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11. Stay Alert for Whale Watching : Blue, gray, and humpback whales pass along the Central Coast year-around. Your best-bet to see them is between December and April. You may even spot them from your private balcony at Pismo Lighthouse Suites!

12. Enjoy the Beauty of Nature at Monarch Butterfly Grove: Each year thousands of vibrant, orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies clustering in the Eucalyptus trees of Pismo State Beach make this worth a stop!

13. Munch a Fresh, Savory Apple Crisp at the SLO Creek Farm Stand: During the fall season the San Luis Obispo Creek Farm opens their 40-acre orchard for u-pick. Exit the 101 at San Luis Bay Drive and look east for the orchard--just off the freeway. The tent in front of the orchard sometimes features an unforgettable apple crisp.

14. Saunter Down the Pismo Beach Pier: Take a walk down the historic 1,200-foot, diamond-shaped Pismo Pier and watch a lovely sunset at Pismo Beach. You might spot surfers, pelicans, dolphins, and seals! Also, visit the Pier on Wednesdays between May and September for farmer’s market--perfect for buying produce, a massage, or souvenirs.

15. Laugh, Cheer, & Boo at the Great American Melodrama in Oceano: The Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville provides laughs and entertainment for the whole family. Their show varies from month to month, but always features audience-interactive entertainment and goodies. Send a tip their way during intermission and they’ll sing you a song about anything!

16. Take a Bike Ride Through SLO History: Bike past 15 historical sites in San Luis Obispo, including Mission de Tolosa (1772), Ah Louis Store (1866), Old Carnegie Library (1894), Old Mission Cemetery, and the Octagon Barn (100+ years old). This 13-mile ride is easy and includes minimal elevation change.

17. Take a 4WD Adventure & Hike to a Waterfall Past Lake Lopez: Test your vehicle and yourself as you traverse the Santa Lucia Wilderness to Big Falls. The road up Lopez Canyon crosses a creek more than a dozen times, dead-ending at the Big Falls trail head; so you’ll need a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle. The hike passes swimming holes through a lush, shaded canyon.www.WhatNext.TheOutdoorSchool.org/Whats_Next/Big_Falls.html

18. Let Fido Frolic with the Local Dogs at Elm Street Dog Park: The Elm Street Dog Park is off the 101 in Arroyo Grande, and features shade, water, seating, and areas for large and small dogs. The large-dog-area is especially recommended.

19. Sky Dive Pismo Beach: Freefall over the Pacific Ocean at 120 mph, and land directly on legendary Pismo Beach–with your friends and family right there waiting for you! It’s perfect for the adventure tourist.

20. Indulge in Pismo Beach’s Largest Heated Pool: The BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge features the largest heated pool in Pismo Beach. This makes swimming your morning laps more doable. Plus, the view of Pismo Beach is phenomenal.

21. Catch a Movie at the Nostalgic Fair Oaks Theater: The Fair Oaks Theater is known for low prices, friendly staff, and a clean facility. The nostalgic environment stems from a single screen, comfortable high-backed chairs, and charming vintage touches. Pick up your two tickets, popcorn, and drinks for $20.

22. Ride the Sand Highway at the Oceano Dunes: This is the only California State Park where vehicles may be driven on the beach. Furthermore, it’s the most extensive dune area remaining in California. The dunes were shaped by river deposits and wind. Enjoy the adrenaline rush and air, but be careful!

23. Mountain Bike in Montaña de Oro: The Central Coast is a slice of heaven, and the 15 miles of trail riding here is some of the best in the country. If you don’t feel like doing any technical riding or climbing, ride the three miles or so of the Bluff trail--the view is unforgettable!

24. Disc Golf an 18-Basket Course at Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo: Bring out your best throwing arm for numerous long-shots, but reserve your accuracy for the tighter shots on the back nine. Laguna Lake Disc Golf Course features newly-paved platforms, baskets, and regularly trimmed trees.

25. Hike Along Cascades, Small Waterfalls, & Pools in Reservoir Canyon Open Space: Experience the undeveloped beauty of San Luis Obispo’s open space as you hike 6 miles (roundtrip). The hike is moderately difficult with an elevation change of 200 feet. Along the way you’ll also discover waterfalls and great views.

26. Catch the Best Surf & See Morro Rock: Morro Rock is a California Registered Historic Landmark. It has guided sailors into Morro Bay for centuries. Along the east side of the rock surf enthusiasts will love the estuary’s assistance in “paddling out” past the surf. The waves at Morro Bay are typically the best in San Luis Obispo County too.

