SLO Family activities

Somewhere between the plunge at the water park, awesome camping lakeside, exploring the children’s museum, and the day in the sand, it hits you. You’re creating more than just childhood memories ­– you’re establishing lifelong traditions. Offering elephant seals, horseback rides and groves of butterflies, not to mention numerous children’s museums and parks, there are ample giggle-inducing opportunities when you visit San Luis Obispo.

There are numerous hiking opportunities throughout the Central Coast that kids will absolutely love. Assuming you’re looking for an easier trail, Laguna Lake Park is great for kids, along with some beautiful, easy hikes at the Elfin Forest in Los Osos. Johnson Ranch offers wide open meandering loop trails that can be shortened if desired. This is one of the most popular hiking destinations in SLO County. Bishop Peak is one of the most popular hikes here in SLO; it’s a bit more challenging but still doable for children. It offers beautiful views and cool things to see even if you don’t make it to the top. The hikes here and quite enjoyable and offer some of the best views of San Luis you’re going to find on your visit.

The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum and the Central Coast Aquarium are fun places for children and families to explore, discover and learn through hands-on exhibits. Both are packed with fun exhibits for children of all ages.

San Luis Creek, the mission’s earliest source of water, can be found in many spots throughout town including at Mission Plaza and along the creekwalk downtown. The rocks down at the creek definitely deserve their due diligence. They’re not going to skip themselves.

Mission Plaza is a gathering spot for the community as well as many community events and festivals year-round. Through a nearby footbridge, the plaza adjoins to the creekwalk and provides access to shops on Higuera Street. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, 1772. Considered by many to be the most beautiful in the mission series, this mission was the fifth of the 21 California missions built. Today the mission is still an active Catholic church.

The SLO Blues is a Summer Collegiate Wooden Baseball Club; all of the players are current collegiate athletes. They compete yearly June through August, and the games are right here in San Luis Obispo. It is a great thing to do with you’re family if you are here over the summer months and are looking for an outdoor activity that provides great entertainment.

San Luis Obispo is located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, tucked in a bowl-shaped valley surrounded by volcanic peaks and lush hills. The area’s beaches range from sandy stretches ideal for sunbathing, to rugged shorelines with treasured surf spots.

There’s easy access to protected open space areas that surround these local beaches, with wonderful opportunities for hiking, nature viewing, or family picnics. You’ll never be more than about five minutes from nature in San Luis Obispo. Much of the county remains pastoral with breathtaking rural landscapes.