Cannery Row

Cannery Row, Monterey, CA

Cannery Row is a water front street in New Monterey that was known as Ocean Avenue until 1958, when the name was changed to Cannery Row in honor of John Steinbeck's book by the same name. Along with the many tourist shops, and the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, there is much history behind Cannery row as well.  We will save that for another post.

Being a sixteen year old from Pacific Grove, going to Cannery Row is a great getaway. Walking up and down Cannery Row gives you a great view of the beautiful Monterey Bay water front while smelling the aromas of the delicious foods from all of the restaurants and diners. 

As you walk down Cannery Row, there are little shops left and right. Along with all the touristy shops where you can find your one and only Monterey jacket or t-shirt, there is a Sunglass Hut at 750 Cannery Row, Harley Davison Motorcycle Shop at 700 Cannery Row, and much more.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium


The Monterey Bay Aquarium located on 886 Cannery Row was constructed in 1984. Inside of the aquarium you will find fish of all species, sea otters, great white sharks, penguins, seahorses, jellyfish, and others to learn about. In the last couple of years they have just finished the seahorse and jellyfish exhibits, which are pretty cool. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a very child friendly environment. There is a hands on area that is popular amongst the children who visit there. The aquarium offers tours you can sign up for where they give you full detail of the different species of creatures found inside the aquarium. In addition, ages five and up can sleep over under the water tanks waking up next to the fish and a complimentary breakfast. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an experience that is remarkable and should be put on everyones must see list when visiting Cannery Row.

Doc Rickett's Lab

Ed "Doc" Rickett's Lab on Cannery Row

Just a block down from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, you will find an unassuming building at 800 Cannery row, which was Ed "Doc" Rickett’s lab . Ed Rickett was a biologist, philosopher, and ecologist in the 1920’s made famous in John Steinbecks book, Cannery Row. Many people pass the address and wonder what it is while others (fans of the book) stop and take their picture on the stairs. Inside Ed Rickett’s lab there were specimens that he sold to school labs for testing.  These specimens included frogs, starfish, sardines, etc that he collected in the tide pools down by the beach there. Throughout the years of studying inside the lab, he also had many different caged snakes that he collected. He is a major icon that makes Cannery Row what it is today.  

To learn more about what to do while in Monterey, visit the Cannery Row Company website.

If you are looking to purchase a Monterey Peninsula home and you would like to be within walking distance to Cannery Row, you can search New Monterey Real Estate or Pacific Grove Old Retreat Real Estate, both of which are within walking distance to Cannery Row.  Click the link if you are looking for a Monterey Ocean View Home or a Pacific Grove Ocean View Home.


Written By Noa, a Pacific Grove High School Student for