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Monterey State Historic Park

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See the history of Monterey

We went to the customs house the the nearby museum. I was able to place the history of Monterey... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2018
Cindy R
Birmingham, Alabama
Nice Little Historic Park

This is lovely little park near the wharf where the cruise boat tenders land. There is a garden... read more

Reviewed 20 May 2018
Hamilton, Canada
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A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.
20 Custom House Plz, Monterey, CA 93940-2430
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I learned a lot about California by visiting Monterey State Historic Park. I t was free, and informative. The displays were colorful and engaging.

Thank Juliet M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite destinations. It is an authentic preservation of the buildings and history of the area. The Custom House offers a glimpse into the building style of the mid 19th Century in the area, and covers the economic practices and policies...More

Thank Phil N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing too special, but it's a good place to walk around with the kids or in between other more interesting activities.

Thank Mike_45454545
Reviewed 9 July 2018

We went to the customs house the the nearby museum. I was able to place the history of Monterey within a a timeline of American history quite nicely. Personally love the display in the customs house. The docent was charming and knowledgeable.

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 17 June 2018

Beautiful historic and well preserved park. The staff are friendly, well informed and happy to share their love of Monterey.

Thank arttrip01
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

We looked forward to walking and learning about the history of Monterey. Only 2 of the buildings we're actually open; the Pacific Museum and the Custom House. Neither were worth the time and we are history buffs. Don't bother.

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Reviewed 1 June 2018

The Customs House is the oldest government building in California. In the surrounding area are other historic buildings. On a previous visit, we took the walking tour which starts here and that can take several hours if you do the entire walk. There are garden...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 20 May 2018

This is lovely little park near the wharf where the cruise boat tenders land. There is a garden that is well maintained and a beautiful plaza that has several historic buildings adjacent to it. The buildings are well worth touring through and you can learn...More

Thank trainfan2000
Reviewed 14 May 2018

Monterey State Historic Park is very beautiful. With it's old houses, here is a rich vegetation in a magnificent park. The park is situated on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, besides the tourist port. We saw here some old houses like Pacific House, or...More

Thank Gabriel A
Reviewed 10 March 2018

Near downtown Monterey, right by the harbor, are so many interesting historic buildings to see, plus the museum. There is a walking tour that starts here that will take you past City Hall, the old jail, and many historic adobe buildings.

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Sophie L
6 August 2018|
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Response from kkmatravel | Reviewed this property |
Parking is on street, not in a lot. You may need to use a metered space.
15 October 2017|
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Response from Walker S | Reviewed this property |
From the cruise ship a tender will take you to Fisherman's Wharf. Walk to the end of the pier, 600 ft., and you will walk into the Historical Park which is about 500 ft square. Total distance round trip is about 1/2 mile... More