The Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its fascinating collections of sea life, is one of the most visited attractions in California. It’s located on Cannery Row and a short distance from Old Fisherman’s Wharf, where there’s always something happening!
Carmel-by-the-Sea is always a delightful place to spend some time. You’ll find shops, restaurants, performing arts, galleries—and a scenic white sand beach at the end of Ocean Avenue.
The annual Monterey Jazz Festival, held just 6 miles from East Garrison, offers up three days of world-class music.
Scuba diving is a popular year-round activity. Monterey Bay is considered California’s best cold-water diving, thanks to the presence of the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon just off shore.
The historic adobes around Custom House Plaza in Old Monterey provide a fascinating glimpse into the past. Grab a map and take a self-guided tour.
Charming Pacific Grove hosts a Farmer’s Market every Monday afternoon. You’ll find similar markets in Salinas, Monterey, Del Monte and Carmel.
California Rodeo in Salinas is a showcase of rodeo skills and western heritage.
More than 125 art galleries and studios call Monterey County home. Watch for open studios and exhibits throughout the year.
Monterey County has more than 20 spectacular golf courses located within 10 miles of East Garrison. Among these are Pebble Beach Golf Links, rated America’s #1 public golf course by Golf Digest, Spyglass Hill, Spanish Bay and Del Monte Oaks, the oldest continuously operating golf course west of the Mississippi.
The area’s scenic wineries have more than 20 tasting rooms with tours and tastings throughout the year.
Big Sur, the 90-mile stretch of coastland extending 30 miles to the south of Monterey, is a popular destination for hikers and campers. The area offers nine state parks and miles of unspoiled mountain and ocean vistas.
For auto enthusiasts, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts major car and motor events.
The National Steinbeck Center, which celebrates the literary work and life of the famous author, is just a short drive from East Garrison in downtown Salinas.