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Pacific Grove

asilomar beach
Pacific Grove is the western tip of Monterey Peninsula. A recreation trail (walking and biking) extends all the way from Monterey to Asilomar and around the peninsula. The town of Pacific Grove, centered in Lighthouse and Central Avenues has cafes, restaurants, bakeries and markets. Pacific Grove is our favorite spot for a vacation rental in the Monterey area.
Lover's Point Beach and Park – Play in the white sand cove (bring your sand toys) or go boogie boarding, kayaking and surfing (kayaks, boards available for rent). Rent bikes and bike all the way to Cannery Row or out to Asilomar Beach.
    Bring a picnic or pick up lunch at the snack bar, sit out on the grass in the park with gorgeous views of the bay.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

      Out front of the museum is a full-size sculpture of "Sandy," a gray whale kids can climb all over. Inside, discover the abundance of wildlife and marine life in Monterey County - this museum is a gem!
wonder room pacific grove museum natural history
    Highlight of the museum is the "Wonder Room" - drawers to open (okay to touch), filled with gleaming rocks, sharks teeth and colorful shells, there are collections of butterflies, fossils, bright beetles, Native American artifacts, things to look at under a microscope, pencils and paper in abalone shells to draw what you see.
monarch butterflies museum natural history
    Near the entrance is an exhibit about monarch butterflies, learn about butterfly life cycle, and migration in fall and spring.
    Outdoors is a garden of trees and plants native to the area, also pollinator plants for monarch butterflies.
      Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday, located at 165 Forest Ave.
      Tip: Across from the museum is Jewel Park, grass to run around and picnic tables.
Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary (250 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 Monterey pine and eucalyptus trees.
      Tip: Bring binoculars, butterflies may be high up in the trees. Also, in cold mornings, monarch clusters are folded up in the trees. Later when it warms up, butterflies open wings to sun on the leaves and fly around.
      Grove is free, open sunrise to sunset daily.
Caledonia Park – Large grassy park with playground slides, swings, and climbing structures, restrooms, picnic tables.
Point Pinos Lighthouse This 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.
Asilomar State Beach This is a one mile stretch of flat sandy beach (fly kites), and tide pools.
    In tide pools, look for bright orange and black turban snails, green sea anemones, limpets, barnacles, sea urchins. starfish.
    In the water, try to spot sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, dolphins, and pelicans. Or you can just sit and watch the waves break, totally mesmerizing. Bring binoculars for gray whale watching (December to April).
Farmers Market Every Monday, 3pm - 7pm, at Central and Grand Ave. in Pacific Grove. Fresh fruits (strawberries and artichokes are grown in Watsonville)and vegetables, nuts, grown by local farmers in the area, plus rice bowls and other takeout food.
kids books monterey california
monarch butterfly  
Monarch Butterfly
Gail Gibbons

Before you view the monarch butterflies at Monarch Grove Sanctuary, learn out about the life cycle of the monarch, from egg to caterpillar to butterfly. (Picture book)


Monarch Butterflies
Ann Hobbie, Olga Baumert

Detailed look at monarch butterflies, from egg to caterpillar munching on milkweed, chrysalis and emerging butterfly. Miraculous migrations, why monarchs are in danger, and how to help monarchs on their journey. (Picture book)


monarch butterflies hobbie
caterpillar to butterfly  
Caterpillar to Butterfly
National Geographic Kids

Watch a caterpillar turn into a beautiful colorful monarch butterfly. Bright photos (e.g. caterpillar eating big hole in milkweed leaf) and simple text, perfect for little ones. (Board book)


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