27. Panoramic ocean views: Experience Local Dining at Ventana Grill. Located next door to the BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge, Ventana Grill offers an awe-inspiring setting and coastal fusion cuisine. Discover their fresh seafood, homemade tortillas, and huge selection of specialty tequilas. Guests rave about the panoramic view, reasonable prices, and excellent service. Stop by weekdays between 4:30PM-6PM for happy hour!

28. Taste an Array of Central Coast Wines at Pismo’s Favorite Wine Bar : The Tastes of the Valleys wine bar offers more than 700 wines by the glass. They represent over 200 wineries, giving you the opportunity to try wine from all over the Central Coast area in their elegant bar environment. They also feature a fully stocked wine shop complete with shipping services.

29. Take a Tour of the Historic Jack House & Gardens: The Jack Family played a key role in the development of Central California. They lived in this house for 90 years, and now it is a museum of original furnishings, artwork, and first-edition books. Tours occur every Sunday between 1PM-4PM. Stop by during Mother’s Day or around Halloween for themed tours!

30. Drink a Red Ale at a Microbrewery in Pismo Beach: The Pismo Beach Brewery strives to create unique, handcrafted beers. Youngsters will enjoy their root beer, and connoisseurs of beer will enjoy their Double IPA. Either way, it’s worth visiting the only brewery in Pismo Beach.

31. Crunch a Yummy Fish Taco at Alphy’s Broiler: Alphy’s Broiler cooks breakfasts and lunches using the freshest ingredients and starts from scratch. You can snag their fish tacos at the historic Village of Arroyo Grande (on the 101 side). And by the way, you can take Fido along too!

32. Visit the Famous Farmer’s Market in Downtown San Luis Obispo: The renowned farmer’s market in San Luis Obispo (SLO as the locals call it) showcases everything from barbecued ribs and fresh produce to specialty booths and live entertainment. Every Thursday night, this is where the SLO crowd gathers.

33. Try the Best Skim Boarding at Shell Beach: Shell Beach, part of Pismo Beach, is typically occupied by a small, young crowd and offers ideal conditions for skim boarding. The beach’s sloped landscape and shore-breaking waves allow skim boarders to perform tricks and ride waves.

34. Hike to the Top of Bishop’s Peak: A must-do hike in San Luis Obispo, Bishop’s Peak is the largest of the “Seven Sisters,” a strain of volcanic plugs stretching to Morro Bay. The hike is a moderate 4-mile, round-trip adventure. The view at the top is breathtaking and overlooks all of San Luis Obispo.

35. Leave Your Mark at Bubblegum Alley: A San Luis Obispo attraction, Bubblegum Alley is exactly what it sounds like--an alley whose walls are covered in gum! Since the 1950’s, sticking gum on the alley walls has become a tradition for visitors and residents alike. So go ahead and leave your mark in San Luis Obispo, just don’t forget your gum!

36. Order a “Big, Hot ‘n Juicy” Burger from Sylvester’s Burgers in Los Osos: A Central Coast favorite for over 20 years, this family owned burger joint is famous for its fresh ingredients and tasty Sylvester’s Sauce. They also offer salads, sandwiches and vegetarian options.

37. Pick Apples at See Canyon Fruit Ranch: A 117-year-old apple ranch, See Canyon offers a u-pick fruit ranch where you can pick from 29 different varieties of apples from their trees. They also sell other fruits and veggies, as well as honey. Just remember, apple picking is seasonal and offered August through September.

38. Boat & Water Ski at Lake Lopez: Nearly 1,000 acres of lake-surface attract boating enthusiasts, and water skiers. You can rent your boat and gear at the Marina inside the Lake Lopez Park area.

39. Bask in the Pacific Sun on the Shelter Cove Lodge’s Own Beach: In addition to your ocean-view room, Shelter Cove Lodge offers beach access to a secluded cove of Pismo Beach that avoids the usual crowds.

40. Take Rover to Fisherman’s Beach: Fisherman’s Beach is the last beach before you reach Port San Luis in Avila Beach. This is a dog-friendly beach, so let your dog run free through the waves! After working up an appetite playing with your four-legged friend, head over to Pete’s Pierside Café--the only dog friendly restaurant within walking distance.

