The Central Coast Live Theatre Experience

Performing Arts in Pismo Beach

Live theatre is enjoyed by many and the Central Coast of California works hard to bring cultural, musical, professional, and community performances to the area. Large and small audiences each year are inspired and entertained by the many productions found among the local performing arts centers.

Let’s look at some of our favorite live theaters right in Pismo Beach’s backyard.

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Bowl Pismo Beach & Beyond: Traditional Family Fun with a Spin


A novel pastime in this age of extreme sports, bowling is the kind of activity that unifies us all once we lace up those silly-looking shoes and attempt to maneuver an extremely heavy ball down a greased-up lane. If you have yet to take the kids to the bowling alley, your trip to Pismo Beach is the time to start. An exciting and fun counterpoint to the beauty of the Central Coast, a bowling adventure will help the little ones and teens burn off steam, build some muscle, and create long-lasting memories for your entire family.

Bowling for Nostalgia Lovers

Pismo Bowl was established in 1939 and this family business is still going strong. The nostalgia alone is enough to draw in a crowd, but convenience is also key for newbies who are delighted to discover a hidden gem. It’s an eight-lane bowling center located in the heart of downtown Pismo Beach, easy to head over to after a day at the beach or a quick bite to eat. Or, save your appetite and dig into the deliciousness at Pismo Bowl’s coffee shop diner – bacon cheeseburgers, cheese fries, cheesesteak, beer on tap, or some of the best bowling alley pizza you’ve ever had!

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Rave Reviews: The SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel Thanks Online Reviewers for Sharing Their Experiences

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Here at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel, in Pismo Beach, we wish to warmly thank many of our guests for not only staying with us, but for taking the extra time to share their experiences with the online communities. With over 1,400 reviews on TripAdvisor alone, our group of reviewers is making quite an impression. These reviews are helpful for our future guests as well as helpful to us as we constantly look for ways to improve our hotel and its amenities, providing the best possible oceanfront experience.

Thank you reviewers! And let’s take a look at 4 of our favorite reviews to date:

1. “Best Hotel in Pismo” by stewegg886

Highlighting the “stunning oceanfront view, friendly staff, beautiful ground, and pampering rooms,” this reviewer called the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel “the place to be!” She has been staying with us for years, but said this recent trip with her significant other in January “really topped it all.”

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Make Lasting Easter Memories in Pismo Beach


Mild weather, scenic views and a warm inviting community make Pismo Beach the perfect location for your family’s spring vacation. For many families, a spring vacation includes celebrating Easter and Pismo Beach is no slouch in providing you fun and entertaining ways to capture memories and celebrate this joyous holiday.

Let’s make lasting Easter memories in Pismo Beach.

Find the Easter Bunny in Wine Country

Start your vacation with a short drive from Pismo Beach to Paso Robles Wine Country. On Saturday, March 19th, 2016, families are invited to the Downtown City Park Holiday House from 11:00am to 2:00pm where the Easter Bunny will be greeting children of all ages. Bring your camera to capture the moment when the Easter Bunny hands your little one his or her very own egg.

After Easter Bunny fun, adults may enjoy a wide selection of local wineries to visit. Discover locations, operating hours and more information with help from the Paso Robles Wine Country’s Wine Tasting Map.

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Hollywood and Wine Collide at the 22nd Annual San Luis Obispo International Film Festival

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The San Luis Obispo International Film Festival (SLOIFF) – six celebratory days dedicated to films and their creators – screens over 100 films each year. Enjoy cinema classics, documentaries, contemporaries and independent premieres.

The mission statement of SLOIFF is “to entertain, educate and inspire film-goers and filmmakers. Movies Matter!” And year after year they provide an experience that does just that. SLOIFF nurtures new filmmakers, recognizes esteemed actors and artists, and attracts new audiences, while collaborating with the local community, non-profits and the hospitality and wine industries to establish a one-of-a-kind event representative of the unique Central Coast region.

