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.
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
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(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.
Huntington Beach
Shipley Nature Center is an 18-acre natural area located in Huntington Beach, California. Situated within Huntington Central Park, the nature center is not only a sanctuary for the local wildlife, but it is also a haven for the residents and visitors...
Orange
There's so much to do for all ages. Has an old-town feel. Nicely shaded. Stroller/wheel chair friendly. The park is huge and everything is nicely spread out. Friendly staff. This is a great place to take the family or just enjoy a quiet aftern...
Cameron Park
Get back to nature with a swim in this beautiful and lifeguarded lagoon. Park also offers tennis courts, playground, walking/jogging trail, fishing, boat rentals and picnic areas.
Barstow
Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military...
Fontana
Here you can enjoy a walk along the nature trail winding around the pond, spot what is currently blooming in our native gardens, or venture inside and discover exhibits of local plants, animals, geology and history.
Apple Hill
(216 Miles)
Camino
Attractions on offer include pumpkin patches, hay and corn mazes, petting zoos, candy making, play areas, nature trails, pony rides, arts and craft activity stands, scavenger hunts and even a miniature train ride, pioneer museum and family play park.
Petrified Forest
(229 Miles)
Calistoga
Step back in Time, over 3 million years, and follow the trail of majestic petrified redwood giants arrayed before you in a fascinating grove in beautiful California wine country
Calistoga
Come visit the show of California's Old Faithful Geyser, a spectacular, nature-directed performance. The stage, walled by thick bamboo and plumed pampas grass, appears as an innocent pool of shallow water until time for the major attraction.
Genoa
The Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park is one of Carson Valley's first and largest ranches. The ranch was home to German immigrant Heinrich Friedrich Dangberg who founded the site in 1857. A local businessman, rancher and politician, Dangberg star...
Genoa
Mormon Station is the site of Nevada's first permanent nonnative settlement. A replica of the original trading post built in 1851 houses a small museum with relics of pioneer days. Picnic and group facilities are available.
Incline Village
Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park offers a number of different areas for visitors to enjoy. Sand Harbor is the most popular, with sandy beaches, a boat launch, picnicking and group use facilities. Sand Harbor is located three miles south of Incline Villag...
Carson City
Washoe Lake and Little Washoe Lakes are located in the heart of scenic Washoe Valley, between Carson City and Reno. Here, visitors will find spectacular views of the majestic Sierra Nevada and the Carson Range. Popular activities in the park include ...
Dayton
Dayton State Park is located in the town of Dayton, one of Nevada's first permanent settlements. The Carson River flows through the park and offers fishing and bird watching. The Rock Point Mill, built in 1861, was once used to process rich silve...
Encinitas
Enormous series of globally themed gardens, plus 2 specific children's gardens which include interactive displays, several varying play options and a miniature railway.
Silver Springs
Fort Churchill was once an active U.S. Army fort. Built in 1861 to provide protection for early settlers. It was abandoned nine years later, and today the ruins are preserved in a state of arrested decay. A visitor center displays information and ...
Indian Wells
An enlightening tour, botanical gardens, wilderness park, nature preserve with more features and angle than one would expect.
Fallon
Lahontan State Recreation Area is located on the Carson River, 18 miles west of Fallon and 45 miles northeast of Nevada's Capital, Carson City, via U.S. Highway 50. The Reno-Sparks metropolitan area is slightly over one hour away by auto. You can acc...
Walker Lake
(279 Miles)
Fallon
Walker Lake is one of the last remnants of an ancient inland sea which covered much of western Nevada nearly 10,000 years ago. Visitors enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and picnicking, plus facilities at the park include shade ramadas, tables and ...
Austin
The park is open all year but extreme winter weather may prohibit travel. Nestled at 7,000 feet on the scenic western slope of central Nevada's Shoshone mountain range, the park provides a vast array of stimulating recreational opportunities. The for...
San Diego
Join San Diego Harbor Excursion and world famous Birch Aquarium at Scripps as we embark on a California Gray Whale watching adventure. Fully narrated, this three and one-half hour adventure allows close-up views of the mammoth California Gray Whale. ...
Fallon
Built in 1876, the Belmont Courthouse was the seat of Nye County government until 1905. The building is partially restored and offers a glimpse into Nevada's colorful past. Belmont Courhouse, Although no developed facilities are available, camping an...
Blue Diamond
Spring Mountain Ranch is located within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men...
Las Vegas
is an 8 km park centred around a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert. Enjoy fishing, volleyball, horseshoes, and an education centre with an insight into early ranch life, plus local Pleistocene paleontologic...
North Las Vegas
Take off from Las Vegas Airport on an exhilarating helicopter flight to one of Mother Nature's greatest achievements - The Grand Canyon. Discover the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon as your helicopter flies to the West Rim, passing over Lake La...
Las Vegas
For more than 45 years, Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road family adventures in the Southwest. Our award-winning excursions are known as the premier "must-do" tours in Sedona and Las Vegas. The spectacular Broken ...
Springs Preserve
(308 Miles)
Las Vegas
Explore the Springs Preserve, once home to ancient tribes and the resting place for weary Spanish explorers. Learn about the history of the Las Vegas Valley as well as methods to maintain a sustainable lifestyle in the desert.
Las Vegas
An impressive and visually stunning family ramble, past landscaping and water features to artful structures such as gazebos and bridges, significantly changed with every season. Live music every evening in gazebo.
Las Vegas
Old Vegas Mormon State Historic Park is located in downtown Las Vegas, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The park and Visitor Center is open all year from 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. An entrance fee is charged to enter the f...
Fort Bragg
Offers everything from colorful displays to thunderous waves. The garden also includes a large model railroad, a fairy village and a "quail trail" just for children.

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