Free Things to Do
Free Things to Do In Pismo Beach, California
While you could easily gaze the day away from your balcony, watching the locals angle for the day's catch and the vibrant aerobatics of kitesurfers tearing through the ocean, there are numerous other free pursuits in the area. From the breathtaking beaches and year-round festivals to the rich wildlife and parks, make the most out of your travel budget and your time in the Pismo Beach area!
Monarch Butterfly Grove
From late October to February, residents from all over the state come to witness thousands of colorful Monarch butterflies assemble on the Eucalyptus trees seeking shelters from chilly northern winters.
Witness various wildlife including birds, sea otters, seals and migrating whales at one of many parks in the Pismo and Shell Beach areas. Be sure to take a guided nature walk led by a State Park docent to get the full experience.
Year Round Festivals
The Clam Festival, the Whale Festival, Jubilee by the Sea Jazz Festival, Pismo Beach Classical Car Show, Oktober Fest—and this is just a small sampling!
Dinosaur Park and Caves
Popular with walkers, photographers, dog lovers, joggers and fishing enthusiasts, ocean front bluff top park is a beloved spot by locals and travelers alike. This park is also an ideal wedding location—overlooking the shimmering Pacific Ocean and offering a grassy reception area and an amphitheater that hosts events.
Twenty-three miles of white, sandy, crowd-free coastline offers a perfect landscape for beach walks, sand dollar and shell collecting, surfing, kite flying and simply relaxing.
Year Round Guided Hikes to Port San Luis Lighthouse
Learn about the rich history of the Port San Luis Lighthouse and its grounds during a fascinating guided hike.
Explore San Luis Obispo
Home of the historic Mission San Luis Obispo, the world-famous Thursday Night Farmer's Market and Cal Poly University. Additionally, the city features a charming shopping district and array of outdoor cafes, coffeehouses and galleries.
Montana de Oro State Park
Secluded sandy beaches, rugged cliffs, trails along streams—Montana de Oro State Park is a hiker, biker and camper haven. Montana del Oro or "Mountain of Gold" was derived from the golden wildflowers that bloom in the spring. Don't be surprised to see black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher during your stay.