Family and Kids in Monterey

Looking out for what can you do with kids and family in Monterey? Here are the things that you should not miss out on a family vacation with kids, toddlers, or babies. Discover the ultimate places for kids in Monterey, be it water parks, theme parks, or playgrounds. Children will have fun, learn new things, get good food and will not get bored in long queues. Keep reading to know about awesome places and activities to enjoy with your kids in Monterey.
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Let's explore our list of kid-friendly attractions in Monterey for perfect family outings and getaways.

  1. Visit to experience unparalleled fun for kids
    Monterey Bay Aquarium

    Aquarium, Educational Site

    Monterey Bay Aquarium is public aquarium in Monterey, California. This second largest aquarium in the world located in California's central coast, end of Cannery Row. Almost 2 million people visit this aquarium annually, and boy does it live up to the hype! The residents here are mostly sealife and include over 600 species of plants and animals. The main monterey bay aquarium exh...Read more
  2. A place for children with all kinds of interests
    Cannery Row

    Family and Kids

    “A poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream." That’s how John Steinbeck described Cannery Row. They used to call it the Ocean View Avenue, and then John Steinbeck went and wrote his novel, Cannery Row (named for the sardine canning that went on here till the 1970s, and that’s all it’s been called since). That fishing indus...Read more
  3. A guaranteed fun space for the kids
    Carmel Mission Basilica

    Family and Kids

    Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a U.S. National Historic Landmark, this was California’s second mission, and it played a significant role in California’s late 18th century power struggles. The church is today one the most authentically restored churches, with an original bell tower that survives to this day. As such, it’s more than a place of worship; th...Read more
  4. Amazing Monterey attraction for kids
    Coast Guard Pier And Old Fisherman's Wharf

    Family and Kids

    This is a Monterey not-so-hidden surprise! But we’ll get to that. So, extending 1700 feet out into the bay, this pier is super popular among fishermen. Publicly accessible during the day, it’s when you properly venture out onto the pier that you see who it really belongs to sea lions in the hundreds, basking on the rocks, flopped out and lazing in the sun. Also easily visible are ro...Read more
  5. Can keep your kids busy for days
    Monterey State Historic Park


    The Monterey History and Art Association must be saluted for what they did for this place. It is nothing short of fantastic. Along a two mile path lie 55 historic buildings, this self-guided tour is marked by the yellow tiles set into the sidewalk. An informative and interactive map of the tour can be found online for those who want to do this by the book. Among the most important building here...Read more
  6. Perfect for kids day out in Monterey
    Garrapata Beach

    Beach, Park

    This is pretty much everyone’s favourite beach in Monterey. It’s a little way out, but completely removed from the crowds. The sand is white and the water is blue. The flowers blanket the area around the beach, and they dazzle in spring. The view is spectacular and the water dangerous; seriously, your kids may love this beach, but keep them away from all but the shallowest part of t...Read more
  7. Fun place to go for kids
    Monterey Museum Of Art Pacific Street

    Park, Educational Site

    The museum organisation has one simple purpose – To preserve the best of Californian art from the 19th century to present day, and to promote contemporary Californian art through exhibition. Through educational programs, lectures, workshops, curatorial tours and public events, this organisation does a good job of keeping up California’s artistic legacy. Among the prominent artists s...Read more
  8. A cool place to see with kids
    Jacks Peak County Park

    Beach, Park, Picnic Spot

    The local dog-walker’s favourite break-away is more than simple trails. There are fossils embedded in the shale here right from the Miocene epoch of prehistoric Earth, beautiful vistas of Monterey Bay, and pine trees that couldn’t smell more fresh. Heck, it even outfits picnic tables with grills. Altogether there are about 8.5 miles of trails, and you should walk the Coffeeberry Tra...Read more
  9. A fantastic place for refreshing break for children
    Museum Of Monterey


    Opened in 1992, this delightfully free attraction has thousands of Monterey related artefacts. It’s all about seeing the history of the city through the lens of it’s relationship with the bay. This cannot be helped, especially as its collections were started off the sailor Allen Kinight in the early 20th century. The exhibits are spread out over three floors: The ground floor has a ...Read more
  10. One of the awesome things children enjoy the most
    Colton Hall Museum

    Family and Kids

    Initially built to function as a school, in 1849, this building saw California’s first constitution drafted, which makes it one of the most important buildings in the state. In 934, it was registered as a Historical Landmark, and is still the important public office building in Monterey County still in continuous use. The museum, which covers these important events is on the second floor....Read more
  11. The best option for younger visitors
    Monterey County Youth Museum

    Educational Site

    These 8500 square feet full of hands on exhibits are a children’s favourite. There’s just something nice about a museum that will let your child run around, touching everything, and won’t hold her back. It’s a fantastic place to host your kid’s birthday, especially if they’ve got lots of friends coming along. Inexpensive, clean and safe, parent after parent h...Read more
  12. A place where kids enjoy and have fun
    La Mirada Monterey Museum Of Art

    Garden, Educational Site

    The museum organisation has one simple purpose two preserve the best of Californian art from the 19th century to present day, and to promote contemporary Californian art through exhibition. Through educational programs, lectures, workshops, curatorial tours and public events, this organisation does a good job of keeping up California’s artistic legacy. Among the prominent artists showcase...Read more
  13. A place perfect for families with kids
    El Estero Park Complex

    Beach, Park

    Lake El Estro was once a brackish saltwater lagoon, until in 1874, the stream connecting the lagoon to the bay was cut off, and this became freshwater paradise. And what paradise! The lake hosts a thriving ecosystem. Over 300 species of birds call this park a home, including many migratory varieties. Turtles, fish and frogs also find home in this pretty pond. And you can enjoy this diversity fr...Read more
  14. A favorite place to take the kids in the city
    Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

    Beach, Park, Aquarium

    The South Pacific Railroad once ran the length of this trail. The Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District saw this abandoned railroad and figured this is no way to waste the beautiful views of this 29-mile route. Along with the cities of Pacific Grove and Seaside, Monterey joined the park district in restoring this pride and joy. In 1986, they gifted this beautiful trail to the world to pedes...Read more
  15. It's just one of those places to visit and hang out
    Bixby Creek Bridge

    Family and Kids

    The Bixby Creek Bridge is on the Big Sur coast of California, and one of the most admired bridge of the country. It is amongst the highest bridges of its kind and the west coast’s reigning pride. This engineering wonder is around 280 feet tall, standing proudly overlooking the ocean. Famous for its aesthetic grandeur, the bridge is a must stop for all photographers. Gorgeous views of the ...Read more