One if by land and two if by sea - that’s how you’ll be traveling with family through San Luis Obispo County. From ziplines to fishing lines, there’s plenty of unique family-friendly activities to partake in right here in SLO County. Whether you want to sit on the beach all day or cruise around by surrey on the boardwalk, everyone in your family will be vacationing in style. Check out these aquatic and land adventures we have in store for you and your family in SLO County.

Aquatic Adventures

Surf Lessons in Pismo Beach

Grab a wetsuit and paddle out with the kids in Pismo Beach. The Cliffs Resort offers a special package so you can learn how to Hang 10 while staying in one of the most iconic places on the Central Coast.

Whale Watching Tour in Morro Bay

With 80 miles of beautiful coastline, San Luis Obispo County is one of the premier spots to view migrating whales. Hitch a charter in Morro Bay and see these magnificent mammals for yourself as you create a memory with the kids that they’ll never forget.

Kayak to the Point San Luis Lighthouse

Is your family more adventurous? Rent a kayak in Avila Beach from Avila Beach Paddlesports and make your way over to the Point San Luis Lighthouse. Pack a water-tight picnic and enjoy the views from the bluff or take a tour offered Wednesday’s and Saturday’s.

Check out the Elephant Seals at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery

Don’t forget about San Luis Obispo County’s other aquatic mammals, the Elephant Seals of Piedras Blancas! Make a pit stop on Highway 1 and see these bathing beauties lounging on the shores of San Simeon. Learn something new by asking a docent all about these seasonal visitors.

Throw the ball for Fido and let the kids run wild in Cayucos

Not every day on vacation needs to be packed with adventure. If you’re traveling with all of your family members, even those cute and cuddly furballs, check out Cayucos State Beach. Sit and relax in the sand while enjoying one of the greatest little surf towns in California. If you really want to tucker out your pup and little ones, take a five-mile stroll along the beach all the way to Morro Bay where you’ll be able to watch surfers, passing dolphins, and whales, and even peer into tide pools.

Land Adventures

Charles Paddock Zoo

Monkeys, parrots, and lemurs, oh my! The Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero is a great stop for your next family vacation to San Luis Obispo County. It may be small, but it is mighty! From giant tortoises to a Malayan tiger, the Charles Paddock Zoo is fun for everyone in the family.

Hummer ride on the Oceano Dunes

Take your family on the ultimate land adventure. Book a ride in an Xtreme Hummer Adventure and tear it up at the Oceano Dunes. This unique experience will definitely be one your family won’t soon forget.

Disc Golf and Wine/Grape Juice Tasting at Castoro Cellars

Castoro Cellars has a bevy of choices for you and your family. Whether that’s getting the kids their own bottle of grape juice (the non-alcoholic kind) and sharing a wine flight with the adults, or enjoying the beautiful vineyards as you sail your disc through their Whale Rock Disc Golf Course, Castoro Cellars is a wine country retreat everyone in the family can enjoy.

Ziplining at Margarita Adventures

Nothing says family-fun quite like a ziplining. At Margarita Adventures you’ll soar over vineyards, past huge oak trees, and through a reconstructed mine shaft. Are your kids competitive? Let them duke it out on the newly opened tandem zipline!

Buy a Morro Bay Adventure Pass

Experience all that Morro Bay has to offer by purchasing a Family Morro Bay Adventure Pass. You’ll be able to choose from such adventures as kayaking and surrey rides, to the Museum of Natural History and a Sub Sea Tour.