The temperature is rising and it's time to escape the heat, in San Luis Obispo County. Whether you are trying to cool down in a wine cave, splash in the water or immerse yourself in the arts and culture scene, we have something for everyone. Get ready to cool off with our 10 ways to beat the summer heat.

10) Tour a Winery in a Wine Cave

Nothing says cool down like a nice glass of wine and a walk through a wine cave. Several Paso Robles wineries offer tours of their caves and some even have special barrel tasting experiences.


9) Book a charter and go whale watching

Everyone has to eat and the migrating blue and humpback whales love to stop off along the Central Coast to grab a little nosh. Whether you choose to view from the beach or on a boat, June-August are the best times to view these mammoth creatures.


8) Experience History

Missions, adobes and history; oh my! SLO County is home to two California Missions, three Adobes, a castle and a whole host of other historic houses, building, and markers. Will you be able to visit them all?


7) Take a brewery tour (or two)

Here in SLO County we don't just take our wine seriously, we take our craft beer and, most recently, our distilling quite seriously as well. With over a dozen craft brew locations and counting, SLO County is a veritable beer oasis. Whether you're up in Paso Robles at Firestone Walker or down in San Luis Obispo at the newly reopened SLO Brew, you'll be very 'hoppy' with your choices.


6) Get Classical

Festival Mozaic is back! This week long festival happening now through June 24 blends classical music with unique locations spread throughout SLO County.


5) Paddle the Pacific

If it's hot on land, hop into a kayak, onto a paddleboard or grab a surfboard and explore our beautiful coastline. Both Pismo and Avila Beach are famous for their sea caves, while Morro Bay and Cayucos are perfect for the budding surfer in all of us. Don't forget to visit the Morro Bay National Estuary for incredible bird watching.


4) Battle the Sunrise

One sure fire way to beat the heat is to get up before the sun. SLO County is a hiker's haven with trails that range from nice and leisurely to advanced and strenuous. Whether the skies are clear or clouded, you'll definitely experience SLO County in a whole new light.


3) Explore the Tide Pools of Montaña de Oro

Coastal breezes, the smell of eucalyptus, and crustaceous creatures await at Montaña de Oro State Park. Whether you opt for a day of hiking or an hour of tidepool peering, Montaña de Oro will certainly keep your mind off the heat.


2) Thrift Your Way Down the Coast

Antique malls and vintage stores abound in SLO County. Whether you're looking for coastal finds in Pismo Beach or rustic country chic in Paso Robles, you'll be able to find treasures from north to south on the Central Coast.


1) Drive in at the Drive-in

Pack up the kiddos and watch some movies under the stars at SLO County's very own drive-in. Whether you opt for a cozy nest made in the back of a truck or lounging in a lawn chair, the Sunset Drive-In in San Luis Obispo is fun no matter your age.