Although beautiful San Luis Obispo County boasts about 300 sunny days per year, of course even the prettiest of places are bound to have a few rainy days! On those few gloomy days though, there is still so much to do from Pismo to Paso perfect to create a fun-filled vacation. More rain means gorgeous, green hillsides and an opportunity to explore more unique spots on the Central Coast.
Elephant Seals at the Piedras Blancas Rookery
You may think that heading to the beach in San Simeon wouldn’t be your first choice on a gloomy day, but part of the winter season is actually when these amazing creatures are most common on these beach shores! Every day from 10am to 4pm there are docent-led talks explaining everything you need to know about the Elephant Seals and their home at Piedras Blancas. Even better are the Exploratory and Rookery Tours being offered on Saturdays during January and February for Coastal Discovery and Stewardship Month! This 90 minute presentation and tour allows you to learn by doing, observing the elephant seals after you become an elephant seal expert!
Indoor Rock Climbing
The outdoor scenery of living on the Central Coast means even in the rain tons of people are looking to enjoy a sporty activity to get their blood pumping. There are multiple spots to enjoy an afternoon of indoor rock climbing, two popular ones being SLO Op and Crux Climbing Center. SLO Op is open Monday-Thursday and Saturdays, featuring 3,500 square feet of bouldering terrain. Crux Climbing Center brings the outdoors inside with their 15 different climbing walls and their natural design. Here, there are no fluorescent hand and foot markers, instead looking like a boulder would in its natural setting. Indoor rock climbing is the perfect way to enjoy an outside activity indoors on one of those colder afternoons!
Although some of the tours on Hearst Castle do feature outdoor structures, if you aren’t a fan of the rain this is a great spot to take in some Central Coast history while avoiding the cooler weather. The history of this amazing estate goes all the way back to 1865, transporting you back in time with the lavish furnishings and art featured here. With a variety of tour options open daily at 9am this season, you won’t even notice the gloomy outdoors!
Arts and Crafts
Release your creativity at SLO MakerSpace or Art Bar, both fun options to entertain yourself on a rainy day. SLO MakerSpace is a community-driven facility offering tons of high-end equipment, like 3D printing and a laser cutter. Create something amazing in their Intro classes and learn an incredible new skill, like woodturning, ceramics, welding, or clay hand-building. Art Bar at The Station is the perfect opportunity to work on your painting skills while also enjoying a delicious glass of wine! With tons of painting options and amazing teachers, you’ll surely have a fun night drinking and creating with friends!
Even more Central Coast rainy day activities are available here.