Tours

The California State Historic Park includes eight properties built in the 19th Century during the Mexican and American periods. The area of Old Monterey in which the park is situated also includes a number of other properties owned by civic organizations.

Read more about the specific places visited on the tours:

Historic Garden League Tours

The Historic Garden League coordinates and provides self-guided and formal tours of the gardens surrounding five of the properties included in the Monterey State Historic Park: Whaling Station, Custom House, Casa Soberanes, First Theater and the Memory Garden at the Pacific House. The Doud House, owned by the Monterey History and Art Association, is a sixth garden that can be included in self-guided tours.

Tours begin at the Picket Fence – Casa del Oro Complex next to Pacific House and adjacent to three important gardens: the Sensory Garden in the plaza in front of the Picket Fence, the Herb Garden that lies between the Picket Fence and the Jos. Boston Store, and the showpiece Casa del Oro Garden located at the corner of Pacific and Scott Streets in Monterey.

The docent-led tours are $5.00 per person (children under 12 are admitted free of charge). A self-guided tour brochure is available at the Picket Fence or other Historic Park locations. Tours can be arranged by appointment. The most direct way to schedule an appointment is to send an e-mail to info@historicgardenleague.org. By telephone dial 831-649-3364. If a docent does not answer please leave a message and your telephone call will be returned.

Monterey State Historic Park Tours

For those desiring formal tours of additional properties within the State Historic Park, employees of the State of California provide garden tours of three properties; the Cooper-Molera complex, the Larkin House, and the Stevenson House. Tours can be arranged at the Monterey State Historic Park office, next to the Pacific House Museum – 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA 93940, or by calling (831) 649-7118. The historic park provides information about early California life, Monterey history and the people that lived here. For more information, go to: http://www.parks.ca.gov/mshp.