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Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours

Every Day is a Walk in the Park at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds!!

While you are vacationing on the Monterey Peninsula, make it a point
to take a free tour at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds with California State Parks!
Park staff and docent-led tours provide a wealth of knowledge about this coastal refuge and you will walk away with a new perspective or a renewed appreciation of Asilomar's natural and cultural history.


Current Month Tour Schedule listed below.
For additional information: Phone: (831) 646-6443;
email:
Asilomar.Interp@parks.ca.gov.
NOTE: Tours are subject to staff availability. Visit the State Park desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall for
posted times of regular public tours offered during your stay at Asilomar. 

Asilomar TourASILOMAR RAMBLE
Our most popular tour, the Asilomar Ramble is an overview of the early days of Asilomar, Julia Morgan Architecture, and the YWCA legacy at Asilomar.  The Ramble is an easy walk over paved paths and roadways covering the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. Tour content is appropriate for children 8 and older.

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and layers.
Content appropriate for children 8 and older. No RSVP needed - first come, first served. 
Meet at the CA State Parks desk inside the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall. Rain Cancels.

NOTE: Groups of ten or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.AUGUST 2018 Ramble Tours @ 10:00 AM - No RSVP Needed

SEPTEMBER 2018 Ramble Tours @ 10:00 AM - No RSVP Needed

Fridays: Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
Saturdays: Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sundays: Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


ASILOMAR BIRDS AND THEIR HABITAT HOMES

Asilomar Bird Tour

Birdy Feetbird prints
Join Asilomar Environmental Resources staff person, Amanda Preece, to discover how the approximately 60 different bird species at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds utilize their respective habitats - from Piney Woods to Surf and Shore!
Topics include: Which are the most commonly seen birds and how do I identify them? What are the birds' natural history? Where are the Asilomar birding spots to check out?

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove.
Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Bring binoculars if available. FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour. No RSVP necessary. Family friendly tour.
Meet at the California State Parks desk inside the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall. No RSVP needed. Rain cancels.

NOTE: Groups of ten or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.

SEPTEMBER BIRD TOURS - NEW TIME!!

All Wednesday afternoons in SEPTEMBER at 1:30 p.m. 

 

  Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve Walk


Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail

Get out and about for an invigorating walk through Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve.
Preservation, conservation and management of the 25 acres of remaining dune habitat of what was once 480 acres. State Parks staff will share natural and cultural stoies of the dune ecosystem. The Dunes Boardwalk trail is approximately 1/2 mile long, and is accessbile by both wheelchairs and walkers.
Saturday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. FREE tour lasts approximately 50 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. No RSVP needed - first come, first served.  Family Friendly tour.  Meet at Flagpole north of Hearst Social Hall. Rain Cancels.

SEPTEMBER TOURS - September 1, 15, 29 at 1:30 p.m. - No RSVP needed.

 *** FREE GROUP TOURS FOR GROUPS STAYING AT ASILOMAR STATE BEACH and CONFERENCE GROUNDS *** 

Group tours are a great option for Conference Groups, Family Reunion Groups, or Wedding Parties staying at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Group tours last approximately 35-60 minutes, and are by request only.  Group Tours are subject to staff availability - please contact the Asilomar State Park Interpreter for details: (831) 646-6443.
NOTE: Groups large than 8-10 members not staying at Asilomar are asked to schedule a separate tour through the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.

Group Tour Topics:
The Architecture of Julia Morgan
- Learn about Julia Morgan and her Arts and Crafts architectural vision for Asilomar. Tour will stop at several Julia Morgan buildings; entry for some buildings is dependent on conference/lodging use. Easy walk over paved paths and roadways in the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. One hour.
The Natural Dune Preserve of Asilomar State Beach - The plants and wildlife of Asilomar's dunes are flourishing thanks to State Parks' comprehensive Dunes restoration project begun in 1984. Hear how the fragile balance of the dunes ecosystem was restored as you stroll along the boardwalk that was built as part of this successful restoration and protection effort. Easy 1/4 mile walk over maintained boardwalk. 35 minutes.

FREE GROUP TOURS FOR SCHOOLS
School Group Programs (K-12 grades)
Educators are encouraged to call in advance (831) 646-6443 to have State Parks staff provide a tour  to match your class' curriculum and study needs. We need to be sure you are not double-booking the tide pool or beach areas with other groups.

Tight Schedule? Self-Guided Tour Opportunities are also available:
Discover our Self-Guided Tours