Nestled along the breathtaking Northern California coast, Monterey is the ultimate family vacation destination. And spring break is the perfect time of year to explore scenic beaches, play legendary golf courses, and discover gorgeous vineyards, mouthwatering cuisine, and fun events. Whether you're strolling through Cannery Row or biking the scenic 17-Mile Drive, you'll enjoy an unforgettable getaway in Monterey.
Here are a few ideas for fun things to do in Monterey with your kids and family this Spring Break season. Tip: It's the start of whale watch season, so pack your sense of adventure and head out into the Bay.
Best Things to Do with Kids
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Watch your kids smile and play with delight as they experience a world under the ocean. Discover more than 200 exhibits and 80,000 animals and plants, and meet sea otters, penguins, and sharks at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Encounter amazing creature at the new exhibit, Into the Deep: Exploring Our Undiscovered Ocean, opening April 9, 2022. See glowing jellies, giant isopods, and mysterious animals that thrive in the dark, mostly unexplored world of the deep sea.
Plan a lovely day out at historic Cannery Row with its wine tasting rooms, art galleries, popular eateries, and eclectic boutiques along Monterey Bay. Stroll along historic streets and enjoy the small beaches below.
Adventures by the Sea
Spend the afternoon kayaking and paddle boarding on Monterey Bay or biking along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail. Located on Cannery Row, Adventures by the Sea is the top adventure company in Monterey, offering tours and equipment rentals. Paddle out into the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary to spot sea lions and dolphins or peddle around the beautiful sights of this captivating town.
Monterey County Beaches
Monterey County is dotted with beautiful beaches and coves. From Del Monte Beach to Lovers Point, Monterey offers plenty of golden sand and sunshine. Take the excitement up a notch with some kayaking, paddleboarding, scuba diving, and surfing on Monterey Bay.
Soak in breathtaking views of the ocean with a mini road trip down 17-Mile Drive. Make sure you stop to take in the highlights of Monterey like the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Resorts, and the beautiful Del Monte Forest.
Enjoy spring in the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-sea with its storybook cottages, pretty courtyards, and a pristine beach. Don't forget to visit the Carmel Mission, discover the architecture of Carmel Village, and savor farm-fresh cuisine at popular restaurants.
Family Events in Monterey
Plan your spring break trip to Monterey with an itinerary that includes exciting events for the whole family. Here are some special ones to keep in mind.
Whalefest at Monterey Fisherman's Wharf
March 19 – 20
Location: Monterey Fisherman's Wharf
Learn all about majestic whales with the chance to attend lectures, documentaries, and theatrical performances. This two-day event will also cover whale watching trips, live music, and other fun activities.
Jazz Bash by the Bay
March 4 – 6
Location: Monterey Conference Center
Put on your dancing shoes and get ready for Jazz Bash by the Bay with amazing performers from all over the country. This Monterey music event celebrates classic music genres including jazz, swing, and blues. This year, Jazz bash by the Bay will present 25 musical performances in intimate venues all around Monterey.
Where Families Stay in Monterey
Looking for the perfect place to stay on your spring break getaway? Inns of Monterey features five unique boutique hotels with charming accommodations in locations near everything Monterey has to offer. Check out our latest getaway specials that make spring breaks a breeze. Or get in touch with our hospitality team for Monterey sightseeing tips and reservations at 800-232-4141 or email@example.com.
Monterey Bay Adventure Package
Experience the picturesque coastal scenery and playful marine life of the California coast. Enjoy biking, kayaking, or paddleboarding adventures on Monterey Bay. This special includes:
- Overnight accommodations for two at Spindrift Inn
- Two full day bike, kayak, or paddleboard rentals from Adventure by the Sea
- Complimentary breakfast for two
Relax and Renew at Monterey Bay Inn
- Ocean Harbor View Rooms starting at $224 on select dates.
- Complimentary breakfast overlooking Monterey Bay Sanctuary.
- Offer valid now for travel through March 31, 2022
Book Direct Special at Victoria Inn
BOOK DIRECT AND ENJOY 50% OFF
YOUR SECOND NIGHT OF STAY
Overnight Room Accommodations for Two
- Complimentary Breakfast
- Afternoon Wine & Cheese Hour
- Free Wi-Fi
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Book Early Special at Wave Street Inn
- Enjoy 15% off your stay
- Make a reservation more than 7 days in advance
Linger Longer with 50% off at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
When you stay one night at Casa Munras, enjoy 50% off your second night. Award-winning Estéban Restaurant serves up savings of 50% on your second entrée purchased. Offer valid now for travel through March 31, 2022.