Things to do At Pelican Inn Monterey, California


Local Attractions

Stroll around historic downtown Monterey and stop by the heart of the Monterey fishing industry at Fisherman’s Wharf, both just one mile away. Make sure to visit the internationally acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium, less than 10 minutes from our Monterey, CA, hotel. Drive the 17-mile stretch along the coastline of Pebble Beach, where you can spend the day tanning, swimming or golfing. Other beaches in the area include Monterey State and McAbee Beaches, or go to the white-sand beaches of Carmel-by-the-Sea, about three miles away.

Browse the stores of Del Monte Shopping Center, or the Cannery Row area features specialty shops as well as galleries, wine tasting rooms and restaurants. Catch car races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca or check out the special events at Monterey Conference Center, which is one mile from our Monterey, CA, hotel. Take the scenic 45-minute drive to Big Sur for a nature hike through the redwoods of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.


Nearby Carmel Attractions

Located near the intersection of Highway 1 and Munras Avenue, the intimate Pelican Inn Monterey Carmel hotel is near many of Monterey’s attractions. From Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey Conference Center and Cannery Row to Monterey Bay Aquarium, historic downtown Monterey and a variety of golf courses, Carmel also features charming boutiques, art galleries, sandy beaches and wooded trails.

Carmel is widely known for its picturesque beaches, natural scenery and artistic heritage. With Point Lobos State Reserve, Carmel River State Beach, the 17-Mile Drive, the Borromeo del Rio Carmelo Mission and Pebble Beach all in one location, there is plenty to see in the area. Or you can simply walk down Ocean Avenue in Carmel Village and shop jewelry, furniture, antiques and other gifts.  Family vacationers & leisure travelers who may be interested in lodging in Carmel, CA should choose to stay at Pelican Inn Monterey Carmel because we offer the most affordable rates and amazing destination packages.


Monterey Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Hotel

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the largest and most well-known aquariums in the world. About 1.8 million people visit the Aquarium every year, making it a Monterey Bay tourist hotspot. Over 35,000 plants and animals call the Aquarium home, representing 623 species of aquatic life.  Admission to Monterey Bay Aquarium ranges from $25-$40. When you stay at Pelican Inn Monterey with an Aquarium Package Rate, you can enjoy a one night stay with complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, and receive two discount Monterey Bay Aquarium tickets valid for two consecutive days, with more available as part of our Monterey Bay Aquarium package deals. With this unbeatable deal on tickets, you can spend your day at the aquarium rather than waiting in line!


The Aquarium has daily feedings, programs, and specialized tours to inform and enlighten guests. In the summer, there are educational sleepovers and diving expeditions to immerse your family into the aquatic experience. Animals at the Aquarium include penguins, sharks, sea otters, jellyfish, seahorses, octopi and much more. One of the highlights of the Aquarium is the Kelp Forest Canopy Walkthrough, where visitors can walk through a sunlit canopy of kelp and try to spot a snail, crab or fish taking shelter in the forest. Kids will enjoy the interactive exhibits that encourage learning about the environment in the Enchanted Kelp Forest. They will be able to take home stamped bookmarks as souvenirs to remind them of the importance of conservation.

Activities To Do

There are displays and exhibits for every age at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Infants can play in the Coral Reef Kingdom, where there is plenty to see and touch at their eye level. The Waterbed Play Area is specially designed to encourage toddler movement. The Coral Reef Kingdom also has displays with colorful ocean creatures and differently shaped blocks to help children learn. Toddlers will also enjoy the Touch Pool of the Enchanted Kelp Forest, which allows kids and parents to touch sea stars, abalones, sea urchins, kelp crabs and more.


Eating options at the Aquarium include an on-site picnic area for guests behind the Education Building and the Portola Restaurant and Café. Individual guests can also picnic in the outside amphitheatre at the Great Tide Pool. A number of picnic sites are also available within walking distance of the Aquarium at Lover’s Point, Washington Park and San Carlos Beach near many Monterey Bay Aquarium hotels.  No food or drink is allowed in the Aquarium.


Hotel Near Monterey Bay Aquarium- Pelican Monterey

There are many hotels near Monterey Bay Aquarium to stay at when you’re visiting Monterey. Pelican Monterey is one of the best to choose because of its Monterey Bay Aquarium packages and many amenities, including complimentary deluxe continental breakfast with fresh waffles every morning, and a heated pool & hot tub.  Our Cannery Row hotel overlooks the beautiful Monterey Peninsula next to Pebble Beach and Carmel, making our hotel the ideal choice for your next Monterey Bay vacation.


Pelican Monterey Carmel is another great choice due to its convenient location close to historic downtown Monterey, the Aquarium, and many other attractions in the area. If you’re hoping to have a romantic getaway, choose a wood burning fireplace room to keep you warm and toasty. We look forward to seeing you at Pelican Monterey or Pelican Monterey California!


Dining Option

There are a variety of restaurants near our hotel in Monterey, California. Head to Lala Grill for California cuisine or try the seafood at Crabby Jim’s in Fisherman’s Wharf. Enjoy authentic Italian food at Domenico’s on the Wharf, or Montrio Bistro serves salads, beef sirloin and more.