41. Stroll through the Historic Village of Arroyo Grande & Cross a Swinging Bridge: Remove the pavement and it would feel like you time traveled to the 19th Century. During your stroll, check out the swinging bridge--the last of its kind in California. It is in the middle of town, 171-feet-long, and swings 40 feet above a creek. In 1875 a resident built it to connect his property, divided by the creek.

42. Bird Watch at the Elfin Forest in Los Osos: This 11-mile expanse can be navigated by a convenient boardwalk meandering among 600-year-old oak trees and plant life. It’s among the top ten bird-watching places in the USA, and features over 180 species. You’ll also catch a great view of Morro Bay’s estuary and rock.

43. Tour the Edna Valley Wine Region: The Edna Valley Wine Region features over 20 wineries and has found its niche in Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Pinot Grigios. Tolosa Vineyards, Talley Vineyards, Claiborne and Churchill, and Baileyana Winery exemplify these varietals. Dog-friendly options include Wolff Vineyards and Saucelito Canyon Vineyard.

44. Admire the View at Dinosaur Caves Park: Dinosaur Caves Park is perfect for its gorgeous, panoramic ocean views, unique play area for the kids, benches overlooking the cliff, and Art in the Park the first Sunday of the month from May to October. Leashed dogs are also welcome to enjoy the park with you.

45. Tranquil Oceanfront Setting: Catch the Latest Flick at Historic Fremont Theater in Downtown San Luis Obispo The Fremont opened in 1942, on the eve of U.S. entry into World War II. In the late 20th century, developers wanted to demolish the building to install a new multiplex, but public outcry saved the theater. After all that, it still looks historical, but now hosts the latest flicks with quality picture and sound!

46. Sip Wine by the Beach at the Pismo Beach Winery Tasting Room: Want to visit a family owned and operated boutique/artisan winery? The Pismo Beach Winery specializes in small, handcrafted award winning wines, produced from premium grapes harvested exclusively from local vineyards. The winery is family owned and operated with more than 30 years of wine making experience.

47. Take the Family Out for a BBQ Dinner at F. Mclintocks Saloon & Dining House: If you’re especially hungry and seeking an upscale dinner with entertaining service, put on your cowboy hat and head to Mclintocks. Their salads are fresh and crisp, and their steaks mouth-watering. Also, servers often perform tricks for the kids--such as pouring water blindfolded.

48. See Trees & Plants from Around the World at the Cal Poly Arboretum: The Leaning Pine Arboretum, located at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, displays hundreds of unique plants primarily from the world’s five Mediterranean climate regions. Afterwards, explore the campus—large enough for its own zip code--and hike up Poly Canyon to see some unique architecture.

49. Consume a Melt-in-Your-Mouth Cinnamon Roll at Old West Cinnamon Rolls: Stop by Old West Cinnamon Rolls on Price Street for fresh coffee and legendary homemade cinnamon rolls with a generous helping of signature frosting. Our advice: the earlier the better!

50. Stuff a Bag Full of Fresh Taffy to Enjoy During Your Travels: Stop by Tomasko’s Saltwater Taffy and pick up a pound (or two) of your favorite flavors of freshly made taffy in downtown Pismo Beach.

51. Catch a Rail & Wine Excursion: The second Sunday of every month, Amtrak’s Coast Starlight offers a trip between San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles that includes excellent views, wine tasting, snacks, history, and a stop at a rail-related winery. The $59 dollar adult-ticket includes a bus ride back to San Luis Obispo.

52. Horseback Ride on Pismo Beach: Experience the unique adventure of horseback riding on the Central Coast. Get the chance to see nature in all its glory while riding along sand dunes, crashing waves, and active wild life. No matter your experience level, this tour is bound to take your breath away.

53. Taste World Famous Clam Chowder at Splash Café: Scoring 4 ½ stars on Yelp with over 1000 reviews is quite the feat--try their legendary clam chowder. It’s won awards in cook offs and national reviews for the past fifteen years straight.

54. Cast Your Line at Santa Margarita Lake & Catch a Striped Bass: Head 33 miles North on the 101 from Pismo Beach to visit Santa Margarita Lake. You may catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, redear sunfish, rainbow trout, carp, bluegill, crappie, or catfish. Dirt access roads circle the lake, giving anglers plenty of access along the shore. Day access costs $5 per vehicle.

55. Workout Your “Core” with Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in Morro Bay: Stand-up paddle boarding is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian origin. Enjoy a core workout while viewing Morro Bay with Central Coast Stand Up Paddling. It’s easy to learn, and you can either rent your board and explore on your own, or take a guided trip.

