As you travel the California coastline, make time for the lovely city of Monterey. It's full of spectacular sea life and California history. As you plan your Monterey family vacation, you will find many attractions for kids in Monterey that will engage their minds as well as their bodies. You can enjoy a wild animal park, build a sand castle and learn why Monterey is so popular just because of an itty-bitty fish.
To be in the center of everything, begin your trip at one of the kid-friendly hotels in Monterey on Cannery Row. Your kids will enjoy Monterey activities like a round of black-light mini-golf followed by a chance to make their own yogurt. After their self-made snack, head down to the beach and try your hand at sand castle building. This is only the beginning of all the places to go in Monterey. If you want a hotel in the middle of Cannery Row, look at the Clement Hotel. They offer babysitting, kid's club and an on-site restaurant.
While looking for things to do in Monterey, make a stop at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Known as the "Serengeti of the Sea," this is one of the nation's largest federally protected ocean sanctuaries. You and the kids can hike trails while watching for mammals, sea birds and a long list of different fish. At the same location is the Monterey Maritime and History Museum. This Monterey tourist attraction is home to thousands of artifacts about the city and its history. You will even learn how sardines managed to put this quaint town on the map. The hotel closest to the museum is Pacific Hotel Monterey with amenities such as feather beds, honor bars (For the adults, of course!) and on-site hiking trails.
One of the most popular Monterey tourist attractions is Old Fisherman's Wharf. Find a comfortable location for breakfast looking over the water and go whale watching or take a ride on a fishing boat. There is also shopping and face painting for the kids. At one end of the wharf is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Jellyfish are the main residents at this Monterey attraction for kids. You will find a number of species such as flower hat, cross and moon jellies. Other critters live here too, like sharks, turtles and penguins. The aquarium offers guided tours, and if you call ahead, your kids can help the staff feed the fish. A convenient hotel at the same end of town is the Monterey Plaza.
When you're ready for some things to do in Monterey inland, make a day trip over to Wild Things Animal Park. Full-contact tours give your kids the opportunity to interact with exotic animals. Just imagine the look on their faces when they get a chance to pet a tiger or feel the rough skin of an elephant. Wild Things is a large rescue facility for all types of exotic animals. This Monterey attraction for kids also humanly trains the same wild animals to be in movies and on TV. After a full day at the animal park, you'll want a comfortable place to relax. A good choice is the Residence Inn Salinas with its indoor pool and complimentary breakfast.
With so many convenient hotels to chose from a great family vacation to Monterrey starts with picking out the attractions that fit your families style. Minitime's trip planner can help you to compare locations and amenities to narrow down your choice.