- Our list of the best things to do in Salinas, California, features the top 248 nearby activities — including 112 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Salinas, CA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Food & Drink, Museums & Galleries, and Entertainment & Shows.
- The results below include the top 25 things to do within the city of Salinas, CA , followed by 223 popular activities in nearby cities, including Monterey, Carmel, Hollister, Pacific Grove, Gilroy, Watsonville, Seaside, Aptos, Marina, Big Sur and Marina del Rey
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1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy., Salinas, CA 93908 MoreLess Info
The Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a must-see for racing enthusiasts or guests just looking for an adrenaline rush. The raceway hosts events year round including Cart Indy Car Racing and Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing.
Monterey Bay Equestrian Center offers a selection of equestrian services. The center provides horseback riding tours along the shoreline as well as romantic horse drawn carriage rides for special occasions.
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132 Central Ave., Salinas, CA 93901 MoreLess Info
Fan's of John Steinbeck will enjoy a visit to The Steinbeck House and Best Cellar Gift shop. The house was the childhood home of the famed author and now operates a restaurant and museum, while the gift shop offers a wide array of specialty gifts and Steinbeck's books.
One Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901 MoreLess Info
The National Steinbeck Center celebrates the life and works of author John Steinbeck. Visitors will discover artifacts from his life and pieces of his history that shaped the stories he told including, The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.
Somos gallery is a unique art-gallery specializing in underground, urban, tattoo art, dunnys, kidrobot, vinyls, and modern clothing and accessories. Art-loving and helpful staff are knowledgeable and support local art and music through live music and exhibits.
Wild Things is a exotic animal facility dedicated to providing a sanctuary for animals that are used in the film and production industry. The facility, open for tours throughout the year, has adopted many neglected or abused animals, giving them a safe home.
Open since 1971, Toro County Park has remained a haven for locals and tourists. The park is a prime location for spotting local wildlife such as birds, coyotes, mountain lion and deer, and features a horseshoe pit, volleyball, softball and over 20 miles of hiking trail.
Situated on 4,756 acres, Toro Park features over 20 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park offers sports facilities, picnic areas, a children's playground, access to wildlife and views of Monterey Bay.
Popular first-run movies are shown across 14 individual screens at Maya Cinemas, which validates parking for movie-goers at the adjoining parking structure since there is no on-site parking. When available, movies are shown in 3-D or Dolby Atmos.