56. Stay Steps from the Sand & Surf at Avila Lighthouse Suites: Reserve your 2 bedroom suite nestled between rolling green hills and the Pacific Ocean. The best part: your suite is just steps from the sand!

57. Pamper yourself at The Spa Central Coast in Avila Beach: Located at the Avila Lighthouse Suites in Avila Beach, The Spa Central Coast offers the ultimate spa experience with massages, facials, wraps, and more. Celebrating with a special someone? Try the couples massage.

58. Improve Your Golf Game at Avila Beach Golf Course: Located across the street from Avila Lighthouse Suites, is a par 71, 6500-yard championship course where golf and the sea collide. The front nine is situated within oak-lined valleys. The back nine transverses a tidal estuary. Visit the course grounds between May and October for their concert line-up!

59. All-Suite Beachfront Retreat Tour the Historic Point San Luis Lighthouse: Take a trolley back in time to a docent led tour of the historic Point San Luis Lighthouse! It recently celebrated 120 years, and has been restored and cared for by the Port San Luis Lighthouse Keepers. Trolley tours are every Saturday at 12 PM, 1 PM or 2 PM.

60. Kayak in Avila Beach: Because Avila Beach experiences calm ocean water for most of the year, it is the perfect place to launch a kayak! Rent a kayak from SLO Coast Kayaks or Central Coast Kayaks. Our tip; the area in Avila Beach between the Cal Poly Pier and Harford Pier is the easiest place to launch.

61. Eat Fresh Seafood at the Custom House with an Oceanfront View : Eat fresh seafood at the Custom House located on the Promenade in Avila Beach. They are known for their seafood dishes, innovative cocktails and delicious salads. The best part is while you dine on the patio you’ll enjoy a beautiful oceanfront view.

62. Take an Agritourism Adventure at Avila Valley Barn: Enjoy an agritourism adventure in Avila Beach with the Avila Valley Barn! Whether it is to buy fresh picked fruits and veggies, to eat homemade ice cream, or to visit the farm animals, it’s the perfect stop on the way to the beach. Seasonally open from spring to fall.

63. Stroll the Avila Beach Pier: The Avila Beach Pier is one of three piers in the beach town, and it’s 1,685 feet long! Feel free to take a stroll to the end, or do some recreational fishing. The two other piers in Avila Beach are the Harford Pier and the Cal Poly State University Pier. The Cal Poly State University Pier is used for marine research and the Harford Pier is one of the last piers you can still drive your car on!

64. Discover the History of the Harford Pier: Harford Pier is one of the 3 piers that is located in Avila Beach. Constructed in 1873, it was used for shipping goods into San Luis Obispo before trains came to SLO. Smugglers used to use the pier for the illegal movement of liquor. Now, it’s used for recreation, commercial fishing, and restaurants.

65. Bike the Bob Jones Bike Trail: Also know as the “City to the Sea” trail, the Bob Jones Trail is 2.5 miles one way and starts inland and ends at Avila Beach. The trail is paved and mostly straight; many people run, walk, and bike on the trail.

66. Wine Taste on the Avila Wine Trail: The Avila Wine Trail is focused on making your wine tasting adventure fun and enjoyable. There are six, beachfront tasting rooms that are within walking distance of the Avila Lighthouse Suites. Each tasting room offers a different experience. Ask for a map at the Front Desk.

67. Hike the Adventurous Ontario Ridge Trail: Enjoy some of the best views of Shell Beach, Pismo Beach and Avila Beach with the Ontario Ridge Trail. The trail is a 4.75-mile loop of moderate intensity. The vantage point at the top is unbelievable, so take your camera and enjoy the cool ocean breeze.

68. Roast Smores over a Bonfire at Olde Port Beach: Olde Port Beach is the first beach you encounter on your way from Avila Beach into Port San Luis. This beach offers seasonal bonfire pits for your personal use. Our tip, rings are first-come, first-serve and are very popular, so reserve your spot early--don’t forget your ingredients for smores!

69. Take a scenic drive along See Canyon Road to a beautiful vista point at the top: See Canyon Road in Avila Beach is a 14-mile-long road that connects Avila Beach and San Luis Obispo. On this drive you will go through apple orchards, wineries, and a cattle ranch. The best part about the drive is the beautiful vista point at the top offers great views of Morro Rock in Morro Bay.

70. Soak up the Avila Beach Sunshine: Located in the heart of downtown Avila there is a half-mile of beach divided by the Avila Beach Pier. Avila Beach offers some BBQ pits and picnic tables, so make sure you bring your lunch and enjoy the fresh ocean air.

