8 SLO County Activities to Add to Your Summer Bucket List
Another summer, another bevy of activities to enjoy on California’s sun-soaked Central Coast. The natural world and pleasant weather make this area a haven for outdoor enthusiasts all summer long, and with so many adventures and events to embark on, narrowing down what to do during your visit can become borderline stressful. But there’s no need to stress—all the ingredients are here in San Luis Obispo County to make Summer 2019 one to remember. So trade those boring to-do lists in for our must-do list and let the fun begin!
Teach Your Kids about the Ocean in Avila Beach
This summer, take your kids to the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach, where they will delight in seeing fun animals and learning all about sea creatures. The oceanfront aquarium is steps away from all the sights, restaurants, hotels, and parks of Avila, so it is a natural stop during your Avila Beach vacation.
Photo: (c) @3intherv
Oceanfront Sunset Wine and Yoga
Head over to the Shore Cliff Hotel on the cliffs of Pismo Beach for an unforgettable yoga experience. Every Wednesday, we offer a Sunset Wine and Yoga flow class outside on the grass along the cliffs. As the sun sets and you start to see the changing colors of the sky, you’ll feel more in line with yourself and the community than ever before. Wind down with a glass of wine afterward, which is included in the class fee of $15.
Buy Fresh Produce at the Farmer’s Market
Bring your friends and a canvas bag, and fill up on fresh fruits and vegetables at one of San Luis Obispo County’s Famers’ Markets. Despite the fact that so many great crops are in season, Famer’s Markets can be a good time to socialize and see the community. In downtown SLO, grab dinner and walk around and witness entertainment, dessert booths, and other booths completely unrelated to food at the Central Coast’s most treasured event.
Boozy Brunch in Wine Country
The Steakhouse at the Paso Robles Inn offers a hearty, delicious, and fun brunch every Sunday at the Inn from 10 AM to 1 PM. Check it out one warm summer morning, sit out on the patio, and have your fill of mimosas or Bloody Mary’s! The brunch has something for everyone, so bring a partner, a group of friends, or your family to catch up and enjoy your weekend.
Go Paddleboarding or Kayaking in Morro Bay
The summer wouldn’t be complete without some time out on the ocean! Morro Bay is the perfect place for a beginner because of the tides and open, peaceful water. Plus, you’ll witness a lot of wildlife, including dolphins, seals, and otters, in this quiet part of the Central Coast. Rent paddleboards here or kayaks here!
Photo: (c) California Beaches
Complete a Beer Trail
With no shortage of alcohol-related trails on the Central Coast, your challenge this summer is to complete one of them! Follow the trail of breweries from Pismo Beach to Paso Robles, which will take you to great breweries such as Figueroa Mountain, Firestone Walker, Barrelhouse Brewing, and Bang the Drum Brewery.
Photo: (c) @slobrew
Catch an Outdoor Concert
Vina Robles Amphitheater is a local favorite spot for world-class concerts in a wino’s environment. This stunning outdoor venue has hosted world-class acts from comedians to country singers, from rockers to reggae stars. Click here for the 2019 concert lineup. Looking for something more affordable? Visit the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles, just across the street from the Paso Robles Inn, for free weekly Concerts in the Park on Thursday evenings at 6 PM! Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and enjoy the small-town camaraderie among locals and visitors alike.
Photo: (c) @soldbylaurie
Visit one of California’s most visited homes: Hearst Castle
Mansions are a dime a dozen in California, with movie stars and tech powerhouses building gigantic homes almost daily. But nothing comes close to Hearst Castle. Designed by Julia Morgan as the private residence of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, the beautiful mansion was completed in 1947 and now serves as one of California’s most visited homes—offering daily tours and so much more.