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Aquarium Excursion

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.

State Park Activities
*Park Day use fees apply for nature walks and activities if you park inside the park.

Hey, Junior Rangers!
Who: Kids ages 7-12 only
When: Every Day at 10 AM
Where: Meet staff at the Campfire Center in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
What: An hour of fun games and activities about the Big Sur environment

Hey, Ranger Cubs!
Who: Kids ages 6 and under (with parents)
When: Every Day at 11:30 AM
Where: Meet staff at the Campfire Center in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
What: Half hour of storytelling, games and activities

Friday, August 28th
Junior Rangers & Ranger Cubs programs cancelled for Friday

Saturday, August 29th
9:00 a.m.
Nature Walk: “Gear Shifts: Rapid Changes in Big Sur’s Terrain”

Although best known for its beauty and scale, Big Sur offers a great diversity of plants, animals and climates.  We will explore how and why Big Sur can feel so different in just a matter of minutes.  Meet Park Interpreter Sara for this one and a half hour walk at the redwood deck near the Big Sur Lodge.

2:00 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.

6:30 p.m.
Nature Walk: "Valleys and Vistas at Sunset"

Join Dustin for a moderate one hour, one-way hike to the Valley View overlook and discover the unique habitats of Big Sur.  See impacts of the Basin Fire and how the forest is already springing back.  Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water for this two-mile hike.  Meet at the Redwood Deck.

Sunday, August 30th
2:30 p.m.
“Big Sur River Gorge Exploration”

Join Dustin on a hour long  adventure to one of our park’s most beautiful places. Rock scramble, splash, and climb your way back to the best swimming hole on the river. Bring your river shoes and prepare to get wet! Meet by the Wayland Camp river bridge between campsites 118 and 120.

8:00 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.


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.
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

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.

Moonlight Tours
August 28, Friday - 6:45 PM
August 29, Saturday - 6:45 PM

September 27, Sunday - 6:45 PM
Adults $20.00,
Ages 6-17 $10.00
Age 5 and under are free.

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 & Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m.

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.