71. Celebrate with a Glass of Bubbly at Cuvee Champagne & Delights Bar: Whether a celebration, a date, or a girls’ night out, Cuvée Champagne and Delight Bar is the place to go. Cuvée specializes in the best champagnes, mixers, sparkling wine, and artisan beers.

72. Channel Your Inner Marine Biologist for a Day at the Avila Beach Sea Life Center: The Sea Life Center at Avila Beach provides fun, educational, hands-on programs promoting ocean stewardship and awareness. Program favorites include squid dissection and tide pool exploration.

73. Ride the Beach Trolley from Avila Beach to Pismo Beach: Operational spring through fall, ride the beach trolley from Avila Beach to Pismo Beach. Enjoy this one hour scenic ride connecting Avila Beach, Port San Luis, Avila Valley, Shell Beach, and Pismo Beach. At the last stop, shop at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets.

74. Sample fresh produce at the Fish & Farmer’s Market on the Promenade, Avila Beach: The Fish and Farmer’s Market is a seasonal event that takes place on every Friday evening from April to September. Walk down the promenade and enjoy fresh fish, locally grown produce, food from local restaurants, and live music all with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop.

75. Marvel in the Magic of Hearst Castle: Hearst Castle is one of the largest historic house museums in the U.S. Hearst Castle is a must-see on the Central Coast with its unique architecture and magnificent décor. Choose from one of the many tours, and experience the magic of Hearst Castle.

76. Wine Taste in Paso Robles Wine Country: Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s fastest growing wine region, with 26,000 vineyard acres, more than 40 wine grape varietals, and over 200 wineries--most with tasting rooms. You will definitely want to set aside a full day (or three) to experience all this region has to offer.

77. Soak Up the Healing Powers of Artesian Mineral Hot Springs in Your Own Room at Paso Robles Inn: The Paso Robles Inn, has offered a unique stay unlike any other hotel since 1891. The Inn is the only hotel in Paso Robles to offer their guests the healing, thermal waters with private sulfur hot springs in Deluxe Spa Rooms.

78. Visit Mission San Miguel: The Mission San Miguel was founded July 25, 1797, and was the sixteenth mission founded in the 21-mission chain in Alta California. Enjoy a self-guided tour of the mission, and take the time to appreciate the history and beauty of this National Historic Landmark.

79. Kneeboard at Lake Nacimiento: Located in the coastal mountains of San Luis Obispo County, Lake Nacimiento is a haven for water sport enthusiasts. The lake provides plenty of room for waterskiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and other water-related activities such as knee boarding. Bring your own boat and equipment, or rent it there!

80.“Hop” on Over to Firestone Walker Brewing Company for Beer Tasting and Tours: Firestone Walker Brewing Company is an authentic, regional craft brewer located in Paso Robles. The Visitor’s Center is open 7 days a week and features a selection of Firestone Walker gear as well as 14 taps to sample beer from.

81. Admire the History of the Paso Robles Pioneer History Museum: Walking into the Paso Robles Pioneer History Museum is like taking a step back in time to what Paso Robles used be like. The museum has a wonderful collection of visual and written history that showcases the cultural heritage of the town.

82. Relax with Therapeutic Benefits of Lavender at the Central Coast Lavender Farm: Lavender is known for its versatile uses including: household disinfectant, insect repellent, and treatment for anxiety and headaches. Take a tour through the fields, watch distilling demonstrations, and purchase some lavender to take home with you for the next time you feel that headache coming on.

83. Observe Elephant Seals in their Natural Habitat at the Piedras Blancas Rookery: The Northern Elephant Seal spends 8-10 months of the year in open-ocean, diving 1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods of 15 minutes to 2 hours. The Elephant Seals migrate thousands of miles a year to their land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and resting. This natural attraction is open year round.

84. Drink Wine in a Castle: Stop by Eagle Castle Winery in Templeton for some delicious wine tasting. Consider taking lunch atop their roof overlooking the castle grounds.

85. Zip Line Over Wine Country at Santa Margarita Ranch: Santa Margarita Ranch offers a truly unique way to see the Central Coast. Five zip lines, spanning more than 3,600 feet combined, take you from the valley up and over the vineyards. Be prepared for an amazing view!

