The Arts have a presence in Pacific Grove and play a significant role in community life, to both residents and visitors. Pacific Grove is home to a wide range of art stores and venues. On display are paintings, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and other items fashioned in many forms of art media.
First Friday PG Art Walk is held each first Friday of the month. The art walk creates excitement downtown, packing restaurants and producing a festive atmosphere with music, wine and the galleries are filled with talented local artists.
The Pacific Grove Art Center encourages art appreciation and stimulates interest in all types of art. The Art Center offers dance, art and cultural classes, lectures, forums and exhibits. Located at 568 Lighthouse Avenue.
Pacific Grove offers other cultural aspects, among them the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, an acclaimed small museum that is treasured by local residents and visitors. Showcasing the birds and wildlife, plants, geology, and cultural richness of the Central Coast. The museum also has an extensive permanent collection of local artifacts and offers special exhibits and programs for kids. The Pacific Grove Museum is also responsible for educating the public about the Monarch Butterflies and conducts the counting of them during the months of November through February.
Pacific Grove was founded in 1875 as a Methodist church retreat. Many of the original nineteenth and twentieth century houses and buildings remain in use today. Over 1,300 houses and buildings are designated as historic. Take a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown homes. It is an easy walk that showcases many of the building styles that the City of Pacific Grove is famous for. Pacific Grove Walking Tour brochure
Historic preservation is also honored with events, murals and statues. Some are officially designated historic landmarks, such as Chautauqua Hall and the Pt. Pinos Lighthouse. For more information, phone the Tourist Information Center at 831-324-4668 or visit them at 100 Central Avenue, at the entranced to Pacific Grove. Open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Beaches
Beautiful Beaches in Pacific Grove
Explore some of the most beautiful beaches in California, located right on the tip of the Monterey Peninsula in Pacific Grove, California (affectionately known as Butterfly Town USA). From blue lagoons and white sandy beaches to tide pools and kelp forests teaming with life – all of Pacific Grove’s stunning beaches offer opportunity for ocean recreation. From seashells and surfing to kayaking, whale watching and scuba diving - each beach offers something special and unique to experience.
Lover’s Point Park & Beach
Lovers Point Beach in Pacific Grove, California is one of Monterey Peninsula’s most-talked about gems! For years, people have been “popping the question” and getting married at this romantic, lover’s destination. It’s a great spot for the kids too – with its calm (typically gentler) waters, a kiddie pool, volleyball court, snack bar and Café, this beach is the perfect place to spend the day at the beach.
Located at the foot of 17th Street is a landscaped community park known as Lover’s Point Park. The park consists of 4.4 acres and is great for wedding ceremonies, photographs, picnics, lawn games, kite flying and more.
Asilomar State Beach
Asilomar State Beach in Pacific Grove, California is a popular one-mile strip of white sandy beach best known for its walking trails and surfers. Its rocky coves offer tide pools with a diverse range of sea life to explore. Asilomar State Beach is wheelchair accessible and a wheelchair can be provided upon request.
Across from Asilomar State Beach is the Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve. One of Asilomar’s landmark stiles stands at the gateway to this preserve. A ¼ mile boardwalk meanders through the 25 acres of restored sand dune ecosystem. Discover the native plant greenhouse where more than 450,000 plants, representing 25 species have been grown and planted in the dunes and coastal bluffs.
Asilomar State Beach is within the boundary of Asilomar Marine Reserve. All marine resources, animals and features are protected. No collecting or fishing is allowed.
Dogs are permitted on the state beach but must be leashed at all times and in the immediate control of the handler. There are no restrooms or picnicking facilities on the state beach.
Tour Asilomar State Beach with California State Parks
Asilomar State Beach staff-led tours provide a wealth of knowledge about this coastal refuge. Rest assured that you will walk away from this experience with a new perspective or a renewed appreciation of Asilomar's natural and cultural history. For regularly scheduled tour times visit State Park Tours.
Hopkins Marine Station Beach
There are two beaches on Point Cabrillo at Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, California. On the west side there is a must-see seal colony that calls this beach home. The beach is on private Stanford University property so it is off-limits to the general public.
