Things To Do In Monterey

Chris’ Whale Watching Tours – Up to 29% Off

Monterey

$35 $24.99

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

Up to 53% Off Wine Tasting at Carmel Ridge Winery

New Monterey

$20 $10

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Guests sample wines made from grapes grown with a minimum of human intervention and fermented in small lots of French oak barrels

Up to 52% Off Comedy and Appetizers at Planet Gemini

Casanova Oak Knoll

$30.95 $14.98

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

Up to 72% Off Gym Membership with Personal Training

Monterey

$104 $29

One-on-one session with a certified trainer inspires guests to get fit or lose weight with gym memberships

Up to 56% Off Private and Group Tennis Lessons

Monterey

$75 $35

Pasadera Country Club's associate head tennis pro works to improve players' games, beginning with stroke development and tactical strategy

Up to 42% Off at Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

$36.50 $21

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Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

Up to 64% Off a Historical Tour of Monterey 

InterContinental The Clement Monterey Main Lobby

$48 $19

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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

Up to 89% Off at Monterey Dance Studio

Monterey Vista

$40 $19

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

55% Off

Monterey

$42 $19

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

45% Off

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$210 $116

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

Up to 79% Off Barre or Pilates Reformer Classes

Downtown Carmel

$160 $59

Instructors help exercisers build flexibility in limb-lengthening barre classes, or build core muscle in Pilates reformer classes

Up to 67% Off Boot Camp from Kaizen Fitness 101

Multiple Locations

$89 $29

Outdoor boot camps forge stronger limbs and slimmer waists through high-intensity workouts that employ muscle confusion & variable exercises

Up to 53% Off Billiards, Appetizers, and Drinks

Downtown Monterey

$27.50 $13

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

Up to 79% Off Pilates Classes

Pacific Grove

$120 $35

Pilates students fortify their cores and tweak techniques under close supervision, thanks to the studio's 5:1 student-to-teacher ratio

Up to 60% Off Dance Lessons at Pacific Grove Dance

Pacific Grove

$20 $10

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Expert dancing instructors lead students of all levels through small group lessons in rumba, foxtrot, or tango

Up to 68% Off Flight Lessons 

Salinas Airport Terminal Building

$408 $129

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Get behind the controls of an airplane and learn to take off, climb, and descend with an FAA-certified flight instructor as copilot

Up to 71% Off Rentals at Jay's Cycles

Jay's Cycles

$30 $10

Bikers rove beachside paths atop lovingly maintained single and tandem cycles

Up to 42% Off from Blue Ocean Whale Watch

Dock B

$50 $29

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Trained naturalist leads trips that pass by killer whales, humpback whales, blue whales, and dolphins in their natural habitat

Up to 57% Off Horseback Riding

San Juan Bautista

$185 $89

Unlimited horseback riding includes casual rides as well as lessons in English, Western, and Gymkhana; profits go to rescue horses

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

35% Off Whale-Watching Helicopter Tour in Monterey

Watsonville

$675 $438

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Professional pilots take passengers on 45-minute flights over Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary for optimal whale watching

Half Off Tasting at Wargin Wines

Watsonville

$58 $29

Staffers pour tastings of petite sirah, late-harvest zinfandel & montepulciano-based blend while helping guests discern each wine's flavors

Up to 52% Off at Casserly Golf Course

Watsonville

$90 $45

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9-hole, par 3 course rolls over terrain of former cattle ranch

Up to 76% Off Yoga Classes

Downtown Santa Cruz

$100 $29

Wavelike spinal movements, rhythmic breathing, and sharp focus inspire relaxation and boost strength, flexibility, and endurance

Up to 44% Off a Beginners' Surfing Lesson

Multiple Locations

$99 $55

Fully insured and permitted instructors guide novice surfers through the fundamentals during three-hour sessions with gear included

31% Off Two-Day Sailing Course

Santa Cruz Harbor

$245 $170

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Two-day sailing course is the first segment of an 8 day ASA certification program to charter worldwide

50% Off Martial Arts

Westside

$60 $30

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

45% Off Wildlife Watching

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

Up to 70% Off Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Fitness Kickboxing