86. Cool Off in the Lazy River at The Ravine Water Park: The Ravine Water Park is the “hottest place to cool off on the Central Coast.” The water park offers fun for the whole family with water rides, a lazy river, and wave pool. The North County weather can definitely heat up, but the water park is a perfect place to cool down. Open seasonally June through August. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

87. Reconnect with Simpler Times Past at Jack Creek Farm: Visit Jack Creek Farm and stroll through their herb garden and antique farm equipment display. Try your hand at throwing and lasso “Bailey,” their mascot. Also, try pumping old-fashioned water pump barrels. Lastly, try some tasty treats ranging from homemade fudge to apple cider Slushies.

88. Witness the Creative Process of Local Artists at Studios on the Park: Studios on the Park in Paso Robles offers a unique open studio environment where you can witness the creative processes of over 40 local artists as they create their masterpieces. Studios on the Park is determined to make art a part of your life by offering classes, workshops, and exhibitions.

89. Try Paso’s Rhone Varietals: Paso Wine Country is gaining popularity for their exciting Rhone varietals such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Visit the following wineries for amazing Rhone varietals: Robert Hall Winery, Tablas Creek Vineyard, Linne Calodo, and Eberle Winery.

90. Taste Olive Oil at Pasolivo: Pasolivo Olive Oil has been making world-class olive oils in Paso Robles for 10 years. Visit Pasolivo and taste their deep-flavor olive oils, take a tour of the olive press, and leave with some Pasolivo olive oil of your own for the next time you make a fresh vinaigrette or pesto.

91. Perfect Your Golf Game at Beautiful Hunter Ranch Golf Course: Hunter Ranch Golf Course is an 18-hole golf course, rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest. The course is set atop a beautiful vista with the big city congestion miles away, so it is easy to relax and concentrate on your game.

92. Explore the Past with Preserved Military Aircrafts at Estrella Warbird Museum: Take a tour of one of the fastest growing museums in California, The Estrella Warbird Museum in Paso Robles is dedicated to the restoration and preservation of military aircrafts, military vehicles, and memorabilia to those who flew and worked on military aircrafts.

93. Find a Cabernet Sauvignon to Suit Your Fancy: Along with Zinfandels, Paso Robles gained notoriety for its Cabernet Sauvignons. For legendary Cabernet Sauvignons, check out J.Lohr Vineyards, EOS Estate Winery, and Adelaida Cellars.

94. Seek the Best Zinfandel in Paso Robles Wine Country: Paso Robles Wine Country is known for its top quality Zinfandels! Try the following wineries to taste some of the area’s award winning Zins: Peachy Canyon Winery, Bianchi Winery, and Tobin James Cellars.

95. Play Dress up at the Paso Robles Children’s Museum: The Paso Robles Children’s Museum is designed to be an interactive, educational facility for children ages 1 to 13. What makes this children’s museum unique is the incorporation of Paso Robles heritage, for example the grape stomping station to make “juice” emulates the Paso Robles Wine Country.

96. Fall in Love with Historic Downtown Paso Robles: Shop, eat, and wine taste in historic downtown Paso Robles. First known for its thermal springs, Paso Robles is becoming more known for their wine. Take in Paso Robles culture and history in its charming downtown area.

97. Learn How to Milk a Goat at Happy Acres Family Farm: Did you know that goat milk is a natural moisturizer for your skin? Happy Acres Family Farm, located in Templeton, CA, is a working goat dairy with over 200 goats. Happy Acres Family Farms offers fun tours where you can milk a goat, blend your own cheese, and enjoy fresh goat milk ice cream.

98. Stroll the beautiful grounds at the Paso Robles Inn: Start by watching the beautiful Koi fish swim in the Koi pond. Continue your stroll through the Chef’s many organic kitchen gardens. After working up an appetite, stop by the Paso Robles Inn Steakhouse for a meal featuring the fresh produce you saw on the grounds.

99. Take the Whole Family “Wine Tasting”: Pithy Little Wine Company offers traditional wine tasting for those 21 and older; however, they also offer old fashioned soda and gourmet popcorn tasting which is unique and fun for the whole family.

100. Buy fresh local produce from Paso Robles Farmer’s Market, Downtown Paso Robles: Located within walking distance of the Paso Robles Inn, enjoy the Paso Robles Farmer’s Market every Tuesday and Saturday all year round. The farmer’s market includes an assortment of crafts, local specialties, organic food, and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

101. Jump onto Highway 1 for more activities and breathtaking views. Take a trip to San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos and Morro Bay. You may need a whole week to experience all there is in San Luis Obispo County! www.visitsanluisobispocounty.com

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