Play all day: Go scuba diving, kayaking in the bay, or biking along the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary—or head to the beach for soft sand, surf, and sea lions.
Explore: Drive five minutes to Pacific Grove, home to the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Try the Portola Café & Restaurant in the aquarium; tables are set with binoculars you can use to spot frisky sea otters, cormorants, and whales. Dinner at The Fish Hopper on the Row, once a sardine cannery, has panoramic water views and sustainable seafood choices.
Family photo op: Angle the lens to catch masses of barking sea lions with their calves at nearby Lovers Point Park.
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