New year, new experiences! In SLO CAL (San Luis Obispo County), there are plenty of ways to start the new year. If you're looking to get active, we have an activity for that. Want to feel refreshed and invigorated? The Pacific Ocean is calling your name. Begin your year with your favorite things or some of ours. Check out our list of 10 things to do in SLO CAL on New Year's Day.

1) Polar Bear Dip in Cayucos or Plunge in Avila Beach

There's nothing like waking up your senses in the New Year with a running leap into the invigorating water of SLO CAL. Check out Cayucos or Avila Beach for exciting polar plunges to start your new year off right. 

2) Pier to Plunge in Pismo Beach

Earn your Pier to Plunge beanie with a 5k run down the beach and followed by a plunge into the icy Pacific in Pismo Beach to kick off the Near Year the Pismo way. 

3) Wine Taste in Edna Valley

girls wine tasting at Daou Winery in Paso RoblesWhether you're a connoisseur or a novice, your palate could always use some more "education." Head over to Edna Valley and experience the pristine wine selection of the Central Coast to start your new year off on the right note. 

4) Brunch (because your new year diet can start tomorrow)

Every good diet starts with one last brunch the day before - or at least that's how we do it in SLO CAL. From the classics to farm-to-table, restaurants countywide will be able to take care of your cravings.

5) Try to count the elephant seals

Winter is prime elephant seal viewing season so head up Highway 1 to the Elephant Seal Vista Point about 4 miles north of Hearst Castle. Watch as huge males battle in the water and on land for the affection of a female.

6) Explore the Tidepools in Montana de Oro

girl hiking a coastal trail in Montana de Oro state parkThe kids will love starting off the new year with a trip to Montaña de Oro State Park to check out what creatures lie beneath the waters. Head over to Spooner's Cove or Hazard Reef during low tide to view sea stars, sea urchins, crabs and other tide pool dwelling critters in their natural habitat.

7) Shop in Downtown Paso Robles

More than a dozen walkable tasting rooms, cheese and olive oil shops, art galleries and boutiques beckon you in for a new year's treat in Paso Robles' beautiful downtown park area.

8) See the fluttering of thousands of butterfly wings at the Monarch Butterfly Grove

Monarch Butterfly GroveThousands of migrating Monarch butterflies winter in Pismo Beach each year creating a spectacle for the eyes. See up to 10,000 butterflies in their little oasis by the sea

9) Hike the Harmony Headlands Trail

If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get active then we have the perfect place for you to start. The Harmony Headlands Trail is a steady 4.5 mile out and back loop. You’ll cross a grassy valley and end up on a scenic bluff (perfect for a family photo op). Bring a picnic and let the kids frolic in the coastal grasses and cool air as you sit on a bench and enjoy the views.

10) Let your four-legged friend run around Morro Strand State Beach

Three-miles of beach is calling your pet's name! Soak up the rays and views on Morro Strand State Beach while your pup makes new friends (and runs off some of that new year energy).