Tourist Info

Welcome To Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

We love visitors, especially families. Here are some great ideas on what to do and what to see in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Be sure to check our calendar of events and follow us on Facebook ( for all the info you're looking for!

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    Where To Ice Skate in Monterey, Santa Cruz

    While it’s not quite the same to lace up your skates when it’s 65 degrees outside and sunny, there are several options for ice skating fun for Monterey Bay families. Read more

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    Art Outings in Monterey and Santa Cruz That Your Child Will Love

    Here are some fun art outings for children (and adults) of any age in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Read more

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    The Best BBQ in Monterey and Santa Cruz

    Just about everyone loves BBQ, and even though we’re far from the traditional geographical centers of barbecuing, the Monterey Peninsula has a lot of excellent smoky options to satisfy your meaty needs. Read more

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    Family Day Trip: Destination Big Sur!

    Pristine beaches, towering sea cliffs, roaring rivers and thundering waterfalls await you in Big Sur, a California gem spanning more than 90 miles of coastline and featuring several state parks. It's the perfect destination for your next day trip. Read more

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    Painting Outings for Monterey Families

    Your family will enjoy a creative afternoon or evening out at a paint party. No previous experience necessary, all you need is a willing attitude! These Monterey-area businesses offer paint parties that include all the supplies and instruction. Read more

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    Family-Friendly Wineries in Monterey County

    My tastes may have changed since entering motherhood, but I still love to enjoy a glass of good wine. I quickly discovered that some of the local wineries and tasting rooms are family friendly. Here are five of my favorite family friendly wineries. Read more

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    Our Favorite Monterey County Walks

    Summer is here and that means vacation and longer days with family and friends. The smells of BBQ and fireworks are in the air. Here are nine local destinations where your family can enjoy some outdoor time and a great walk! Read more

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    Monterey County Kids Eat Free (Or Cheap!) Specials

    Looking for a meal out with your family while sticking to your budget? We found wallet-friendly options where children either eat for free or at a reduced price! Read more

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    Monterey County Museums

    We have a wealth of artistic beauty to share with our children here in Monterey County. The next time your family is looking for a cultural fix, pick one of these wonderful resources for an afternoon of fun. Read more

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    Five Awesome FREE Family Activities in Monterey County

    One of the most common questions I hear lately is, “What is there to do around here that is fun and engaging, but won’t break the bank?” Since having my son four years ago, I have discovered that sometimes the best activities don’t cost a thing! Read more

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    Looking for Ghosts in Monterey County?

    I grew up listening to my family tell ghostly tales of haunted places. The catch was that these spooky dwellings were right in my hometown of Monterey. In honor of Halloween, here are my favorite seven haunted places in Monterey County. Read more

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    Looking For Monterey County Wildflowers?

    Are you looking for Monterey County wildflowers? Here are seven places where you're sure to enjoy the natural–and colorful–show! Read more

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