Things to Do in Monterey

Make The Most of Your California Travel

Monterey is one of the prime hotels near Monterey Bay Aquarium with a destination that offers numerous fun activities for you and your family. We handpicked our favorite things to do in Monterey to offer our guests places to visit while touring the picturesque California coast. Read on for our guide to the best local activities and excursions.


The Monterey Peninsula is home to 18 world-class championship golf courses, all perfect for spending a day on the greens. Interested in planning a Monterey golf weekend? Let Portola Hotel & Spa plan it for you! Our concierge team stays on top of all the latest specials and local deals at a variety of top notch Monterey golf courses. Whether you’re a twosome, foursome, or someone who is looking to plan a golf group outing, please call (831) 649-4511 and let our concierge plan your fun-filled Monterey Bay golf weekend today. Find our favorite golf courses in Monterey County below. 

  • Carmel Valley Ranch
  • Bayonet Golf Course
  • Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
  • Links at Spanish Bay
  • Monterey Pines Golf Course
  • Old Del Monte Golf Course
  • Pebble Beach Golf Links
  • Poppy Hills Golf Course
  • Spyglass Hill

Museums & Galleries

Discover the premier institutions of culture, art, and learning in Monterey, mere minutes from our hotel. The museums in Monterey provide a deep dive into the history of our city by the bay. A visit to one of these institutions is an ideal activity for every member of the family. With nationally recognized art collections, smaller galleries showcasing local talent, and more, you can immerse yourself in a vibrant art scene during your Monterey vacation. Explore our favorite Monterey museums and art galleries below.

  • Dali17 at the Museum of Monterey
  • The MY Museum
  • Monterey Museum of Art
  • Museum of Monterey
  • National Steinbeck Center
  • Venture Art Gallery
  • Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation

Water Sports

With the ocean mere minutes away from our hotel, your stay at Portola Hotel & Spa provides premier access to the best activities in the water. For Monterey watersports, you can do everything from scuba diving to kayaking. Plunge into the Pacific with our recommendations on where to go to enjoy the best SCUBA diving Monterey, California has to offer. Find adventure at one of the below local businesses.

  • Bamboo Reef Scuba Diving Centers
  • Breakwater SCUBA
  • Adventures by the Sea
  • Monterey Kayaks


Shopping in Monterey Bay ranges from outlets to luxury shops, bookstores to boutiques, and more. Read below for our Monterey, CA shopping guide and get an insider’s look at the many retail outlets near our hotel.

  • Cannery Row Antique Mall
  • The Barnyard
  • Del Monte Shopping Center
  • Downtown Carmel
  • Gilroy Premium Outlets


Discover the beauty of Monterey Bay and beyond. Located on the waters of Monterey Bay, your stay at our hotel provides premier access to the area’s natural beauty. Whether you’re traveling to our town for an escape to nature or are looking for a quick escape from the rush, our hotel provides easy access to the best hiking in Monterey, CA, and the surrounding area.

  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • Andrew Molera State Park
  • Limekiln State Park

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