Hectic Summer? There’s Still Time to Enjoy Life in the SLO Lane with Your Family
Unplug and Reconnect with Pure Play in San Luis Obispo (SLO) County
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Feel like the summer is halfway over and you haven’t even begun to unwind or reconnect with your family? Want to slow down and live a little? Skip the long lines at the usual-suspect theme parks and head over to San Luis Obispo County (SLO County), a place where going online means ziplining over vineyards, and tweeting means listening to birds sing as you hike on spectacular coastal trails.
SLO County is a rare place to experience authentic California, where your family can unplug and get inspired by natural pleasures, from scenic mountain and beach parks to agritourism experiences where you can pet goats and make cheese from their milk. Rather than riding a rollercoaster in a hot concrete canyon — here “thrilling rides” means riding an ATV across the windswept beach, riding the waves on a surfboard, or riding the trails to release your inner cowboy.
Check out the SLO Lane hotel and activity packages for families below. For more ideas check out San Luis Obispo County’s exciting new website www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com – featuring everything from regional overviews and events to activities and trip ideas.
Bubble Gum Alley, San Luis Obispo: Enjoy sticky fun at the world-famous downtown attraction, and leave your ‘mark’ on the wall, which boasts an estimated 1.7 million pieces of gum. www.sanluisobispovacations.com
Charles Paddock Zoo, Atascadero: You kids will go wild over this zoo, home to hundreds of animal species from around the world, many of which are part of globally managed programs to preserve animals and their habitats. Don’t miss the new flamingo exhibit and gift shop! www.charlespaddockzoo.org
Happy Acres Family Farm, Templeton: Create “udderly” unforgettable memories by milking a goat and blending your own cheese.
Harris Stage Lines, Paso Robles: Experience the Old West and ride in an authentic stagecoach, horse camps and more.
Hearst Castle Tours, San Simeon: Now through Labor Day, explore this famous estate as William Randolph Hearst, with an independent stroll of the gardens and indoor/outdoor pools after the guided tour.
Hiking and Biking in San Luis Obispo County: The region offers many parks with wonderful trails, such as the Bob Jones Trail – a “City to the Sea” bike trail which winds through the forested valley alongside San Luis Obispo Creek towards Avila Beach, and Montana de Oro State Park which offers gorgeous coastal trails and tidal pools.
Horseback Riding on the Beach, Oceano: Gallop on horseback down the beach with Pacific Dunes RV Resort and Riding Stables.
Paso Robles Children’s Museum: This must-do attraction lets kids “stomp grapes,” make and serve pizza and shop in a bi-lingual grocery store known as, “El Mercado.” www.pasokids.org
Pismo Beach Sand & Sea Tours: Families can explore Pismo Beach by wheels or waves, starting with steering a rented ATV, dune buggy or dirt bike on the only drive-on beach in California. Those who prefer to let others do the driving will love military style Hummer tours, where a professional driver will fly over the dunes, hang sideways and climb backwards. Water lovers can rent an ocean kayak and see sea life and caves.
Ravine Water Park, Paso Robles: Those who want to teach their kids a different type of downloading can plunge down the “Kamakaze” drop slide, then cool off in the “Vertigo” body bowl. <cite>www.ravinewaterpark.com</cite><cite> </cite>
<cite>SAVOR Run, San Luis Obispo: </cite>Fitness lovers can check out the SAVOR Run on Sept. 29 featuring a 5K or 10K walk/run, gourmet pancake breakfast and a fastest mile challenge through the streets of San Luis Obispo, beginning and ending at the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa.
<cite>San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum:</cite><cite> This </cite>hands-on children’s museum lets children experience the local history through interactive exhibits. <cite>www.slocm.org </cite>
Go to www.VisitSanLuisObispoCounty.com for more trip ideas.