Things to Do in Pacific Grove California


Considering a move to Forest Hill? You’ll find a variety of fun activities in Pacific Grove. From beaches to walking tours, fine dining, museums, parks and more, you can enjoy just about anything that suits your fancy in Pacific Grove.

Asilomar State Beach

At beautiful Asilomar State Beach, you can enjoy walking or biking along a 1-mile trail running through the dunes. The beach also features a boardwalk through the Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve, and overnight lodging is available.

California state Parks and Recreation staff members monitor the delicate balance of preservation and public access at Asilomar State Beach, which is also home to conference facilities. Featuring both a sandy beach and rocky coves, the area includes the protected Asilomar State Marine Reserve, which is part of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, home to thousands of species.

Point Pinos Lighthouse

The West Coast’s oldest functioning lighthouse, Point Pinos is located on the jagged, rocky coast of the Monterey Peninsula. The site is listed with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and has guided mariners since 1855. The U.S. Coast Guard now operates the light.

Point Pinos was one of California’s original seven lighthouses, whose construction was commissioned by Congress in 1852. The lighthouse features a Fresnel lens, which focused light into a narrow beam. The light source emanated from an open flame, which originally burned whale oil and later used kerosene and lard oil. In 1919, the light was converted to electric power.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History

The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History serves as a showcase for local native plants, geology, animals and cultural history. The museum, which opened in 1883, was one of the first natural history museums in the United States and helped found a tradition of hands-on education in the sciences.

Exhibits focus on unique features found in California’s Central Coast area, including a winter site for monarch butterflies and the annual Wildflower Show in April.

Pacific Grove Golf Links

If you’re in the mood to hit the links while you’re in town, Pacific Grove Golf Links is the place. The public, 18-hole course is owned by the city, and its first nine holes run through forested areas. The final nine holes overlook Point Pinos, at the northern end of the Monterey Peninsula. The course features a pro shop and a restaurant, and it’s located at the site of the Point Pinos Lighthouse.

Nancy’s Attic Gift Shop

If you’re in the mood for shopping, you’ll want to stop in at Nancy’s Attic, offering eclectic wares like distressed furniture, dolls, books, soaps and more. Some goods are new, while others are “twice-loved,” as Nancy herself notes.

Take in Pacific Grove

With so much to do in Pacific Grove, you may not get to it all on your first visit. When you’re ready for a break, enjoy a great meal or see a movie. We also look forward to showing you around Forest Hill! Please contact us anytime to schedule your personal tour.


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