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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Enjoy the coastal drive to Cannery Row on Monterey Bay and an afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium! Packages available for two with room rates per night depending on the time of year and your room choice. LEARN MORE

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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. Junior Ranger, and Ranger Cubs program activities are 5 days a week, Monday-Thursday and Saturdays.

Junior Ranger State Park activities run Memorial Day weekend (May 24-26) to Labor Day Weekend.
State Park Activities
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.


Saturday, May 23
10:00 a.m. JUNIOR RANGERS– REDWOODS (children ages 7-12 only)

Come have some fun discovering our majestic California Coastal Redwoods and find out why they are so special. 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.

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, May 24
10:00 a.m. 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.

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 near Day Use Lot #1.

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.

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. CD player and ipod hook-up available. Sign-up at the park entrance kiosk.

Monday May 25
9:00 a.m. Nature Walk: "Valleys and Vistas"

Join Sara for a moderate hike and discover the unique habitats of Big Sur. See impacts of the Basin Fire and how the forest is springing back. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water for this two hour hike. Meet at the Redwood Deck.

Saturday May 30
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 "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, May 31
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.

1:00 p.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.

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.
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

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
Come learn about the magnificent condors and the reintroduction program run by the Ventana Wildlife Society. The center is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at Andrew Molera State Park. www.ventanaws.org