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Beautiful Parks in Monterey

Whether you want some invigorating outdoor hike or just craving for some eye candy, these beautiful parks in Monterey are gems you need to see.

JACKS PEAK COUNTY PARK

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Comfortably nestled in Monterey, Jacks Peak County Park is a perfect spot for a day hike and sight seeing. This almost 8.5 miles of hiking trails has much to offer for outdoor enthusiasts – horse back riding, hiking trails that wind up through cathedral-like forests, spectacular fossils from the Miocene epoch, stunning vistas of Monterey Bay and Carmel Valley, and hundreds bird species for birders!

This place is also perfect for a family picnic. There are picnic tables located close to restrooms, some with grills. The huge picnic area is suitable for groups of up to 50 people.

 

MONTEREY BAY COASTAL RECREATION TRAIL

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Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail is one of the most unique features of Monterey. The paved path extends 29 miles from Castroville in the north to Pacific Grove in the south.

As the name suggests, this trail has a lot of recreational activities you can enjoy. Along the trail you can rent bikes and surreys, and in-line skates and kayaks from local businesses. If you get hungry, you can stop by some of the food stands along the trail  to grab a bite, or pack your own food and enjoy a picnic in one of the trail’s many grassy areas.

There are Rules and Regulations to follow when you’re in the vicinity. Please take time to read them here.

 

ROYAL OAKS PARK

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The first and oldest park in the Monterey County Parks system, the Royal Oaks Park is the perfect place for a family gathering, a softball game, or a  relaxing day hike.

Kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy this park. It has a playground equipment, a softball field, horseshoe facilities and basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. There are a lot of benches and picnic tables available all over the place and even grill equipment!

 

EL ESTERO PARK

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Located at the heart of Lake El Estero, El Estero Park is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. This citywide park is popular for its El Estero Exercise Course, which wends around the lake, is a great way to get exercise while enjoying the area’s natural beauty, and the Dennis the Menace Playground, which is full of activities or small children to play and burn off excess energy.

There is also a Monterey Skate Park which was designed by local skateboarders. This family-friendly facility is open to all ages, although children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years old or older.

The El Estero Park offers a lot more activities for people of all ages and interests. You can choose from fishing, birding, outdoor exercise, boating and more. Check out this site for more information.

 

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

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This quiet and beautiful beautiful 50-acre park is located one mile uphill from Old Monterey and the Fisherman’s Wharf area. The Veterans Memorial Park is s a popular camping destination for many who want to be one with nature and spend less when staying overnight in the Monterey Peninsula.

Aside from the park’s popular campground facilities which has approximately 40 campsites, you can also find a hiking trails under towering Monterey Pine forest,  BBQ picnic areas, play equipment, turf and lawn playfield and a basketball court in the area.

Monterey Bay Summer Camp

Kids are out of School! It’s Summer Camp Time!

Summer is just around the corner. I’m sure if you are a parent (of course with kids) you’ve been starting to contemplate about what would make your children occupied at least in their entire summer break. Yeah, something that would make them fruitful and by not just wasting their time staying at home. Some parents take this opportunity to create a meaningful bond with their kids, while others love to send their kids to programs and activities that would develop different aspects of their well being. Traditionally, summer camp is perceived by many as a place where they can hike and do campfires. Today, summer camps have evolved and are now offering activities ranging from Tech Camps that focus on technology education, to math enrichment programs, travel camps, foreign culture camps down to art, science, and performing art camps.

Monterey Bay Summer Camp

 

With all these different choices, i see no reason for parents not to enroll their kids in any of these. So why enroll your kids summer camps? Surprisingly, kids after being enrolled in summer camps show a drastic development in their social skills. Some parents find their kids become more sociable with their peers and adults. It also helped their children to boost their self-confidence, something that a parent would want to see in their child growing up. Moreover, kids enrolled in summer camps learn to value relationships and see how these relationships are essential for their daily life. Summer camps don’t only teach kids social skills but also builds their character as a person. Campers, when they return home, usually demonstrate values like respect, honesty, independence and a high sense of responsibility. Now you see how helpful summer camps are to your kids. The valuable experiences that they learn from summer camps plus your support and motivation will help them prepare well for their life.

Planning on sending your kids to any summer camps? Check these.

1. Camp SEA lab –
Offering day, residential, and teen camps, Camp SEA Lab is a marine science camp adventure for youth ages 8-13 on California’s Monterey Bay. Camp SEA Lab also offers leadership programs, a teacher development programs, science camps for schools, and family programs.

For more information, visit or call:
100 Campus Center, Building 42, Seaside, CA (831) 582-3681

2. Horse-N-Around – The Mitchell Ranch
Horse-n-Around offers horseback riding lessons to beginner riders of all ages. They have a unique children’s Discovery Program designed to introduce children to the world of horses. They also offer summer camps and have a dual approach to their lesson/camp program spending equal time on safety and ground work and to riding. Their focus is always on safety and they introduce equine behavior as a way to do this as well. Students must have the control on the ground before they can have control in the saddle. Theirs is a one on one approach.

For more information, visit or call:
980 Travers Lane, Watsonville, CA 95076 (408) 528-5461

3. Kennolyn Camps – Day, resident, family and equestrian camps. Campers enjoy miles of breathtaking trails through the Redwoods for hiking, Mountain Biking and Trail Riding.

For more information, visit or call:
8205 Glen Haven Rd., Soquel, CA (831) 479*-6714

4. Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers educational programs that help teens learn about ocean conservation.

For more information, visit or call:
886 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940 (831) 648-4800

5. Point Lobos Summer Adventures Program
Summer Outdoor Program presented by State Park staff and based out of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Kids 8-13 years old will have the opportunity to have fun and enjoy the outdoors in California State Parks.

For more information, visit or call:

Route 1, Carmel, CA 93923 (866) 338-7227

Enjoy your Summer!