1058 Munras Ave.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 372-3381
Fax: (831) 372-4687
The San Carlos Cathedral, also known as Royal Presidio Chapel, was constructed in the 1770s. As the oldest functioning Catholic Church and the first stone building in the state of California, this cathedral's significance to local history is undeniable. The beautiful architectural style of this cathedral is breathtaking, with Spanish and Moorish influences.
This two level, brick house has been a refuge for many artists, families, writers and people from all walks of life during the early 18th-century. The French House as it was called then was the abode of famous Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson where he courted his to-be wife. This is where he wrote the "Old Pacific Capital," and was inspired to pen the “Treasure Island.” To save it from the verge of destruction, it was bought by two women who in turn gifted it to the state to make it a memorial. Today the Stevenson House has many memorabilia that includes furniture, first edition books and personal belongings of the writer.
Situated on Calle Principale in Monterey, California is the historic Larkin House. It was constructed in 1835 by Thomas O. Larkin. The year 1933 marked the inclusion of the house as a state historical landmark. Initially, it was touted to be the first house in Monterey with a fireplace. Adding further vitality to it is the fact that it was referred to as the first two story establishment in the whole of California. The superb structure boasts of the style of Spanish Colonial buildings coupled with modern architectural methods of New England. Over the years, the distinctive features and their preservation have resulted in upgrading the reputation of the Larkin House.
This famous Monterey playground is located in the El Estero Park. First opened in 1956, the park has undergone various renovations with the most recent in 2005. Named after the comic character by Hank Ketchum, the park features a toddler area and larger slides and structures meant for older children. A maze with a lookout tower, climbing wall, suspension bridge and statue of Dennis himself, this park is full of fun for kids of all ages.
Monterey is a charming coastal city that is a popular destination for whale-watching, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, and many other activities. Thanks to the fact that the city was founded in 1770 and incorporated in 1850, the city is home to several historical buildings. The city is perhaps best known for the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium which attracts thousands of visitors every year from all over the country.
This modern museum is dedicated to the maritime past Monterey is known for. Built in 1991, this local museum is over 17,000 square feet, it contains numerous artifacts, a large ship photography exhibit, scrimshaws and other such historic items. Located adjacent to the Custom House Plaza, this waterfront museum is the perfect way to learn more about the seaside community of Monterey.
The Old Customhouse is a Spanish Colonial style home. This house is a local landmark, and was used for civic purposes of Monterey County. The one-story structure, with a balcony in the front, reflects the olden style homes. Built in 1827, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This city park sprawls out over 45 acres, with lush lawns, walking paths, a picnic area with barbecues and tables, and El Estero Lake. Paddle boats are available for rental at the concession stand, making it the perfect outdoor activity for the whole family. The park also features a workout course and restrooms.
Located near the Fisherman’s Wharf, the Custom House Plaza is named after the historic Custom House that is located here. This building was built by the former Mexican administration in the 1820s, and was used for the collection of taxes. This plaza is a very prominent square in the city, and is the venue for several major events, like the Monterey Greek Festival. So, do pay a visit to this attraction when visiting the city.
This winery's Monterey Zinfandel and Chardonnay have both won several silver and bronze medals throughout the years. The family-owned operation has been in existence since 1925, and the tasting room in Cannery Row attracts many locals as well as tourists and wine connoisseurs. Step up to the marble bar and taste samples from all of California's grape-growing regions. The winery's California Merlot and Chardonnay make up the Scenic Cellars Collection, and the varieties of reds and whites in the standard collection are impressive.
Cannery Row is a fantastic waterfront street a mile down the coast from Fisherman's Wharf. The street is featured in John Steinbeck's book Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday. Cannery Row is named after old sardine canning factories, but those factories are no longer operational and instead house stores, restaurants and bars. You can easily spend days shopping and eating at wonderful restaurants. This area is also a marine sanctuary, so you'll probably see California sea lions sunning themselves. If you want to learn more or help the sea lions visit the Friends of the Sea Otter shop. And no trip to Cannery Row is complete without visiting the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The Pacific Biological Laboratories was a lab built in 1937 which used to make specimen microscopic slides and sell preserved animals. This historic facility became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 because of its rich past.