Springtime in San Luis Obispo County means beautiful wildflowers, outdoor activities and good food. From mid-March through April, hillsides will be filled with purples, yellows, whites, blues and the orange glow of California poppies waving in the breeze. Make your way east to the beautiful open areas on the Carrizo Plain or travel to the coast for Pacific views clothed in a spring bloom. Whatever your plans are, embrace nature and enjoy some of these outdoor activities in the area.
Best Flower Gazing Spots
SHELL CREEK ROAD AND BITTERWATER ROAD IN SANTA MARGARITA
Travel east along Highway 58 in the town of Santa Margarita and turn left on Shell Creek Road where you’ll find a tapestry of blooming flowers. From Baby Blue Eyes and yellow Goldfields to white-tipped Tidy Tips your eyes will gaze in wonderment at the color before you. Drive-by or pull off safely into one of the designated areas to view this display up close.
Travel a bit further east on Highway 58 until you reach Bitterwater Road and you’ll spy the orangey tones of the California poppy, blues of the lupine and golden Fiddlenecks for miles.
CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT
If wildflowers as far as the eye can see are what you’re after, look no further than the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Hillsides will be covered in a tapestry of wildflowers. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day exploring Carrizo Plain, Soda Lake and your colorful surroundings.
MONTAÑA DE ORO STATE PARK
Whether you choose to hike the beautiful Point Buchon Trail teeming with purple flowers or wander Valencia Peak laden with California poppies, the coastal wildflower display found in Montaña de Oro is one to be savored.
Drive Highway 1 west towards Morro Bay where hillsides are covered in yellow and green, meander along the Elfin Forest Trail, or simply enjoy a glass of wine on the patio at a winery in Paso Robles. No matter where you choose to watch the wildflower display this spring, it will be a memory you’ll take with you forever.
Outdoor Activities In San Luis Obispo County
Go on an off-roading adventure in the Oceano Dunes! The Oceano Dunes SVRA is the ONLY beach in California that offers off-highway vehicle recreation. Whether you’re an experienced ATV rider or it’s your first time, you will enjoy exploring miles of coastline in a very thrilling way.
Ready to ride? Start planning with this list of ATV rental shops and dune nature tours.
For all those sports fans out there, we know that spring means one thing… baseball season! If you’re looking to chow down on Crackerjacks or catch a fly ball, SLO is the place to sit back and enjoy America’s favorite pastime. While Cal Poly Baseball is halfway through their Division 1 season, they still have plenty of home games left that are fun for the whole family. SLO Blue’s, a summer collegiate baseball team based in San Luis Obispo, kicks off their season at the end
Want to go biking on the Central Coast? SLO County is a great bike-friendly community for everyone from recreational bike riders and cyclists to mountain bikers. With various terrains, you can explore on the paved Bill Roalman Bike
Boulevard or challenge yourself to mountain bike in the Eucs. Discover new bike trails in San Luis Obispo today!
Spring Events You Don’t Want to Miss Out On
Enjoy a day of hands-on, visual performing arts and literary activities at the 38th Annual Passports to the Arts. Kids and their families will have the opportunity to explore their individuality, creativity and the arts at San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza.
SLO Marathon | April 28-29 2018
SLO Marathon offers fun for the whole family from the Children’s Quarter Mile Dash on Saturday to the Marathon on Sunday. On Saturday, April 28th, SLO Marathon will be hosting free activities for children of all ages and abilities in addition to food and beverages.
Flavor of SLO | May 5th 2018
Save the date for the 10th Annual Flavors of SLO, a benefit for United Way! At this all-inclusive event, you’ll enjoy sampling some of the best food, wine and beer the Central Coast has to offer, at the beautiful and historic Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo! Entertainment includes live music from Rio Salinas featuring Louie Ortega. Each year this event raises thousands of dollars to benefit United Way of San Luis Obispo County, which seeks to create lasting change in the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, health, and financial stability.
SLO Jazz Fest | May 18-19 2018
The 5th Annual SLO Jazz Festival returns May 18, 2018 from 5PM to 10PM and then again May 19, 2018, Gates 11A Show at 11:30AM – 10PM in Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, CA.
If you’re still looking for more activities, click here for a full calendar. Get out there and enjoy everything living on the beautiful sunny Central Coast has to offer today!
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