Santa Maria Fairpark
July TBA, 2017
937 South Thornburg St.
Santa Maria, CA
Santa Barbara County Fair
4040 Highway 101, Santa Maria, CA
BMX racing for riders of all ages.
Santa Maria BMX Racing
Go Karts, Bumper boats, miniature golf, rock wall, batting cages, lil' thunder road, game room
2250 N. Preisker Lane
Santa Maria, CA
Over 20 play and education areas for all ages.
705 S. McClelland St.
Santa Maria, CA
Closed on Sundays
Santa Maria Discovery Museum
October 20, 2017
Parade, chowder contest, surf contest, food, music
Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, a non-profit organization founded in 1999, promotes "the conservation and restoration of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes ecosystem through education, research, and the support of cooperative stewardship."
The Dunes Center is located in Guadalupe. The organization offers educational programs, docent led walks in the dunes, guest speakers, and information for visitors to the dunes. For school-age children the Center offers classroom lessons and field trips.
During the year the Center sponsors a number of events and offers free public hikes. Among the events offered in the past were
Art Exhibit Opening
Talk on the Status of the Western Snowy Plover
Black Lake Ecological Area Hike
Guadalupe Walk and Talk
Check their Events Calendar for current offerings.
For a fee, the Center provides naturalist-led 2 or 3 hour walks at the Oso Flaco Lake boardwalk. They can accommodate groups numbering up to 60.
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
1065 Guadalupe Street, Guadalupe, CA
(805) 343-2455 Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bird watchers will find an abundance of birds along the coast, especially around Oso Flaco Lake and in the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. Snow Plovers receive a lot of attention and have shown steady increases in their numbers. Another endangered bird is the least tern seen along the beach and around coastal rivers and lakes.
At Oso Flaco Lake birders will walk over a mile-long boardwalk and footbridge through riparian areas, over the lake, and through dune scrub habitat. Keep eyes open for pelicans, osprey, kingfishers, hawks, sparrows, and dozens of other species.
Visitors to Rancho Guadalupe Beach find it an interesting place to hike, view wildlife, surf fish, take photographs, and surfing. Dangerous rip-tides make it unsafe for swimming.
Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.
The hike to Mussel Rock along the beach is about 3 miles. For the easiest walking stick to the hard packed sand near the water, but always keep an eye on the ocean. As you approach 450-foot Mussel Rock look for routes up through the dunes. More rugged trails continue south toward Paradise Beach.
Surf fishermen along Guadalupe Beach do well hooking surf perch.
Surfers at Guadalupe Beach enjoy a nice shore break. Consistent waves can reach up to 5 or 6 feet, especially in spring. The best surfing is when the offshore winds are blowing. Many surfers are wary of sharks around the Santa Maria River mouth.
Esteem Surf Co.
590 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach
Retail surf shop
Moondoggies Beach Club
781 Dolliver Street, Pismo Beach
Retail and rentals
791 Price Street #210, Pismo Beach, CA
(805) 835-SURF (7873)
Lessons, camps and rentals
Pismo Beach Surf Shop
470 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA
Lessons, kayak tours, and rentals
Pancho's Surf Shop
181 Pomeroy Ave, Pismo Beach, CA
Beach supplies, surfboards, rentals
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety