Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey

3.9
#4 of 101 in Neighborhoods in California
Pier / Boardwalk · Neighborhood
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Once a bustling fish market, Old Fisherman's Wharf combines history, entertainment, and ocean activities. The Custom House, one of the oldest U.S. government buildings in California, stands at the wharf's entrance. Custom House Plaza also houses the local-history Monterey Maritime Museum. The wharf's restaurants offer seafood and other specialties in both casual and formal settings. Take time to browse various shops for souvenirs, handicrafts, and sweets, or visit some of the art galleries. Keep an eye out for the sea lions that often swim around the wharf and take naps on the buoys. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Old Fisherman's Wharf by using our Monterey road trip planning app.
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Old Fisherman's Wharf reviews

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  • A lot of tourist tack, but the sunset arrival of hundreds of seals to sleep on the beach makes it a must see. 
    A lot of tourist tack, but the sunset arrival of hundreds of seals to sleep on the beach makes it a must see.  more »
  • We liked this place. Yes it’s a bit of a tourist trap but I’m a tourist. We had dinner and watched some sea life and other people. The seals were fun to watch. Very entertaining. 
    We liked this place. Yes it’s a bit of a tourist trap but I’m a tourist. We had dinner and watched some sea life and other people. The seals were fun to watch. Very entertaining.  more »
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  • Great food and atmosphere! Food was tasty and probably best chowder I've ever had! We order sand on the beach and a grasshopper cocktail, hot crab sandwich with the chowder, fish and chip(excellent breading-not greasy) and shared a Creme Brule. The dessert tray options were amazing. Wonderful day out of town, escaping heat of Central Valley. Go try them, you won't be disappointed!
  • We had a blast here. I took my daughter up and down the wharf. She enjoyed looking at everything. My other half enjoyed the small shops too. We stopped at the old fisherman's grotto for lunch. Absolutely amazing. Well worth the stop.

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