OUTDOOR FAMILY ACTIVITIES

If active adventure for families comes on a scale of one to ten, Monterey County can span the scale, from steering a four-wheeled, four-seater surrey along the sunny waterside Recreation Trail to hiking among towering cliffs in the Pinnacles National Park.

Depending on the ages of your children, they can pedal with you in a paddle boat on Lake El Estero or paddle a kayak past seals in our sheltered bay. The tots who play at Dennis the Menace Park progress to flying kites on Seaside's sandy beach, while older kids try tricks in the new skateboard park or take their first scuba diving class.

Practice Makes Perfect

Safe sports are based in good technique. Many of the outfitters and facilities listed on our website offer instruction for activities including ocean kayaking and putting at the family-friendly greens at the Peter Hay Golf Course in Pebble Beach. Indeed, many courses - like Rancho Cañada and Laguna Seca - welcome golfing families with ‘mini-member' rates that can bring a 3pm round of golf down to $10 a head.

El Estero Boating

The kids will love powering their own paddle boat on Lake El Estero surrounding Dennis the Menace and skateboard park. Open seven days a week, from 10am (except closed Mondays in winter months). Call 831-375-1484 for more information.

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