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Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours

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Address: 750 Cannery Row, The Clement Hotel, Monterey, CA 93940-1087
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+1 831-521-3304

For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey...

For thousands of years people have made their living fishing the Monterey Bay, beginning with the Rumsien Ohlone, the native people of Monterey. From abalone to rockfish, everything was fished and the Monterey Bay was a multi-cultural stew. This entertaining tour led by noted fisheries historian and author, Tim Thomas, will take you back in time to explore the history of the fisheries of Monterey Bay and the people who made it Monterey famous.

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A lovely Saturday morning historical walk of Fisherman's Wharf with Tim Thomas

This morning (2/4/17) we took a walk through history of Fisherman's Wharf and the surrounding area. It was a wonderful experience. Tim Thomas is a fantastic guide. He is so... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2017
Robyn H
Columbus, Ohio

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

This morning (2/4/17) we took a walk through history of Fisherman's Wharf and the surrounding area. It was a wonderful experience. Tim Thomas is a fantastic guide. He is so knowledgeable. Mr. Thomas provided an extremely interesting narrative of the history of the wharf, the sea life surrounding the wharf and the many different people who came to live and... More 

1 Thank Robyn H
Sun City West, Arizona
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

This two hour walking tour by Tim Thomas really enriched our visit to Cannery Row. He has lots of historical pictures, props and entertaining stories.The amount of detailed knowledge he has is amazing! We learned about the history of fishing and canning in the area. We saw the worker's cottages, Ed Ricketts laboratory, the old Chinese grocery and more. (... More 

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Yuba City, California
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

Enjoyed just strolling amongst the many shops and eateries in the sunshine. It was a wonderful day for it.

Thank marjorie g
Monterey County, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

I have lived on the Monterey Peninsula for over 50 years and have lived at times and played on Cannery Row since 1972. I thought I knew a lot of the history of Cannery Row but Tim's knowledge was incredible. His presentation, mannerisms, props, photographs, etc., are excellent. You will not be disappointed!

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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 14 November 2015

Visited as part of a tour from San Francisco. The area is interesting but Cannery Row is a real tourist trap. Would have liked to have seen more of Monterey but was unable to do so. Plenty of food outlets and shopping but if you want a basic sandwich no luck.

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Timsardine, Owner at Monterey Waterfront & Cannery Row Tours, responded to this review

This review is NOT about Monterey Waterfront Cannery Row Tours, rather about Cannery Row in general. The writer of this review did not take one of my tours. More 

Waterloo, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 November 2015

As others have mentioned, Tim is a terrific tour guide. We knew nothing about Cannery Row when we started but by the end of the tour we could visualize what it would have been like to be there back in the day. Tim's knowledge, props and enthusiasm created an enjoyable two hour tour.

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Monterey, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Tim gave a very knowledgable and in-depth tour of Cannery Row. He had props which he used to enhance your experience. We will be recommending him to our friends!

Thank erinlindsay16
San Diego, California
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33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Our guide, Tim Thomas, was incredible. With photos, a bag full of props, and great story telling - he took us back in time and brought Cannery Row alive. My wife and I take tours wherever we go - and this was one of the best we've ever had.

Thank John N
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90 reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

Looking for a tour while spending the day in Monterey on a cruise. Reviewed options and this looked like the one. Tim meets you at the end of the pier where cruise tenders let you off. He knows the area and presents the information in a way that will keep you interested. Has a big bag of props and old... More 

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San Jose, California
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Tim was an incredible fountain of knowledge. He gave us a tour up and down cannery row and through some of the surrounding buildings. He knows people involved in the history himself and had so much great information to share! What an awesome tour. We did this during our stay in the area for our 1st wedding anniversary. I have... More 

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