Paso Robles, California – Family Style! What To Do, Where To Stay & What To Eat


There’s so much to do in and around Sense-sational Paso Robles California that you’ll probably want to come back some time soon. Winery and farm tours, and the  neighboring towns of San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach are all a short drive away.

Travel Back in Time:

One of the most popular nearby attractions is Hearst Castle. Once closed to the public, this palace is now open for tours daily. This historic and spectacular residence is a local must see. Check the official Hearst Castle web site for tour times and to purchase tickets. Reservations are recommended for tours.

Soar Like an Eagle for a Bird’s Eye View:

For the more adventurous family consider heading over to the Rancho Santa Margarita for a Zip Line tour. This birds eye view might be the best way to see a vineyard, ever. You’ll learn about the historic ranch while soaring over wine country on four separate lines, covering over 3000 feet. Children weighing over 75 lbs can soar alone, smaller kids can ride tandem with a parent.

Have a Coast Encounter:

The famed Monterey Bay Aquarium is worth the drive up the coast. This world famous attraction has conservancy at the core of it’s Mission. Here you can see Jellyfish, sharks, sea otters and so much more. Check the Monterey Bay Aquarium website for up to date information on current exhibits, shows and offers. Want a sneak peek? Check out their aquarium live cams.

Tour a Mission:

The California Missions are a vital part of California’s history and are studied by fourth graders throughout the state. Paso Robles is within driving distance of the San Miguel Mission (founded in 1797) and the Mission San Luis Obispo (founded in 1792).

Where to Stay in Paso Robles:

The Paso Robles Courtyard by Marriott is a perfect landing spot for families visiting Paso Robles and the surrounding areas. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and include a small refrigerator. Breakfast is served downstairs in the lobby restaurant, and the buffet offers a great selection of traditional breakfast fare as well as a chef-manned omelet station.

For more information about family friendly lodging in Paso Robles, check out the Travel Paso website.

More things to delight your senses in Paso Robles:

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Disclosure: Travel Paso provided our family with lodging, activities and select meals as part of a press trip for purpose of review. All opinions as well as acorns and real estate flyers gathered by my children, are my own.

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  1. Lisa

    October 24, 2012 at 10:31 am

    We are thinking of doing the drive from San Francisco to San Diego in the spring and I have just started looking at places to stay along the way. I hadn’t heard of Paso Robles before and it looks like a good choice for families. Thanks for the info!

  2. Bill

    December 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I would have never considered Paso Robles before reading this review, but it definitely looks like a must-visit!

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