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Monterey State Historic Park

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Address: 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
Phone Number: 831-649-7118
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Nice on the outside !

We walked around the Park on a cool Sunday afternoon and really appreciated what we saw . Unfortunately , it was 4.00 p.m. when we got there and all the exhibits were close . we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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Ventura, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

It's nice that Monterey has not totally destroyed every historical remnant of its history like so many European cities have done to theirs. The only real regret I have is that Monterey did very poorly with preserving its presidio; so poorly that nothing of it remains but some small portion of wall maybe and the Presidio Chapel. The area between... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We walked around the Park on a cool Sunday afternoon and really appreciated what we saw . Unfortunately , it was 4.00 p.m. when we got there and all the exhibits were close . we still had a nice walk

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The first time we came here there were waves. The second was time it was calm and peaceful. Beautiful ,waves ,rocks ,sea-lions . Easy free parking.

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Palm Springs
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160 reviews 160 reviews
58 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Many buildings in the area with historic beginnings. Staff friendly and knowledgable. Easy to get from place to place, just follow the yellow dots on the sidewalk.

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Seattle, Washington
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59 reviews 59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Caution on opening days. Summer and winter hours due to budget constraints. Very good hisotrical museum.

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Escondido, California, USA
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96 reviews 96 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I love California history and the Pacific House Museum had a lot of historical information not just on the Spanish history of California but on the Native American history as well. The ranger on duty was very knowledgeable on the Native American history.

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Monterey, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Monterey is one of California's oldest cities (towns), and the offices, restaurants, shops, hotels are sprinkled in around and among the buildings that have been here since Monterey's earliest days. Monterey wants you to get a feel for what life was like in those days; walking around in the buildings gives you a real feel for life in those times... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

But what we did see was very good and staff were extremely helpful. Certainly worth a look as a contrast to the rather tacky Cannery Row.

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Konstancin
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16 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A very informative historical park with docents who really care about history and the visitors. Next door there are many places to eat or go whale watching so this is part of a full day excursion.

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Redwood City, California
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75 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

You get some good idea of what Spanish (Mexican) California was like with the preserved buildings that dot Monterey. Many furnishings and devices from the period are preserved and explained. A pleasant stroll with coffee houses and restaurants nearby.

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