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RECREATION/SPORTS

Basketball—Best location is Stillwell Court in Caledonia Park behind the post office. www.ci.pg.ca.us/recreation/

Baseball—You’ll find many baseball fields in Pacific Grove. The most popular are PG Muni Baseball Park on Pico and Seventeen Mile Drive, Washington Park, and Arnett Park. www.ci.pg.ca.us/recreation/

Football— PG High’s new football stadium draws huge crowds of loyal fans during game season.

Volleyball— There’s nothing that says California better than a game of volleyball in the sand at Lovers Point.www.ci.pg.ca.us/recreation/

Tennis— The PG Community Center has a terrific set of courts. www.ci.pg.ca.us/recreation/

Swimming—Bay and ocean swimming is only for the strong of heart with water temperatures averaging around 52 degrees. So, if you’re not staying at an inn with a pool or on the PGHS swim team you probably won’t be doing much of this.

Kayaking—Kayaking the Bay is one of the most rewarding recreational activities available. Experience the wonders of the bay up close and personal. Rent a kyak at Lovers Point Beach.

EXPERIENCE NATURE (PARKS)

Surfing— A favorite sport for locals. Pick up a board and wet suit and head to Asilomar Beach. Rent a board at Lovers Point Beach.

Fishing— After you’ve secured your fishing license, you can pole fish from the shores of Pacific Grove. Don’t expect Monterey Bay salmon unless you head to deeper seas.

Walking— Hike or stroll through 23 acres of shoreline parks.

Biking—The Pacific Grove shoreline offers one of the world’s most spectacular bike routes. Rent a bike at Lovers Point Beach.

Golf— PG Golf Links offers views that rival Pebble Beach at a fraction of the price. Or play a round of Black Light Golf in the American Tin Cannery off Cannery Row. www.pggolflinks.com

Scuba Diving—The Monterey Bay is a haven for scuba divers and the waters off Lovers Point Beach are popular for viewing an abundance of sealife.

Boxing— Yes, Boxing. You’ll find a training facility in the American Tin Cannery.

Dance— Whether its Jazzersize, modern dance, or ballet, you’ll find an outlet in PG. Chautauqua Hall and PG Art Center hold both performances and classes.

PARKS

Butterfly Sanctuary—Witness a natural phenomenon in the Monarch Grove Sanctuary off Ridge Road from October through March of each year.

Lover’s Point Beach— Our most popular sun bathing beach, also offers loads of recreational activities. Including, a children's pool, scuba diving, bike rentals and kyak rentals.

Asilomar Beach— This surfers’ hang out is also where locals take their dogs for a run.

Washington Park—is a beautiful spot for a family picnic. There is a play area for young children and plenty of wooded trails. Bring your baseball mit! You may even see Monarch butterflies fluttering in the trees.

Recreation Trail— Six acres of the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail are along Pacific Grove’s magnificent coastline. Continue on this trail, outside of Pacific Grove, for some 28 miles.

Museum of Natural History’s Native Plant Garden— Newly renovated, the garden offers opportunities for learning and relaxing.

Volunteer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium or its BAYNET coastal docent program and help others learn about and enjoy the Monterey Bay National Marine Sancturary.

Tidepooling—Along the rocks from Lovers Point to Hopkins Marine Station is an enjoyable passtime.

Picnicing—On the beach, in the woods, or in one of Pacific Grove’s 28 parks.

Bird Watching— The Monterey Peninsula is an ideal destination for birdwatchers. Rare and beautiful birds such as the Snowy Plover, Grey Pelican, and even giant egrets can be spotted along the coastline of Pacific Grove.

Monterey Bay Aquarium— This world famous aquarium is the number one destination for both locals and visitors.

HISTORICAL OUTINGS

Museum of Natural History— Spend an afternoon learning about the area’s natural flora, fauna, and fossils.

Point Pinos Lighthouse— The oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the west coast is avaiable for tours Thursday through Sunday, from 1pm to 4pm.

Asilomar Conference Grounds— Take a walking tour to view Asilomar’s Craftsman-style buildings designed by famed female architect, Julia Morgan.

Steinbeck Walking Tour—Local Historian, Esther Trosow put together a wonderful walking tour of not-so-famous Steinbeck haunts. Stop by the resource center for a copy.

Ketchem’s Barn— The home of the Heritage Society of Pacific grove and a museum of Pacific Grove memorabilia, open Saturdays from 1pm-4pm.

