Walking Tour of Old Monterey - Custom House Plaza at Fisherman's Wharf - Tours offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Holidays at 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. Tours are $5 which also includes day admission to Custom House and Pacific House (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
The Walking Tour begins at Pacific House Museum and travels north to Custom House, a very short walk. Inside Custom House guests learn about the days of Mexican governance and the "Hide and Tallow Trade" that made Monterey one of the wealthiest ports along the coast of Alta California. The next stop is California's First Brick House which served many uses over the decades, including as a whaling station and Mexican restaurant. Next door you'll discover the Old Whaling Station which features the last whale bone sidewalk in Monterey. A walk behind the Whaling Station reveals a classic Monterey garden setting popular for weddings and special events. Next comes an interpretation of California's First Theater (interior currently under restoration) then a look at Casa del Oro, Monterey's first general store. The tour concludes at the Memory Garden of the Pacific House Museum - perhaps the most beautiful garden in the city and also popular as a special event venue, where each year Monterey holds its birthday celebration.
The walk takes about an hour on level surface and covers a distance of a quarter mile. An ADA accessible restroom is nearby.
ADDITIONAL Monterey State Historic Park buildings and gardens: (For more on each building, click the links in the column to the right.
Pacific House Museum (includes the Monterey Museum of the American Indian), located in Custom House Plaza south of Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission $3 includes entrance to Custom House. Custom House, located in Custom House Plaza across from Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf -Open Firday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission $3 includes entrance to Pacific House.
Cooper Museum Store located at 525 Polk Street at Alvarado (831-649-7111) is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cooper-Molera Adobe - Adjacent to the Cooper Museum Store, house tours are given Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays at 10:30 a.m. and 2:03 p.m.
Larkin House - 464 Calle Principal - House tours are given Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays at Noon and 1:00 p.m..
First Brick House, located in Heritage Harbor (next to the Old Whaling Station) - Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday Holidays - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.
Stevenson House located at 530 Houston Street is open Saturdays and Sundays from `10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through Labor Day in September. Tours are self-guided with docents present to answer questions and share the house's rich history.
Monterey State Historic Park gardens are open to the public at no charge. Permits are required to reserve gardens for your special event.
To reserve gardens for your special event or wedding by calling (831) 649-7118.
Normal Garden hours are May through September: 9AM to 5PM daily and
October through April: 10AM to 4PM daily.
Tours for school groups may be booked at special rates by calling Jeanie at (831) 649-7118.
Tours of Monterey State Historic Park adobes, individually or in combination, may be booked for private groups of up to 12 guests. The rate for one State Park Guide for up to four hours is $150. Additional guide(s) and fees apply for larger groups. Call Michael at (831) 649-7172.
Cell Phone Tours
ON ANY Day, Visitors to Monterey State Historic Park may take a cell phone tour of historic buildings by dialing (831) 998-9458, followed by a Stop Number when prompted. Stop Numbers correspond to various Monterey State Historic Park adobes in the downtown area. Listeners recieve a two-minute narration for each building. There is no charge for the cell phone tours, but callers will use cell minutes, according to their individual plan. Callers may also use land based phones and will be charged based on normal land based rates.
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Call (831) 998-9458
After prompt, enter Stop Number:
401 Custom House
402 Pacific House
403 First Brick House
404 Old Whaling Station
405 California's First Theater
406 Casa Soberanes
407 Larkin House
408 Cooper-Molera Adobe
409 Robert Louis Stevenson House
410 Casa de Oro (J. Boston Store)
Other State Park Buildings in Monterey
California's First Theater - is currently closed until a structural rennovation project can be funded and completed.
Casa del Oro is open Thrusday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Operated by the Historic Garden League.
Casa Soberanes is open by special request by calling (831) 649-7172. Special Request tours of this house are a minimum of $75 and limited to 12 persons. Additional charges apply for larger groups.
Larkin House is open by special request by calling (831) 649-7172. Special Request tours of this house are a minimum of $75 and limited to 12 persons. Additional charges apply for larger groups.
Old Whaling Station is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is operated by the Junior League of Monterey.
Sherman Quarters is located on the grounds of the Larkin House and is not open for tours.
The Monterey State Historic Park office has information about guided tours through Monterey's historic buildings; school field trips and interactive programs; planning a wedding or event at the Custom House Plaza or Memory Garden, and more. Call (831) 649-7118.