5 Outdoor Activities to Do in Monterey County
There is so much to see and do while visiting Monterey County, so I wanted to share with my readers a few of my favorite outdoor activities. Even if you aren’t the first to jump at the chance of doing something outdoorsy, I made sure to include something for everyone.
Adventures by the Sea (Monterey County)
299 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940
There’s nothing quite like getting to know a place than by water. Discover the lovely Monterey Peninsula by kayak, bicycle or by a guided tour. My personal recommendation would be to give stand up paddle-boarding a shot if you’ve never done it before.
Allen Berg Racing School
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, CA 93908
If you feel the need, the need for speed, check out the Allen Berg Racing School, run by former Formula One World Championship driver, Allen Berg. They use state-of-the-art Formula race cars to provide those starting their racing career and those looking for adventure, an unforgettable driving experience.
Hwy One, Big Sur, CA 93923 (Monterey County)
The beautiful Bixby Bridge is a hot spot in Central California. It’s one of those spots that you just have to stop and see in person.
Pro Tip: Local photographer, Michael Troutman, recommends visiting the Old Coast Road to capture your shot of the Bixby Bridge. “It has a very dramatic view looking back toward Bixby Bridge,” says Troutman.
Chaparral Ranch Horseback Beach Rides
Salinas River State Beach, Moss Landing, CA 95039
Sometimes a walk on the beach isn’t enough, so get your saddle and let’s go horseback riding. The beach rides are available in one hour and one and a half hour segments, and are led by friendly guides who are local experts on the area. Note: rides are only available on Fridays & Saturdays, unless week days are specially requested for a group.
Land Rover Experience Driving School
Quail Lodge, Carmel Valley, CA 93923
If you’ve ever wanted to go off roading, but never had the vehicle to get the job done, try the Land Rover Experience Driving School. Open year round, this unique experience puts you behind the wheel of a Land Rover, which you will take on steep descents, climb piles of logs and whip through hairpin turns. Their lessons and programs range from one hour to multiple days.