The Central Coast offers many exciting adventures and experiences year-round, but there is one day each year that’s a little bit more special than the rest—your birthday. With birthdays, however, comes pressure. You’re bombarded with questions like, “what present do you want?” “what should we do?” “where do you want to go?” All of the attention can turn your special day into an exhausting, mentally-draining experience. But it all comes down to this—we all just want to relax and enjoy our birthdays with the people we love most. Fortunately, the Central Coast offers some amazing adventures and birthday packages that will take all the pressure off. Check out some of the best ways to celebrate birthdays across San Luis Obispo county that a variety of ages will enjoy.
1. The Ravine Water Park
Located on the cusp of beautiful Paso Robles wine country, The Ravine Water Park offers guests thrilling ways to beat the heat. With 5 large water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and kids zone there’s an attraction that any of the member will be comfortable with. The Ravine Water Park offers an all-inclusive Birthday Package, so leave your worries at home! The package reserves a parking space and an over-sized Birthday Cabana for your group where you’ll enjoy two large pizzas, waters or lemonade, and the services of your very own waiter or waitress. But it gets even better than that — the birthday child receives free admission to the park and each party guest receives $5 off their admission fee. While the kids zip down the slides, parents can enjoy their favorite beer, wine, or mixed drink at The Hideout Bar and Grill and enjoy live music on Saturdays throughout the summer. With a setup like that, your only worry will be avoiding a sunburn!
2. Uncorked Wine Tours
Come to Paso Robles for the wine, stay for the adventure. For an unforgettable wine tasting experience in Sunset Magazine’s 2016 Best Wine Country Town, join Uncorked Wine Tours for a private, personalized, and customized wine tour for your next birthday. With five different tour packages, Uncorked Wine Tours gives guests the opportunity to customize their wine tasting experience with sampler tours, winery and vineyard tours, beer and wine tours, or for the daring ones in your group — the Zip’n & Sippin’ tour. With this totally unique package, begin your special day zooming over vineyards as you zip line through Paso Robles Wine Country. Next, simply sip your way through some of Paso’s finest tasting rooms. If you’d like, your group can even include local beer tastings on your tour. After all, it’s your birthday — spend it how you want! Be sure to reserve rooms at the Paso Robles Inn for this trip, because Uncorked Wine Tours’ office is just a five minute walk from the hotel.
3. Central Coast Food Tours
A foodies dream come true — Central Coast Food Tours offers visitors a new way to experience San Luis Obispo county: through your taste buds. Nestled in the heart of Central California, we are fortunate to have access to a plethora of organic produce, fine wines, and grass-fed beef. During your outing, enjoy a 2-3 hour walking tour of downtown San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles while making 6-8 stops to taste some of the best farm-to-fork cuisine that our area has to offer. On the tour, your guide will enlighten you about the town’s cultural, architectural, and historical heritage. If you love trivia, listen closely because the guides are known to throw some fun questions at the group throughout the tour. Central Coast Food Tours are one of the things in life that make “adulting” fun, so embrace your birthday full-heartedly and with an empty stomach to ensure you have enough room to enjoy the entire tour!
4. Olde Port Beach Bonfire Pits
There’s a special feeling one gets when sitting around a bonfire, sharing S’mores, and laughing with your closest friends — you could call it heart-warming…or maybe you’re just sitting too close to the fire ring. Less than two miles down the road from Avila Lighthouse Suites, the bonfire pits at Olde Port Beach in Port San Luis make for a perfect gathering place for your loved ones to celebrate your birthday. The bonfire pits are usually available from April through Thanksgiving weekend, so if you have a summer birthday — you’re in luck! The bonfire pits are completely free to use, but make sure you get there a little bit earlier in the day to claim your spot. Who needs birthday candles when you can have an entire fire light up your special night? Keep an eye out for our blog next month on how to plan the perfect beach bonfire.
5. Central Coast Aquarium
The Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach offers several birthday packages for an educational, exciting celebration that your young ones will love. From Little Explorers to Tidepool Treasures, from Pirates & Mermaids to Shark Frenzy birthday party options, each package gives your family and friends the opportunity to explore the animals and exhibits available at the Aquarium. The Shark Frenzy package allows party-goers to touch a shark and the Pirate & Mermaid party includes an outside scavenger hunt, so choose whatever package your loved ones will feel most comfortable with. After the party, soak up the sun on the beach or at the neighboring playground to enjoy cake and presents. Make a reservation for the weekend at Avila Lighthouse Suites as the Aquarium is just around the corner from the hotel! If none of the Aquarium’s birthday packages strike your fancy, check out the Kids Sea Life Package offered by Avila Lighthouse Suites which includes special goodies for the kids!
6. Sandbar Surf School
Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? At Sandbar Surf School in Pismo Beach, all ages are welcome and encouraged to book group surfing lessons for their next birthday party or special event. For a three hour party of ten or more people, the package includes two surf instructors, ten surfboards, five boogie boards, wetsuits, a table and canopy. According to their experts, the surf is best between 8am and 12pm, so start your birthday bright and early to get the most out of your day. If you don’t want the fun to end, you can even book a five hour surf session. After catching some waves and working up an appetite at one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful beaches, stroll down the streets of Pismo and grab some lunch at Splash Cafe or Hoagies!