Steinbeck's Cannery Row: Explore Monterey on a self-guided audio tour

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Location: Monterey
Category: Tours & Sightseeing
Duration: 75.0 - 90.0 minutes
Trip difficulty: Easy
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Currency: USD
Language: English
TimeZone: America/Los_Angeles
Highlights Steinbeck Plaza
Ed Rickets Biological Laboratories
Monterey Plaza Hotel
San Carlos Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Step back into the bygone era of John Steinbeck's fabled Cannery Row.
This self-guided, self-paced audio walking tour will explore Cannery Row in Monterey California and the surrounding area as well as a number of hotels and historic sites. There's a separate admission charge for entrance to Monterey Bay Aquarium.

On this tour, you'll hear how the area served as the industrial heart of Monterey in the first half of the 1900s. Its seemingly inexhaustible number of Pacific sardine attracted fishermen, investors and inventors from around the world seeking their fortune. But, (spoiler alert!) overfishing would decimate the industry by the 1950s.

You will also discover the connection between John Steinbeck and this area as you meet some of the colorful characters that were immortalized in his novel Cannery Row and its sequel Sweet Thursday. Finally, you'll discover the incredible story of how Cannery Row quite literally rose from the ashes to what is now a welcoming waterfront of world-class hotels, wine rooms, restaurants and shopping opportunities. 

Commentary English: Audio
Included Lifetime access to this self-guided tour in English
VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
Excluded Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
Smartphone and headphones
Food and drink
Know before you book This is a self-guided audio tour.
Entrance fees to all attractions mentioned on the tour are excluded from the price.
Know before you go Install the VoiceMap app beforehand and use the code included with your ticket to download the tour.
Remember your headphones, unless you've booked a driving tour.
Charge your phone's battery. The way VoiceMap uses GPS to play audio automatically can be battery intensive.
Additional Information
Not wheelchair accessible
  1. All of VoiceMap's audio tours are self-guided and users must bring their own smartphone and headphones to take the tour. We urge all our users to wear facemasks and carry hand sanitiser with them to ensure their own protection and the protection of others.

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Operating Info

Booking Cut-off No booking cut-off applies
Valid From date booked


Type: Starts location
Lat & Long: 36.615638, -121.901603
Address: 701 Wave St, Wave St, Monterey, California, 93940
Directions: The starting point is diagonally across the street from the Sardine Factory restaurant (701 Wave Street) at the corner of Prescott Avenue and Wave Street. Directions from the Cannery Row Parking Garage to this location: If you exit on to Prescott Avenue, turn right and walk to the corner of Prescott Avenue. Cross Wave Street and stop at the corner of Prescott and Wave diagonally across the street from the Sardine Factory restaurant. If you exit the parking garage on Wave Street, turn left on to Wave, walk to the corner of Prescott and Wave and turn right. Cross Wave and stop at the corner of Prescott and Wave diagonally across the street from the Sardine Factory restaurant.
Notes: There are two options for parking along Cannery Row. Parking along the street of Cannery Row is metered. Each meter lists the hours of enforcement. These accept dollar coins, quarters, dimes and nickels and runs about $1.50 per hour. If you prefer a parking garage, we suggest the Cannery Row Parking Garage. The entrance is 601 Foam Street between Hoffman and Prescott Streets. Foam is a one way street so enter Foam from Hoffman in order to get to the Cannery Row parking Garage entrance. A flat rate is charged at entry, cash, Visa or MasterCard are accepted. At the time of this writing the rate was $10 per day, no in and out privileges.
End Location Address Prescott Ave, Prescott Ave, Monterey, California, 93940
Start Location Notes 701 Wave St, Wave St, Monterey, California, 93940
Type: Ends location
Lat & Long: 36.6159926, -121.9001719
Address: Prescott Ave, Prescott Ave, Monterey, California, 93940
End Location Address Prescott Ave, Prescott Ave, Monterey, California, 93940
Start Location Notes 701 Wave St, Wave St, Monterey, California, 93940


Cancellation Policy: none
Cancellation Cut-off: 24 hours
Cancellation Notes: Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund


Voucher Access Code 6-99 years $4.99 Available on request


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