I watched all kinds of kids having the best time on the Wharf in Monterey, they were watching the sealife, eating candy, sampling clam chowder and getting their faces painted. They all looked like they were having the time of their lives. Pointing out the boats, and running along the recreation trail with happy smiling faces all decorated as butterflies and pirates! What fun to see such happiness abound!
This is a must see. After parking, walking, and entering the wharf, you will be greeted by many food venders. The restaurants (and there are many) offer free samplings of some of their foods, especially the wonderful clam chowder. You can eat outside and indoors. The seafood is fresh off the boats, breads are homemade, and everyone is so friendly. The scenery is wonderful. If you hear clicking sounds, while looking at the ocean, follow the sound. The sound is coming from the otters. They are cracking their catch on a rock while basking in the sun on their backs. It is truly amazing. You are also surrounded by the barking of the seals that are everywhere you look. It is breath taking, and an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
This is a beautiful place just to spend some time walking up and down and relaxing. My 3 yr old daughter loved the stores and specially the candy shops. There's also lots of samples of clam chowder being given away and my daughter loved that too! All in all a very good time without spending a lot of money.
We had lunch on the Wharf in Monterrey for Spring Break weekend & had a wonderful time. We parked around te corner from the restaurant & with the strollers had a great walk to the restaurant & then walked to the downtown area where all the shops are & must have walked abou 1/2 a mile or so... walked off the Clam Chower we ate & it was a beautiful walk along the beach on the walk/bike path. Take a jacket but it was a perfect day. Would love to stroll again soon.
Side by side stretching into Monterey Harbor, Wharf #2 is the home of the commercial fishing fleet and several seafood restaurants, while Fisherman’s Wharf is a breezy boardwalk, delightfully weather-worn and smelling of salt spray and caramel corn, and crowded with cafes, souvenir shops, fish markets, galleries, and sightseeing and tour companies. From here you can rent kayaks, go whale watching, and take a bike ride or a walk around the edge of the bay. One of the most fun things to do is to rent an overgrown bicycle, which is powered by two adults in back, with room for two litle kids to ride in front. Across from the entrance to Fisherman’s Wharf, Custom House Plaza is the site of festivals and special events, terraced lawns, fountains, and boccie courts.
Of course, this is not as big as Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, so don't expect that but it is a cute little Wharf in Monterey. Very reasonibly priced restaurants that overlook the water along with cute, unique shops that accentuate this fishing community.