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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.
At this hands-on museum, your kids will never be scolded or reminded not to touch anything,as the Monterey County Youth Museum was designed to encourage hands-on discovery. Children can come in and explore the many exhibits including Creation Station, The Grill, and other exhibits which allow the kids to dress up, become a chef, run their own business, or get a geography lesson. This is a great place for the entire family.
This museum is actually located in two different places, not too far from one another and in the oldest neighborhood of Monterey. At its primary location in an old adobe, the museum recently exhibited works in Chinese ceramics and textiles, paintings of Monterey 1910-1950, and bronzes by Charles Russell. The other location in the Civic Center (corner of Via Mirada and Fremont Street) has exhibited charcoal drawings by Tobin Keller, masks from Mexico and archaic vessels from Asia. This is one small town museum worth visiting.
This unassuming establishment is located in one of Monterey's quieter neighborhoods, making it a relaxing place to stay. The bright and airy rooms come with all the standard perks of hotels in the area: complimentary bathrobes, a patio, and in some cases, a fireplace. There is even a deck where you can catch a few rays. Or you can use the grill area for a barbecue if you wish. There are even private sauna rooms. The service is first-rate.
With many excellent restaurants, guided tours, and interesting shops, this landmark has something for everybody. Whether you wish to dine on incredible seafood, go for a whale-watching tour, look at historical artifacts, or purchase exotic candy, you can do it here. Some of the best eateries in all of Monterey are found here. It can also be a great place to buy freshly caught fish or just walk around and look at all the pelicans lingering about. Various special events are held throughout the year.
This cozy and moderately priced hotel has rooms suitable for anyone. It has recently been renovated with decor spruced up by brightly colored drapes and bed sheets. Suites come with a fireplace and indoor hot tub. Voted Monterey Peninsula Travel Planner's Best Value, and a favorite of tourists', it is conveniently close to all the sights in Monterey. With the friendly service on your side, you cannot go wrong.
This Cannery Row family entertainment complex is great for all ages. Find yourself getting lost in this psychedelic mirror maze, complete with heart thumbing music and high-tech lighting. With infinite reflections of yourself, this maze is nothing short of a true challenge. Whether with family, friends, or a significant other, you'll find navigating the twists and turns, an exciting bonding experience unlike any other.
Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best-designed aquariums in the country. A rather stand-out feature of this aquarium is the two-story tank, home to a kelp forest in which one can find sunfish, sharks, and the occasional diver tasked with squeegeeing the algae off the tank walls. Sand dabs are displayed in shelf-like tanks ideally suited to the flat fish, and a school of sardines swim in an endless circle in their cylindrical tank home. If you want to interact with some aquatic dwellers, you're invited to pet the bat rays. The jellyfish display is one of Monterey Bay Aquarium's star attractions.
This second hand children's shop is a favorite among Pacific Grove. Everyone knows, children grow like weeds, so their wardrobes need a constant update. So bring those high water pants in for consignment and pick up quality, gently used clothing to replace last years, now ill-fitting pants. The first week of the month Chatter Baux Children's Shoppe offers their special dollar days with 90-day inventory just one dollar!
This iconic beach is at the foot of 17th Street, and is known for 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.
Monarch Grove Sanctuary is a marvelous sight in Pacific Grove, with thousands of monarch butterflies migrating here in October every year. The butterflies mostly settle on Monterey pine trees, which give them the adequate amount of heat and light that they need. The butterflies mostly migrate from the north to avoid freezing winters, and form clusters in this sanctuary's eucalyptus trees. The sanctuary and its presence of butterflies is what lends Pacific Grove the moniker of 'Butterfly Town USA'.
Located right at the very tip of the Monterey Peninsula, this charming little inn is perfect for those looking for an affordable stay next to all the sights. The rooms are simple and airy, most coming with a fireplace. The inn caters mostly to tourists in search of a pleasant stay near the water. A true haven of solitude, it overlooks the town and offers cute little porches from which to watch the seagulls hurry about. See website for up-to-date visitor information.