Attractions in Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA
There’s no better way to spend your time at Carmel Green Lantern Inn than taking day trips to nearby Monterey attractions and returning to one of our cozy cottages at night. Use us as your home base as you explore California’s signature Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach golf course, Highway 1, and more!
Monterey Bay Aquarium
One of the best-known aquariums in the world for marine research and conservation, Monterey Bay Aquarium is a must-see, especially for families with children. Star exhibits include the Giant Pacific Octopus, Sea Otters, and African Penguins, along with aquarium classics like jellyfish, sharks, and local sea life. There are daily shows and feedings, as well as ample kids’ projects ranging from shark mask crafts to Bird Bingo. It’s not all geared toward the little ones, however. The aquarium also offers Romance Tours—the perfect addition to a couple’s getaway at our cozy inn.
Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf
About a mile apart on the beautiful California coastline, Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf are ideal destinations for seaside strolls past shopping, dining, and other attractions. Cannery Row is named for its history as a busy sardine canning area; however, it’s now known for over 25 restaurants and over 60 wine tasting rooms, as well as nightlife, beach activities, and close-up wildlife watching. Fisherman’s Wharf also hosts a myriad of restaurants, but its signature activities include seasonal whale watching and locally led fishing trips from the award-winning Clean Marina.
Pebble Beach and 17-Mile Drive
There are few golf courses more iconic than Pebble Beach. Home to Jack Nicklaus’ miracle one-iron shot, it’s every golfer’s dream destination. However, even non-golfers will find plenty to enjoy along the area’s scenic 17-Mile Drive. Visit the Lone Cypress, one of California’s longest enduring landmarks and consistently rated one of the most famous trees in the world. Discover the shipwreck-filled history of Point Joe, or stop for a picnic on the beautiful Spanish Bay. No matter what activities you choose, it’s sure to be a memorable drive—that’s why roughly 8 million cars have visited since 1990.
Highway 1 and Big Sur
Of course, 17-Mile Drive is far from the only famous roadway in California. Called the “Drive of a Lifetime” by National Geographic Traveler, California Highway One spans some of America’s most breathtaking scenery, from redwood trees reaching toward the sky to the Santa Lucia Mountain Range plunging into the sea. Although the highway runs the entire length of the state, we recommend the 26-mile drive between Carmel-By-The-Sea and Big Sur. It only takes about 45 minutes to complete, if you can resist the urge to stop and take pictures.
Point Lobos State Reserve
Often referred to as the crown jewel of California’s State Park system, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is an affordable way to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. The park features hiking trails for all levels of athleticism, fields of blooming wildflowers in the spring, and 10 unique diving areas, among other attractions. It’s also a great place for spotting marine life and is a popular spot for watching sea otters play in the waves. Round out your visit with a stop at the onsite cultural history museum to learn more about the whaling and abalone industry that once characterized the area.
Explore Carmel With a Stay at the Carmel Green Lantern Inn
With so much to see and do in Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, it’s important to have a relaxing place to stay at the end of your excursions. Our charming inn features 17 cozy rooms divided amongst 6 cottages for a laid-back community feel. Enjoy afternoon refreshments in the sun or kick back with your favorite show via in-room cable and wireless access. Rest, recharge, and then start your next day feeling refreshed and ready to experience all that the Monterey coastline has to offer.