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This historic adobe establishment was constructed in 1847, and has been used over the years as a tavern, courthouse, and even a newspaper office. The 19th-century building, is today converted into a musem delineating tales of California's history as well as governance of the state. The interactive displays and exhibits also walk visitors through the exciting and rich history of the city of Monterey when it was the capital Alta California, a Spanish province.
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 building that's famous because it's where US Commodore John Drake Sloat declared that California was part of the United States in 1846. Built in 1827, this historic building was used for civic purposes of Monterey County. The one-story structure, with a balcony in the front, reflects the olden style homes. This is the oldest government building in the state and the first State Historic Landmark.
Casa Soberanes is a beautiful house that was built in the mid-19th century by Rafael Estrada. Built using adobe clay, this old structure features a striking blue-colored gate. In 1860, this house was sold to the Soberanes family. After several restorations, the present owners have opened this old house to the public.
Want to sail out from the Monterey Bay and explore the process of deep-sea fishing? If so, climb aboard one of Chris' boats. These are spectacular tours led by several experts in the field. All of the skippers have been fishing Monterey Bay for most of their lives. Several boats are available, each one being over 50 feet long.
Enjoy a spectacular two-hour tour where you can see thousands of whales in the Monterey Bay. In the early part of the year, you can see the gray whales as they migrate to and from Alaska. Also in sight will be sea otters, sea lions, and many dolphins. The tours are guided by skilled skippers, each of whom have been doing this his or her entire life. Naturally the service is great, as you are accompanied by true experts in the field. It is an excellent adventure for the whole family. Check out the website or call for rates and other information.
Built in the mid-19th century, Casa Del Oro was formerly used as a military camp and a hospital. This building was later taken on rent by a merchant named Joseph Boston. He sold a variety of items like soap, pots, tableware, nuts and tea. Since there were no banks in the area, he fixed a safe so he could safeguard all his earnings. This old store is open till date and a variety of antique items are sold here.