Eastside

$169 $59

A fifth-degree black belt and his team teach young and older students potentially life-saving grappling and striking techniques

Up to 46% Off Lessons at Santa Cruz Golf Academy

Santa Cruz

$80 $45

Former collegiate and Canadian PGA Tour golfer Bob Swinnerton pro offers advice in a private indoor studio with swing-analysis technology

Up to 70% Off Dance Workout Classes

Central Santa Cruz

$130 $39

Rhythm & Motion classes combine inventive dance routines with engaging music to create an exhilarating, high-energy workout

Up to 63% Off Dance Classes

Multiple Locations

$72 $29

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Professional instructors lead dance classes and series in salsa, swing, ballroom, and tango for all skill levels

87% Off Weight-Loss Program

Twin Lakes

$760 $99

Comprehensive, doctor-led plan helps achieve weight loss through one-on-one coaching sessions and weekly body measurements

Up to 78% Off Yoga Classes

Eastside

$75 $19

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Physically invigorating and meditation-based yoga styles for students of varying skill levels

Up to 55% Off Salsa Dance Workshop

Portuguese Hall (CDPES Building)

$28 $14

Groups learn to dance salsa in a "wheel" of interchanging partners as a leader calls out different moves

Up to 82% Off Lawn-Bowling Club Membership

Santa Cruz

$74 $19

Members get three or six months of unlimited practice rolling unbalanced bowls toward a target ball with precision

51% Off Private Horseback-Riding Lesson

Aptos Hills-Larkin Valley

$45 $22

Lessons from a trained pro with a degree in equine science; facility with a large indoor arena, round pen, and 1-acre pasture

Up to 58% Off Zumba, Yoga, or Stretch Classes

Soquel

$55 $25

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Zumba master instructor helps guests shimmy into shape with Latin-inspired moves; yoga and stretching classes work body and soul

Up to 63% Off Pilates Classes

Aptos

$75 $29

Certified instructors in eco-friendly studio help students hone mind-body health through Pilates mat and Reformer classes

Up to 73% Off Membership and On-Ramp Classes at CrossFit Ready

Soquel

$170 $69

High-intensity functional exercises bolster strength and stamina; unlimited memberships are scaled to accommodate beginner fitness levels

54% Off Preschool Ballet Dance Classes

Scotts Valley

$65 $30

Imagination and technique are at the center of these ballet classes for preschoolers, which balance technique with the simple joys of dance

Up to 76% Off at Wings School of Dance

Scotts Valley

$105 $25

Positive, nurturing dance classes instill the basics of classic dance techniques and new styles

71%  Off at Ananda Yoga Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley

$100 $29

Practitioners of all skill levels and ages build flexibility and achieve peace of mind with easily modified Ananda yoga asanas

Half Off Boxing

Scotts Valley

$150 $75

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Up to 57% Off Wine and Olive-Oil Tasting

Hollister

$70 $35

Tours explore winery, olive-oil-making room, and historic home, concluding with sampling of wines; gift certificate for wine and olive oil

Up to 89% Off Paintball

Multiple Locations

$160 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

Up to 68% Off Tasting at 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

Up to 44% Off from Skydive Hollister

Hollister

$169 $99

Instructors help students steer and deploy parachutes in free falls from 8,000 feet over San Francisco and Monterey Bay

Up to Half Off Freshly Grown Lemons

Multiple Locations

$18 $12

Certified naturally grown lemons from a family-operated ranch

Anytime Fitness – Up to 83% Off Gym Passes

Multiple Locations

$100 $19.99

Day passes include use of all gym equipment and admission to daily Zumba, kickboxing, boot-camp, and other fitness classes

53% Off Intro Rock-Climbing Class

Multiple Locations

$105 $49

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Experienced outdoor guides teach climbing and belaying techniques at two picturesque state parks and provide all safety gear

Up to 48% Off Infrared-Sauna Sessions

Soledad

$45 $25

Guests relax in the infrared sauna, which aims to relax and detox bodies with comfortable heat

45% Off a Wine-Tasting Package

Soledad

$20 $11

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Sample varietals such as chardonnay or pinot noir in a tasting room located in the heart of Santa Lucia Highlands

