Guided Tours

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 requestRead more about our options below, and rest assured: you’re in safe hands with Big Sur Adventures.

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/ .

Asilomar Conference Grounds

Explore Beyond the Shore

Asilomar's complimentary Ranger-guided tours invite you to discover the natural and cultural history of Asilomar. Come wander among the historic buildings nestled in the Monterey pine and coast live oak forest. Stroll along our accessible boardwalk through the tranquil Dune Natural Preserve. Or explore the rocky coastline teaming with life.

Asilomar welcome's both groups and individuals on these one-hour tours. Call the local California State Park office at (831) 646-6443 to schedule one of the tours listed below:

Beachwalk: Join Asilomar for a walk along Asilomar’s rocky shores and sandy beaches. State Park staff will share some innovative and fascinating ways life has adapted to survive in this unique environment. The Asilomar shoreline is within the Asilomar Marine Reserve. All plants and wildlife is protected by law.

Architecture/History: Discover what life was like at Asilomar in the early days of Asilomar. Stroll through the historic buildings and grounds as State Park staff share stories of the grounds.

Dune Experience: Come experience the Dunes Natural Preserve and see the native wildlife thrive. State Park staff will share natural and cultural stories of the dune ecosystem.

Asilomar Ramble: Join State Park staff on a mix and mingle of each of the above programs. Staff will share tidbits of the history, architecture, forest ecology and dune ecosystem as we explore the state park.