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Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf Tours

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Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf
Set on California’s central coast, Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf is famous for its ocean views, resident sea lions and sea otters, and sourdough bowls of clam chowder. Souvenir shops, candy stores, street performers, and seafood restaurants line the seafront. Nearby, you can watch as trawlers unload the day’s catch at Fisherman’s Wharf II.

The Basics
Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf (sometimes called the Old Fisherman's Wharf) is a jumping-off point for exploring the Pacific Ocean via deep-sea fishing cruises, sailing tours, glass-bottom boat tours, and whale-watching tours. Day trips to Monterey from Santa Cruz, San Jose, or San Francisco typically include a stop at Fisherman’s Wharf along with coastal highlights such as Carmel-by-the-Sea, 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, or Pacific Grove. Segway tours and Sea Car tours are fun ways to explore Fisherman's Wharf and the surrounding area on your own.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Fisherman’s Wharf is a must-see for first-time visitors to Monterey. 
  • Food options are extensive and vary from white-tablecloth restaurants to classic deli take-out joints. 
  • The wharf is a great place to take kids; head here to peruse souvenir and candy shops before visiting the nearby Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • The wharf is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers; handicap-accessible parking spots are available nearby.

How to Get There
Fisherman's Wharf lies within walking distance of most downtown Monterey hotels. The free MST Trolley runs year-round on a loop past Monterey sights including Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row. There are several parking lots adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf and metered parking on most nearby streets.  

When to Get There
Fisherman's Wharf is open year-round and is busiest in summer. Many visitors are surprised to learn that summer is the coldest, foggiest season here; dress in layers and prepare for some blustery summer days. Monterey is warmest from August through October.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium
A 7-minute drive from Fisherman's Wharf, the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium is perched on the edge of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Dedicated to inspiring conservation of the ocean, the aquarium showcases marine life including sea otters, giant Pacific octopus, and African penguins. The Rocky Shore tank, where visitors can touch bat rays, is a perpetual favorite.

Practical Info:

There are several parking garages right beside Fisherman’s Wharf, but you can save on fees by grabbing a free spot on Figueroa Street, which is just a few blocks away.
Address: Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
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Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

Half-Day Whale Watching Tour From Monterey

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Look for whales as they migrate through the waters of the Pacific Ocean off of California on this half-day whale-watching cruise from Monterey. Your naturalist guide shares commentary about the whales and their habitat as you search for gray whales (most common), humpback and blue whales, and other marine life such as dolphins and sea lions during your cruise. Get tips for great photo ops and learn all about the mighty creatures at one of California's most famous whale-watching destinations.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD75.00
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USD75.00
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1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour

1-Hour Monterey and Cannery Row Sea Car Tour

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Enjoy an independent sightseeing tour by Sea Car to discover Monterey Bay and the Central Coast at your own pace. Aboard a 2-seater, GPS-guided convertible that navigates itself, you can cruise along the Pacific shoreline or through town. Listen to recorded commentary about attractions like Monterey’s historical center, and admire views of the ocean. The scooter car tells you where to drive, from Cannery Row and more.
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  • 1 hour
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USD66.93
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3-Hour Monterey Bay Winter Whale-Watching Tour in California

3-Hour Monterey Bay Winter Whale-Watching Tour in California

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Look for whales during a boat tour from Monterey, the premier destination in northern California for winter whale watching. Learn about the majestic animals from a marine biologist or naturalist guide who shares detailed commentary about the whales, dolphins, sea lions, sea birds, and natural history of the region.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD48.21
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USD48.21
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Private Tour to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive by SUV

Private Tour to Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive by SUV

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Travel from San Francisco to Monterey and Carmel during a full-day tour with your own private guide and comfortable SUV. You'll drive along the Pacific Coast and see some of northern California's most scenic spots, including the towns of Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Carmel-By-The-Sea. Have free time to check out popular destinations like Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, 17-Mile Drive, and Carmel, and visit beaches, a marine sanctuary or lighthouse, the historic Pebble Beach Golf Course, and shopping and restaurant districts.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD895.00
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