Up to 58% Off Wine Tastings at Hahn Estate

Soledad

$30 $15

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Sip on wine samples while absorbing the sights and sounds of the Salinas Valley wine country

Up to 84% Off Martial Arts Classes

Morgan Hill

$100 $25

Instructors teach students of all levels traditional martial arts such as Jujutsu, Shinkendo, Aikido, or tactical street defense

Up to 57% Off Fitness Classes

Morgan Hill

$100 $55

Ballet- and Pilates-inspired fitness classes, along with yoga and Ballet Barre taught in a sunny 2,800-sq.-ft. studio

Up to 79% Off at Morgan Hill Crossfit

Morgan Hill

$100 $25

Instructors lead functional workouts that challenge the entire body and scale to exercisers of all stripes

Up to Half Off at Hiking Yoga

Multiple Locations

$20 $9.99

Outdoor hiking and yoga combine for 90 minutes of cardio and strength work in a natural setting, and groups can take private hikes

72% Off Personal Training

Los Gatos

$375 $105

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

55% Off

Los Gatos

$40 $18

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

Up to 91% Off Boot-Camp Package

Multiple Locations

$221 $25

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Expert personal trainers lead boot-camp sessions in which pupils sprint, lunge, and pass medicine balls

Up to 58% Off Private Lessons from Chris Bryant Guitar School

Los Gatos

$45 $19

Musician bases his curriculum on simple chords and chord progressions, teaching students in whatever genre of music most interests them

Up to 82% Off Kickboxing or Martial Arts Classes

Los Gatos

$57 $10

Burn calories in high-energy cardio kickboxing classes or master the 5,000-year-old techniques of martial arts

Up to 76% Off Classes at CrossFit Los Gatos

Crossfit Los Gatos

$160 $39

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Coaches guide clients in strength and conditioning program that boosts muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance, and flexibility

61% Off Fitness Classes from StrollerPower!

Multiple Locations

$90 $35

Instructors lead groups of moms with stroller-age kids through energetic workouts at local parks and trails

92% Off Fat-Blast Program

Multiple Locations

$485 $39

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28-day program helps women jump-start their New Year’s resolutions with cardio-resistance core-training sessions and nutritional guidance

Up to 79% Off at Worlds Yoga

Studio

$150 $39

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Yoga classes improve strength and flexibility and restore peace to minds

50% Off Kids' Wilderness Skills Adventure Camp

Saratoga

$800 $399

Wilderness survival skills include lessons on building fires, collecting water, identifying plants, and constructing shelter

52% Off Wilderness Survival First Aid Clinic

Saratoga

$165 $79

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Hands-on course teaches essential first aid skills covering how to prevent and respond to medical emergencies in the back-country

Up to 58% Off Wine-Flight Tasting

West Santa Clara

$30 $15

Guests can sample the libations and take in the Santa Cruz Mountains at the vineyard's charming tasting room

Up to 50% Off Kid's Summer Camp

Campbell

$198 $99

Kids spend the summer building balance & agility through sports & wellness activities with a focus on fun; can choose from many activities

Up to 73% Off Yoga Classes

Campbell

$99 $49.99

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Yogis suspend themselves from cloth fabric hammocks or take part in nearly 25 available weekly yoga sessions

Up to 51% Off Wine and Wine Tastings

Campbell

$50 $25

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House blends and vintages include California-style sangiovese, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon, which are often poured at Saturday tastings

Up to 67% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Multiple Locations

$139 $49

Martial-arts instructors lead all ages and skill levels in classes that teach self-defense, grappling, dynamic kicks, and boxing

Up to 81% Off at The Right Stuff Health Club

Multiple Locations

$149 $29

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During a week or hour of one-on-one sessions, trainers help guests hone in on their fitness goals and get acclimated with the gym

50% Off Music Lessons

Campbell

$140 $70

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

Up to 50% Off Regular and Child Classes at PRO Martial Arts

Campbell

$159 $79

Motivation martial arts classes instill students aged 3 and up with confidence, poise, self-respect, and self-defense skills

