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- Nice flat paths to walk. Safe for young children. Best to visit November December for the butterflies. Docent explain the butterflies etc.Written July 24, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We added the Pismo Pier and boardwalk to our morning walking routine. The views are spectacular both looking out to sea and back at the coastline. The biggest thrill was spying a small seal swimming in the waves among the surfers!Written August 8, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great place to take some photos and see the CA coastline. Lots of birds (it is a nesting/breeding site) so be ready for a bit of a smell, but worth the stop. A nice play ground for kids. We walked south on the side towards the Pismo pier and ran into some hidden public spaces behind a local hotel.Written July 29, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Such a terrific tranquil and beautiful spot for relaxing and meditation. Specially on weekdays it’s usually quiet in the morning. Listening to the sound of waves and enjoy God’s creation. Seagull and geese will be good company. Enjoy.Written April 11, 2022
- This is a beautiful and accessible stretch of coastline. Less than five minutes from Highway 101, plenty of on street parking. You can walk along the top of the bluffs for about half a mile heading south. We saw dolphins swimming in the water. The path/road then leaves the coast but you should continue walking to admire the exterior of the Chapman Estate, a fine coastal home, now open to the public at certain times of the year. The park itself has ample space and seating and spectacular coastal views. There are stairways down to the beach, I think only one is open now, the others are in need of repair.Written December 29, 2021
- We visited on a cold and rainy day and loved it. The pier wasn’t crowded and it was lovely. The kids loved the slides into the sand and all the stairs. I wish they had more shops, but all the food options were great. Definitely make sure to go to the promenade when you’re in Pismo!Written December 30, 2021
- I love an outlet mall! This one wasn’t bad. It is smaller than most outlets, which made it manageable with young kids. I like that it had a Carter’s store and a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory!Written December 30, 2021
- Pastor Ron's legacy is a Unique and Heart-filled Prayer Walk located at the front of the church. To walk through this and FEEL THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD is an experience. This Church is filled with Amazing People who love Jesus and seek to honor Him (Especially Pastor Nick Valente. He leads worship and plays the drums and is so involved with the church. Thank you Nick for the blessing you are to so many people)Written February 11, 2021
- The staff and the wine were great! The gals there were very knowledgeable about he winery and the process of diff wines. My husband and I would come again.Written August 27, 2018
- There was about 10 tents. Doesn’t take very long to walk around and check things out. No one had any local food if that’s what your looking for.Written May 20, 2022
- Located in the outlet mall, there is a vast variety of information and brochures from all along the coast of California. Definitely worth a stopWritten August 3, 2021
- Very friendly gentelman. Answered our questions and even joked a bit. Talked about the Pier rebuild and the downtown improvements.Written May 2, 2019
- Pismo Pickers is an easy to find store and is not so big you get lost in all the booths. They have a nice variety of sellers from shabby chic to farmhouse rustic to genuine high end antique. Prices seem reasonable for the unique pieces you can find there. It's always changing so I like to check it out every couple of months. If you are near Pismo Beach I would say definitely put it on your must stop places to visit!Written March 27, 2018
- Very nice but relatively small staging area with limited parking, nice picnic tables, and good restrooms.
It was almost full on a September weekday. Though I did a little post-hike exploring, and found you can also park in the dirt to the west of the freeway and walk through the underpass to access the staging area.
I took the High Road trail to Avila Overlook. Beautiful overlook of Pismo on the way up, and of Avila if you chug to the end.
That trail is a fairly steep. There are picnic tables, overlooking the ocean, approximately half-way up.
I ended up taking the Low Road down, after missing the turn for the High Road. It's the fastest way back to the restrooms, but it descends into a gully and doesn't have the jaw-dropping views afforded by the High Road.
A few tips for your visit:
1. Bring water. Coast side temperatures are usuallt moderate, but summer / fall sun can be strong and some of the trails are pretty steep.
2. Bring a map or have it your phone. There are lots of intersecting trails. Everything loops back to the parking lot, though without a map you may end up spending more / less time and getting more / less of a workout than you planned.
3. Parking. See my comments in second paragraph.Written October 1, 2021
- We stopped at the visitor center on a Tuesday at 3pm. Posted hours were 9 to 5 monday through friday. It was locked up tight and closed when we arrived. After having made a special trip down for assistance, we were angry and dismayed. So we called the business #. No answer. I don't know who pays these people, but I hope it's not on the backs of taxpayers!
Don't bother stopping here- it's a complete waste of time!Written September 10, 2019
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