, 2022-12-19 04:15:08,
With a well-planned itinerary, you can find plenty of free things to do in Salinas, where history, arts, and culture are woven into its many points of interest.
Incorporated in 1874, this city traces its roots to the Spanish land grant “Rancho Las Salinas” before California became a U.S. territory.
The Spanish name of the city refers to the salt marshes in the area, which is south of Monterey Bay and only about eight miles from the coastline of the Pacific Ocean.
Proximity to the ocean provided Salinas with a marine climate, ideal for agriculture, particularly growing flowers, grapes, and vegetables.
Because of its large and bountiful agriculture industry, Salinas eventually earned the title “Salad Bowl of the World.”
Take a DIY Salinas History Tour
Visitors can easily go on an unguided tour to see up close the historic buildings in Salinas.
With a cellphone, you can use the interactive map of the Salinas History Tour developed by the city’s tourist information center.
Many of the city’s historic buildings are located in Oldtown Salinas, like the circa 1920s Fox California Theater on Main Street.
Another must-see in a downtown Salinas DIY tour is the Amtrak Station, built in 1942.
Built with an art deco architectural style, this Salinas train stop stands out on the corridor of Station Place.
Right next to this vintage train facility on Station Place is another must-see—the Railway Express Agency Building.
The stretch of West Alisal Street can grab visitors’ attention too.
The historic buildings of the Monterey County Courthouse, U.S. Post Office Steinbeck Station, and Monterey County Jail are all located here.
Enjoy the First Friday Art Walk
Join in the fun for free as Oldtown Salinas comes alive after 5 p.m. in the city’s First Friday Art Walk!
As its name suggests, this event is held on the first Friday of each month.
Creative talents enliven Main Street and its surrounding blocks in Downtown Salinas on such days.
Besides the display in this area’s art galleries, artists also set up sidewalk exhibit booths during this monthly event.
During the First Friday Art Walk, you can also enjoy…
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