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Monterey County Attractions:

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PG Museum of Natural History
Point Pinos Lighthouse
Point Sur Lightstation
Recreation Trail
Redwings Horse Sanctuary
San Carlos Beach Diving
Soledad Mission
Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey
Ventana Wilderness Sanctuary
Wild Things





Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove
831-648-3116
www.pgmuseum.org

If you've ever wanted to "climb" a whale, here's the spot. Kids of all ages can climb the city's most beloved cetacean, Sandy the Whale, a life-sized bronze gray whale sculpture in front of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Inside, kids can learn about the life cycle of one of Pacific Grove's more famous residents & #151; the Monarch Butterfly and can see the area's native local animals in full life dioramas. A special "kid's corner" allows kids to touch baleen, pet a bobcat and quiz themselves on local animals. Admission free.

 

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Point Pinos Lighthouse

End of Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove
831-648-3116

Point Pinos is the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the entire West Coast. This Pacific Grove landmark was built from 18-inch thick granite quarried at the site. On those especially foggy days for which this rocky coast is known, the lighthouse horn bellows its non-stop warning to mariners out on the bay. Situated on the coast at the end of Lighthouse Avenue. Call 831-648-3116 for tours and information.


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Point Sur Lightstation

Big Sur
831-625-4419
www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=565

Merchant ships and fishing vessels traveling the rocky coast along Big Sur have been guided by the signals at Point Sur Lightstation for over a century. Since its lighting in 1889, this historic landmark has been in continuous operation. Situated over 350 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock, the light was manned by whole families of light-keepers, leading very isolated lives. Today, this turn-of the century lighthouse has been completely restored; it is now operated by volunteers and open to the public on a limited basis. Nineteen miles south of Carmel on Highway One, near Big Sur.


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Recreation Trail

Castroville to Pacific Grove

The waterfront Recreation Trail stretches 18 miles, from Castroville to Lover's Point in Pacific Grove. This popular paved path hugs the coast, following the same route as the old Southern Pacific Railway. The rec trail is a great way for families to reach the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, the American Tin Cannery Outlet mall, the Edgewater Family Fun Center, the Maritime Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, and much more avoiding busy roads all the way. Along the way, bikes and surreyscanopied quadricycles capable of seating up to six peoplein-line skates and kayaks can all be rented. There are several places to stop and get a bite to eat on the trail, or pack a picnic and spread a blanket out at Lover's Point. All the while, you will enjoy beautiful views of Monterey Bay, where you can watch sea lions and sea otters in their natural environment.


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Redwings Horse Sanctuary

47240 Lockwood-Jolon Road, Lockwood
831-386-0135
www.redwings.org

On a quiet rural road outside Lockwood, in South Monterey County, is a pristine ranch, where horses can go to live out their final days. The Redwings Horse Sanctuary is dedicated to saving trusty steeds from the slaughterhouse. Animals that are unwanted or have been abused are also rehabilitated and given permanent housing here. Visitors are welcome daily except Sunday, between 10am and 3:30pm, and during special weekend events.


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San Carlos Beach Diving

Near the Coast Guard Pier, Monterey

Home to over 70 percent of the world's invertebrate life, Monterey Bay offers some of the best scuba diving in the entire state. Despite its chilly temperatures (averaging between 55-62 degrees F) many enthusiasts consider Monterey a diver's Mecca, and make the pilgrimage on a regular basis. San Carlos Beach, adjacent to the Coast Guard pier, is one of the most popular sites for a recreational beach dive because of its easy access. Restrooms and an outdoor shower area are also provided. A grassy area and several picnic tables make this park a great place to spend the day.


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Soledad Mission

Fort Romie Road, Soledad
831-678-2586

The Soledad Mission is the 13th of the 21 California missions, built in 1791, seven years after Father Junipero Serra's death. Free and open to the public, visitors can see the original adobe ruins, which are under restoration. Museum, gift shop and gardens are open daily, except Tuesdays. Grounds open 8:00am-4:00pm. Museum hours are 9am-4pm.

 

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Steinbeck's Spirit of Monterey Wax Museum

700 Cannery Row, Suite 11, Monterey
831-375-1010

Featuring more than 100 life-size wax figures, this unique exhibit brings Cannery Row's history to life. Special sound effects, animation, and narration by "the voice of John Steinbeck" enhance the experience.

 

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Ventana Wildlife Society

Andrew Molera State Park, Highway One, Big Sur
831-455-9514
www.ventanaws.org

For more than 20 years, the Ventana Wildlife Society (formerly the Ventana Wilderness Society) has been defending the animal and plant species native to the Central Coast of California. Wildlife protection and habitat restoration, education and research programs, have made this organization a leader in its efforts to preserve endangered species. Programs include the California Condor Recovery Program, which has been responsible for reintroducing several of these near-extinct birds along the Big Sur Coast, a bald eagle monitoring program, and the Creamery Meadow restoration.

 

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Wild Things

400 River Road, Salinas
831-455-1901
www.wildthingsinc.com

A 500-pound African lion, a Bengal tiger and three elephants are just a few of the residents of Wild Things, a wild animal park on River Road in Salinas. This exotic animal facility is a training grounds for animals that star in film, TV and live productions. Over 100 animals in all at this educational and safe animal compound. Daily tours begin at 1pm. In addition, a new, safari-style bed-and-breakfast facility allows adults to stay overnight within the grounds.


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