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Monarch Butterflies: A Fond Pismo Beach Farewell Until Next Season

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In February we say goodbye to the delicate monarch butterflies that grace the Pismo State Beach each winter. The Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is one of the most spectacular viewing areas in California. The eucalyptus forest, off Highway 1 on the south side of Pismo, provides shelter for the migrating monarchs who cannot tolerate cold winter temperatures. This particular grove hosts one of the largest colonies in the nation with an approximate count on December 31, 2015 of 28,000 monarchs.

Visitors to the grove witness what is called clustering as the monarchs group tightly together. The sight is miraculous as the eucalyptus leaves are covered in a layer of silent orange wings. There are many theories as to why monarchs cluster. Some say they are simply attracted to particular conditions within a given location. Others believe the monarchs benefit from being a part of a group, including protection from predators and shared body heat.

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The Perfect Wedding Venue for the Beach Bride

SeaCrest WeddingsYou love the sand, the sun, the surf, the Central Coast. And when you’re in love, there is no better place to exchange vows than amid the monumental beauty of Pismo Beach.

When you want the beach setting, but don’t necessarily want the sand all over your Jimmy Choos and the pant cuffs of your guests, the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel provides the ideal venue for that coveted sunset wedding with sand and surf as backdrop without the undesirable side effects.

The lush and expansive lawn of the SeaCrest makes for an unforgettable outdoor wedding location, the private bluff overlooks the crashing Pacific Ocean for a dramatic wedding and reception site. Opting for the RoofTop Terrace as the setting for becoming legally wed takes oceanfront weddings to four-story panoramic heights. All of these sites overlook the Pismo Beach coastline, giving you the touch of Mother Nature that you want in your wedding day without being at her mercy.

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You Don’t Have to Get Your Hands Dirty at These Central Coast Gardens

gardensYou may not have a green thumb, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune to the beauty of flora and fauna. All flower-lovers and flower-admirers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in color and nature at these popular Central Coast gardens.

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

For the ultimate in garden wonders, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is a sanctuary for those who crave some peace and a sensory explosion for those who are seeking a colorful day with a heavenly aroma. A non-profit organization, the SLO Botanical Garden is located across from Cuesta College and free and open to the public. Garden tours, monthly talks, and summer camps are just some of the perks at this destination. You can also find a children’s garden that combines plant education and interactive fun. The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is an ecotourism experience for the entire family.

The Hearst Castle

“Things to do in San Luis Obispo” is often followed by “visit Hearst Castle.” The one-time home of William Randolph Hearst, this expansive hilltop mansion is not only where you will find an immense art collection and a stunning degree of architecture, but it is also home to 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools. Every guided tour of Hearst Castle concludes with an opportunity to roam and explore the expansive garden grounds that surround The Enchanted Hill, filled with native plants, lush foliage, and rare flowers, many of which have been flourishing there for generations.

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Make a Day of It in San Luis Obispo (and Beyond)

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When you find yourself in Pismo Beach, sitting on the sand and soaking up the natural beauty that surrounds you is a viable and popular visitor option. But when you’re ready to make a day of exploring beyond the sand and surf, it’s time to visit San Luis Obispo, and its neighbors, to enjoy the unique diversions they have to offer.

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Put on the Brakes for a Leisurely San Luis Obispo Driving Tour

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You could easily park yourself on a patch of Pismo Beach for the duration of your trip to the Central Coast and be content. While a fair share of leisure and relaxation time is encouraged, there is so much to be seen in this part of the country that we highly recommend venturing throughout San Luis Obispo and beyond. Driving tours are one of the best ways to take the scenic route, whether you’re flying solo or with a group.

Self-Guided Driving Tours

If you’re the kind of soul who would rather create his or her own itinerary and leave room to stray off the designated path, then a self-guided driving tour is ideal for you. For each of the following tours, give yourself three to six hours to hit most of the attractions, and keep in mind that you’ll likely get sidetracked by something awesome and want to spend more time in one or two places.

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