Chautauqua Hall— What was once the central hub of Chautauqua gatherings at the turn of the century is still a community gathering place today. Dance classes, boy scout meetings, and special events keep the building’s history alive.

Shop for Antiques— Pacific Grove is a treasure trove of antique and collective retailers. You’ll find these little jewelboxes around just about every corner.

Dine in Historical Buildings— Many of Pacific Grove’s businesses are housed in historic buildings. There’s something especially romantic dining in an historic cottage or a grand turn of the century Victorian.

Stroll our Historic Residential Areas— With over 1200 historic properties, ranging from early Victorian to Craftsman, to Spanish Colonial Revival, you can spend days just taking in the charming streetscapes.

If you prefer to narrow your historic tour, you might choose to just search out the seven Properties on the National Historic Register— Stop by the PG Resource Center for a list.

FOR SENIORS:

Pacific Grove Adult School, Museum of Natural History, and the Sally Griffin Senior Center host a multitude of activities for adults and seniors,
including:
• Cooking Classes
• Art Classes
• Movie Night
• Computer Classes
• Sewing Classes
• Language Instruction
• Dances and Dance Classes
• Exercise Classes
• Gardening Classes
• Lectures on various topics of interest

 

 

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Butterfly Town USA • Home of the Migrating Monarch Butterflies • Named the "Most Romantic City in The US" by Life Magazine
Selected as the "Best Seaside Sanctuary" By Via Magazine • Dubbed "A Dreamy California Destination"by Coastal Living

Discover Pacific Grove things to do in Pacific Grove. Ride a bike, walk on the Recreational Trail, surf, scuba, play volleyball, baseball, football or la crosse, it's all available right here in out little town.

Pacific Grove is blessed with lots of open space

Things to do

RELAX

Dog Walking— Rip Van Winkle Open Space and Washington Park are two favorites.

Watch the Sunset—For a sunset you’ll never forget head to Asilomar beach.

Take a Book to the Beach—The protected coves make Lovers Point Beach the very best place for this.

Spa Treatment—Luxuriate in your surroundings at one of our many salons and spas.

Take in a Movie— at the hometown movie theater featuring the latest in motion picture entertainment.

Stroll the Farmers Market—Sample a freshly baked cupcake, buy a handful of sweetpeas, and meet some of the locals.

Walk to Dinner —No matter where you are in the city, you can walk to dinner. Pacific Grove has over 75 restaurants to choose from—American; Asian; French; Italian; Mexican; and Continental.

Go Shopping—Pacific Grove offers the area's most unique shopping experience with charming, one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries around every corner.


THE ARTS

The Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center, at the PG Middle School, has been beautifully renovated to accommodate world-class performances. visit their website for a schedule of events. www.performingartcenterpg.org

The BookWorks Coffee Shop and Bookstore the area's last independently owned and operated bookstore, has become a hotspot for live Folk music on the Monterey peninsula. Visit them online for a calendar of events. www.theworkspg.com

PG Art Center— Take in an exhibit of local art or take two more steps and enroll in an art class at the Arts Center. Visit their website for a schedule of events: www.pgartcenter.org

Art Studio/Gallery Walk— Ask for a schedule of the Friday Night Art Walks featuring open studios, entertainment and discounts. Or visit the working studios during regular business hours any day of the week.

Public Art Displays— Search out Pacific Grove’s unique art displays. Some memorializing special people, places, and times in history, others for the sake of art itself.

Early California Art—A “don’t miss” for History buffs and artists alike is Hauk Fine Arts for its fine examples of Early California Art.

Bid at the Auction House—There's nothing more exciting than bidding on treasures found at Hambrook's Auction House. Visit them on-line for a schedule and list of current auction items. www.hambrooks-auction.com

CIVIC

Visit a public meeting and find out how our city works. Then explore the possibility of volunteering:

Join the Planning Commission and be at the very heart of the city’s land use planning.

Join the Architectural Review Board and help determine the architectural standards for the city.

Join the Historic Resource Committee and serve to preserve the city’s historic streetscapes.

Join the Traffic Commission and take responsibility for the safety and efficiency of our city streets.

Join the Americans With Disabilities Act Committee and help the city implement ADA laws and safety strategies.

COMMUNITY EXPERIENCES

Join the Rotary and serve the community alongside local businesspeople.

