Kid-Friendly Hotel in Monterey

The Portola Pirate Program

Let's face it, if your children aren't engaged and happy on your Monterey family vacation, it's not a vacation. Staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa puts you within minutes of the best kid-friendly attractions in the area, with tons to do for little ones and bigger ones alike. The Monterey Peninsula offers a wide variety of things to do with children, making it the perfect choice for a summer vacation or weekend visit.  Our kid-friendly Monterey guide will help you plan your next family getaway with fun and stimulating entertainment for the whole family. You might even find yourself partaking in some of the childhood activities you enjoyed as a youngster. We have listed the activities from walking distance to beyond.


Portola Pirate Kids Program

The Portola Pirates program is focused on kids between the ages of 3-12 who want to come to Monterey and have fun! Our kid-friendly hotel in Monterey has created a fun scavenger hunt around the nautically inspired decor on the property, incorporating fun and the educational history of Monterey. Antique model ships are located throughout the hotel in addition to anchors and photographs from days gone by, ensuring educational and exciting Monterey travel with kids.

Upon each return visit to our family hotel in Monterey, your little crewmembers will earn additional benefits and surprises when they continue take part in our Portola Pirates Program. (All guests are responsible for room, tax and incidentals throughout each visit). See our full program outline below:

  • Maiden Voyage – Upon checking in, enjoy a treasure bag filled with pirate toys and a treasure map to buried treasure. The treasure map will take you on scavenger hunt around the hotel, with nautical questions and a pirate or two along the way, ultimately ending at Peter B's Brewpub where a chest filled with pirate loot is waiting.
  • Second Leg of Your Adventure – Continue your pirate voyage with your second visit to the hotel and one child admission ticket to the Monterey County (MY) Museum in downtown Monterey.
  • Third Leg of Your Adventure - Explore the Coast of Monterey and look-out for pirate ships while wearing your new Portola Pirate-themed t-shirt. One shirt per child, up to two children per family/reservation.
  • Fourth Leg of Your Adventure – Receive a kids-sized Portola Pirate sleeping bag to use on your own adventures out on the seven seas!
  • Fifth Leg Adventure* – All-Nighter—Pirate Party! Invite up to 10 of your friends under the age of 12 to enjoy this "suite" sleepover (parent supervision required). Our family suite allows up to 10 children to curl up on the floor with their own sleeping bags. Two connecting guest rooms allow a bit of peace for your chaperones (must be 18 years of age). Your pirate party will feature a pirate-themed buffet filled with goodies (including our famous chocolate chip cookies) and special snacks created for your pirate crew. For added entertainment enjoy a Wii gaming console and games sure to provide hours of entertainment for all of your mates! 

Terms & conditions may apply. *Suite rate & fees are paid by the responsible party booking the suite.


Dining For Kids

Jacks Restaurant and Peter B's Brewpub have designed a Portola Pirates Kids Menu with fun items such as; MacAAAARRRoni and Cheese, Captain Jacks Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Black Beard Pasta and our popular Portola Pirate Pizza (all come with choice of Scaly Wag Fries or Small Green Salad). Prices are $5.99 per children's entrée, including beverage and Landlubber Root Beer Float or Matey scoop of Ice Cream.


Monterey For Kids

Monterey Bay Aquarium
(831) 648-4888
The renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium is open seven days a week and a marvel of an attraction. Tickets are available for purchase at the front desk & concierge desk for guests staying at the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Adventures by the Sea
(831) 372-1807
Discover the beautiful Monterey Peninsula pedaling a bicycle along the recreation trail, around the rocky shores of Pacific Grove and into breathtaking 17-Mile Drive. Or explore the kelp forest and abundant marine life along Cannery Row or Stillwater Cove from an ocean kayak! Rent a kayak or take a guided tour. Try something new with their stand up paddle boarding and experience this new sport!

Del Monte Beach
Bring the buckets, shovels and boogie boards to Del Monte Beach, within walking distance from the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Monterey’s My Museum
(831) 649-6444
Located on Washington Street in dDowntown Monterey; the My Museum provides an environment unique to any other in Monterey County. This 8,500 square foot museum is packed with a variety of hands-on exhibits, making each visit unique and exciting.

Dennis the Menace Playground
(831) 646-3860 
This famous playground is known throughout the state for its whimsical equipment, which includes a drinking fountain inside the mouth of a lion, a swinging rope bridge, a roller slide, and a life-sized hedge maze, among others.

Lake El Estero Paddle Boats
(831) 375-1484 
Walk from the hotel to one of Monterey’s landmarks, including a skateboard park is nearby and a baseball park with group BBQ facilities. Kids love powering their own paddle boat on Lake El Estero, a freshwater lake surrounding Dennis the Menace Park. Kayaks and canoes can also be rented for use on the lake.

Jump-N-Around
(831) 657-9841
Do the kids need to burn off some energy? Take them to Monterey’s Jump-N-Around, featuring 6000 square feet of inflatable fun, Velcro walls, giant slides, bounce houses, bungee runs, boxing rings, video arcade, air hockey, private parties and more!

Sanctuary Rock Gym
(831) 899-2595
Do your kids like to climb? The Sanctuary Rock Gym provides learning on how to boulder, top-rope or lead climb.

Monterey Mirror Maze / Laser Challenge
(831) 649-MAZE
A high quality, creatively designed mirror maze walk-through is the feature attraction at this brand new family attraction. No matter what your age you will love getting lost in our psychedelic setting, complete with high tech lighting and pumping music. It’s a great opportunity for families and couples to solve this challenge together. Jump, crawl, climb & sliver your way through an obstacle course of brilliant green highly, sensitive lasers radiating from the walls of the bank vault.

Del Monte Movie Theater
(831) 373-8051
Walk along and shop at Del Monte Center. Once you are done, head to the movie theater and watch that new movie you have been dying to see.


Pacific Grove For Kids

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
(831) 648-5716
The Pacific Grove Museum is your living personal field guide to the California Central Coast. Explore the birds and wildlife, plants, geology and cultural richness that make this region unique in the world.

Oceans 18 Black light Miniature Golf 
(831) 643-9215
Oceans 18 is the first and only indoor black light miniature golf course on the Monterey Peninsula! We offer a unique recreational facility to the Peninsula and its guests. Come experience the entertainment! Located upstairs in the West wing of the American Tin Cannery.


Salinas For Kids

Wild Things & Exotics
(831) 455-1901 
Wild Things, Inc. is an animal rental company that provides dedicated service to providing professionally, humanely trained wild and exotic birds and animals.

John Steinbeck Center 
(831)775-4721 
The Center is located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, California, a scenic 17-mile drive from Monterey in the heart of Steinbeck Country. The Museum offers three distinct visitor experiences in literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs.


Santa Cruz For Kids

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 
(831) 423-5590 
The Boardwalk is a half-mile long historic park next to Santa Cruz's mile long main beach. It includes more than 34 rides and attractions and features two national historic landmarks.


Gilroy For Kids

Gilroy Gardens
(408) 840-7100 
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is a one-of-a-kind experience combining four unique gardens and amusement rides with the mid-20th Century history and agricultural roots of Santa Clara Valley.