Epic Family Weekend in San Luis Obispo County

The California Coast is filled with amazing destinations making it difficult to decide just where to go when you are looking for a quick escape. We have found the answer with a weekend in San Luis Obispo County (SLOCAL). Sitting in the middle of the Central Coast, SLOCAL offers tons of adventure, nature and of course some luxury too!

San Luis Obispo County is a fun place to visit for families as there is no shortage of beautiful nature scapes, awesome food, and plenty of family fun that will easily keep you busy for several days. Read on for our recommendations on how to have an epic family weekend getaway in San Luis Obispo County.

Located in the heart of California, only 3.5 hours north of Los Angeles and about 4 hours south of the Bay Area, San Luis Obispo County is the perfect weekend destination for families throughout California. San Luis Obispo County encompasses some of California’s favorite destinations on the Pacific Coast Highway as well as some of the best beaches for water sports. From the well known towns of San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach and Cambria to more off the beaten path places like Atascadero, Morro Bay and Paso Robles there is so much on offer that it will be difficult to see it all in just one weekend!

Much of what makes San Luis Obispo County perfect for families with kids of all ages is the abundance of outdoor activities. The slow paced beach life that permeates the county provides a great escape from city life while also providing all that travelers look for like great food and luxury accomodations. We have provided our top picks on the best things to do for an adventurous family weekend in San Luis Obispo County from the top of the county to the bottom!

One of the best experiences we have had in all of California was a private charter sailing trip with SLO Sailing. Captain Mark who runs this operation is a knowledgeable captain as well as fun person to hang out with for a few hours. SLO Sailing offers sailing trips that provide general information on sailing, how to put up the sails and drive the boat while also giving guests a detailed history of the area from the animals in the water to the humans who once inhabited the area.

This is a unique offering at Avila Pier that is well worth checking out during a visit. SLO Sailing offers several types of sailing trips as well as catamaran trips for families with kids of all ages. From March to October, Mark takes visitors out specifically in search of whales that are migrating up and down the coast. During our trip we didn’t see whales, but we saw a ton of sea otters, seal lions and harbor seals that made it more than worth our while! This is well worth the cost and hands down a much better experience than the big whale watching outfits in other cities. A definite MUST DO!

If being out on a sailboat wasn’t enough adventure, an epic day on the sand dunes in a sand buggy will surely get your adrenaline flowing! One of the most unique parks in California is the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area. This park not only sets aside massive areas for wildlife preservation, it also allows vehicles to drive into the park for the purpose of off-roading. One of the best companies out here is Sun Buggy which offers ATV (adult and kid sizes) and sand dune buggy rentals. This experience is like nothing else you will find in California, much less SLOCAL. Sun Buggy offers hourly rentals of their equipment allowing families the opportunity to try their hand at something totally different. We highly recommend making time to visit the park either for off-roading or just some good old sand sledding! We cannot wait to go back and give it a go again.