Up to 78% Off Complete Fitness Program at Fat 2 Fitness

Campbell

$109.99 $35

Stylized fitness program gets results with customized diet, workout plans, yoga and training from Fat 2 Fitness's expert instructors

Up to 75% Off at Extreme Fitness and Sports

Campbell

$150 $39

Expert trainers lead guests of all fitness levels through intense boot-camp classes

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Adventures by the Sea is owner Frank Knight’s love letter to Monterey Bay. As an avid cyclist, kayaker, and surfer in his youth, Frank decided to share the gift of the bay by providing land- and sea-activity rentals for tourists. But, what started out as a small bike-rental shop frequented by local hotel guests eventually transformed into a four-location recreational company that now offers kayaking, bicycling, SUP paddling, and surrey-carriage rentals and tours.

Bicycle renters can cruise along 17-Mile Drive and the rocky shorelines of Pacific Grove, while surrey-carriage rentals provide a low-key communal pedaling adventure for up to four riders. Patrons can also enjoy the serene environment of Monterey Peninsula as they glide through the waters of Cannery Row and Stillwater Cove—both part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—on the company’s kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUP). During tours, knowledgeable guides rattle off facts about the area while pointing out its wildlife, such as harbor seals lounging on the rocks and otters snapping pictures of kayakers.

Along with providing land and water activities, Adventures by the Sea helps guests build stronger relationships with one another through their local group adventures, which include scavenger hunts. When customers are ready to invest in their own trustworthy gear, the company’s pro shop helps them stock up on boogie boards, snorkeling equipment, and paddleboards from brands such as Surftech, Naish Hawaii, and Paddle Surf Hawaii.

32 Cannery Row
Monterey,
CA
US

At Enhance Mind Body and Soul, theraputic exercises and massages are performed for each client to ensure health and wellness. Our Kinesiologist conducts free fitness assessments and helps educate people about the connection of the mind and body.

345 Kolb Ave
Monterey,
CA
US

A family-run enterprise since 1949, Randy's Fishing Trips and Whale Watching takes marine mammal enthusiasts on a sailing excursion around Monterey Bay, where whales often hang out and swap favorite krill recipes. Either Captain Brent or Brian, both certified skippers with masters licenses from the United States Coast Guard, will narrate the aquatic wildlife tour of the bay. Gentle humpback whales are the feature attraction from May–November, and sailors from December–April can become acquainted with the gray whales that have migrated from Alaska. Marine biology buffs may spot several other fascinating ocean organisms, such as killer whales, sea otters, silver-finned raccoons, dolphins, octo-gorillas, and seals. If your trip ends without spotting a whale, you'll receive a free ticket for another expedition.

66 Fishermans Wharf
Monterey,
CA
US

Visitors to Monterey Mirror Maze and Highway1 Golf Games & Grub can begin their outing 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 where earthquake motions up the challenge on each par. The heart-pumping Speed Freak course pits up to four players against each other in a life-size version of whack-a-mole. As guests move from one attraction to another, they can stop to fuel up at the snack counter where sliders, corn dogs, and waffles on-a-stick ensure each player has enough energy for a re-match.

Visitors can also reenact the 1933 Cannery Row Bank heist at Monterey Mirror Maze's 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 give competitors a chance to land on the top 10 scoreboard.

751 Cannery Row, Ste 109
Monterey,
CA
US

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

In an open space of hardwood floors and walls of mirrors, members work up a sweat on treadmills and elliptical trainers while focusing their attention on the personal TVs each machine is equipped with. This is one of the many perks at FitU's Modesto, Oakdale, and Riverbank locations, some of which also feature massage therapy that can soothe muscles after working out or running into the weight room’s clear plexiglass walls. The enthusiastic staff is always on hand to dole out pointers to those heaving free weights or pushing toward David-like physiques on the circuit weight-training machines. They also motivate patrons in a social setting with group fitness classes, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and spinning sessions. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, they zero in on a patron's abilities and goals to develop a challenging, yet manageable, fitness regimen. In addition to all the fitness-related amenities, the Modesto and Oakdale locations also feature cardio movie theaters and childcare facilities.

2000 Garden Rd
Monterey,
CA
US

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