Carmel & Monterey CA Family Activities
Things to do and see on your next Monterey Bay family vacation
The Monterey Peninsula is a fabulous destination for a family vacation. There are many exciting and interactive things to do for all ages. Listed below are just a few of our favorite activities that the staff of the Carmel Mission Inn highly recommends.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Experience the wonders of the ocean at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Rated the nation’s No. 1 aquarium in the Zagat Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide, the Aquarium will put you closer to sea life than ever before. Our Ocean’s Edge galleries will amaze you with the three-story living kelp forest, above and below the surface views of playful sea otters, and a walk-through wave crash experience. The Outer Bay galleries put you nose-to-nose with giant tunas, sea turtles and sharks while mesmerizing you with huge displays of living jellies. New in 2007 is the special exhibition Wild About Otters featuring ten feisty freshwater otters from Asia and Africa and the amazing animals that share their homes.
Carmel Mission Basilica
San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo Mission is a complex of 5 museums and the Basilica Church. Docent-led tours of the property including the courtyards, Basilica, Indian Cemetery and museums are available for adults and school groups. Self-guided tours are possible at any time using the available brochure. Docents are on hand throughout the week.
Forest Theater has a year-round schedule of live theater and film presentations. It is the oldest outdoor community theater west of the Rockies with a convenient location near the heart of downtown Carmel.
Historic Monterey & Cannery Row
Take a tour of historic Monterey by visiting John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, Fisherman’s Wharf and California’s historic buildings. You can take a self-guided walking tour by following the yellow tiles on the Old Monterey sidewalks past numerous sites for architectural, artistic and historical interest. This tour will take you past numerous restaurants, cafes and shops. The tour can also be enjoyed with a free MP3 download!
Ghost Tour of Old Monterey
Here’s your chance to relive the fantastic tales of Old Monterey. Relive the Fantastic Tales of Old Monterey. Once the capitol of Mexican California, Old Monterey was the center of fiestas and balls, the glamour of dashing Spanish horsemen and the throb of guitars played by romantic suitors. It was also a town of intrigue, murder, swindles and shipwrecks. Epic lives full of lost treasures, found romance, and amazing adventures. Visit the sites of the ghost in the garden, ancient burial grounds, hidden treasure, hauntings, hangings and frequent ghostly sightings. This 90 minute trolley tour, led by longtime residents and local historians, will bring you into a Monterey that few alive today have seen.
Whale Watching Tours
Whale Watching tours are available all year round on the Monterey Bay. Depending on the time of year, Gray, Humpback, and Blue whales can be seen, plus many species of dolphins. The diversity of marine life in the Monterey Bay is fantastic. Different types of tours are available from the Monterey Bay Wharf. Tours vary in length and price to accommodate your needs.
Explore The Tide Pools Of Monterey Bay
The Monterey Peninsula provides a coastline with numerous tide pools that provide fun filled exploration for all ages. Some of the best areas are at Asilomar State Beach and Point Pinos in Pacific Grove.
Kayaking On Monterey Bay
Paddling in the ocean around the Monterey Bay is great fun and outdoor exercise for the entire family. You will enjoy the company of seals, sea otters and dolphins! To learn more about kayaking on the Monterey Bay or Elkhorn Slough, contact Monterey Bay Kayaks.