The Kiwaniis would also love to have your commitment to public service.

Volunteer at the Animal Friends Rescue Project a few hours a week, where you’ll help care for dozens of homeless animals.

Volunteer at the Blind and Visually Impaired Center, helping those with impaired eyesight.

Volunteer with Meals on Wheels and deliver meals to the home board.

Volunteer with the Heritage Society and find out all there is to know about Pacific Grove whlle hosting events like the Historic Home Tour and Heritage Houses for the Birds Contest and Auction.

Take part in a Sustainable PG meeting and learn how to compost, collect grey water, and build an organic vegetable garden.

Visit one or more of our many churches of just about every denomination. They each have a list of unique volunteer projects they’re working on and are sure to need your help.

Become a judge for the Pacific Grove Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) program and help to mentor our youth in the rewards of entrepreneurial enterprise.

The Public Library has always been a destination for personal enrichment. Now its time to volunteer to enrich the library!

THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO

Museum of Natural History— Visit the museum’s website to find out more about interactive exhibits, classes, and programs designed just for kids. www.pgmuseum.org

Youth Center— Open to Pacific Grove students in grades 6 - 12, Monday - Saturday.

Children’s Library—The PG Library’s children’s room is a popular destination for children ages 2-12 years with activities and programs throughout the year. Visit http://pacificgrove.lib.ca.us

Calendonia Park— A wonderful park for people of all ages and the site of many local events. Features include a basketball court; baseball field; play structures; picnic tables; and a small forested area.

Lighthouse Cinema— The hometown movie theater features the latest in motion picture entertainment.

Community Center— PG Community Center is used for meetings, special events, classes; and also features tennis court and children’s play area.

Black Light Golf— The kid’s will enjoy driving golf balls through the jaws of a shark on a black light lit course in the American Tin Cannery.

Monterey Bay Aquarium— A absolute must for the kids of ages!


EDUCATION

There are dozens of classes available at the PG Adult School, including:
• Computer training
• Dance classes
• Exercise classes
• Language instruction
• Golf lessons and more

Art Classes—Available at the
PG Art Center

 

 

starting with our beautiful coastline that welcomes the Monterey Bay National Sanctuary to our shores. In addition P.G. boast numerous parks, playing fields of all types and natural wooded habitat for wildlife. Add to this the Monterey Bay Aquarium and of of course Pacific Grove's own Museum of Natural History and Point Pinos Lighthouse the oldest working lighthouse on the West Coast.
dance
Aquarium
Heritage Society
Surf
Boating
Baseball
painting
Butterfly
Lighthouse
chautagua Hall
parade
Deer
PG Golf
P.G. Municipal Golf Links
Nick named the "Deerest Town in the U.S.A."
Butterfly Parade
Chautauqua Hall, a community meeting place for classes, dances and events
Point Pinos Lighthouse
open to the public
Home of the
Monarch Sanctuary
Pacific Grove Art Center
Baseball Fields Galore
Boating at Lover's
Point Beach
Serving at Asilomar Beach

Ketchum's Barn, home of
the Pacific Grove
Heritage Society

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dance, Dance, Dance...
DISCOVER:
Public Benches—

We believe you will find that the City of Pacific Grove has placed their public benches in some of the most spectacular locations. Make an afternoon of tracking them down.

Best Beaches for Sea Glass—
The closer you get to Cannery Row the better the sea glass finds.

Secret Mushroom Haunts—
Washington Park and Rip Van Winkle Open Space are secret destinations for Shroomers during the winter months.

Good Old Days—
The City’s largest celebration, brings over 100 arts and crafts booths, a parade, a carnival, fashion show and pie eating contest to the historic downtown area of the city each spring.

Best Deer Hunting Locations—
With a camera, of course. Black tail Deer can always be spotted in the Asilomar beach area. They especially like to hang out in the cemetery, where a fresh supply of flowers is always available. Be careful when walking alone in the early evening hours, as the deer also attract mountain lions.

Seasonal Find:
Candy Cane Lane—

A small neighborhood at the top of Forest Avenue transforms itself into a winter wonderland named “Candy Cane Lane” during the Christmas Holiday Season where Santa is always available to take your wish list.

Only in Pacific Grove—
The Annual Feast of Lanterns, held the last weekend in July, is a tradition in which local school girls are crowned princesses and perform in a pageant on a beach lit with lanterns.

Seasonal Discoveries