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National Parks / Natural World in PASO ROBLES

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Paso Robles has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Paso Robles, California offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Paso Robles itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Monarch Butterfly Grove

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    (33 miles) 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 ...

  • Garland Ranch Regional Park

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    (86 miles) 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 ...

  • Patriots Park

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    (92 miles) Bakersfield

    A fun family park in Bakersfield perfect for those sunny days, with play areas and sporting fun

  • Jastro Park

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    (93 miles) Bakersfield

    A fun family park in Bakersfield with great grass space, sporting activities, picnic areas, and a spray park over summer!

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  • Kern County Museum

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    (94 miles) Bakersfield

    Explore the fascinating history of Kern County at this local museum! Over 56 historic buildings on 16 landscapes acres to explore!

  • Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

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    (94 miles) Bakersfield

    Kids can immerse themselves in the history of the earth, including palaeontology and geology, through a fun yet scientific-based experience.

  • Bakersfield Museum of Art

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    (95 miles) Bakersfield

    A place to explore the world of visual arts, with exhibitions, programs, and special events, all in Bakersfield.

  • Monterey County Youth Museum

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    (96 miles)

    A truly wonderful variety of well equipped role play fun structures and fun environments, from the Beach to the Treehouse and Golf Course, house building, theatre, hospital and the charming Imagitree.

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

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    (100 miles) Santa Barbara

    The Museum features eleven exhibit halls, focusing on regional natural history, including birds, insects, mammals, marine life, paleontology, Native Americans and the Chumash Indians.

  • Charles Paddock Zoo

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    (12 miles) 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 ...

  • Chafree Zoolological Garden

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    (91 miles) 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 ...

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo

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    (91 miles) 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 ...

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    (97 miles) Monterey

    A fascinating and wonderfully designed aquarium that really lets families enjoy our wonderful ocean creatures.

  • Goleta Depot Railroad Museum

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    (95 miles) Goleta

    The South Coast Railroad Museum at Goleta Depot is dedicated to the history, technology, and adventure of railroading.

  • Rotary Storyland and Playland

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    (90 miles) Fresno

    A fun and charming theme park attraction in Central Valley for the whole family. Fantasy and excitement await for all ages!

  • The Ravine Waterpark

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    (1 miles) 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 ...

  • Mustang Water Park

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    (32 miles) Arroyo Grande

    Cool family fun for all ages at this Californian waterpark, with pools and slides to entertain and make a splash in!

  • The Island

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    (91 miles) Fresno

    Great COOL fun in California with this family friendly water park, with a tropical island theme.

  • Happy Acres Family Farm

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    (7 miles) Templeton

    See how one family manages the entire farm and turns the goat milk into cheese, ice cream, body lotions, soap and other products. Tour gives best access.

  • Molera Horseback Tours

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    (79 miles) Big Sur

    Scenic coastal horseback tours in historical Andrew Molera State Park. A coastal paradise with flower-studded meadows, enduring Redwood groves, translucent streams and secluded beaches. One of the ...

  • Monterey Movie Tours

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    (94 miles) Monterey

    Whether you would like an introduction to the area, an alternative to attractions youâve already seen or an exciting rainy day option, Monterey Movie Tours® is your ticket to a star-studded ...

  • Monterey Bay Whale Watch

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    (96 miles) Monterey

    Monterey Bay Whale Watch offers year-round whale watching trips to observe the spectacular diversity and abundance of whales and dolphins inhabiting the Bay. Monterey

  • Princess Monterey Whale Watching

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    (96 miles) Monterey

    Monterey Whale Watching has been in the cruise business for over 30 years. We are the coastal leader in narrated bay and ocean tours, specializing in whales, sea, and shore wildlife. We offer safe, ...

  • Segway Tours Monterey

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    (97 miles) Pacific Grove

    Strictly for the over 12s but super fun for big kids, learn to control your Segway and then follow the guide of your chosen tour and enjoy!

  • Camelot Park Family Entertainment Center

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    (93 miles) Bakersfield

    An adventurous playground of miniature golf, go-karts, arcade, batting cages and much more for the entire family.

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