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Monterey, CA 750 Cannery Row, Monterey, California 93940
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Cannery Row - Monterey
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Cannery Row

Made famous by John Steinbeck's celebrated book of the same name, this historic area is a great place to take a stroll, find fun family attractions, shop, dine, and taste local wines. Home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row offers visitors myriad things to do, including enjoying fun nightlife, discovering local history at several landmarks and taking in the impressive, sweeping views of the majestic Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.


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  • Steinbeck Festival
  • Cannery Row Block Party
  • Jazz Bash by the Bay
  • Holiday Tree Lighting


  • Monterey Aquarium
  • Wine tasting
  • Dining & shopping
  • Kayaking & diving
  • Coastal Recreation Trail

Dining and Wine Tasting

Home to over 25 different restaurants, from casual to upscale, Cannery Row is the ideal place to begin your Monterey dining adventure. You'll find everything from fresh-caught seafood and hearty steaks to kid friendly ice cream parlors, burger joints and ethnic favorites all along the street. Enjoy the bounty of Monterey County's verdant wine country at A Taste of Monterey. Part wine bar, part market and part bistro, visitors can taste a variety of wines from more than 95 regional wineries, sample local gourmet food and shop for wine and gifts while enjoying views of the Bay.

John Steinbeck's Cannery Row

Published in 1945, John Steinbeck's famed book, Cannery Row, highlighted cannery life and its hardships during the height of the Great Depression. With colorful characters and an approachable writing style, the book sets readers in the very center of life in the heart of Monterey's canning community. Inspired by the book, the city renamed the street from Ocean View Avenue to Cannery Row in 1958 and many local landmarks help bring the story to life during your visit.


  • Is this a good place to take a walk?

    Yes, the street's wide sidewalks, open plazas and colorful shops make walking here easy and fun. There are several free historic landmarks along the street, plenty of restaurants and fabulous views of the Bay at every turn.
  • How is the nightlife on Cannery Row?

    There's a lot to do after dark on Cannery Row. Live music venues, bars, billiards parlors, comedy clubs, and late night dancing are some of the many options for nightlife excitement.

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