No visit to Monterey is complete without a trip to this iconic attraction that combines unique shopping and creative dining with exciting outdoor adventures and great views of the Pacific Ocean and local sea life. Taste free clam chowder samples from wharf restaurants, hop aboard for a whale watching tour, pick up souvenirs at the shops, and catch a live theatre show. Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf offers a whole day of fun for visitors of all ages.
Open daily. Hours vary by business.
Free entry, parking is $1.50 per hour or $10 all day
Clam Chowder & Calamari Festival
Japanese American Heritage Days
Wake Up on the Wharf Run
Pleinair Magazine Art Expo
Everything Italian! Celebration
Shopping & dining
Fishing & sailing
Guided wharf walks
Restaurants and Shops
Dining and shopping are two of the most popular things to do on Fisherman’s Wharf. The area is famous for its delicious clam chowder, and fresh seafood but you can also find steaks, California style cuisine, French crepes, and Italian food all surrounded by scenic harbor views. Explore the myriad shops before or after your meal and pick up fun souvenirs, gifts, art, clothing, jewelry, and saltwater taffy, of course.
The Monterey Bay is the perfect place a to enjoy a family friendly whale watching trip. Four different companies offer year-round whale watching tours, where you’ll catch a glimpse of ocean animals like seals, otters, pelicans, gray whales, humpback whales, Orcas, blue whales, and more.
Can I go fishing?
Yes, there are two fishing charter companies that offer sport fishing trips and deep-sea fishing cruises from the wharf.
Is there sailing?
Yes, you can rent a sailboat, enjoy a sailing cruise, glide over the Bay in a glass bottom boat, or join a whale watching boat tour.