Using San Luis Obispo as your home base, this is the perfect guide to getting a family-approved experience this summer in SLO CAL.

Day 1

Monday, July 23rd

9:00 am | Kitchenette

Start your day off with breakfast at Kitchenette in Templeton. Perfectly located on your way to the California Mid-State Fair, Kitchenette offers a variety of delicious pastries, handcrafted drinks and creative dishes. Serving breakfast until closing at 2 pm, this the perfect spot for brunch no matter the time!

12:00 pm | Mid-State Fair

Run wild! Head Over to the California Mid-State Fair for Kids Day where entry is free for all kids 12 and under. The Mid-State Fair is a once yearly event full of entertainment, delicious food and unique attractions for kids of all ages. Purchase the daily Pay One Price Unlimited Ride Wristband and for $35 enjoy as many rides as your heart desires. Don't forget to check out the diaper dash, pony rides, petting zoo, tractor races, Zoo To You, pig races and more!

Mid-State Fair

4:00 pm | Parade at the Fair

Take a break from the rides and head over to the midway to enjoy the Biggest Little Parade anywhere. At 4:00 pm daily, watch everything from big Clydesdale horses marching down the sidewalks to unique performers ready to entertain.

Mid-State Fair

7:30 pm | Port San Luis Harbor, Avila Beach

After a long day of rides, food and fun at the fair, relax and enjoy the evening with your family at Port San Luis Harbor in Avila Beach. Grab your firewood for a picture perfect night under the stars and maybe even make some s’mores.

Avila Beach Pier Sunset

Day 2

Tuesday, July 24th

9:00 am | Madonna Inn

What better place to start your day than the famous Madonna Inn. Intricately designed with vibrant pink interiors, floral patterns and wood carvings, the Copper Cafe will give you a breakfast experience different from any other.


10:30 am | Hiking

After breakfast, catch some fresh air by hiking one of the many trails SLO CAL has to offer. Hike on the coast with breathtaking ocean views on the Shell Beach Bluff or the Sycamore Crest Trail. Hike through hills exploring the Cerro San Luis Trail or Valencia Peak trail in Montana de Oro. Easy or hard, beach or hills, whatever hike you’re craving we have it all.


12:00 pm | Morro Bay

Post-hike cool down time! Hit the beach in Morro Bay for the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure along with spectacular views of Morro Rock. Layout and enjoy the sun while the kids splash around in the water or experience the ocean and sea life by renting kayaks or standup paddleboards.

Morro Bay Kayak

6:00 pm | Luna Red

After a long day outdoors treat yourself to a tasty meal at Luna Red. Centrally located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, enjoy all tacos 50% off in the spirit of Taco Tuesday!  Luna Red offers craft cocktails and award-winning wines for adults.


8:00 pm | Sunset Drive-In

Grab some popcorn and relax at SLO CAL’s only drive-in. The kids will love watching new movie releases under the stars at this 1950’s-era outdoor theater.


Day 3

Wednesday, July 25th

9:00 am | ATVing

Live life in the fast lane at the Oceano Dunes. This is the second largest dune system in California. Located on the coast, you and your fam will enjoy speeding through miles of dunes and cruising along the beach. For rental information, contact Sun Buggy Fun Rentals for ATVs, sun buggies and great times!


11:30 am | Honeymoon Cafe

After an exhilarating adventure at the dunes, the Honeymoon Cafe in Pismo Beach is the perfect place to grab a bite and unwind. This quaint local spot offers a delicious and affordable breakfast and lunch. From smoothies to burritos to salads, there is something to please everyone in your family!

12:30 pm | Downtown San Luis Obispo

Downtown SLO has endless local experiences and shopping options. The kids can experience Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab and learn all about ice cream on a Lab Tour. Or, watch a science experiment at work at Nite Creamery, handcrafting your ice cream with nitrogen right before your eyes!  Kids and adults alike will enjoy seeing Bubblegum Alley, a fun photo attraction on Higuera St. Stop into a surf shop, grab some funky socks or peruse the countless other stores all within walking distance!


6:00 pm | Giuseppe’s

After an afternoon exploring and shopping downtown, enjoy a family-style dinner at Giuseppe’s. Homemade pasta and gelato are as tasty as they sounds in this southern Italy inspired restaurant.

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Day 4

Thursday July 26th

7:30 am - 10:30 am | Paso Robles Downtown City Park

Head over to Paso Robles City Park for the Annual Pancake Breakfast. Join the community and get the local taste of Paso by enjoying FREE pancakes. Tickets can be found at any downtown merchants.

12:00 pm | Wine Tasting

Although this sounds like an adult outing, many SLO CAL wineries are kid friendly. Graveyard Vineyards has a pond perfect for fishing. Castoro Cellars offers disc golf and grape juice tastings. Wander around finding outdoor family games such as cornhole and bocce ball or opt for a cheese or chocolate pairing to share.

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6:30-9:30 pm | Concerts in the Park

End your day in Paso Robles with a community staple in the Downtown Paso Robles City Park at their Thursday Concert in the Park summer concert series. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and let the kids dance the night away. Pack a picnic or order out and watch as the sun sets on a beautiful summer evening in SLO CAL.

Concerts in the Downtown Park