Kid-Friendly Hotel in Monterey

Explore all Monterey, CA has to offer for kids during your next family getaway! From paddleboats on Lake El Estero to discovering all the wonders of the Monterey Bay at the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. 

Monterey For Kids

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.

886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 648-4800

Adventures by the Sea

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!

299 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 648-7235

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

Located on Washington Street in Downtown 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.

425 Washington St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-6444

Dennis the Menace Playground

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.

777 Pearl St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 646-3860

El Estero Boating

Walk from the hotel to one of Monterey’s landmark locations, including a skateboard park 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.

798 Del Monte Ave
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 375-1484


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!

880 Tioga Ave
Sand City, CA 93955
(831) 309-0333

Sanctuary Rock Gym

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

1855 East Ave
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 899-2595

Monterey Mirror Maze / Lazer Challenge

A high quality, creatively designed mirror maze walk-through is the feature attraction at this 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.

751 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 649-6293

Cinemark Movie Theater

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.

1700 Del Monte Center
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 373-8051

Pacific Grove For Kids

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

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.

165 Forest Ave
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
(831) 648-5716

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Visit Pacific Grove, CA's Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, and experience the beauty of this natural butterfly habitat. Visit November - February.

250 Ridge Rd
Pacific Grove, CA 93950

Salinas For Kids

Monterey Zoo

Monterey Zoo is home to a variety of animals from elephants to lions to parrots. Providing tours and dedicated services for professional movie features involving humanely trained wild and exotic birds and animals.

400 River Rd
Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 455-1901

National John Steinbeck Center

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 as special events and educational programs.

1 Main St
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 796-3833

Santa Cruz For Kids

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

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.

400 Beach St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-5590

Sanctuary Exploration Center

The Exploration Center showcases the amazing habitats and wildlife found in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary through educational multimedia exhibits, interactive remotely operated underwater vehicle, and theater presentations. Free admission, open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

35 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Gilroy For Kids

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

Gilroy Gardens 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.

3050 Hecker Pass Hwy
Gilroy, CA 95020
(408) 840-7100