As a mom of a 2 year old, I find myself constantly looking for ways to entertain my little one that are fun for me too. Sometimes you need a change from the usual park you always go to. Or to do something fun in the middle of the week to break up days of running errands. One place we’ve discovered as genius place to take little kids is to the local airport! The Monterey airport has a large observation deck with a restaurant connected to it. We sometimes go and let the kids watch the airplanes take off and land and then sit down for an outdoor lunch. The airport mostly has small private planes flying in and out, so the noise isn’t too loud. Sometimes the commercial planes pull right up to the observation window, so close the pilot starts waving to the kids!
It has the magic combination of open space for kids to walk around, while still being contained. I love that I can sit on a nearby bench, change the baby’s diaper and still see my toddler the whole time. The Golden Tee is the restaurant that connects to the observation deck. It has tables outside or you could go inside and sit in the dining room. Then menu is mostly various sandwiches and burgers. They’re known for their sand dab (type of fish) sandwich. They also have a kids’ menu with various selections.
When you go, park in the short term parking lot and bring your parking ticket with you. If you eat at the restaurant, they will validate your parking. It’s a great way to spend a sunny morning. Watch the planes, eat a little lunch, and be home in time for a nap!