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Activities for all Ages

City of Monterey Parks Monterey offers over 30 park and recreation areas of various size – some local favorites include: Via Paraiso Park, Dennis the Menace Park, Caledonia Park, Hill Top Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Archer and Hoffman Park

Forest Hills Park and Playground in Carmel includes a large children’s playground with a basketball court and open space

Mission Trail Nature Preserve in Carmel encompasses 35 acres of unspoiled native vegetation and is perfect for bird watching, jogging or a leisurely stroll

Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail stretches 18 miles and passes by various Monterey attractions including Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as various beaches, parks historic sites and each mile offers scenic vistas and wildlife viewing including harbor seals, sea otters, sea lions, birds and sometimes even whales

Bay Bikes is the Peninsula’s source for all things cycling offering rentals for all ages

Monterey Bay Kayaks offers rentals, lessons and guided tours

Fisherman’s Wharf Monterey offers unique shops and restaurants and is the starting point for various fishing and whale watching excursions

Whale Watching can be enjoyed on various boat tours and excursions

Fishing and Sailing trips and tours can be arranged to suit all levels of experience

Big Sur offers miles and miles of spectacular unspoiled coastline with walking and hiking trails, scenic beaches and restaurants

My Museum is an 8,500 square foot youth museum packed with a variety of hands-on exhibits, captivating even those with the shortest attention spans

Water City Roller Hockey offers various public skating times on the weekends

Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world-renowned aquarium offering a window to the wonders of the ocean and includes hands-on exhibits as well as numerous feedings and programs throughout the day

Sanctuary Rock Gym is ideal for those with little or no previous rock climbing experience yet still offers challenges for more experienced climbers

Batter Up Batting Cages offers two indoor batting cages and one outdoor batting cage for baseball or softball

Kid Activities Outside of Monterey

Gilroy Gardens is a family theme park with over 40 rides, gardens and exhibits geared toward younger kids

Roaring Camp Railroads allows passengers to ride steam trains through beautiful redwood forests or excursion trains down a scenic river canyon to the Pacific Ocean

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo exists to provide an affordable, sustainable, conservation-centered outdoor adventure for families with children.