Alisal Center for the Fine Arts encourages and assists Salinas area residents to be involved with art as participant or viewer through arts workshops, performances, exhibits and trips. ACFA invites anyone to join a dance, visual arts or music wo... more
The park is 20 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. more
The historic Aromas Grange Hall is located at the corner of Rose Avenue and Bardue Street in Aromas. more
Located on the Monterey Peninsula in the city of Pacific Grove, Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds State Park provides visitors numerous opportunities for a variety of scenic walks along the State beach, Coast Trail, and through the Asilomar... more
A unique botanical garden devoted to awaken creativity and inspiration through cultural, musical, artistic and educational programs and classes. The Big Sur Spirit Garden offers exotic succulents and plants, local and international fair trade sculpt... more
Caledonia Park is located on Caledonia between Central and Jewell Avenues (behind the Post Office). It contains an open-space free-play area, tots' play area, ADA compliant playground and climbing equipment for older children, a baseball field, baske... more
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2014 Season Celebrates "Bach and the Italians" Carmel Bach Festival’s 77th Season “Bach and the Italians” focuses on the music of Italy, with an evening of Italian opera, virtuosic works for violin, Felix Mendelssohn’s &... more
White sand, beautiful sunsets, native cypress trees, walks, surfing, kites, sunbathing and picnics. Open 6am to 10pm. There is no leash law for dogs and fires are permitted on the beach south of 10th Avenue. Public restrooms and a public telephone... more
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This historic Mission has been renovated to its previous glory as both a Catholic Mission and now a thriving parish and school. The Basilica reflects the beautiful adobe architechture and houses many antique religious effigies and altars. The tomb... more
Mile-long beach with trails, a shallow lagoon for children and wildlife viewing. There is a public telephone and public restrooms in the parking lot. Dogs must be on a leash. Because of the dangerous surf, swimming is not permitted. Directions: From... more
From charming courtyards to secret passageways, discoveries await around every corner. There are shops and art galleries to explore, restaurants to indulge, and wine tasting rooms to stop in and sip some of the California Central Coast's best varieta... more
Ever since we planted our first orchards in 1908, we've been growing.  At our roadside location in the fertile Pacheco Valley between Monterey and Yosemite, we've welcomed visitors from around the world.  We hope you'll stop by and try some... more
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A large expanse of lawn surrounded by stone pathways, benches and shade trees, occupying an entire block of downtown Carmel between Ocean Ave and 6th. This park is the site of numerous public festivities throughout the year and a favorite spot for a... more
In March of 2010, Dixieland Monterey celebrates its 30th anniversary. What began as a one-time supplement to the Monterey County Fair has evolved into an annual event with some 18 live acts in intimate venues, a talented selection of youth bands, and... more
Dorothy’s Place is now the anchor of life in Salinas’ Chinatown, providing Dorothy’s Kitchen, our Drop-In Center, Women Alive! Emergency Shelter, and House of Peace Transitional Living Program WE ARE Dorothy’s Place, stepping... more
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Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply referred to as Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Situated on the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel is known for its natural s... more
El Estero Park Complex is a 45-acre City-wide multi-use recreation area in the center of Monterey at Del Monte/Camino Aguajito/Fremont/Camino El Estero. Paddleboat concession at lake, group BBQ picnic area, exercise course, restrooms. more
The Esalen Institute was founded in 1962 as an alternative educational center devoted to the exploration of what Aldous Huxley called the "human potential," the world of unrealized human capacities that lies beyond the imagination. Esalen soon became... more
Built in the 1920's as the residence of the Flanders family, the house was purchased by the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea in 1972. With its surrounding acreage, it became part of the city's Mission Trail Preserve, which encompasses the trails used by the... more
A 2-acre park that includes a large children's playground, a shuffle board court, horseshoe pits, a volleyball court on sand, barbecues and picnic tables and a public telephone. more
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Galeria Tonantzin, a gallery of women's contemporary art, directed by artists, Jennifer Colby, PhD and Janet Martinez, is named for the Mexican corn goddess Tonantzin whose characteristics were transferred to the Virgin of Guadalupe. It is run throug... more
Garland Ranch Regional Park is located at 700 W. Carmel Valley Rd., 8.6 miles east of Highway 1 and about 1/2 mile west of the Laureles Grade. The Visitor Center is located just within the park. From the parking lots along Carmel Valley Road, ente... more
A park in Marina featuring a baseball field and playground. more
Hartnell College provides the leadership and resources to ensure that all students shall have equal access to a quality education and the opportunity to pursue and achieve their goals. We are responsive to the learning needs of our community and dedi... more
Hartnell College Planetarium has been enchanting audiences with the wonders of astronomy and space science since its original construction in 1962. At the beginning of 2017 the planetarium moved into a new building with a new dome and new projection... more
Welcome to Hopkins Marine Station—a leader in marine science since 1892.   Where researchers, undergraduates, and graduates come together to ask big questions, explore new ideas, and discover how and why things work.  more
The Indoor Forest Theater houses PacRep's School of Dramatic Arts, known locally as "SoDA", currently under the direction of Gracie Moore Poletti. The 2012 Fall semester, with 17 different classes for students ages 4 years and up, begins in early... more
This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot... more
At the Laguna Seca Recreation Area, visitors can camp on the surrounding hillsides for a serene view of the Salinas Valley.  Both RV and tent camping are available in a clean, friendly environment.  The park is just a short drive from the M... more
A one-acre hillside garden of mature native California plants, with meandering paths and comfortable benches at especially scenic outlooks; a quiet woodland retreat for the enjoyment of the beauties of nature. Evening is the ideal time for bird lover... more
Lovers Point Park is located at the foot of 17th Street, and is a landscaped community park of 4.4 acres. It is used for picnicking, fishing, swimming, water sports, and surfing. Lovers Point's amenities include a large lawn area, a beach volleyba... more
The coastal dunes along our south Monterey Bay form a narrow edge between former dunes where we live and the bay. This strip of land is steadily changing from wind and wave forces. During especially strong winter storms, this change can be quite obvi... more
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The mission of MBARI is to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and to do so through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research... more
This park is adjacent to one of California's 21 Franciscan missions. The location was once the largest town in central California and the hub of travel between northern and central California. The mission is owned and operated by the Catholic Church... more
Mission Trail Park encompasses 35 acres of unspoiled native vegetation, containing a rich diversity of habitats - meadows, a grove of Oak trees and a dense Monterey Pine forest. This is a perfect spot for an early morning jaunt or an evening stroll -... more
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The Monterey Aquarium was founded by Julie Packard from the family of HP in Palo Alto. To her benefit, she has established this organization as a world-reknown marine conservation aquarium like no other in the world. They have successfully put the... more
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