Monterey State Historic Park: Walk Through California's Past
Featuring California's first theatre and the site where the U.S. flag was first raised over the state, this unique urban park is located in the Old Town historic district. 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.
May through September: 9AM to 5PM; October through April: 10AM to 4PM
Christmas in the Adobes
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. To sign up for a tour, visit the office located at 20 Custom House Plaza, or call 1-831-649-7118.
Do I need to take a guided tour at Monterey State Historic Park?
Not necessarily. Monterey’s Path of History can be entered at any point. Simply follow the yellow-tiled markers, which will guide you past twelve significant buildings from California’s history.