Museums & Exhibits

    From there, history buffs and novice archeologists can stop by the downtown Soledad Historical Society museum.  Permanent and rotating exhibits bring Salinas Valley and California history alive through a diverse collection of artifacts and archives. A monthly calendar of hours of operation is regularly updated on the museum’s website.

    Soledad Historical Society

    Amenities: WiFi, Restrooms, Parking, Pet Area
    Hours: The Soledad Visitors & Gateway Center is open Thursday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    soulofca.org/californias-central-coast/explore/first-stops/soledad-visitors-gateway-center/

     

      Tourism in Soledad is thriving, driven by visitor’s desires to immerse themselves in adventure and learning as close to the source as possible.  Your adventure begins at our beautiful downtown Soledad Visitors & Gateway center located adjacent to Highway 101.

      Soledad Visitors & Gateway Center

      Amenities: WiFi, Restrooms, Parking, Pet Area
      Hours: The Soledad Visitors & Gateway Center is open Thursday to Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      soulofca.org/californias-central-coast/explore/first-stops/soledad-visitors-gateway-center/

      The center is wall-to-wall highlights of local attractions in the heart of the Salinas Valley. It’s complete with a small-scale representation of Pinnacles National Park, information on local California missions, photographs depicting the Salinas Valley’s agricultural history, and a tour map of local wineries.  Located in the heart of “Steinbeck Country,” the center’s museum has plenty of details on the literary giant, John Steinbeck.  Promotional materials, brochures, souvenirs, and a friendly staff await you.

       

        The newest park in the system, Pinnacles National Park, offers visitors breathtaking views and eco-adventures that ask the visitor to climb into millions of years of geologic history influenced by the powerful forces of volcanic activity and plate tectonics.  Visitors seeking a chance encounter with a giant of the avian world, the California condor, can learn about the conservation and restoration efforts involved in bringing back a species that was once on the brink of extinction.

        These destinations afford businesses, service providers, restaurants, and hotels new and exciting opportunities through visitor’s desires to immerse themselves for days in our one-of-a-kind tourist venues.

        Pinnacles National Park West Visitor Contact Station

        The West Visitor Contact Station serves as the primary facility on the West Side of the park. Stop by to pay entrance fees, get hiking suggestions, and learn more about the park at their interpretive center.  A gate to the West entrance opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 8:00 p.m. The gate will automatically open as Pinnacles visitors exit the Park after hours. Camping is prohibited at West Pinnacles.