Monterey sits on the peaceful shores of Monterey Bay where its views and local history are unmatched by any other California shore community. Along with its rich aquatic tapestry and historic Spanish architecture, Monterey holds many of California's firsts. It is home to the first theater, the first brick house, the first publicly funded school, the first public library, and the first printing press, which are all preserved and revered. It is home to the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, and Fisherman's Wharf, all which were brought to life in the classic novels written by its most famous resident, John Steinbeck. Local parks are bountiful, including Dennis the Menace Park where paddle- boating and feeding the ducks is a daily occurrence. Its year round temperate climate and pristine location offers an abundance of activities to choose from. Whether golfing, shopping, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, or dining, Monterey makes even its residents feel as if they are on vacation.