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Monterey

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

 

Old Monterey - Fisherman's Wharf

 

Pacific Grove

 

Monterey day trip – Pinnacles National Park

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

Monterey Bay Coastal Trail – The Coastal Trail goes for miles along Monterey Bay, all the way to Pacific Grove and miles east of Old 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.

Tip: In summer, from May to September, ride the free trolley through town. It makes a loop from Fisherman's Wharf and downtown to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and back.

   

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 and vacation rentals in and around Monterey, all styles and price ranges, in neighborhoods that are comfortable for families, and near to places you'll want to explore:

Monterey family hotels
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
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