2075 N. Fremont St.
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 373-5551
Fax: (831) 373-4250
This gorgeous state beach is the perfect setting for an afternoon of family fun in the sun. From swimming, fishing, boating, making sand castles, flying kites, kayaking and more, the range of outdoor activities are endless here. Be prepared for cold weather, the fog rolls in quickly here, so be sure to pack an extra layer of clothing!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 winery has won more awards than any other winery in the country, the Dry Chenin Blanc and the Riesling being the biggest winners. The same team of winemakers has been here for over two decades and the aesthetic is European with a California flavor. The winery carries a wide stock of whites, reds and varietals. The property also has a retail store and a tasting room where you can sample the many award-winning wines. The winery grows their own grapes and in the last decade has planted over half a million new vines.
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.