Monterey Bay Aquarium's Cannery Row Walking Tour
By Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Join us for a walking tour of famed Cannery Row, starting just outside the Aquarium. Our Director of Interpretive Programs, Jim Covel, supplies fascinating insight into Cannery Row, inspiration for the famous John Steinbeck novel of the same name. The complete one-mile walking tour (all 11 segments) takes about an hour.
||Aquarium Entry||This walking tour begins at the main entrance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, site of the famed Cannery Row.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||LaIda Cafe||Learn about the La Ida café—now a restaurant—made famous in Steinbeck"s “Cannery Row.”||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wing Chong Building||Hear about the Wing Chong store, a popular hangout for characters in the two Steinbeck novels set in this area.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ed Ricketts Home||If this building could talk! Learn about Doc Ricketts lab, where he lived, did scientific work, and entertained the most colorful and famous characters of the Row.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||McAbee Beach||Learn about McAbee beach, where Portuguese harpoon whalers watched for their prey and a Chinese village once stood.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fish Hopper||Hear how the simple concept of a wooden “fish hopper” revolutionized the sardine business and helped bring in 70 tons of fish each hour.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Monterey Plaza Hotel||Learn how this spot became the site of an elegant family estate — until the “fragrance” of the canneries drove the residents away.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bust of Ed Rickets||Hear about the tragic death of Doc Ricketts, which took place on this spot, and where a memorial stands today.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Del Monte Express||Learn about the Del Monte Express. In the 1880s, this train helped move sardines from the canneries to points across the country in just a day or two.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Monterey Canning Company||Hear about the canning business, how it changed over the decades, and how it all came to an abrupt end in the early 1950s.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cannery Worker Shacks||Learn about the lives of typical cannery workers, who stayed in unassuming shacks.||9/19/11||Free||View In iTunes|
Cannery Row Walking tour
A free and entertaining walking tour down the street Steinbeck made famous. I loved the "behind the scenes" history peppered in as well.