Introduction to Gonzales, California
Gonzales, California, in Monterey county, is 16 miles SE of Salinas, California and 62 miles SE of San Jose, California. Part of the surrounding Salinas metro area, Gonzales is home to some 7,525 residents.
Gonzales was named after its founders, Dr. Mariano Gonzalez and Alfredo Gonzalez, who first arrived here in 1874. The The Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in the city in 1872. Gonzales was incorporated in 1947.
Gonzales and nearby Attractions
- Fremont Peak State Park
- Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
- Toro County Park
- Pinnacles National Monument
- Steinbeck House
- National Steinbeck Center
Things To Do In Gonzales
Gonzales provides amenities for various types of recreational opportunities. The Centennial Park, Central Park, Toro County Park, and Fremont Peak State Park are nearby. History buffs should visit the local museums like Colton Hall Museum, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, and Capitola Historical Museum. The city has libraries like Soledad Branch Library, and Gonzales Branch Library which have huge resources on varied topics.
Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International is the nearest major airport.
Gonzales Higher Education
Local colleges and universities include California State University-Monterey Bay, Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College.