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Monterey Activities

Monterey Activities

The Best of the Bay

In addition to offering a multitude of amenities, including award-wining dining and a full-service Monterey spa, Portola Hotel & Spa also offers easy access to top Monterey Bay attractions. The coastal California area is packed with special attractions to take part in during your stay. Browse our list of Monterey Bay art galleries, cultural centers, museums, and more for our favorite picks.

Adventures by the Sea
Have an adventure by the sea with fun Monterey activities on wheels. Rent bicycles, 4-passenger surreys, kayaks, or paddle boards for individuals or groups. 

299 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 648-7235

Monterey Tennis Center
Located on 401 Pearl Street in Monterey. Tennis courts are walking distance from the Portola Hotel & Spa.

401 Pearl St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3881

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
Go horseback riding throughout Pebble Beach.

3300 Portola Rd
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
(831) 624-2756

Monterey Bay Equestrian Center
Go horseback riding along the beach in Monterey.

19805 Pesante Rd
Salinas, CA 93907
(831) 663-5712

Monterey Art Galleries

Venture Art Gallery
Located at 260 Alvarado, in the Portola Hotel & Spa main lobby.

260 Alvarado St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-6279

Monterey Bay Attractions

Hearst Castle
There are four separate tours of different sections of the expansive castle with rich décor and a compelling history.

750 Hearst Castle Rd
San Simeon, CA 93452
(800) 444-4445

Monterey Bay Aquarium
The renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium is open seven days a week and a marvel of an attraction. Tickets are available for purchase at the front desk and concierge desk for guests staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa.

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 648-4800

Monterey Wineries & Tasting Rooms

The Wine Trolley 
Pick-up takes place in front of the Portola Hotel & Spa at 11:00am.

290 Figueroa St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 624-1700

Bargetto Winery
The oldest winery in Monterey. Located in Cannery Row, attractions include winery/brewery, a wine tasting room, winery tours, group tours and gift shop.

700 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 373-4053

A Taste of Monterey
Located in Cannery Row, attractions include a wine tasting room, winery tours, group tours, and gift shop.

700 Cannery Row KK
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-5446

Sovino
241 Alvarado, in the Portola Hotel & Spa. This downtown shop specializes in California premium boutique wines and offers daily wine tastings and wine related gifts. 

241 Alvarado St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 641-9463

Museums

Monterey’s MY Museum
Located on Washington Street in Downtown Monterey; the MY Museum provides an environment unique to any other in Monterey County. This 8,500 square foot museum is packed with a variety of hands-on exhibits, making each visit unique and exciting.

425 Washington St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-6444

Monterey Museum of Art
Nationally accredited art museum of local and national artists.

559 Pacific Street
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-5477 

Maritime Museum of Monterey
Located in Stanton Center on the Custom House Plaza, near Fisherman's Wharf.

5 Custom House Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-2608

National Steinbeck Center
Located in Salinas, about 30 minutes from Monterey using Highway 68 East.

1 Main St
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 796-3833

Monterey Tours

The Wine Trolley
Pick-up takes place in front of the Portola Hotel & Spa at 11:00am.

290 Figueroa St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 624-1700

Princess Monterey Whale Watching
Year-round whale watching trips that leave from the docks of Fisherman's Wharf. Observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the bay.

96 Fishermans Wharf Suite 1
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 372-2203

Monterey Movie Tours
Scenic Movie Tour of the Monterey Peninsula including 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach!

(831) 372-6278

Sea Car Tours
Explore Monterey with Sea Cars talking cars (with GPS-driven narration) - what better way to see these great outdoors - in a Scoot Coupe!

230 Alvarado St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 884-6807

Restaurants

Jacks Restaurant & Lounge
Enjoy fresh, local, California cuisine at Jacks Restaurant. Dine in our bustling, fireside dining room or dine al-fresco on our outdoor pet friendly heated patio. Reserve our wine-inspired private dining room for a special occasion or intimate get together.

2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-2698

Peter B's Brewpub
Monterey’s original craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub is the perfect place for enjoying a cold beer and delicious pub food, relaxing on the pet friendly heated patio next to a fire pit or watching the game on one of our 18 HDTVs.

2 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-2699