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Best Local Scene in Monterey

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El Estero Park

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.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Museum of Monterey

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.

Monterey, CA, United States
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San Carlos Beach Park

This urban beach is at the end of the famed Cannery Row near the Coastguard Pier and Reeside Avenue. A popular beach for scuba divers, many traverse the waters in the area to check out the remains of the cannery gear just offshore. Bring a picnic lunch and a blanket and bask in the beautiful weather Monterey is known for.

Monterey, CA, United States
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Monterey State Beach

The gorgeous Monterey 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. Its lengthy stretch of sand and gentle breeze also makes it favorable for a healthy walk or a jog. Be prepared for cold weather, the fog rolls in quickly here, so be sure to pack an extra layer of clothing!

Monterey, CA, United States
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Lovers Point Park

This iconic beach is at the foot of 17th Street, and is known its stunning beauty and variety of outdoor activities. From kayaking, surfing, swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing, to land activities such as beach volleyball, hiking, picnicking, and more. Bicycle rentals, public restrooms, and snack bar are also available. Lovers Point Park hosts the annual Feast of Lanterns pageant and fireworks festival.

Pacific Grove, CA, United States
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Laguna Seca Recreation Area

Laguna Seca Recreation Area is a scenic park offering magnificent views of the Salinas Valley and hillsides. Managed by the Monterey County Parks Department, the park offers camping facilities in its serene environment. The park gets a lot of visitors from the surrounding areas of Salinas Valley, Carmel Valley and Monterey Peninsula. A rifle and pistol range is also available for all you shooting buffs. The park provides a perfect backdrop for wedding parties, corporate dinners and events.

Salinas, CA, United States
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