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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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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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Lovely park!

This is a great park! It's very beautiful, and there are some lovely flowers here, too, even in the drought. It has the ocean for a backdrop, so how can you go wrong?

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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New York City, New York
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141 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

A small square with very old buildings. We almost walked through it before we realized we were in the park. Nice to stop by and visit for about 15 minutes

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Santa Clarita, California
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Everything around here was closed. I think the coolest things were the seals and Starbucks. We went on a clam chowder weekend adventure, and stayed at Portola hotel and Spa... not very funnier romantic.

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Cleveland, Oh
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922 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This is in a nice location between the town and the wharf. It has some nice houses and a few gardens. There is a nice view of the water. As for history, I expected more.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I walked around and enjoyed the park is a beautiful ,so now I know history of Monterey ! I will coming back there again if i have a chance Love this place.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2,209 reviews
1,225 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,705 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

This is a great park! It's very beautiful, and there are some lovely flowers here, too, even in the drought. It has the ocean for a backdrop, so how can you go wrong?

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Oakdale
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

There is so much history here. If you are a history buff, you will find a lot of California History here, and you are right next to Fisherman's Wharf! Well worth a visit!

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Gateshead
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

We did this self guided tour using information from the Visitors centre . Although we would have loved more houses to be open it was still great to wk on the trail and read the information provided. The locations were good and , knowing nothing before we came, we now know about the history and lives of people in Monterey.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Based on rewiews and guide books I would have expected more of this historic state park. It might have to do, with me as an European, I expect more for buildings to be historical.

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Larkspur, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

Take the the tours at each part. We paid $5.00 for each person. The guide spent one hour for just the two of us. I learned a lot about the start of California.

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Monterey, California
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

the monterey historic parks buildings are mostly closed. i recommend first, casa serrano. it is privately owned and full of art and antiques and is still used today for wonderful events. they are open 2-4 pm. sats. otherwise, following the wonderful markers on the path of history is fun. and do not miss colton hall where our first constitution was... More 

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