Family-Friendly Activities

Stay Near The Best Activities For Kids Near Monterey

Looking for fun family activities in Monterey? Then you've come to the right place. Situated amid the top local points of interest, The Monterey Hotel puts you in a prime position to enjoy the best of family-friendly attractions in Monterey.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Explore marine life with the family at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! This is a perfect activity for the whole family as you can look at the seafloor by visiting its underwater exhibits, walk through a beautiful aviary, enjoy hands-on learning activities and much more. 

Monterey Zoo

The family will love a visit to the Monterey Zoo where they can see a variety of animals. There are several learning opportunities that all ages can appreciate! Visit their website to learn more about the animals, feeding times, admission and more. 

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Dennis the Menace Playground

Take a seat while the kids enjoy this fun playground at El Estero Park! This is the perfect opportunity to take a break and enjoy the fresh air while kids can burn some energy by running around. Dennis the Menace playground features several activities like a maze, rock climbing wall and other one-of-a-kind structures that will keep the kids busy.

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Fisherman's Wharf

A visit to Monterey isn’t complete without visiting the Fisherman’s Wharf. Only a 15-minute walk from The Monterey Hotel, take in the view at the Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy whale watching, looking for sea life, shop for souvenirs, go fishing and the list goes on! This is the perfect place for a family as there are activities for all ages. 


MY Museum

Also known as the Monterey County Youth Museum, this is the perfect activity for kids to explore their creativity with interactive exhibits, fun art activities, science experiments and more! This activity is a good option for kids ages 9 & under. 

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Cannery Row

Cannery Row has something for all ages! Take a stroll along the oceanfront and enjoy several activities like laser tag, going on a tour, eating a tasty meal, finding a sweet snack, shopping and more. 

Princess Monterey Whale Watching

This is an experience the family won’t forget when they think about their visit to Monterey! Book a whale-watching tour and have the opportunity to potentially see humpback whales, blue whales, gray whales, and even dolphins in the Bay. Did you know that Monterey is one of the only places in the world where you can whale watch year-round? 

Adventures by the Sea

Is your family looking for an outdoor adventure? Adventures by the Sea offers several activities like kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. They also offer lessons if you need help getting started - it’s never too late to learn. Book a tour today and explore Monterey by land or sea! 

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Del Monte Beach

Relax and play at the beach! Just a short drive or walk from The Monterey Hotel, Del Monte Beach is a hidden gem. Pack your beach toys and enjoy an afternoon in the sun. Looking to save some money? Pack your own food and enjoy a meal at a picnic table along the boardwalk! 

El Estero Boating

Sneak away from the busy city and enjoy a quiet and relaxing afternoon (or day) on Lake El Estero. Renting a paddle boat is the perfect way to take-in the beautiful scenery. This is an activity for all ages! After the lake, stop by Dennis the Menace playground. 

Photo Cred: El Estero Boating