Seals are visible from Ocean View Boulevard between Dewey Street and 1st Street. Hopkins Marine Station beach is just a short walk along the Monterey Peninsula Recreation Trail from the Monterey Bay Aquarium at the west end of Cannery Row in Monterey. The trail continues along Shoreline Park to many viewpoints in Pacific Grove.
Perkins Park Beachfront
Perkins Park in Pacific Grove, California is the beachfront park along Ocean View Boulevard between Lover’s Point Park and Esplanade Park. Head here at low tide and explore the wealth of tide pools available along the beachfront here. The park is nearly a mile long and most of the bluff is covered in ice plant which blooms bright pink and purple during certain parts of the year. Locals call this the “magic carpet.”
Walking trails with benches meander along the bluff between the street and the water. Ocean View Boulevard has a popular bike lane for those who want to bike around the peninsula. There are no sandy beach areas at Perkins Park, but there are several places where you can access the shore from the trail.
Point Pinos Beaches
If you’re lucky, you might just discover your own little private beach at one of the many small beaches found along Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, California. Known for the Point Pinos Lighthouse that overlooks the beachfront, Point Pinos offers several small sandy coves right at the point and nearby in both directions. At lower tides and during calm seas, there are a ton of tide pools to explore. The rocks all along the point invite exploration, but be careful and watch out for rising tides and large waves. This beach is known for much higher than average waves.
There are several pullouts and parking areas along Ocean View Boulevard and Sunset Drive. Restrooms can be found next to the Pacific Grove Golf Links golf course and Crespi Pond across the street. The historic Point Pinos Lighthouse sits in the center of the golf course near the intersection of Asilomar and Lighthouse Avenue. Stop by for a quick tour of the lighthouse mid-day Thursday through Monday.
Big Sur Adventures
Big Sur Adventures offers one-of-a-kind tours of all of the area’s best sights! See Carmel, Monterey, and Pacific Grove on the back of one of our electric bikes — the 750-watt motor makes climbing the region’s hills and inclines a breeze! Take the scenic route on the 17-Mile Drive Tour and see one of the country’s most picturesque rides. For fans of HBO’s hit TV show, go behind the scenes to Lovers Point Park, Paluca Trattoria, and more on our “Big Little Lies” Tour. Looking for something a little more advanced? Our Old Coast Road Tour is for riders of intermediate ability and is available upon request. Read more about our options below, and rest assured: you’re in safe hands with Big Sur Adventures.
Kombi Tours – Monterey County Wine & Brew Tours
Join us for a tour experiencing the best Monterey County wineries and breweries in a vintage VW bus!
Both wine tasting and brewery tours run 4.5 hours from pick-up at 11:30 am and drop off at 4:00 pm, limited to six passengers. Each tour includes complimentary boxed lunch with stops at three different wineries or breweries on the Monterey Peninsula and Carmel Valley (tasting room fee, wine or beer purchases not included.
For tour inquiries, special event requests, or any questions, please contact email@example.com or call 831-747-7441
Princess Monterey Whale Watching
Princess Monterey Whale Watching has been in the cruise business for over 30 years. We are Monterey Bay’s leading company in narrated ocean and bay tours, specializing in natural history and biology of marine wildlife, especially whales! Our whale watching trips run year-round and are fully narrated by marine biologists/naturalists, all with 10 or more years’ experience on the Monterey Bay.
