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Top park recommendations from locals

Park
“This is the perfect little beach for small children. The water is very calm. There are nearby public bathrooms. You can also rent wetsuits and kayaks at the Adventures by the Sea shack located at Lover's Point.”
  • 49 locals recommend
Playground
“Highly recommended - A great giant playground for children, there is even an old steam engine they can climb on.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Everyone's favorite place to see the sea up close. Climb on rocks, and the best view from gorgeous decks from the near by hotel. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“1 mile from location, great for long beach walks, boogie boarding, surfing, fishing, seaglass collecting”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Right next to Dennis the Menace, you can rent paddle and swan boats here to glide you around the little Lake El Estero!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Very short (1 mile loop) easy beautiful trail with redwoods. Great place to walk dog off leash”
  • 1 local recommends
Campground
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“An underrated, nice, sandy beach less than a mile from the bungalow. Not as crowded as some of the other beaches on this list.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
“Simple but lovely park right across from the Natural History Museum and the Library. A nice place to run around or picnic. Part of the movie Turner and Hooch was filmed here!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Several historical locations around Monterey. For example, the Stevenson House, (place where Robert Lewis Steveson lived).”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Beach
“This is a popular beach. It's waves are usually very calm which is great for young people who like to chase waves or wade in the water. It's also close to food and downtown Monterey. There are kayak and paddle board rentals right on the beach. As always, please be aware of potential riptides in the Bay.”
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Park
  • 1 local recommends