"Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” John Steinbeck in Cannery Row
In January 1958, the City of Monterey officially re-named Ocean View Avenue "Cannery Row" in honor of John Steinbeck and his novel that described a colorful past set amid the cannery culture of the time. Now, Cannery Row's buildings are updated, shinier versions of turn-of-the-century canneries. They house an eclectic blend of specialty shops, local artists' galleries, and more than 25 restaurants and world-class attractions that make Cannery Row a top tourist destination.
Cannery Row Attractions
The main attraction on Cannery Row, and a favorite for visitors to the Central Coast, is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Constantly surprising with new exhibits and programs, and with a steadfast dedication to marine education and conservation, the aquarium is consistently ranked among the top attractions in the world. For an additional family activity, visit the Monterey Mirror Maze, where families can work as a team to find their way from the beginning to the end of the maze.
Cannery Row Shopping
You won't want to go home empty handed after your visit from Cannery Row. Stop in at one of the lovely shops along the way for a special keepsake or souvenir. How about taking home a piece of art from Crystal Fox Gallery or a vintage treasure from the Cannery Row Antique Mall? Surprise your friends and family with some fine chocolates from Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop or a can of freshly canned sardines from the Cannery Row Sardine Company.
Cannery Row Activities
It's easy to shed your car and go "green and marine" on Cannery Row. Take in the wonders of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by scuba diving with the starfish, kayaking with the sea otters or bike riding from beach to beach along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail on a bicycle.