Popular for being the setting for John Steinbeck’s 1945 novel of the same name, Cannery Row has a rich history as the Sardine Capital of the World. The street was originally called Ocean View Avenue, but was officially renamed Cannery Row in 1958 in honor of Steinbeck, who was a local of the area, and his classic novel. You can still see remnants of the old sardine canning days among many of the buildings, which now house shops, restaurants, galleries, and businesses.
Among the numerous attributes of Cannery Row is the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is home to all kinds of sea life – from jellies to penguins to sharks. Some of my favorites are the Outer Bay exhibit where you can look through the 54-by-15-foot window into one million gallons of sea water and marvel at soupfin and hammerhead sharks, enormous tuna, a giant sea turtle, and the peculiar sun fish.
Sometimes they even have a great white shark in the mix (like right now). I also love the Sea Otter exhibit where you can watch the cute little critters frolic about with one another and ham it up for the audience. In other exhibits, you can see a giant octopus, and a living kelp forest with leopard sharks, wolf eels and more (visit www.mbayaq.org).