Red Engine Rides
Red Engine Rides is firefighter owned and operated. Come check out this amazing fire engine and create memories that will last forever! Cruise all around the beautiful Monterey Peninsula in the back of our custom-built engine. We can accommodate seating for up to 10 riders, so bring your friends and family. Take in the natural beauty of the area while listening to some awesome music from a vantage point only seen by a few. Want to rent the engine out for a private brewery or winery ride, no problem! We customize rides for every occasion. Red Engine Rides is the perfect addition to any birthday party, wedding, or private event! Find more information at https://redenginerides.com/
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail extends for about one mile from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to Lovers Point. The Pacific Grove section of the trail is part of the recreation trail network which runs from Marina to Pacific Grove. Formerly located on the Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way, the trail has separate walking and cycling paths. It serves as a major walking, jogging, and bicycling route along the northeastern coastline of the city. View Map of Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail
Earl "Topper" Arnett Park is located at Piedmont and Moreland Avenue. This neighborhood park has playground equipment, a baseball diamond, group picnic area with three picnic tables, and a barbecue grill (accommodates up to 25 people). A fee of $50.00 and a use permit are required for the large group picnic area, barbecue pit and ball field. View Map of Arnett Park
Berwick Park is a one acre park which offers spectacular views of the bay. The park has a large, well-manicured lawn area with gentle topography, as well as a natural landscape with rocky outcrops and native vegetation. For weddings, reservations and a Use Permit are required. View Map pf Berwick Park
Caledonia Park is located on Caledonia between Central and Jewell Avenues (behind the Post Office). It contains an open-space free-play area, tots' play area, ADA compliant playground and climbing equipment for older children, a baseball field, basketball court, picnic tables, and restrooms. View Map of Calendonia Park
Located at Ocean View Boulevard and Jewell Avenue, Chase Park is divided into two parcels. The western parcel is rugged, forested, and is unimproved. The eastern parcel is contiguous to a parking area, and consists of a very small landscaped area with a bench and a path. View Map of Chase Park
Elmarie Dyke Open Space
Elmarie Dyke Open Space is located adjacent to Chautauqua Hall, between 16th and 17th Streets. It has been landscaped as an urban garden with flowering plants, benches and tables, and a gazebo. Applicable fees will be charged for reservations. A use permit is required for weddings. ADA compliant. View Map of Elmarie Dyke Open Space
The park is located on Esplanade between Ocean View and Del Monte Boulevards. It consists of rolling topography and several Monterey cypress trees. From the park, visitors will be able to enjoy benches, open space, and views of the Monterey Bay. View Map of Esplanade Park
George Washington Park
George Washington Park is the largest of Pacific Grove's city parks. It is six blocks long (from Short Street to Sinex Avenue) between Melrose and Alder Streets. Most of the park is natural appearing, unimproved forest land that offers important wildlife habitat. The park also contains picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, a large play structure, and a baseball field. No reservation needed for individual picnic areas. A fee of $50-$100 (depending on size of group) and a use permit are required for the large group picnic area, barbecue pit, and ballfield. Apply at the Recreation Department office. Picnic Area. ADA Compliant. View Map of George Washington Park
A full block bounded by Ocean VIew Boulevard, Central Avenue, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Similar to Esplande Park, it has a natural landscape character and large eucalyptus trees. The park follows a moderately steep ravine with a seasonal creek at its bottom. There is a footbridge across the ravine. View Map of Greenwood Park
Dedicated to City volunteers, Hayward Park is located adjacent to Crocker Avenue from Sinex Avenue to Sunset Drive. The land was donated to the City in 1990 for Open Space. It has been developed with a trail for hiking and biking, connecting with the Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way. The landscaping is maintained with the natural look of Asilomar, with native plants and trees typical of the area. View Map of Hayward Park
Located at the intersection of Forest and David Avenues, Higgins Park contains several Monterey pine and coast live oak trees. It is a very rugged park with steep terrain, but offers picnic benches. The park is conveniently located across the street from popular shopping centers and the Forest Hill Shopping District. View Map of Higgins Park
Andy Jacobsen Park
Located at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and 7th Street, Andy Jacobsen Park is planted primarily with native plants, resembling a lush backyard garden. It is rugged and natural in appearance, and is well-maintained. The park offers a short hiking trail, benches, and breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay. The Pacific Grove site was authorized by the Pacific Grove City Council on February 1, 1956.
