Family Fun in Monterey, California

Family Fun in Monterey, California

There’s nothing more precious than time with the family, especially when you’re on vacation! With endless fun at your fingertips both indoors and outdoors, Monterey, California is one of the Central Coast’s most popular destinations for family travel.

The moment you begin your family vacation at the Portola Hotel & Spa, kiddos ages 12 and under are invited to join our Portola Pirate Program. Kicking off with a pirate-themed scavenger hunt throughout the property – discover a treasure chest filled with some great loot! Upon each return visit to the Portola, your Pirates can earn a variety of perks and prizes – making future visits to the Portola a new adventure every time!

In addition to our Portola Pirate Program, check out some of Monterey’s most kid and family friendly activities. Our favorites are even within walking distance to the Portola!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Less than a mile and a half away from the Portola Hotel & Spa, walk along the Coastal Recreation Trail, then explore Cannery Row on your way to the world renowned, Monterey Bay Aquarium. Go “under the sea” while discovering the world of sea otters, jelly fish, sharks, sardines, and so much more. To book our special Family Aquarium Package and save 15% off regular rates, click here.

Photo Courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium

Surrey Bike Rentals

Perfect for the entire family, rent a Surrey Bicycle at Adventures by the Sea, located right outside our doors on Portola Plaza. These pedal driven carriages are designed for all members of the family to enjoy. Cruise along the Coastal Recreation Trail, explore Fisherman’s Wharf, discover Cannery Row, or just delight in the majestic ocean views as you cruise your way through Monterey! For rates and reservations visit

Photo Courtesy of Adventures By The Sea

MY (Monterey County Youth) Museum

Open Tuesday through Saturday, the indoor, Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum) is a visual and interactive experience for kiddos ages eight and under. With nine interactive galleries, MY Museum is designed to inspire play, curiosity, learning, and creativity. With exhibits like MY Go-Fore Golf, MY Healthy Farm, and MY Day at the Beach- a feast for the eyes and senses awaits! Learn more by clicking here.

Photo Courtesy of My Museum

Selfieville at the Golden State Theatre

Tweens and Teens will delight in the colorful backdrops and perfect lighting at the Selfieville Permanent Installation located inside downtown Monterey’s Golden State Theatre. This experiential museum features a 3D light show and whimsical exhibits designed to capture the most perfect of selfies! For tickets and current hours visit
It’s time to pack your bags and have some fun in Monterey!

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