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Sea lions

In May, 1770, when Spanish explorers reached Monterey, they were amazed to see "thousands of sea lions were about, so close to one another that they looked like a pavement." Today Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary, traveling with kids you'll see tons of barking sea lions (it's fun to bark along with the sea lions), harbor seals lolling on the rocks, adorable sea otters swimming through the kelp beds though deep blue waters of the bay.

Monterey Photo Album

Cannery Row - Monterey Bay Aquarium


Historic Monterey


Fisherman's Wharf


Pacific Grove


Monterey day trip – Pinnacles National Park

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail – The Coastal Trail (also called Recreation Trail) goes for miles along Monterey Bay, all the way to Pacific Grove and miles east of Fisherman's Wharf.


Rent bikes or surreys, or just take a stroll down the path – the section from Cannery Row to Lover's Point is especially scenic.

Read our blog post about a lovely Christmas tradition and living history event in December: Monterey Christmas in the Adobes.

Fun food


Wander down Old Fisherman's Wharf, past steaming pots of crabs and salmon sizzling on the grill. Try the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. The fried calamari (squid) is also delicious and makes great finger food!

family hotels monterey

Travel for Kids has so many fun things to do with kids in Monterey, but you'll need a fun place to stay.

Here's our own Travel for Kids hand-picked list of family hotels in and around Monterey, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods near to places you'll want to explore:

Monterey family hotels
monterey vacation rentals

Family vacation rentals in Pacific Grove, all styles and price range, walking distance to the beach, close to cafes, bakeries, markets.

Monterey family vacation rentals
kids books monterey california
Sea Otter Pup
Victoria Miles, Elizabeth Gatt

Delightful story to read before going to look for sea otters in Monterey Bay. Cycle of life for a sea otter mother and her pup – the mother feeds, washes, and snuggles the pup, and soon pup dives down to find food for himself. Beautifully illustrated! (Picture book)


Sea Otters
Laura Marsh

Fun facts about sea otters – a tail to steer through the water, thick fur to keep warm, hind legs to swim and dive, grooming for hours every day to stay clean, pouches to hold their food. (Easy reader)


Little Whale
Jo Weaver

Going whale watching on Monterey Bay, read about amazing gray whales. A baby gray whale follows her mother on a long journey, through seas that shimmered and danced, to their home in the north. Gorgeous artwork portrays wonders of gray whales and their yearly migration. (Picture book)


Monarch Butterfly
Gail Gibbons

Before you view the monarch butterfly grove in Pacific Grove, learn out about the life cycle of the monarch, and migration of adult butterflies in fall and spring. (Picture book)


monarch butterfly
(More children's books on other California pages)
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