One of the prime locations to explore on the Monterey Peninsula is historic Cannery Row, made famous by legendary California writer, John Steinbeck. Today, Cannery Row is an eating, drinking, shopping, and playing, center of attraction. Dine steps away from the ocean or waterfront, while enjoying fresh-caught seafood and nearby Salinas Valley produce. Sample wines from Monterey County’s 175 vineyards at any of the four exquisite tasting rooms, with one offering a custom blending experience. Grab a drink to savor while listening to live music, watching the latest game, or playing a game of your own such as darts or pool. Discover unique art, jewelry, clothing, and gifts to share with friends and family or keep for yourself as a memory of an unforgettable vacation. Let the kids have fun too, with mazes, lasers, and Mini Golf. Last but not least, don’t forget to touch the water, whether it’s by relaxing at the beach, or experiencing the bay in a whole new way with a paddle-board or kayak beneath you.
Cannery Row, formerly known as “Ocean View Avenue,” was once a bustling street full of salmon and sardine canneries. The first major cannery built here was born in 1908. World War I created a huge spike in demand, and production on Cannery Row grew from 75,000 cases in 1915 to 1.4 million in 1918. World War II created another spike in demand, but after, the sardines disappeared from Monterey Bay and so did the canneries.