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Monterey Theme Parks

Weeeee!!!  Ahhhhh!!!!  Yeehaw!!!

There is nothing like a roller coaster to get the heart pumping! This guide is especially useful to help you identify age appropriate theme parks for the young, very young and young at heart! 

To search other vacation locations, go to our Destination Explorer and search away! 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk – Santa Cruz

Located around 30 miles from Monterey, the Boardwalk was voted the world’s Best Seaside Amusement Park in 2007 and 2008. The historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features both modern and classic thrill rides, restaurants, miniature golf, video game arcades, and family bowling, all located on a mile-long sandy beach. On the south end of the park, is their section for young kids. The admission-free Boardwalk offers affordable ticket options and free summer entertainment. A truly unique California experience! 

Gilroy Gardens – Gilroy

(formally Bonfante Gardens) 

The family oriented theme park has over 40 rides, gardens and exhibits.  The Park's mission is to entertain and educate families — especially young children — making it the most family friendly theme park in the region.  The park is about 32 miles from Monterey.

 

 

 

 

  

What’s on Tap

Events

Monterey Festivals & Events:

 

Whale Watching – Dec. through May

 

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Monterey.

 

Attractions

Top Attractions:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Aquarium is your window to marine life in the Monterey Bay!

Cannery Row

Historic Cannery Row is great destination for hotels, shopping, dining, and, oh, yes, the Aquarium!

Monterey Fishing

Fall is fishing and crabbing season!

Kayaking and SCUBA Diving

The rocky bottom around Monterey make it perfect for ocean adventures!

Whale Watching – Whale Watching December through May

Golfing

Pebble Beach…need I say more.

 

For more information on local attractions, click on the Attractions or Recreational Activities.

 

 

Advisories

Monterey’s Summer Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. Rush hour traffic can be extremely challenging – especially on Highway 1 between Seaside and Monterey. Also, 68 between Highway 1 and 101 can be extremely slow. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.

Carmel Valley and Big Sur have major wildfires. Authorities expect them to burn through the end of August! Google for the latest news.