As soon as August hits and those back-to-school ads start populating TVs and newspapers, it feels like summer is already wrapping up, whether you have kids or not. Don’t be fooled by the mainstream media! You and your special someone don’t have to throw in the beach towels yet. There are still plenty of warm nights ahead to accompany a much-deserved romantic getaway to Pismo Beach.
Planning to visit Pismo Beach in the coming months? There’s so much to do on the Central Coast, it always helps to have a hand in planning your itinerary. We’ve pulled together some of the most popular activities and recommended some of the must-see and little-known hot spots so you can take advantage of the best Pismo Beach has to offer.
Vacation certainly means having permission to indulge, but those luxuries don’t have to come at the sacrifice of the environment. When you visit Pismo Beach on the beautiful Central Coast, you can help keep it pristine along the way with these eco-friendly eco-vacay ideas.
Many visitors to Pismo Beach spend their time on the sand and in the waters trying to spot marine life native to the Central Coast. There’s another way to ensure you get more than a glimpse of all the sea dwellers you wish to see – with a trip to the Central Coast Aquarium.
Pismo Beach’s Interactive Aquarium
Based in Avila Beach, the Central Coast Aquarium – formerly known as the Sea Life Center – is home to a diverse collection of residents. Kids are drawn to clownfish (think Nemo) while adults are often captivated by ochre sea stars. The brightly colored Garibaldi – the California state fish – also hangs out at the aquarium, along with moon jelly invertebrates and friendly bottom-dwellers known as swell sharks.
The Central Coast Aquarium isn’t just for looking, however. There’s a hands-on policy encouraged in certain sections of this attraction, with tide pool touch tanks populated with hermit crabs and red abalone, floating labs, and discovery labs (where kids can dissect a squid!). Visitors to the aquarium can further engage with animals and learn about their habitats and ecosystems by signing up for a feeding tour, docent-led tour, or even a private tour.
Catch a Good Thing in Avila Beach
As you plan your Avila Beach and Central Coast Aquarium visit this September, make room in the itinerary to take part in the aquarium’s annual fundraiser Catch of the Central Coast, which will be held at the Avila Beach Golf Resort on September 14th from 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy an elite fine dining experience featuring gourmet seafood and wine pairings, as well as a silent and live auction. Visit the Central Coast Aquarium website for details and to purchase tickets. Or learn more on the aquarium’s Facebook page.
Family Fun from Here to There
The Central Coast Aquarium isn’t new – the name is fresh, but this popular spot has always had a home in Avila. With a new name comes a new, exciting face, but the same great summer camps, birthday parties, and educational programs are still available. All of these elements is what make the Central Coast Aquarium such a draw for families who are staying at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel in Pismo Beach while visiting the Central Coast. Avila is only about five minutes from the SeaCrest if you’re going by car. Some guests even choose to make their way from Pismo Beach to Avila by walking or cycling on the Bob Jones Trail.
If you’re looking for family fun indoors, it’s time to get your bowl on. Pismo Bowl is eight lanes of retro cool that caters to every age. Brand new lanes, irresistible rock and bowl, a coffee shop diner with freshly prepared foods, a premium beer selection, and an arcade and pool tables makes this a hot spot for parties and family get-togethers.
Dads are notoriously hard to buy for… but they’re not hard to please. Any red-blooded man can appreciate the allure of the Classic at Pismo Beach Car Show. Held annually on Father’s Day weekend in Pismo Beach, the 28th celebration of this event will take place on June 14 – 16, 2013. A day at the car show is a perfect way to say, “Happy Father’s Day!”
Rev Your Engines in Pismo Beach
The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel wraps up a momentous year of celebrations for its anniversary of 50 years of excellent service and fond memories provided to our guests and the community! Read about how it all started here, and then we invite you enjoy a walk down memory lane with us as we share 50 moments that have impacted the SeaCrest and Pismo Beach over the past 50 years.
1. The German family started coming to the SeaCrest in 1962, when Mitch German was just a young child. Now he travels to Pismo Beach and the SeaCrest with his company, Muscle Guys Logistics, with discounted rates through the SeaCrest Corporate Travel Program.
2. The Pismo Beach Clam Festival, to be held on October 18-20, 2013, will celebrate 67 years and features a live parade, best local chowder contest, surf contest, food, beer & wine garden and pier pub, music and a Friday night wine walk.
Lights, camera, Pismo Beach! On November 30, you’ll be waiting for the sun to go down so you can get a glimpse of the Central Coast’s coolest holiday light-fests and activities.
Light Up Pismo Beach
The city of Pismo Beach may represent sun, sand, and surf, but the official lighting of the city after dark is one of the brightest and most anticipated events. City officials and local dignitaries will be present to join locals and guests and throw the switch for Light Up Pismo Beach, which kicks off the official start of this holiday season.
A Harmonious Holiday
What’s a city-lighting ceremony without accompanying activities to keep kids and adults entertained? Holiday Harmony is being held in conjunction with Light Up Pismo Beach and is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Beach Bum Holiday Rental parking lot in downtown Pismo Beach, just off of Dolliver and Pomeroy.
Visiting family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday, or just happen to be in Pismo Beach these last months of the year? There’s nothing like capping off your travels than with some serious holiday shopping.
It’s After Midnight in Pismo Beach
If you’ve napped off your turkey and gotten a second wind, then kick off Black Friday weekend and the official start of holiday shopping with a late-night trip to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets. Midnight Madness at the outlets has become a tradition that’s accompanied by savvy consumers, delirious revelers, and delighted window-shoppers. Visiting the outlets in the wee hours is an experience in and of itself – so if you’re in Pismo Beach and shopping is on your agenda, this is a must-do.
Biking from Beach to Beach
Want to get off the sand but not leave the sound and view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean? Jump on your ride and coast along the roads that parallel Pismo Beach. Or set your sights on the Bob Jones Trail, a popular, beautiful, paved path that shares the love between walkers, runners, strollers, cyclists, and pets as it connects Pismo Beach to Avila Beach. Want a break along the way? Take a pit stop at Woodstone Marketplace, an eclectic combo of deli, market, wine shop, and coffee bar.