monterey
Monterey
Pacific Grove
Lover's Point Park – Rent surreys and pedal down the bike path toward Cannery Row to Lover's Point Park. Play in the sandy cove or go boogie boarding. Bring a picnic or pick up lunch at the snack bar, and sit out on the grass with gorgeous views of the bay.
Asilomar State Beach - A one mile stretch of flat sandy beach, plus rocks to climb on. Kids should keep their eyes peeled for sea lions, California seals, and sea otters in the water. Or you can just sit and watch the waves break, totally mesmerizing.
Point Pinos Lighthouse - This cute little lighthouse has been flashing its light since 1855, and is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the West Coast. Inside the lighthouse, kids can see what the lighthouse keeper's parlor, kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping quarters (one lighthouse keeper was a woman, who tended the lighthouse for over 20 years), plus exhibits about lenses and guarding the Monterey coast.
Monarch Grove Sanctuary (Ridge Rd. Pacific Grove) - November through February, kids will enjoy a stop at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary to see scads of monarch butterflies, hanging out in the pine and eucalyptus trees. In the winter months, thousands of monarchs migrate to the central California coast. In the trees, the butterflies shelter together, or fly about - one might even land on a child's shoulder.
Tip: Bring binoculars, butterflies may be high up in the trees.
Pacific Grove Museum - If the weather is cloudy or foggy, head to the Pacific Grove Museum to discover the abundance of wildlife in Monterey County. Find out all about the habits of the Monarch butterfly, listen to whale sounds, check out the natural history exhibits, and climb on the full size sculpture of a gray whale in front of the museum. Free admission.

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