 Wharf II
    Monterey, CA US
  • Jacks Restaurant and Lounge
    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.
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    2 Portola Plaza
    Monterey, CA US
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