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Nice statue honouring people passed

A nice monument along cannery row, well worth stopping for a photo. Was quite busy when we arrived... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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Monument to Local Community Leader

In nice plaza between Cannery Row tourist shop mall buildings, over looking Monterey Bay. Good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA, USA
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Cannery Row, Steinbeck Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 27 February 2016

In Cannery Row, right at Steinbeck Plaza!, you will be greeted by a bust of American author, John Steinbeck. The author known for “Of Mice and Men”, “East of Eden” and “The Grapes of Wrath” had written “Cannery Row” in 1945. The novel gives a...More

2  Thank kndy2099
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 14 May 2016

Nine individuals who had a part to play in Monterey's history and helped shaped the town into what we see today are depicted in this monument. There's John Steinbeck, the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature - he's the one highest on the mound,...More

3  Thank ianwyj
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Do take advantage of the coastal path that runs from Pacific Grove, through Monterey and into Seaside. It is a great outdoors way to see the tourist stuff without shopping for spoons and thimbles (do they still sell that stuff). Bike and Surrey rentals can...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice monument along cannery row, well worth stopping for a photo. Was quite busy when we arrived but a cruise ship had just come in.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In nice plaza between Cannery Row tourist shop mall buildings, over looking Monterey Bay. Good landmark to meet up at.

Thank Local93921
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A new addition. Very few sculptures move me but this one did (even with the bird material on it). This some very beautiful sculptures put on a rock to tell a story. The sculptures are very life like. The expression fit what they are trying...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A monument to the history of Cannery Row and really John Steinbeck. Worth checking out if wandering the Row or a big Steinbeck fan. I would not have sought it out otherwise.

Thank Bima01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Doc , Mack and the boys are given a ramshackle joie de vivre in this high spirited tribute to John Steinbeck - it is uninhibited , bawdy , compassionate just like the book. Good job. Look for the frogs.

Thank yandinazetland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great statue, brings the history of the area to life! Each character tells a story, and is outlined in an informational plaque that's worth a 10-minute stop to read/enjoy.

Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 16 October 2018

This monument epitomises the very hard Life endured by the characters in his novel "Cannery Row". Nice place to sit and take a breather!

Thank BobandJosie
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

This is a massive statue just off Cannery Row. It's a beautiful tribute to Steinbeck and the people who inspired the characters in his stories. It's very detailed and it's fun to look at all the details and faces. There are benches to sit on...More

Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed 14 October 2018

Great spot in town to watch people, take photos, grab a bite, watch the sunset. Busy on weekends but still fun.

Thank WeekendWoman
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13 October 2017|
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Response from Esty666 | Reviewed this property |
There's parking in the adjacent streets, metered, as well as a few blocks away for free, the latter also more easily available as it involves a few minutes' walking.