Things To Do In Monterey

Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Carmel Ridge Winery (Up to 53% Off)

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

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

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

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Purchase Credit at Dawn's Dream Winery (38% Off)

Dawn's Dream Winery

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$40 $25

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

Historical Walking Tour with Souvenirs for Two or Four from Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours (Up to 64% Off)

Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

New Monterey

$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

Full-Day Hybrid Bike Rental for Two from Blazing Saddles (50% Off)

Blazing Saddles

Monterey

$72 $36

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Deluxe hybrid rental bikes whisk riders away on self-guided tours of Monterey and surrounding landmarks

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

Easy Street Billiards

Old Monterey Business District

$27.50 $15

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

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

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

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

Osio Cinemas

Old Monterey Business District

$29 $16

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Cinema screens foreign films, domestic documentaries, and independent features

$99 for All-Day Unlimited Golf for Two with Cart at Laguna Seca Golf Ranch ($178 Value)

Laguna Seca Golf Ranch

Seaside-Monterey

$178 $99

18-hole course with elevated tees, several water hazards, and a bevy of bunkers to defend every hole

$99 for One Day of Unlimited Golf for Two with Cart at Rancho Canada Golf Club ($178 Value)

Rancho Canada Golf Club

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$178 $99

Golfers traverse any of the 36 holes course as they encounter the Carmel River, rolling fairways, and sweeping views of Saint Lucia Mountain

$19 for $42 Groupon Toward 1-hr Fitness and Weight Loss Consultation

Mbay Pro Fitness Training

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

Boot-Camp Classes from Kaizen Fitness 101 (Up to 67% Off)

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

Italian Appetizers and Drinks, or Tasting Flight of 12-Year-Old Scotch or Whiskey at My Attic (Up to 50% Off)

My Attic

Old Monterey Business District

$35.95 $19

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Resurrected family business with roots in the 1930s serves up vintage cocktails and liquors with Italian cheese plates, olives, and salami

Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Credit Toward Wine Purchase at Galante Vineyards Tasting Room (Up to 38% Off)

Galante Vineyards Tasting Room

Carmel-by-the-Sea

$40 $25

700-acre winery produces a broad range of red and white varietals that couples or quartets can sample before selecting take-home bottles

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

Old Monterey Business District

$80 $44

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

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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
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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

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 St
Monterey,
CA
US

With a client list that includes the likes of Dennis Quaid and Harry Connick, Jr. as well as 7-time LPGA Tour winner Danielle Ammaccapane, it’s safe to say PGA pro Ben Alexander has coached the best of the best. But his rarefied students need not speak for themselves; a contributor to Golf Digest, Golf Tips, and PGA Magazine, Ben was named Northern California PGA’s Teacher of the Year in 2004 and nominated for the same distinction on a national scale in 2008. In addition, Ben has released multiple instructional DVD’s, which showcase the uncanny ability to help golfers improve their game without abandoning their natural swing that drives every one of his lessons. Ben imparts his golf knowledge from Poppy Hills Golf Course, a scenic club set on the Monterey Peninsula famous for co-hosting the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991–2009.

3200 Lopez Rd.
Pebble Beach,
California
US

The California Wine Festival – Monterey Peninsula celebrates the Golden State's vintners by allowing attendees to sample a selection of more than 250 Californian wines. The event includes winemakers and representatives from 53 wineries—including Grgich Hills Estate, Bernardus Winery, and Paraiso Vineyards—as well as booths with artisan cheeses, fresh fruits, and barbecued meats from local, gourmet restaurateurs. Spread across two afternoons and evenings, the festival encourages guests to revisit their favorite wineries or discover obscure gems at a new booth or through a trap door connected to a hidden cellar. The California Wine Festival – Monterey Peninsula aims to support the community by donating 100% of the net proceeds from the Silent Auction to The Food Bank for Monterey County, which distributes food and provides antihunger education throughout the region.

Custom House Plaza
Monterey,
CA
US

The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is home to 27 species of marine mammals, more than 100 species of marine birds, and 345 species of fish, as well as the leatherback turtle. Captain Chris Arcoleo, Sr. and his fellow skippers introduce visitors to this wildlife menagerie during three-hour narrated tours of the sanctuary. Collectively, the skippers captain three different vessels equipped with all of the standard safety features, as well as sonar, radar, and eco-friendly twin engines. This technology?plus the captains' vast experience?gives groups unforgettable glimpses of the area's marine life, including the possibility of an up-close encounter with gray or humpback whales. Passengers should also keep their eyes peeled for Pacific white-sided dolphins, California sea lions, otters, harbor seals, and pirate ghosts.

48 Fishermans Wharf
Monterey,
CA
US