Aug 23

“Splash Zone: Ocean Homes” is a dramatic transformation of the award-winning family exhibit, which opened in April 2000 and has been drawing praise ever since for its engaging and playful atmosphere.

The expanded Splash Zone in Monterey CA doubles the space where families with children can play and learn together about the ocean. The renovated galleries explore three ocean habitats – the Enchanted Kelp Forest, Coral Reef Kingdom and Rugged Rocky Shore – and combine new interactive experiences, games and live animals with visitor favorites from the original galleries.

Children can crawl through a coral reef cave, make waves along the rocky shore and investigate creatures that live in a kelp holdfast. It’s all designed for family fun, and to build magical and lasting connections with the ocean for children of all ages.

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Aug 13

Point Montara Light Station District covers 73 acres containing three contributing buildings and one contributing structure.

The Light Station was established in 1875 as the Point Montara Fog Signal, and the house was built for the keepers. The first light was not installed until 1900, a simple lantern hung on a post. In 1912, a Fresnel lens was mounted on a skeleton tower, and in 1928, the existing cast-iron lighthouse was built to house the lens. The old-fashioned fog horn continued to be important because the fog on this part of the coast is often thick enough to restrict even the bravest beam.

The district is a California State Park, open to the public. As with many of California’s lighthouses, the structures are operated as a reasonably-priced hostel. For more information about hours of access and about the hostel, see the California State Parks website.

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Aug 01

Monterey Museum of Art :

Reflecting the cultural heritage of California’s Central Coast, the Monterey Museum of Art offers permanent and rotating exhibits of early Californian art and contemporary American artists. The Museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions include California paintings, sculpture, and works on paper, photography, Asian art, international folk art, and photographs by Ansel Adams. Visit

Maritime Museum of Monterey:

Situated across from Fisherman’s Wharf, the Maritime Museum illuminates Monterey’s storied maritime past. This interactive museum showcases Monterey’s seafaring heritage and the role this protected harbor played in early California history and as home to the US Navy. The collection displays 6,000 artifacts, over 50,000 photographs, and 6,000 books and papers.

The 580 glass prisms of the historic Fresnel lens from Point Sur Lightstation illuminate the Museum’s seven exhibit areas, from the Rumsien/Ohlone Indians and Spanish explorers, to the USS Macon and war in the Pacific, to Monterey’s era as sardine capital of the world. Youngsters love the treasure hunts and gift shop with souvenirs for sailors at heart.

If you are looking for hotels in Monterey, do visit the Stage Coach Lodge, offering you free continental breakfast daily and great rates on rooms. For your reservation click:

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