The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Monterey's Old Town

Shay Lee

Monterey is located on California’s central coast. The most famous street in the city is Cannery Row, the center of the sardine packing industry. In Monterey, visitors can find a wide range of shops, seafood restaurants, and bars. There is a lot to see and do in the beautiful town – we have listed the most popular attractions.


1. Monterey Bay Aquarium


The famous giant kelp tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the ocean. In 1916, Knut Hovden opened a cannery on the current site of the aquarium to promote the sardine fishery industry. After the industry collapsed, Hovden’s cannery closed. A few years later, the plan to build Monterey Bay Aquarium began. In 1984, the aquarium opened to 10,681 visitors on its first day. After 30 years, the organization still showcases habitats and marine life in one of the world’s largest marine regions.The aquarium is considered one of the best in the world due to its extensive knowledge of marine life and history. The staff has remarkable skills and is committed to promoting a good environment for all sea creatures. There are 34 galleries in the aquarium which hold over 550 species and 35,000 creatures.

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