Central Coast

The boys love looking at Elephant Seals at Piedras Blancas. This is a fun and easy stop on any highway 1 road trip with kids.

Nojoqui Falls Park: Stop Here for Waterfalls and Playtime

Nojoqui Falls at full stream.

April 27, 2023

Nojoqui Falls Park is a truly unique destination. Visitors enjoy the large park with grassy areas, barbeques, and playgrounds. But what truly makes the park stand out is the peaceful – and easy! – hiking trail that leads you through scenic woodland vistas to a stunning 70-foot waterfall.   … Read More

20 Amazing Ways to Experience Monterey with Kids

June 12, 2022

A visit to Monterey with kids offers its own special magic. Most come for the famous aquarium, but there is plenty to keep families exploring beyond those mesmerizing jellyfish. Stay awhile and meet local whales and otters, take a family bike ride along the coast, or head inland to explore local farms in this “Salad Bowl of the World.”  … Read More

15 Best Things to Do in Cambria: Everything You Need to Know to Plan a Perfect Weekend Escape

September 21, 2022

There’s no denying it, the Central Coast is one of our favorite family-friendly destinations for a weekend escape. And the quaint seaside town of Cambria offers something for everyone. Whether you’re the type who wants to keep busy or you are looking to slow down and relax, there are plenty of things to do in Cambria.  … Read More

15 Ideas for an Amazing Santa Cruz Getaway with Kids

Chatting with the helpful docents at the Seymour Discovery Center

September 13, 2021

Santa Cruz is an environmentally conscious surf town with wide sandy beaches. It also happens to be home to one of California’s most iconic roller coasters, The Giant Dipper. With a thriving creative scene downtown and majestic coastal redwoods in the mountains, Santa Cruz is an amazing town to visit for family fun.  … Read More

The Top 10 Things to Do in Avila Beach with Kids

The boys looking out over Avila Harbor from Mersea's Restaurant

May 26, 2021

Avila Beach is a family-friendly beach destination perfect for four (or more!) days of fun. If you’re looking for ideas on your next family getaway, read on for the inside scoop!  … Read More

Pinnacles National Park: A Day Trip Guide

Stairway leading into Bear Gulch Cave Area from the Reservoir

May 19, 2021

Pinnacles National Park is one of California’s best-kept secrets. With a great mix of breathtaking views, easy hikes, and fascinating wildlife, it makes for a perfect family-friendly day trip. If you live in the Bay Area or are visiting from out of town, make sure to add Pinnacles to your itinerary! … Read More

Point Lobos: Hikes You Don’t Want to Miss

Monterey Bay through the Cypress Trees at Point Lobos

September 22, 2020

There’s nothing better than starting the day with a Point Lobos hike. Just south of Carmel on Highway 1, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve offers spectacular trails, scuba diving, cultural and geological sites, and an opportunity to view harbor seals, sea lions, seabirds, gray whales, sea otters, and more.  … Read More

22 Stunning Things to Do in Big Sur with Kids

Bug at McWay Falls

October 10, 2021

In Big Sur, all of the best things to do lead outdoors. You can go from redwood forest hikes to waves crashing onto a purple sand beach within minutes. Though Big Sur is a popular spot for romantic getaways and wellness retreats, it’s also a wonderful place for families to unwind and connect. … Read More

25 Central Coast Towns for an Outstanding Weekend Escape

Getting ready to play on the sand at Moonstone Beach

July 19, 2022

Beautiful Central Coast towns line the California coast between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Each has a unique character, but one thing that unites the towns of California’s central coast is a laid-back vibe. This makes them perfect for a quick escape from the bustling metropolises that anchor either end. … Read More

Family Day Out: Big Sur’s Purple Sand Beach

Purple Sand at Pfeiffer Beach

July 1, 2022

Pfeiffer Beach is mainly known for two extraordinary natural wonders: pockets of purple sand and gorgeous rock formations including the frequently-photographed Keyhole Arch. You may have seen photos of Keyhole Arch at sunset when the sun’s golden rays align with the arch at just the right time creating a magical sight. The combination of its natural beauty and the adventure of getting there makes Pfeiffer Beach a Big Sur gem that you’ll want to experience for yourself. … Read More

Weekend in Santa Barbara Mini-Guide: Top 15 Things to Do + Itineraries

View of East Beach from Stearns Wharf

June 4, 2021

Santa Barbara is a beautiful area with plenty of opportunities for a family adventure. The weather is wonderful, the people are friendly, and there are endless things to do with kids. The following is a quick guide with ideas for spending a long weekend in Santa Barbara with your little ones. … Read More

Solvang with Kids: 20 Unique Ways to Experience “The Danish Capital of America”

April 6, 2021

If you are looking for things to do in Solvang with kids, you have plenty of options to choose from! Known as the “Danish Capital of America,” this charming little town will delight at first sight. Visitors love its Danish architecture, authentic Danish bakeries, and even family-friendly wine-tasting options for mom and dad. … Read More