Monterey Peninsula - Top 5 Off the course activities

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We all know that the Monterey Peninsula is home to some of the most visually stunning golf courses anywhere in the world. If you haven't been there yourself, you may not have known that there are just as many fun things to do OFF the course as ON. Here are five off-the-course activities that stand above the rest.
 

No. 5
laguna seca
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
 
Since its inception in 1957 the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has been fueling the Monterey Peninsulas passion for racing. This paved road racing track is used for both auto and motorcycle racing and hosts four professional events annually. It also welcomes amateur racing, though its worth checking out, even if only from outside the gates. 1021 Monterey Salinas Hwy, Monterey, Calif. - (831) 242-8201
 
No. 4
pebble beach lone cypress
Lone Cypress
 
The symbol of Pebble Beach Co. and one of Californias enduring landmarks, the 250-year-old Lone Cypress along 17-mile drive is a must-see for anyone who appreciates the history of golf. Its ability to stand alone among the jagged rocks of the pacific coast is just as breathtaking as it is inspiring.
 
No. 3
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Wine tasting
 
With more than 40,000 acres of vineyards planted, Monterey County ranks third in terms of value of wine grapes in North America. Monterey also leads the nation with the largest planting of Chardonnay grapes. Translation: There are enough vineyards in and around the Monterey Peninsula that you can plan your trip around grapes, alone.
 
No. 2
pebble beach lodge view
Alex Vertikoff
The balcony at The Lodge
 
If youre not one of the lucky few whove had the chance to play the course, a good way to still absorb the beauty of Pebble Beach is to sit on the balcony that overlooks the 18th green. On a sunny day its arguably the most relaxing setting in the world. A great way for a common citizen to feel like a king or queen for a while.
 
No. 1
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Monterey Bay Aquarium/Randy Wilder
Monterey Bay Aquarium
 
Internationally renowned and thought of as one of, if not the best aquarium in America. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is unique in that it has engaging exhibits for all ages. Converted from an old cannery, it sits at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in the heart of the Monterey Wharf and offers one of the most diverse collections of indigenous sea life anywhere in the world. Its a landmark in the area, and continues to expand and improve. If you think its silly that an aquarium can be the #1 off-the-course activity, youve obviously never been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. 886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA - (831) 648-4800