Monterey Bay Aquarium
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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has an active program of guided hikes, Junior Rangers, and Ranger Cubs programs through the summer months. You'll find a variety of activities suitable for the whole family.
State Park Activities
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.
Saturday, July 18th
Campfire Program “Discovering the Past”
Join Park Interpreter Sara for some old time music and a photo history of this park. Learn who built the campground and the about people who have called this park home for the past 82 years. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight for this one hour program. Meet at the Campfire Center.
Sunday, July 19th
Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls”
Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 mile one-way walk to the waterfall ~one-hour. Meet at the Redwood Deck.
Saturday, July 25th
JUNIOR RANGERS-Sea Otters (children ages 7-12 only)
Have you ever seen a sea otter? Discover why they are so special during this fun one hour program. Meet Sara at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center near Day Use Lot #1.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)
Children and parents join us for a half hour of story telling, games and a short walk. Meet Sara at the Campfire Center.
Campfire Program “Creatures of the Night”
Join Park Interpreter Sara for a peek into the night life of Big Sur. Discover how animals use their senses in the dark during this one hour program. Wear warm clothes and bring a flashlight (with a red mode if you have one). Meet at the Campfire Center.
Sunday, July 26th
Children's Nature Walk: "Flower Power - The plants of Big Sur"
Join Sara for an hour of fun games, and a little walking. Discover the many plants of Big Sur and how they grow. All ages welcome, meet at the Campfire Center.
Nature Walk: “Big Sur through the Ages”
Discover how natural and cultural forces have shaped the landscape and the people who have lived here. Visit John Pfeiffer’s Homestead cabin, see some of the effects of recent fire activity and look for threatened Steelhead Trout. Wear river shoes if you want to get wet. Meet Sara at the green fire gate near Day Use Lot #3.
Thursday + Friday July 30 & 31
“Special Moonlit Lighthouse Tour” Catch sunset, watch the full moon rise, and hear ghostly tales of lighthouse keepers past on this exclusive tour of the historic Pt. Sur lighthouse. See below for meeting directions. Admission: Adult: $20.00; Ages 6-17: $10.00; Ages 5 and under: free
Saturday August 1st
NO JUNIOR RANGERS or RANGER CUBS PROGRAMS DUE TO SPECIAL EVENT AT POINT SUR STATE HISTORIC PARK.
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Living History Day at Point Sur State Historic Park– Join us at Point Sur Lightstation for this family friendly open house event celebrating the 126th anniversary of the first lighting of the Pont Sur Lighthouse in 1889. See separate flyer for more information. Admission: $25 for Adults, $15 for Children 6-17. Ages 5 and under free. All proceeds go toward the restoration of Point Sur SHP.
Sunday, August 2nd
Nature Walk “Discovering Pfeiffer Falls” Meet Park Interpreter Sara for a moderate hike up the Valley View trail to the base of Pfeiffer Falls. This is a 1 mile one-way walk to the waterfall ~one-hour. Meet at the Redwood Deck.
ON-GOING TOURS AND VISITORS CENTERS:
Point Sur Lightstation State Historic Park Tours
"Walking Tour into the Past" Volunteer led, three-hour walking tour on paved road. The walk is less than a mile but with a rise in elevation of 300'. Meet along the West Side of Highway 1, ¼ mile north of Pt. Sur Naval facility. Arrive early. Tour size limited.
(November through March)
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM
(April through October)
Saturday & Wednesday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM
Ages 6-17: $5.00
Age 5 and under: free.
Whale Watching Tour; Friday, April 3.
Moonlight Tours begin April 4. See schedule on their website.
July 30, Thursday - 7:45 PM
July 31, Friday - 7:45 PM
August 28, Friday - 6:45 PM
August 29, Saturday - 6:45 PM
September 27, Sunday - 6:45 PM
Ages 6-17 $10.00
Age 5 and under are free.
Living History Day
Open house celebrating the 126th anniversary of the first light of the Point Sur Lighthouse in August 1889. Costumed lighthouse keepers and their wives will show you where they lived and how they worked. This family friendly event includes:
• Transportation to the top of Pt. Sur Lightstation
• "Keepers and their wives" recalling an earlier Point Sur
• Pre-electric-era crafts and games
• Helping the keeper raise, lower and fold the flag
• Visiting six of the buildings
• Scavenger hunt
• Picnicking (bring your own food)
• Viewing nearby marine mammals
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Enter between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Park closes at 3:30 pm
$25 adults, $15 children 6-17
All proceeds go toward the restoration of Pt. Sur's historic structures
Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
Molera Ranch House Museum
Find out what it was like to live in Big Sur 100 years ago? Located at Andrew Molera State Park, the Ranch House is open for visitors Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. when a volunteer is available.
California Condor Discovery Center
Open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day
10:00 am - 4:00 pm, including holidays.
Come visit the Discovery Center in Big Sur, California located at Andrew Molera State Park. At the Discovery Center, you can see and interact with the exhibit Bringing the Condors Home and learn about condors and the efforts to recover the birds to the wild.
The Discovery Center is a great place for anyone interested in spending time in beautiful Big Sur, going on breathtaking hikes with views of the mountains and ocean. Bring your family or friends and have a picnic, sign up for tours or interact with on-site biologists and naturalists. The Discovery Center is open to the public and free of charge and was created and managed by the Ventana Wildlife Society.