Create Your Own Family Fun Summer Staycation or Vacation

Whether you are a local or visiting the area, or if you have an entire weekend or just a day, mix and match to create your own personal summer family fun Staycation or Vacation:

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1. Sunset Drive In-

How many drive in movie theaters even still exist?  Flash back to the simpler times and load up into your modern day SUV or Truck and head to the San Luis Obispo Sunset Drive In.  Bundle up in blankets, bring your chairs, pack some snacks and take in a summer blockbuster or even a double feature! A great way to spend a summer evening with the whole family.  

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2. Bike and Beach in Avila-

 If you happen to be staying at Sycamore Mineral Springs, bike rentals are available for guests from the gift shop, if you are local, load up your cycles and hit the road.  Park where you see the trail head for Bob Jones Trail off Ontario and pack a lunch and your beach attire in a backpack. Head out for a great bike ride from the City to the Sea, weaving through the golf course and then to your final destination, Avila Beach.  Lock up your bikes, change into your bathing suit in the many public restrooms along the promenade, enjoy your lunch, or buy something from the many restaurant and vendors. Take a splash in the ocean and enjoy a relaxing afternoon beach side. Stay late and travel to Olde Port Beach where you can enjoy an evening bonfire with the many pits they have available.  The perfect Central Coast staycation day, from start to finish! More Information:

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3. Nosh on BBQ and Shop at Farmers –

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You know it is Thursday night in San Luis Obispo when the smell of BBQ tri-tip is lofting through downtown.  Experience one of the best Farmer’s Markets this area has to offer. Numerous city blocks come alive with over 120 vendors displaying and selling their seasonal delights.  From vegetables, flowers, jams, honey, nuts and more, source some of the counties freshest and most delicious products. Shops are open later, and there are a ton of delightful places to fill your belly with enough BBQ to have you coming back for more. More Information:

4. Kayak in Morro Bay-  

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 Calm bay waters, the Morro Rock back drop and lots of fun and friendly sea life make Morro Bay a perfect place to take the family.  Even first timers will feel comfortable in this atmosphere. Launch from the many shops that rent kayaks along the harbor, travel through the bay taking in the other boats as they go by, saying Hi to the stand up paddle boarders and laughing at the frolicking seals and occasional otters.  Make your way to the sand bar, hop out and warm up laying on the sun kissed sand dunes. A fresh seafood lunch rounds out this day that includes, sunshine, smiles and some good old fashioned arm work! You might even be a bit sore tomorrow…. More information:

5. Explore the Oceano Dunes-


One of the most expansive coastal dunes in California, and the only one where you can drive right on the beach allows for lots of ways to explore. If you haven’t been, you should make the effort.  Escaping from the somewhat crowded shoreline and venturing further back into the dunes, will allow you to completely transport yourself to whole other world. Bring your own toys or rent them. Explore via Sand Board, ATV, Hummer or your own vehicle (just make sure you read the do’s and dont’s about driving on the sand before you head out!).   A fun, different and memorable experience for your entire family!

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