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Monterey State Historic Park

20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940
831-649-7118
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Ranked #9 of 44 Attractions in Monterey
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to...
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.

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Modesto, California
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451 reviews 451 reviews
196 attraction reviews
458 helpful votes 458 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

A friend and I visited this state historic park during the recent 30th annual Christmas in the Adobes held on December 5 and 6 in the evening from 5:00 until 9:00 p.m. This is a yearly event and on the evening we visited there were 21 historic adobes open for view. Many of these adobes cannot be seen during other... More 

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California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Near the spot where the USA seized California from Mexico, in the shadow of the Presidio Chapel (well, nearly), in the city of the colonial capital, and Mexican capital of Alta California, you have 3 museums clustered around a single plaza. Check them out! Food is available nearby in abundance.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I've learnt a lot about the history of Monterey. If you like History and Nature, you can't miss Monterrey and its parks.

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Sedona, AZ
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

A Beautiful area in the city to spend time with children and or dogs. We learned much historical information about Monterey. Any of the city employees we met were very friendly and helpful. We loved seeing the moon tree which was planted from seed that was taken from Monterey to the Moon and then back again to be planted!

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Leersum, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Visited the Custom House & other colonial museum and admired more old adobe buildings that are all well preserved. Proof of a long and varied history of the city of Monterey.

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NC Smokies
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

But then, almost every place on the Peninsula is beautiful...especially on sunny days! It would be a great place for families on a Sunday afternoon...as a couple, we probably won't go back since there are so many other wonderful things to do.

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Tulare, California
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8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Step back in time and explore the diverse and rich cultural history of Californias' first capital. Recommend the weekend walking tour of three musuems guided by state park historian. Also the park features art and craft fairs on weekends. When we visited it an Italian festival with local food and wine was taking place with a live band.

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San Francisco, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 via mobile

My family frequents the Monterey wharf at least once a month, but on this day my son and I decided to participate in the historical park tour. It lasts about an hour and includes several buildings. As a native of California I enjoy expanding my knowledge about my state. My teenage son enjoyed the tour as well as can be... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is a terrific remnant of old Monterey from when it was the state capital. You can choose to tour the buildings alone or with a guide for a small fee. It is close to the site where US marines occupied the town for the US in 1846.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We have enjoyed exploring and seeing many of the significant historic homes and buildings throughout Old Monterey. There is the obvious ones like Custom House, which is at Old Fisherman Wharf Area. This is the oldest government building in California. But there are so many. We did not really appreciate it until we did Holidays in the Adobes event in... More 

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