The Monterey Peninsula is a great place for kids! Here is our list of family friendly activities.  I am sure you will find something that will make everyone happy!


Monterey Bay Aquarium 886 Cannery Row  831-648-4800

Monterey Zoo  400 River Road 831-455-1902

Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail (Catch it near Fisherman’s Wharf)

Dennis The Menace Park 777 Pearl Street

El Estero Boating (paddle boats) 798 Del Monte, Monterey 831-375-1484

Earthbound Farms 7250 Carmel Valley Road 831-625-6219

Kayaking at Elkhorn Slough 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville 831-728-2822

Exodus Escape Room 765 Wave St, Monterey  (831) 324-0513

Monterey Mirror Maze/Lazer Challenge/Glow in the Dark Mini Golf

751 Cannery Row  831-649-6293

Monterey Bay Sailing 78 Fisherman’s Wharf #1  831-372-7245

Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary  250 Ridge Road  831-648-5716

Movie and TV Tour  301 Alverado, Monterey 831-372-6278

Monterey Lanes (Bowling) 2161 Fremont St, Monterey  831-373-1553

Museums and Galleries

Carmel is known for it’s artistic community.   There are over 40 art galleries

downtown alone.   For an art gallery your kids might enjoy, try taking them

To “The Art of Dr. Seuss” on San Carlos between 8th & 9th Street in Carmel.

You can reach them at 831-620-0923.

Carmel Mission 3080 Rio Road  831-624-1271

My Museum  425 Washington Street, Monterey 831-649-6444

Presidio of Monterey Museum Corporal Ewing Blvd Bldg 113  831-646-3456

Museum of Natural History in Pacific Grove 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove 831-648-5716

Point Pinos Lighthouse Pacific Grove 80 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove

-Open 1pm-4pm, closed Tues/Wed

Robinson Jeffers Tor House 26304 Ocean View, Carmel  831-624-1813

Moto Talbott Collection 4 East Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley  831-659-5410

Dali 17 5 Custom House Plaza, Monterey  831-372-2608

Pacific House Museum  Custom House Plaza  831-649-7118

Monterey Museum of Art  559 Pacific St.  831-372-5477

Colton Hall Museum and Jail 570 Pacific  831-646-5648

National Steinbeck Museum 1 Main Street, Salinas 831-775-4721

Carmel Heritage Society 6th & Lincoln, Carmel 831-624-4447

Carmel Art Association Dolores between 5th & 6th  831-624-6176

Whale Watching

Princess Monterey Whale Watching  96 Fisherman’s Wharf #1 831-372-2203

Chris’ Whale Watching 48 Fisherman’s Wharf #1 831-375-5951

Monterey Bay Whale Watch  84 Fisherman’s Wharf #1  831-375-4658

Horseback Riding

Chaparral Ranch Horseback Beach Rides  Moss Landing  408-726-8453

Seahorse Equestrian Tours  8305 Prunedale N.   Prunedale  831-346-6670

Bike/Surfboard/Kayak Rentals and Lessons

Adventures By The Sea 299 Cannery Row 831-372-1807

Bay Bikes  99 Pacific Street #255C  831-655-2453

Monterey Bay Kayaks  693 Del Monte  831-373-5357

Carmel Surf Lessons  831-915-4065

South Bay Surf Lessons  3720 The Barnyard 831-915-0362

Local Hikes

Saddle Mountain Ranch - 5 & 2 mile round trip hikes up the mountain  Dogs allowed on leash.

Point Lobos - 3 miles So. on Hwy 1 - No dogs allowed to enter, even if they are just in your car.

Garland Ranch - 6 miles east on Carmel Valley Road.   Can’t miss it.  Dogs on leash only.

For more hikes in the area, go to on your mobile


Century Theater in Del Monte Shopping Center  1700 Del Monte Center  831-373-8051  Movies

Forest Outdoor Theater  Santa Rita & Mountain View, Carmel  831-622-0100 performance

Sunset Center San Carlos & 9th, Carmel  831-624-3996 performance

Golden Bough Playhouse 4 Monte Verde, Carmel  831-622-0100 performance

Golden State Theater   417 Alvarado Street, Monterey  831-372-3800 performance/movies


17 Mile Drive ($10 entry fee)

Highway 1 to Big Sur (26 miles from Carmel to Big Sur)

“Tour of Carmel” App (Download VoiceMap for free) Choose Monterey Peninsula then Carmel

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