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Historic Cannery Row: Explore John Steinbeck's Monterey on an audio walking tour

This self-guided, self-paced audio walking tour will explore Cannery Row in Monterey California and the surrounding area as well as a number of hotels and historic sites. There's a separate admission charge for entrance to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

On this tour, you'll hear how the area served as the industrial heart of Monterey in the first half of the 1900s. Its seemingly inexhaustible number of Pacific sardine attracted fishermen, investors and inventors from around the world seeking their fortune. But, (spoiler alert!) overfishing would decimate the industry by the 1950s.

You will also discover the connection between John Steinbeck and this area as you meet some of the colorful characters that were immortalized in his novel Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday. Finally, you'll discover the incredible story of how Cannery Row quite literally rose from the ashes to what is now a welcoming waterfront of world-class hotels, wine rooms, restaurants and shopping opportunities.

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1 hour 15 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Lifetime access to this tour in English
    • VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
    • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
    What's excluded :
    • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
    • Smartphone and headphones
    • Transportation
    • Food and drink
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: The Cannery Row Monument, Cannery Row Steinbeck Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940

    The tour takes you past the Cannery Row Monument and briefly explains the significance of each person depicted.

    Pass By: Monterey Canning Company, 711 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

    The tour takes you past the original Monterey Canning Company warehouse. Outside the warehouse is where you'll hear the story of
    Cannery Row.

    Pass By: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., 720 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

    The tour passes the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant which is the highest-grossing restaurant on the Row. You'll hear about its connection to the Monterey Canning Company.

    Pass By: InterContinental the Clement Monterey, 750 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

    The tour will take you briefly inside the InterContinental The Clement Monterey Hotel where you'll be shown a historic aerial photograph of Cannery Row.

    Pass By: Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories, 800 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1023

    You'll walk past Doc Rickett's Pacific Biological Laboratories where you'll more about the man that lived there.

    Pass By: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940-1085

    The tour takes you past the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

    Pass By: Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership, 625 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

    The tour takes you past this environmentally sustainable, 25,000 square foot center. It opened in 2019, to expand and enhance the Aquarium’s educational programs by offering free informative programs for teachers and students.

    Pass By: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

    The tour stops briefly outside the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa where you'll hear about some of its shops.

    Pass By: San Carlos Beach, Foam St. and Cannery Row, Monterey, CA

    You'll walk along the San Carlos Beach.

  • Departure Point :
    The Sardine Factory, 701 Wave St, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 2/25/2020 - 11/1/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    Steinbeck Plaza, Cannery Row, Monterey, Prescott Ave, Monterey, CA 93940, USA
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


English - Audio

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Activity ID: V-110804P232

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