- TripBuzz found 132 things to do with kids in or near Carmel, California, including 116 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Monterey, Salinas, Pacific Grove and Seaside.
- From Carmel City Beach / Carmel River Beach to Carmel Beach City Park, the Carmel area offers 75 different types of family activities, including: Beaches, Scenic Drives, Hiking Trails and Theaters.
- Carmel technically is named Carmel-by-the-Sea due to its position on the Monterey Peninsula which provides a number of sandy beaches on the Pacific coast. The small seaside town is a popular getaway for those wanting to escape the bustling metropolis of San Francisco that is 120 miles north. Early founders of the town were also strongly dedicated to the arts, resulting in a lively arts and performance culture.
Coyote Lake Park is 4,595-acre recreation area featuring a 635-acre lake for fishing and boating. There are 73 tent and RV campsites and more than 35 miles of wooded trails for hikers, horseback riders and off-road bicyclists.
Located in the scenic countryside, Hensley Ranch is an equestrian facility that provides a number of services for horses and their owners to enjoy. Training, riding lessons, and horse boarding are among the many services provided at the ranch.
89% 28 votes
21570 Almaden Road off Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA MoreLess Info
The history of local quicksilver mining is put on display at the New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum. Located within the Almaden Quicksilver County Park, there are mine dioramas, artifacts from historic mining facilities, and exhibits covering the lifestyles of mining communities.
84% 38 votes
17770 Alma Bridge Road, Los Gatos, CA 95033 MoreLess Info
Built around the man-made lake of Lexington Reservoir, Lexington Reservoir County Park offers a variety of amenities. It has a boat launch, an extensive network of trails, picnic areas with barbecue grills, and playground areas.
In addition to the locally grown tree-ripened fruit, Andry's Orchard also offers gourmet food items, confections, nuts and custom gift baskets. They also host seasonal events, including pumpkin patches and visits from Santa Claus.
90% 244 votes
At the corner of McAbee Road and Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120 MoreLess Info
Almaden Quicksilver Country Park is a great place for a day out with family and friends. Admission is free with multiple entrances. There are many hiking trails, well-maintained picnic grounds and some old mines and mining equipment to explore. Pets are allowed inside.
79% 33 votes
19245 Malaguerra Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
Home to the largest reservoir in Santa Clara County, Anderson Lake County Park spans 3,144 acres and offers boating and fishing on the lake. There is a trail for hiking, biking and skating as well as picnic and barbeque facilities.
79% 24 votes
Malaguerra & Morning Star Drive, Morgan Hill, CA 95037 MoreLess Info
Coyote Creek Trail & Bike Path is a 15 mile paved trail. The trail is relatively flat with a few areas with slight gains in elevation. Those interested in bike riding, hiking, and scenic views may enjoy Coyote Creek Trail.