National Parks / Natural World in Paso Robles

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Pismo Beach
Each year thousands of vibrant orange and black Monarch Butterflies flock to Pismo Beach, seeking shelter from the freezing northern winters. From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo ...
Carmel
This park is home to a variety of landscapes that occur at elevations from 200 to 2000 feet. From the willow covered banks of the Carmel River through the cottonwood-sycamore stands of the old floodplain, the trails ascend steeply.
Friant
kids can view over a million fish in all stages of development, plus watch them jump and feed them as you go round.
Gidzich Ranch
(108 Miles)
?Watsonville
Take a self guided walking tour of this charming working farm and explore the berry fields and apple orchards.
Capitola Beach
(117 Miles)
Capitola
offers swimming, surfing, volleyball, kite flying and organised beach activities on a generous sandy stretch set centrally in a coastal village with many shopping and dining options.
Santa Cruz
A long and simple sandy beach which stretches from the Boardwalk to the Santa Cruz Harbor. Good for sandcastling, shallow paddling and traditional beach days.
Sequoia National Park
These two parks testify to nature's size, beauty, and diversity: Immense mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the worlds largest trees!
Felton
Giant trees up to 285 feet tall and 16 feet wide, plus nature centre, hiking, biking, fishing and more.
Springville
Long Meadow Grove (341 acres) offers a spectacular hike at the Trail of 100 Giants, a mile-long fully accessible interpretive trail.
Glen Gardner
Facilities here include 7 multi use trails to explore by bike, hike or sled, plus an impressive observatory offering skywatching programs. Adventure playground also available.
Boulder Creek
Stretches from sea level to over 2000ft above and terrain ranges from almost tropical canyons and raging waterfalls to sparse and almost arid slopes. There's certainly scope for some terrific exploration!
Thousand Oaks
Fascinating but definitely for the less boisterous child, this set of themed landscaped gardens representing six areas of the world is an easy half day of wonderment for most children, whether just as visitors or as budding artists and photographers....
Hayward
The Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center sits on stilts above a lively salt marsh in the San Francisco Bay. Walk our shoreline trail and see the unique animals that call our marsh home. Then visit the Interpretive Center and see them up close! We of...
Oyster Bay
(166 Miles)
San Leandro
An astonishing diversity of wildlife can be seen at this shoreline park under development just south of Oakland International Airport. Marsh hawks, black-shouldered kites, red-tailed hawks, and shorebirds abound. Views of the Bay are spectacular.
Yosemite Village
One of the most iconic national parks in the country, Yosemite National Park has hiking, biking, wildlife and camping. Spectacular family fun!
Santa Monica
This stunning beach is the city's greatest natural asset. Blessed with 3.5 miles of broad sandy coastline and more than 340 days of sunshine per year, families can enjoy swimming, volleyball, surfing and more, with proximity to the pier's amenities.
Redwood Regional Park
(1)
(171 Miles)
Oakland
On Redwood Road, just a few miles over the ridge from downtown Oakland, is a hidden redwood forest whose peaceful groves give little evidence of its bustling past.
Eaton Canyon
(177 Miles)
Pasadena
This 184-acre natural park is located at the base of Mt. Wilson. There are five miles of nature trails and also an equestrian trail. The canyon is very lush and has beautiful displays of local flora and fauna.
Small World Park
(178 Miles)
Pittsburg
Take pleasure in the beauty and family atmosphere of the park as you picnic, play or enjoy the rides, Crawdad Fishing, train and party castle.
The Arboretum
(180 Miles)
Arcadia
A unique 127 acre botanical garden and historical site, they are home to impressive plant collections from all over the world, including many rare and endangered species, and their own waterfall!
Zamora Park
(185 Miles)
El Monte
Five acre park area with adventure playground and a great wading pool to cool off in. There are scattered picnic tables and plenty of room for traditional outdoor games like frisbee, ball and tag. Not a full day's worth but a nice afternoon.
Mill Valley
Contains 6 miles of trails in 30 to 90 minute loops as well as longer hikes on trails that extend into surrounding parks. Free Discovery Pack available for kids, plus public programming at the visitor centres.
Fresno
Rotary Storyland & Playland have been incredible treasures to the Central Valley for over 50 years. Several Million children and families have passed through the gates of these parks to enjoy laughter, fun and fantasy all at an affordable price. ...
Gilroy Gardens
(107 Miles)
Gilroy
Gilroy Gardens includes rides, attractions, theme gardens, food concessions, an Events Plaza, and more. Plus, our main attractions - some very unusual, over 50 years old, one-of-a-kind Circus Trees rescued from Scotts Valley, California.
Santa Clara
Great America is Northern California's favorite place for family fun and thrills starring your kids' favorite Nickelodeon characters, and the most family rides in the Bay Area.
