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Monterey State Historic Park

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Address: 20 Custom House Plz, Monterey, CA 93940-2430
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+1 831-649-7118

A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic...

A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.

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Fun For a Brief Visit

This place abounds in historical buildings in honor of our ancestors who fished, served and made other efforts to build this town originally. I liked walking through this on my... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2016
Larkspur, Colorado
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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the one hour walking tour led by a member of the State Park Service to get a good understanding of the early days and the settling of Monterey. It is well worth your time and very interesting.

Thank Karen W
Patterson, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Wow, what a great area to explore... from the Marina, state historic buildings, bocce ball courts, the nearby Fisherman's Wharf. Do not miss seeing this area.

Thank michelefry2017
Sterling, Virginia
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611 reviews
219 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We walked through this park without realizing it -- it was more of a construction site during our visit. The buildings were closed while we were there, but if we return, we would definitely give this another chance.

Thank mshapiro99
Cameron Park, California
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We've been to Monterey many times and have walked by this museum...but never went in. This time we went in and were invited to take a tour. The cost is $5/person...we figured, 'why not'. Now I grew up in California and thought I KNEW the history....as our tour guide mentioned it was what was taught in 3-4 grade. Wow...I seemed... More 

Thank Chaynes1105
Larkspur, Colorado
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459 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This place abounds in historical buildings in honor of our ancestors who fished, served and made other efforts to build this town originally. I liked walking through this on my way to Fisherman's Wharf.

Thank Oceandweller7
Seattle, Washington
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69 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Excellent local history, we elected to wait for the guided tour and to listen to the guide, who explained the area and how it was the beginning of the United States in California.

Thank davcarl
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643 reviews
254 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is not a massive area so it doesn't take too much time to visit. Lots of interesting things to see (including - on the edge - California's First Theatre). The gardens in the park are really nice and well-kept. This is very close to Fisherman's Wharf, so it's a good one to visit at the same time.

Thank GerMar60
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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364 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We enjoyed this museum it contained a number of exhibits of interest to history buffs. The displays were well organised .

Thank UlverstonJanet
Felton, California
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740 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

The park is adjacent to downtown Monterey and the Fisherman Wharf. Quite a few historic buidings and good history of Monterey and early California. Definitely worth a visit when you are in the area.

Thank simon s
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Not long to see it all, but really if you know or want to know real California History this is one of the most important places in Californa.

Thank Ted B

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