The City of Pacific Grove contributed $650 for the project, and an additional $100 donation was provided by the Monterey Peninsula Garden Club. This site, formerly known as Prospect Park, and located at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and 7th Street (near Lovers Point) was planted with ornamental shrubs and landscaped with locally-collected granite boulders. A bronze plaque mounted on a large granite boulder reads, "In Memory of Andy Jacobsen, County Supervisor 1932 - 1955." A sign identifies the park as "Jacobson Park." A bench placed near the plaque is an inviting stop for visitors to pause and look out over Monterey Bay. More about Andy Jacobsen can be found at the Andrew Berig Jacobsen Biography Page. (Submitted by: Dean A. Enderlin of Calistoga, Calif., Grandson of Andy Jacobsen). View Map of Andy Jacobsen Park
Jewell Park is a small block bounded by Park Place and Central, Grand and Forest Avenues. The park's urban character is established by a well-maintained lawn area, specimen trees, gentle topography, a small meeting building with a kitchen, and a gazebo suitable for weddings or outdoor performances. Use permits are required for the gazebo and "Little House". View Map of Jewell Park
Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space
A narrow ribbon of open space, Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space is approximately 2,200 feet long and 400 feet wide. Located between Sunset Drive and Forest Lodge Road along Congress Avenue, the terrain is rugged, wild, and is heavily forested with Monterey Cypress, Monterey pine, and coast live oak. Joggers and walkers extensively use the park, as do people who want to exercise their dogs off-leash. The Open Space borders Pebble Beach, offering pedestrian access to 17-Mile Drive. View Map of Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space
(Part of Shoreline Park) Perkins Park is the section of shoreline between Lovers Point and the Esplanade. It was named for local resident Hayes Perkins, who planted the first pink ice plant along this section of the waterfront. The park is well maintained and is landscaped with "magic carpet" ice plant and stone terrace walls. Walking trails in Perkins Park are heavily used. View Map of Perkins Park
In the spectacular Big Sur area, this park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking and beachcombing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one third mile from the parking area. View Map of Andrew Molera
Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds sits nestled along the shoreline of the brilliant blue Pacific Ocean, serving as a tranquil ocean front retreat cradled by towering pine forests, pristine sand dunes and the dramatic rocky coastline of the Monterey Peninsula. View Map of Asilomar
Fort Ord Dunes
This recently opened State Park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. From the parking area visitors may also take a stroll on the new boardwalk to a bluff top viewing platform. Eight educational panels have been installed that will inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. Existing park roads are open to bicyclists, hikers and dogs on leash.
To protect park resources public access is limited to designated roads and trails. Dogs must be on leash and remain on paved roads. Horses and campfires are not allowed on the beach. View Map of Fort Ord Dunes
This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. Pine and oak woodlands in the park are home to many birds and mammals. There are camping and picnic facilities in the park. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings. View Map of Fremont Peak
The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration. View Map of Garrapata
Burns This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1. View Map of Julia Pfeiffer Burns
The park features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has 33 campsites. View Map of Limekiln
Pfeiffer Big Sur
This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Some campsites are along the Big Sur River. Big Sur Lodge is located in the park .The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store. Meeting rooms have space for groups of 10 to 125. Other rooms are available for smaller meetings and workshops, some with fireplaces and kitchens. View Map of Pfeiffer Big Sur
Point Lobos State National Reserve
This area contains headlands, coves and rolling meadows. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world popular with divers. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and migrating gray whales (from December to May). Thousands of seabirds also make the reserve their home. Hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. The area used to be the home of a turn-of -the-century whaling and abalone industry. A small cabin built by Chinese fishermen from that era still remains at Whalers Cove and is now a cultural history museum. View Map of Point Lobos
Point Sur State Historic Park
The Point Sur Lightstation sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the century Lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. First lit on August 1, 1889, the lighthouse has remained in continuous operation. Lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site from 1889 to 1974 when the lighthouse was automated. Today the Lightstation buildings are being restored through the efforts of park staff, State Park volunteers and the non-profit Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. The Lightstation is open to the public only through docent-led tours.
Established in 1957, the former Point Sur Naval Facility (NAVFAC) was once part of a worldwide network of defensive listening stations that tracked the movement of Soviet submarines. The Point Sur NAVFAC is one of the remaining Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) facilities, and the only one remaining on the West Coast. For the most part, other SOSUS facilities were parts of larger military complexes, while Point Sur was established as a stand-alone, self-sufficient base.
Except for one building retained by the U. S. Navy, the former Pt. Sur NAVFAC was transferred to State Parks in 2000. The only buildings currently being used by State Parks are some of the facility's housing buildings. The facility is not open to the public. View Map of Point Sur State Historic Park
U.S National Park
Pinnacles National Monument Established in 1908 to preserve the incongruent and beautiful rock formations for which Pinnacles is named, the Monument originally protected only 2,060 acres. It now encompasses about 26,000 acres in the southern portion of the Gabilan Mountains, one of a series of parallel northwest-trending ridges and valleys that make up the Central Coast Range. Vew Map of Pinnacles National Monument