Valencia
Thrill seekers come in all sizes. That's why we have tons of great fun for little ones to enjoy on their own and with parents. These rides spin, fly and promise to take kids on magical journeys that are perfect for their height and age. In additio...
Universal City
It's the chance of a lifetime to be completely immersed in the glamour and excitement of Hollywood. Visited and recommended by FamilyDaysOut. Great idea for fun things to do with kids in Los Angeles. New features include Diagon Alley!
Concord
This is a small amusement park that is perfect for young kids. They have rides ~ about 10 of them or so that are geared towards the younger ones. There are only about 10 or so, so it is a place that you can go and hang out for a few hours.
Vallejo
A fantastic theme park chock full of great rides and fab shows - the new Superman ride is absolutely bonkers!
Knotts Berry Farm
(2)
(195 Miles)
Buena Park
With over 165 rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas, Knott's Berry Farm has it all when it comes to family fun. Take a high thrills ride on Silver Bullet sm or Xcelerator, stroll through the Park’s Old West Ghost Town or hang with the ...
Adventure City
(197 Miles)
Anaheim
Is the little theme park that's big on family fun with 17 rides, shows and attractions! Orange County's premier destination for affordable family fun!
Disneyland Park
(200 Miles)
Anaheim
Disneyland is a magical fun day out for the whole family.
Paso Robles
The Ravine Waterpark in Paso Robles is the hottest place to cool off on California's Central Coast. Situated within 10 minutes of many of Paso Robles' best wineries, where the summertime temperatures rarely dip below 90 degrees, it is exactly half...
Arroyo Grande
The Mustang Water Slides and the Pony Pools and Slides enjoy some unique advantages. We are located in a campground 10 miles east of the nearest town, Arroyo Grande, on the Central Coast of California. Our water attractions are nestled on oak studded...
The Island
(91 Miles)
Fresno
On western edge of Fresno, this newly built waterpark opened in 2000 and is based around a tropical island theme. Waterslides to miniature racecars can be found in this great theme park. Great idea if you're looking for fun places for kids in Califor...
Clovis
There are more than 20 rides at Wild Water Adventures in Fresno. The park includes a play area for the small kids, a wave pool, a speed slide, tube rides and many other fun slides.
Raging Waters
(134 Miles)
San Jose
Raging Waters San Jose, Northern California 's Largest Waterpark, offers 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun and attractions, including the newest ride Dragon\'s Den. Raging Waters features thrilling high-speed slides, and family attractio...
Valencia
Welcome to LA's premier waterpark. Only Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has it all: Tornado, the Black Snake Summit water slide complex, and Lizard Lagoon, the ultimate summer chill-out zone. From operating hours and directions to ticket information, here...
Antioch
Antioch features a small municipal water park with five water slides. The park is very reasonably priced. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California
Waterworld
(179 Miles)
Concord
This massive 20,000-square-foot activity pool features seven family slides, the lily pad walk and the Dragon's Tail slide complex! One of the many fun places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in California
San Dimas
Water fun at California's largest water parks! Raging Waters San Dimas is 50 amazing acres of water fun, with over 35 slides and attractions! Summer's here!
Knotts Soak City
(1)
(195 Miles)
Buena Park
Loads of incredible water attractions, including speed, tube and body slides, Tidal Wave Bay and lazy river, plus huge and separate water adventure playgrounds for big kids and smaller ones.
Atascadero
The mission of the Charles Paddock Zoo is to provide an educational resource for wildlife awareness and conservation, and an enriched recreational experience for the residents and visitors of the California Central Coast.
Shafter
The live exhibits range from the backyard variety to a few things more intriguing and are enhanced by educational activity stations. Guided tour available.
Fresno
The Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a great place to find habitats that mimic the natural flora/fauna. There are the conventional holding areas, but there is a spacious rain forest habitat that is home for numerous animals where the visitor can stroll throug...
Fresno
Fresno Chaffee Zoo is home to approximately 125 species, with more always on the way. We are the only zoo in North America that currently houses Northland green geckos (on exhibit) and Southern tent tortoises (off exhibit).
Monterey
A fascinating and wonderfully designed aquarium that really lets families enjoy our wonderful ocean creatures.
Santa Barbara
With 30 acres and over 400 animals plus play areas, animal feeding, zoo train, carousel and more.
Bakersfield
A great day out for the whole family, California’s premier native zoo and garden showcases native California animals and plants to teach kids respect for all living things through education recreation, conservation and research.
Somis
Bring the family out for a picnic and to visit the Donkeys, Alpacas, Rabbits, and the numerous Pygmy Goats who have their own custom mountain walk for climbing. Small kids will love the sandbox and wooden fire truck complete with a brass bell.

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