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Monterey County - Group 2


Monterey County Attractions:

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Mission San Antonio
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey County Parks
Monterey County Youth Museum
Monterey Fairgrounds
Monterey Museum of Art
Monterey State Historic Park
Monterey Wine Country
National Steinbeck Center
Old Monterey Market Place








Mission San Antonio de Padua

Jolon/Fort Hunter Liggett
831-385-4478

Mission San Antonio is the third California mission, founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1771. It is still active as a parish church. This is a wonderful place to picnic, with tables under the shade tress where you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. There is a one-dollar fee to visit the grounds and museum. Approximately 10 miles northwest of King City. Take Jolon Road to Mission Road.


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Monterey Bay Aquarium

886 Cannery Row, Monterey
831-648-4888
www.mbayaq.org

Discover life in Monterey's bay without leaving dry land at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dedicated to marine research and conservation, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is known throughout the world for its interactive exhibits and ability to present marine life on a truly grand scale.

You might begin your tour in the Aquarium's matchless near-shore and coastal exhibits that explore the habitat and ecosystem of creatures of the tide-pools, then go on to the Outer Bay exhibit, showcasing hammerhead sharks, schools of sardines, enormous sun fish and green sea turtles. Kids love the "Splash Zone", featuring kid-sized exhibits, South African penguins, and much more.

The most spectacular new exhibit is Jellies: Living Art, a splendid combination of rare and delicate jellies and fine art. Don't miss feeding time in the giant kelp forest exhibit or the sea otter tank!



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Monterey County Parks

831-755-4895
www.co.monterey.ca.us/parks

Exploring the great outdoors is easy in Monterey County, where several state and regional parks are open year round for your enjoyment. Jacks Peak Park in Monterey and Garland Park in Carmel Valley offer dozens of great hiking trails for the novice to the expert, and gorgeous views to boot! Point Lobos State Reserve off Highway One in Carmel is easy to get to and a perfect place for an afternoon picnic. Further down the coast, Andrew Molera State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur offer camping, hiking, and horseback riding tours.


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Monterey County Youth Museum

601 Wave St, Monterey
831-649-6444
www.mymuseum.org

Curiosity and creativity flourish at the Monterey County Youth Museum while both children and adults discover the thrill of learning. MY Museum features exhibits that encourage children to discover how they learn best. Exhibit areas include sound experiment, dramatic interaction, a creation station, MY Body, and a kids-only kitchen.

 

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Monterey Fairgrounds and Exposition Park

2004 Fairgrounds Rd, Monterey
831-372-5863
www.montereycountyfair.com

The Monterey Fairgrounds is home to the annual Monterey County Fair each August, featuring carnival rides for kids of all ages, 4-H livestock competitions and auctions and other traditional fair exhibits. The Monterey Jazz Festival, Blues Festival, World Music Fest, the Book Fair, and many other events and festivals are held here throughout the year.

 

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Monterey Museum of Art

559 Pacific St, Monterey
And in the La Mirada Adobe
831-372-5477
831-372-3689
www.montereyart.org

Ranked the "best small town museum in the United States," the Monterey Museum of Art offers permanent and rotating exhibits featuring early Californian art and contemporary and traditional American artists. Visit both locations in Monterey at 559 Pacific Street or in the historic La Mirada adobe near Lake El Estero. Casual - and free - viewings are held on Third Thursday evening (main museum) and First Sunday afternoon (La Mirada).


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Monterey State Historic Park

20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey
831-649-7118
www.mbay.net/~mshp

History buffs will enjoy following Monterey's Path of History winding through the downtown area of the city. Begin your tour just about anywhere, by following the permanent yellow discs marked "Path of History" that have been embedded in the sidewalk. Let your imagination take you back in time as you tour some of the city's oldest structures, including the Custom House, the First Theater of California, and the Cooper-Molera adobe. Maps are available, and guided walking tours are available for a fee, starting from the Maritime Museum.


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Monterey Wine Country

831-375-9400
www.montereywines.org

If you enjoy fine wines, you have come to the right place. Monterey County is wine country—a fact that has not gone unnoticed by connoisseurs and fine restaurants throughout the world. Visit the tasting rooms of Bernardus, Chateau Julien, Talbott and Galante vineyards in Carmel Valley, or take a drive south on Highway 101 to Riverland Vineyard, Smith & Hook/Hahn Estates or Chalone Vineyards. For more information on planning your own wine escape, please visit Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association or call 831-375-9400 for a Wine Country brochure complete with winery listings, tasting events and a map.


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National Steinbeck Center

1 Main St, Salinas
831-775-4720
831-796-3833
www.steinbeck.org

Works of literary art created by Monterey County's favorite native son, Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, are on permanent display at this new museum in the heart of Salinas. Let the diverse, interactive exhibits take you into the heart of such novels as Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, and Cannery Row. Also featuring rotating art exhibits and a gourmet café. Full catering and meeting facilities are available seven days a week. Opening soon: a brand new wing celebrating Salinas's role as "the Salad Bowl of the Nation" (scheduled for early 2003).


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Old Monterey Market Place

Alvarado St, Monterey

Held every Tuesday throughout the year, the Old Monterey Market Place draws a wide variety of vendors selling their wares in an open-air street fair. Farmers throughout California's Central Valley and coastal regions offer fresh fruits and vegetables in season, while other vendors offer jewelry, clothing, fresh, handmade soaps, and other arts and crafts. Local restaurants serve everything from pizzas, and BBQ favorites, to Indian burritos and Greek gyros! This weekly festival is held Tuesdays from approximately 4-8pm April to October, and 4-7pm November to March on Monterey's Alvarado Street. (Rain or shine.)

 

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