Recreational opportunities, both indoors and outside, abound amid the scenic beauty of Pacific Grove.
You can visit the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, and the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oldest, continuous lighthouse on the West Coast that offers public tours.
Moving outdoors, there are many options involving parks, beaches, the ocean and waterfront.
Water sports include scuba diving that is ideal for beginners and of special underwater scenic interest to experienced divers, as well as challenging surfing and exhilarating kayaking.
Beachgoers favor Lover’s Point and Asilomar State Beach, where you can frolic in the surf, play in the sand, work on your tan, picnic or wander lazily along the beach.
Whale watching is available by boat from the nearby Fisherman’s Wharf in Monterey.
For an up close and personal look at Monterey Bay, visit the tide polls along several stretches of the rocky coastline, but don’t disturb anything because Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary.
There are places to walk along nearly the entire length of the Pacific Grove shoreline. You can walk, bicycle, push a stroller, or roller skate along a one-mile stretch of the Recreational Trail from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to Lover’s Point.
Farther west along the rocky coastline from Lover’s Point, there is a meandering trail for walkers. Bicyclists use Ocean View Boulevard along the waterfront. On the point of the Monterey Peninsula, you can continue walking and bicycling, ultimately reaching Asilomar State Beach.
There are other opportunities to explore Pacific Grove on foot or on a bicycle.
Golfers have a unique opportunity to play a scenic course at a reasonable price. Located at the point of the Peninsula and incorporating the grounds of the Point Pinos Lighthouse, the oceanfront Pacific Grove Municipal Golf Links is known as “the poor man’s Pebble Beach” for its scenic beauty much like the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links that are shown on national television, but with much lower green fees.
Besides Pacific Grove’s awesome coastal beauty, there are other sightseeing opportunities, including the 17 Mile Drive next door in Pebble Beach, the heavily forested Asilomar Conference Grounds and State Beach, and the Monarch Grove Sanctuary on Ridge Road, off Lighthouse Avenue.
Brightly colored orange-and-black Monarch butterflies overwinter in Pacific Grove after traveling up to 2,000 miles, arriving by the thousands starting in October, peaking around Christmas and departing before the end of February.
The historic downtown offers other sightseeing opportunities. The Victorian-flavored downtown of small boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and restaurants looks more at home at the turn of the last century than it does at the start of the new millennium.
You can sightsee on your own or take a scenic tour by bus.
For more information, click on the links down the left side of this page, phone the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce office at 831-373-3304, or visit the Tourist Information Center, located at 100 Central Ave. at the entranced to Pacific Grove and is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.