Spring and fall are clear and sunny, and the summer months bring morning fog that encases the landscape, burning off to clear skies in the afternoons. Evenings are cooler, and sweatshirts or a lightweight top layer are recommended for outdoor activities as it can cool off quickly once the sun goes down.
Activities17-Mile Drive: Take a journey on one of the most scenic drives in the world. This famous scenic byway runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the wild Pacific coastline to the magnificent Del Monte Forest. An entire day can easily be filled with this drive, as you pass breathtaking vistas, discover and explore some of Mother Nature’s finest creations and make lasting memories. Be sure to pack the camera! It is an exceptionally unique journey we recommend all should take. Don’t forget to stop and see all of the landmarks along the way. These include The Lone Cypress—one of California’s best-known landmarks, Spanish Bay, Point Joe, Fanshell Overlook, Cypress Point Lookout and Carmel Bay. You are able to see the famous fairways of The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. Put 17-Mile Drive on your “To-Do” List when you visit Asilomar.
Asilomar Walking Tours: The 4 self-guided walking tours on various aspects of the park are Julia Morgan Architecture, Living Dunes, Coast Trail and Forest Walk. These tours will help bring a new perspective and renewed appreciation to the park's natural and cultural history.
Biking: Bike rentals are available from the Park store.
Deep Sea Fishing: Located at historic Fisherman's Wharf, Chris' Fishing Trips is a full-service boat chartering company that offers deep sea fishing cruises in the Pacific waters beyond Monterey Bay. Call (831) 375-5951 for more information.
Golfing: Monterey Peninsula is home to nearly 20 world-class golf courses. Pick one for every day of your stay or just pick your favorite! Visit GolfLink.com for more information and tee times.
Horseback Riding: Seemingly endless equestrian trails meander through diverse landscapes - from rugged mountain terrain to sandy beaches. Check with Sea Horse Equestrian Tours for more information.
Kayaking: Discover the Monterey Bay by sea! Kayak through the kelp forests and see otters and harbor seals in their natural environment. Novice paddlers welcome. Daily tours offered as well as rentals. For more information, call Adventures by the Sea at 831-372-1807.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Enjoy all the wonders of the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium located nearby on historic Cannery Row. The mission of the non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.
Monterey Movie Tours: Whether you’d like an introduction to the area, an alternative to attractions you’ve already seen or an exciting rainy day option, Monterey Movie Tours® is your ticket to a star-studded getaway! Visit MontereyMovieTours.com for more information.
Scuba Diving: Monterey Bay Dive Charters caters to travelling divers by planning, coordinating and conducting recreational scuba diving operations in and around the Monterey Peninsula. Call (831) 383-9276 to schedule a dive.
Sky Diving: Adventure Center Skydiving offers a wide variety of service and jump options, including tandem, AFF, an on-site skydiving store, and video and still photo services for your skydive. For more information, call (831) 636-0117.
Whale Watching: Randy's Whale Watching Trips is a small family-owned business that knows just where the whales spend their day -- and also offers fishing trips. For details, call (831) 372-7440.
Wine Tasting: Monterey boasts one of the most dramatic meetings of land and sea on Earth. These same scenic elements make Monterey perfect for growing wine grapes. Visit Monterey Wine Country to learn more.
Explore Beyond the Shore: Our complimentary Ranger-guided tours invite you to discover the natural and cultural history of Asilomar. Come wander among the historic buildings nestled in the Monterey pine and coast live oak forest. Stroll along our accessible boardwalk through the tranquil Dune Natural Preserve. Or explore the rocky coastline teaming with life. We welcome both groups and individuals on these one-hour tours. Call the local California State Park office at (831) 646-6443 to schedule one of the tours listed below:
Beachwalk: Join us for a walk along Asilomar’s rocky shores and sandy beaches. State Park staff will share some innovative and fascinating ways life has adapted to survive in this unique environment. The Asilomar shoreline is within the Asilomar Marine Reserve. All plants and wildlife is protected by law. Architecture/History: Discover what life was like here in the early days of Asilomar. Stroll through the historic buildings and grounds as State Park staff share stories of the grounds.
Dune Experience: Come experience the Dunes Natural Preserve and see the native wildlife thrive. State Park staff will share natural and cultural stories of the dune ecosystem.
Asilomar Ramble: Join State Park staff on a mix and mingle of each of the above programs. Staff will share tidbits of the history, architecture, forest ecology and dune ecosystem as we explore the state park.