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State Park Activities


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 4
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS– Survival Skills (children ages 7-12 only)

Come have some fun and find out what to do when you get lost and other park safety tips  Meet Sara for this one-hour program of activities at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center near Day Use Lot #1.

11:30 a.m.
Ranger Cubs (ages 6 and under)

Children and parents join us for a half hour of story telling, art projects and games.  Meet Sara at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

7:00 p.m.
Campfire Program: “Talent Show!"  

Do you have a hidden talent?  Come show it off at the campfire center! Tell a story, perform a skit, sing, dance or tell a joke.  ALL AGES WELCOME, Must be family friendly.  Headphone jack and iPod hook-up available for music accompaniment. Sign-up at the show.

Sunday, July 5
11:00 a.m.
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.

1:00 p.m.
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.

8:30 p.m.
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.

Tuesday July 7
10:00 AM-Noon
“Big Sur River Gorge Clean-up”

Help clean up the park and the watershed, and have some fun while doing it. Look for steelhead trout and be prepared to get wet. Meet at Day Use Parking Lot 3 for this 1/2 mile walk up the Big Sur River to the Gorge swimming hole. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

Saturday July 11
10:00 a.m.
JUNIOR RANGERS– ECOLOGY(children ages 7-12 only)

Come have some fun discovering the plants and animals of Big Sur and how they are all connected.  Meet Sara for one hour of activities at the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campfire Center.

11:30 a.m.
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.

8:30 p.m.
Campfire Program: Whale Tales

Join Sara for a glimpse into the underwater world of our marine giants. Learn which whales to look for along the Big Sur Coast and find out where they are going. Wear warm clothes, bring a flashlight and meet at the Campfire Center.

Sunday, July 12
10:00 a.m.
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
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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.
TOURS
Winter Hours:
(November through March)
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 AM
Wednesday: 1:00 PM

Summer Hours:
(April through October)
Saturday & Wednesday 10:00 AM & 2:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM

Admission
Adult: $12.00
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.
www.pointsur.org

Moonlight Tours
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
Admission
Adults $20.00,
Ages 6-17 $10.00
Age 5 and under are free.

Living History Day
August 1

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
WHEN
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Enter between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm
Park closes at 3:30 pm
COST
$25 adults, $15 children 6-17
All proceeds go toward the restoration of Pt. Sur's historic structures
www.pointsur.org


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.
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.