Discover exciting motorsports racing action at the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, a world-class raceway and county park. Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is home to the Honda Grand Prix, motorcycle racing, the Sea Otter Classic, Cherry's Jubilee, NASCAR events, historic auto races, and several festivals and concerts throughout the year. Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is located between Monterey and Salinas on Highway 68.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a protected marine area off California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, this national treasure encompasses a shoreline of 276 miles and 5,322 square miles of ocean. Supporting one of the world’s most diverse marine ecosystems, it is home to numerous mammals, seabirds, fishes, invertebrates and plants. Board a sport fishing boat in search of salmon or tuna. Kayak or canoe tours offer a great look at the otters and seals. Scuba divers and snorklers can explore a diversity of undersea life.
Monterey Bay is a lively port for fun and exploration of sea and land life. Venture into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the world's largest protected ocean habitat.
Dive lush kelp forests, watch sea otters, kayak waterways shared with dolphins, sail indigo waters, and glide with gray whales. Marvel at an 87-foot whale skeleton while exploring underworld mysteries at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.
View jolly giant farmers standing 20 ft. high in the fields off Highway 68 at the entrance to The Farm. Crafted by local artist John Cerney, these larger-than-life statues of packers, trimmers and irrigators are a tribute to the hard-working men and women of Salinas Valley. Follow up with some fresh veggies from the farm stand.
Take a free personal “Asilomar Ramble” tour with local California State Parks rangers and cut loose on 80 acres that includes historic architecture, forested hiking trails and ready-to-wear dunes topped with wooden walking trails. Key sites include 16 structures designed by Julia Morgan ( Hearst Castle) between
1913 and 1928.
Watch gray whales on their annual winter (Dec-Mar) migration between Alaska and Mexico from one of Monterey County’s promontories: Pt. Pinos, Pt. Lobos or the Big Sur coastline.
Enjoy spectacular Carmel Valley views from trails at Garland Ranch Regional Park.
Head out on nearly 90 miles scenic mountain bike trails and roads on the former Fort Ord military base.
Do some birding at Point Lobos, Elkhorn Slough, Salinas River State Beach or Lake San Antonio.
There are so many unique attractions in Monterey that it can be hard to pick just one! Here's an overview of Monterey County’s top attractions.