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Monterey State Historic Park

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Address: 20 Custom House Plz, Monterey, CA 93940-2430
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A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic...

A state park in Monterey that operates tours of its gardens and historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.

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This place abounds in historical buildings in honor of our ancestors who fished, served and made other efforts to build this town originally. I liked walking through this on my... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2016
Larkspur, Colorado
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Cameron Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We've been to Monterey many times and have walked by this museum...but never went in. This time we went in and were invited to take a tour. The cost is $5/person...we figured, 'why not'. Now I grew up in California and thought I KNEW the history....as our tour guide mentioned it was what was taught in 3-4 grade. Wow...I seemed... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This place abounds in historical buildings in honor of our ancestors who fished, served and made other efforts to build this town originally. I liked walking through this on my way to Fisherman's Wharf.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Excellent local history, we elected to wait for the guided tour and to listen to the guide, who explained the area and how it was the beginning of the United States in California.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

This is not a massive area so it doesn't take too much time to visit. Lots of interesting things to see (including - on the edge - California's First Theatre). The gardens in the park are really nice and well-kept. This is very close to Fisherman's Wharf, so it's a good one to visit at the same time.

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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We enjoyed this museum it contained a number of exhibits of interest to history buffs. The displays were well organised .

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Felton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The park is adjacent to downtown Monterey and the Fisherman Wharf. Quite a few historic buidings and good history of Monterey and early California. Definitely worth a visit when you are in the area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Not long to see it all, but really if you know or want to know real California History this is one of the most important places in Californa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

The museums in the park are all excellent and tell the story of how Monterey was first settled and became the capitol of California under the Spanish and briefly the Americans. We found the museum staff to be very helpful and well read. If you want to get a feel for the lives of the early settlers then this is... More 

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Kinnelon, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

This was not a great attraction, but taking the tour made it worthwhile. We took the $5 tour (only available on weekends) in mid-June. It started at the Pacific House Museum where we paid the tour fee and included going inside the Custom House and Casa del Oro plus seeing a few other buildings only from the outside. My favorite... More 

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Cupertino, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

An old building with a small exhibit of the outpost shop of days gone by. Interesting but nothing spectacular.

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