central coast

In May, 1770, when Spanish explorers reached Monterey, "thousands of sea lions were about, so close to one another that they looked like a pavement." Today Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary, traveling with kids you'll see tons of barking sea lions (it's fun to bark along with the sea lions), harbor seals lolling on the rocks, adorable sea otters swimming through the kelp beds though deep blue waters of the bay.

Cannery Row - Aquarium
Old Monterey
- Wharf
Pacific Grove
Day trip - Pinnacles
Read our blog post about a lovely Christmas tradition and living history event in December: Monterey Christmas in the Adobes.
Monterey Bay Coastal Trail – The Coastal Trail goes for miles along Monterey Bay, all the way to Pacific Grove and miles east of Old Fisherman's Wharf. Rent bikes or surreys, or just take a stroll down the path – the section from Cannery Row to Lover's Point is especially scenic.
Tip: In summer, from May to September, ride the free trolley through town. It makes a loop from Fisherman's Wharf and downtown to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and back.
Fun food
Wander down Fisherman's Wharf, past steaming pots of crabs and salmon sizzling on the grill. Try the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. The fried calamari is also delicious and makes great finger food!
Family Hotels

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels and house rentals, all styles and price ranges, convenient to fun things to do with kids in Monterey:

Monterey family hotels
Monterey family house rentals

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