Cannery Row Monterey, CA Welcome to beautifully historic Cannery Row! Cannery Row can be described as the quintessential Monterey experience, with everything in easy walking distance and a coastal location that is one of a kind. Embodied in Cannery Row s charming heritage atmosphere is a combination of recreation, leisure and luxury along the breathtaking coastline of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Shop and stroll the oceanfront street and relax in our outdoor plazas. From Kayaking and surrey bike rentals to four-star dining, world-class spas, shopping and nightlife, Cannery Row has earned the title of the #1 Visitor Destination on California s Central Coast.

Top Cannery Row Attractions
1. Monterey Bay Aquarium
Located at the ocean's edge, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a window to marine life -- for dive masters and non-swimmers alike. It's home to sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies, and thousands of other marine animals and plants. Its mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans. This is one of the best designed aquariums going. A unique feature is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which swim sunfish, sharks, and the occasional diver tasked with squeegeeing the algae off the tank walls. Sand dabs are displayed in shelf-like tanks ideally suited to the flat fish, and a school of sardines swim in an endless circle in their cylindrical tank home. If you want to interact with some aquatic dwellers, you're invited to pet the bat rays (oddly velvet-like). The jellyfish display shows that they are like something from another planet.

2. IMAX Theatre
A 290-seat IMAX theatre with a 3D and 2D giant screen and 12,000 watts of digital sound. Showtimes every hour on the hour starting at 11:00 AM. First class theatre with rocking chair seats.

3. The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary stretches along 276 miles of coastline beginning in Marin and extending to Cambria. Created to protect the local marine wildlife, visitors can also whale watch, boat, fish, kayak, SCUBA dive, surf, and bike among other things.

4. European-style spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel
Treat yourself to the ultimate spa experience with one of the most beautiful views. The spa has an outdoor sun deck and whirlpool tubs that overlook the Bay.
European-style spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel

3. The Clement Monterey
A few steps from the Aquarium and a bike trail, the Clement Monterey is ideally located in the heart of Cannery Row.
The Clement Monterey

3. Shopping
Shopping on Cannery Row is oceanfront shopping at its best. Visitors enjoy browsing in more than 84 different stores and merchant locations all within walking distance. The eclectic blend of specialty shops on Cannery Row adds to the fun and variety of Central California s most beautiful vacation getaway.

3. Dining
Dining is an exciting experience on Cannery Row. A wide variety of restaurants, ranging from casual to fine, stretch along the historic streets and waterfront. Morning, noon, or night, there's place to stop in for a meal, a snack, or just some great people watching.

Dining in Cannery Row

Archie's American Diner
125 Ocean View Blvd
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 375-6939
Archie's American Diner Info

Fish Hopper Restaurant
700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-8543
Fish Hopper Info

Sly McFly's Lunch & Dinner House
700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-8050
Sly McFly's Lunch & Dinner House Info

Cannery Row
If you have a question about Cannery Row's history, chances are Michael Hemp has the answer. Cannery Row's official historian can effortlessly rattle off a string of fun facts about the famous strip that inspired John Steinbeck's book "Cannery Row." It's been a big part of his volunteer work for the Cannery Row Foundation, of which he is the president and founder.   READ MORE
MOST MOVIE BUFFS know that Clint Eastwood's classic creepy stalker story, "Play Misty for Me," was filmed in Monterey and Carmel in 1971, but did you know that the Marlon Brando/Karl Malden Western "One-Eyed Jacks" was filmed in Pebble Beach and Big Sur in 1961?   READ MORE
Herald Archive
WHEN PEOPLE AROUND the world hear the word "Monterey," it's a sure bet that most will immediately think "Aquarium."   READ MORE
Photography by David Royal
AN AUTUMN MOON RISES over the pink sunset above Cannery Row as Kathleen Tarp calls out to the day's final visitors at the Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation Gallery.   READ MORE
Big Sur River Inn and Restaurant. Highway 1 at Pheneger Creek, Big Sur. 667-2700, Fernwood Resort Art Gallery. 30 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Big Sur. 667-2130, 623-2750,   READ MORE
If you're new to the business world, or even if you're already established, there's probably an organization that can help increase your connections to the community.   READ MORE
Lodging in Cannery Row

Monterey Bay Inn
242 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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Portola Hotel & Spa
2 Portola Plz
Monterey, CA 93940
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750 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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Real Life on Cannery Row: Real People, Places and Events That Inspired John Steinbeck by A. L. Lundy and Thomas Steinbeck (Paperback - Oct 2008)
Cannery Row: The History of John Steinbeck's Old Ocean View Avenue by Michael Kenneth Hemp (Paperback - Jan 29, 2003)
A Journey into Steinbeck's California (ArtPlace series) by Susan Shillinglaw and Nancy Burnett (Paperback - Feb 1, 2006)

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