Monterey State Historic Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (June 10, 2021)

What is open now?

  • Downtown walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis.
  • State Park Gardens are open daily.
  • Visitor Services include self-guided and mobile phone tours.
  • Day use City of Monterey parking lot (fee required). Limited free on-street parking.
  • Public Restrooms at Casa del Oro Garden.
  • The Pacific House (Tuesday to Sunday 10-4)
  • The Custom House (Tuesday to Sunday 10-4)
  • Guided Walks (Tickets at Custom House - Thur-Sun;11am, 1pm, 3pm)

What is currently closed?

  • There is no campground at Monterey State Historic Park.

Phone Number

(831) 649-2907

Park Hours

Custom House and Pacific House-Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Guided Walks-Thursday-Sunday 11am, 1pm, 3pm (Tickets may be purchased at the Custom House.  Tours last approximately one hour) 

Gardens- Open Daily.  Stevenson House Garden may close early Monday through Wednesday.


Dogs Allowed?

Dogs not allowed inside park buildings.

Driving Directions to Monterey SHP

Monterey State Historic Park consists of over 10 historic structures and places within a half mile of the Custom House Plaza, in downtown Monterey, near Fisherman’s Wharf.
From San Francisco, Sacramento and points north: take the Pacific Grove/Del Monte Avenue exit off of southbound Highway 1. There are two other Del Monte exits prior to this one that are incorrect. Follow Del Monte for approximately one and a half miles. Turn right into the Fisherman's Wharf and the Historic Park parking lot.
From Carmel and points south: take the Munras Street exit off of northbound Highway 1. Continue south on Munras which eventually becomes Abrego Street. Continue on Abrego which eventually becomes Washington Street. Follow Washington Street until it ends at the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot.
From Los Angeles and points east: take Highway 68 westbound from Salinas to Highway 1. Merge into the left lane to head toward Monterey. Take the Fremont Street exit and proceed to the third signal. Turn right onto Abrego Street which shortly becomes Washington Street. Follow Washington Street to the Fisherman’s Wharf parking lot.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Family Programs
Drinking Water Available

Historic House Tours Now Available

Larkin HouseWe are happy to announce that guided tours of the Larkin House and Robert Louis Stevenson House are now available!

Tours take place Thursday-Saturday at 10:00am at the Stevenson House and at 2:00pm at the Larkin House.

Tickets are $10 per adult and free for those under 18. Tickets will be available at the Stevenson and Larkin houses 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Each tour has a capacity of 8 guests on a first come first served basis.

The 10:00am house tour is at the Stevenson House, an 1840s adobe where famous author Robert Louis Stevenson resided in late 1879. Today the house is filled with artifacts from the author's life as well as local artwork.

The 2:00pm house tour is at the Larkin House, the 1830s home of American businessman and diplomat, Thomas Oliver Larkin. The house doubled as the American Consulate in the 1840s. Today the house is furnished with Larkin family furniture and art much as it was during the residency of Thomas' granddaughter, Alice Larkin Toulmin.   

Christmas in the Adobes 2021

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Christmas in the Adobes 

Friday and Saturday, December 10 & 11, 2021 
Monterey State Historic Park--Downtown Monterey 

Monterey State Historic Park Association (MSHPA) and California State Parks present the 37th Annual Christmas in the Adobes. Return to the days of Alta California during Monterey’s premier holiday event, Christmas in the Adobes. This early evening walking tour of Monterey’s historic adobes adorned in holiday decor surprises and delights visitors with welcoming, candle-lit luminarias leading the way to each building’s entrance. Enjoy festive music and a variety of entertainment, as you explore over a dozen magical, historic adobes on the tour. Hear the stories of Monterey’s earliest buildings and savor the warm spirit of the community of this annual event that has become a family favorite during the holidays.

This charitable annual fundraiser for Monterey State Historic Park raises funds for the State Park’s educational history programs for elementary students, as well as for the restoration of the historic First Theatre. The State Parks buildings are joined by over a dozen community partner buildings – some of which are only open to the public during this event.  Tickets can be purchased online at or in person at the Pacific House Museum (open Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm) and the Custom House Store (open Thurs-Sun, 11am-3pm).


About Monterey State Historic Park

One of California's most historic cities, Monterey served as California's capital under Spanish, Mexican and U.S. military rule.
The U.S. flag was first officially raised in California here on July 7, 1846, bringing 600,000 square miles of land to the United States.

Monterey State Historic Park is a collection of significant historic houses and buildings interspersed throughout Old Monterey. Hour long guided history tours are led regularly; tour information and tour tickets may be obtained at the Custom House (adjacent to Old Fisherman's Wharf). Our history tours are a great way to start your discovery of Monterey. See Tour Information for the current schedule.

Step into the past on the “Monterey Walking Path of History” and view the site where Spanish explorers first landed in Monterey in 1602. See one of the nation’s last remaining whalebone sidewalks. Walk the same streets that famed author Robert Louis Stevenson walked in 1879. Explore this two-mile path and discover some of California’s most historic homes, buildings and beautiful gardens along the way. A self-guided mobile phone tour is available for this more "in-depth" experience. Tour is free, but does use phone minutes. Brochures are available at the Custom House or Pacific House musems.

/pages/575/images/Monterey State Historic Park - Pacific House Museum.jpgMonterey’s Path of History can be entered at any point. Just follow the yellow-tiled markers and discover Monterey State Historic Park, an area that preserves and interprets places and objects of statewide historic significance. Twelve buildings, including the Custom House, the oldest government building in California, and several residences, are all part of Monterey’s 55 Path of History sites.

For more information, call the Pacific House Museum at (831) 649-2907, located at 20 Custom House Plaza, adjacent to the Fisherman's Wharf.

Please visit our non-profit Cooperating Association's (Friends Group) Website: Monterey State Historic Park Association .
Your membership helps suppors educational programs and preservation efforts throughout the park. All profits from Cooperating Association Museum Stores stay in Monterey!

Professional Photography 

Professional photographers wishing to use park settings for publication for either film or still photographs must obtain a permit from the California Film Commission at

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