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Walk Through California's Past at Monterey State Historic Park

Located throughout the Monterey Old Town historic district, this urban park features collection of significant historic houses and buildings, California's first theater and the site where the U.S. flag was first raised over the state. Enjoy a guided tour or simply stroll past 17 historic buildings, many of which showcase California's transition from a remote Spanish outpost to an official state. One of the most important Monterey parks, this heritage attraction also features an open-air museum, beautiful gardens and the Custom House, the oldest government building in California. Explore the 2-mile Monterey Walking Path of History to discover California's most historic homes, buildings and beautiful gardens along the same streets that author Robert Louis Stevenson walked in 1879.


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May through September: 9AM to 5PM; October through April: 10AM to 4PM.

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  • History Fest
  • Christmas in the Adobes


  • Historic Buildings
  • Guided Tours
  • Walking Path Tour
  • Gardens
  • Museums
  • Sightseeing


  • Can I go inside any of the historic buildings?

    Some of the buildings are open to explore, however many of the historic adobes can only be viewed with a State Park Guide. Sign up for a tour at the office at 20 Custom House Plaza or call 1-831-649-7118.
  • Are there tours at Monterey State Historic Park?

    The park offers guided tours starting at the Custom House Plaza near Fisherman’s Wharf on Thursday through Sunday of the month, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, for $10 and kids are free. The free 2-mile Monterey Walking Path of History can be entered at any point in the park. Follow the yellow-tiled markers, which guide you past 12 significant buildings and residences from California’s history, including the Custom House, the oldest government building in California. A self-guided mobile phone tour gives you a deeper experience.

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