A historic waterfront section of Monterey once home to several sardine canning facilities, Cannery Row is now the premiere entertainment and dining district. Full of excitement and possibility, Cannery Row is the place to be. Like many trendy districts, Cannery Row began as an industrial zone. The original name of the area, Ocean View Avenue, was officially changed in 1958 to honor American author John Steinbeck and his gloriously acclaimed novel Cannery Row which was inspired by this Monterey canning district. Of Cannery Row, Steinbeck said it was "a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream." Today, while the history of the canning industry remains, Cannery Row is but a dream.
Now a world-renowned tourist attraction and premium vacation destination, two-mile long Cannery Row continues to draw visitors to its wide array of boutiques, galleries, restaurants, cozy and first-class accommodations, acclaimed spas, fabulous aquarium and excellent recreational opportunities all set against the shining backdrop of the Monterey National Marine Sanctuary.
Whether you and your student group are looking to indulge in a day of luxurious spa treatment, sensational shopping, or the explorers among you are ready to hit the water, everyone in your travel group will find plenty to occupy them at this fabulous Central Coast getaway! A veritable melting pot of fantastic dining possibilities including casual to elegant seafood and steaks, pizza and Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and good ole classic American diner fare affords you all the refueling you need to continue your Cannery Row adventure. Treat yourself to a super-sized Ghirardelli Ice Cream Sundae, or sink your teeth into an ooey-gooey chocolate dipped caramel apple from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Company and then head over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium at the west end of the Row to experience “Tentacles,” a new 12-exhibit cephalopod extravaganza for a meet and greet with the world’s largest octopi and a crew of colorful cuttlefish!