Paso Robles is serving up sunshine and smiles this summer season. The ultimate family-friendly destination is ready with activities the whole family will love. From toddlers to teens, Paso has accommodations that deliver the best of both worlds to you and yours. Parents, we didn’t forget about you, this is wine country after all. We made the list, so you can make the memories.
California Mid-State Fair
The California Mid-State Fair returns to Paso Robles July 21 - August 1, 2021! Known by many as the “Biggest Little Fair Anywhere,” the fair has grown in both size and popularity since its opening back in 1946. This exciting annual event was designed specifically for family-friendly fun, boasting 12 days of live music, carnival games, exhibits, local vendors, farm animals, arts and crafts. Come one come all, whether you’re in it for the food, the petting zoo, the ferris wheel, or the live music - you won’t want to miss the event of the year.
Nothing beats the summer heat like a trip to the Ravine Waterpark. This family-friendly waterpark features private cabana rentals, a wave pool, winding lazy river, and of course a variety of slides built for all ages. Ravine goes above and beyond your average waterpark experience by catering not just to kids, but the whole family. Choose from multiple cabana sizes to best fit your family’s needs. Relax in the shade with complimentary Cabana Service while your kids tire themselves out with fun in the sun. When it’s time to fuel up, enjoy premium beer, wine and food at The Hideout Tiki Bar and Grill.
Paso Robles Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum at the Volunteer Firehouse believes that learning is best done through playing. Celebrating their 10th year of play, the museum offers family focused fun and educational activities for all. Interactive exhibits encourage young children to explore a creative atmosphere while picking up real life skills. Discover the shopping market, theatre, pizza kitchen, firestation, and creative corner. You will love the family-friendly entertainment as well as the sense of community and heritage found at the museum.
Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park are back for their 20th anniversary season in downtown Paso Robles. The Paso Robles REC Foundation in partnership with Paso Robles Recreation Services, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines and Firestone Walker Brewing Company welcomes back its fans with a fresh summer lineup. Stop by Thursdays from 6-8 pm for live music on the Downtown City Park lawn where you’ll hear everything from country to 60’s rock n’ roll. Food and beverages are allowed, so pack a picnic and your family for a wonderful evening of good music and good times.
Studios on the Park
This non-profit, open-studio art center is your family art destination in Paso Robles. Here in the heart of historic downtown, the community meets creativity at Studios on the Park. Whether you are the art-lover or artist in the family, Studios on the Park has something for everyone. For the art lovers, there are exhibitions, events and local artists. For the little artist in your family there are a long list of engaging classes, workshops and children’s programs where you can all release your inner Picaso. From flower portraits for kids to beginner cookie decorating, this studio is made for imagination.
Adventure begins at Lake Nacimiento! With 165 miles of scenic shoreline, mountains, canyons, forests and waterfalls, the lake is a popular family destination. Here the whole family can take part in a long list of exciting outdoor activities like water sports, fishing, hiking, camping, lodging and wildlife viewing. Looking to try something new? With equipment available for rent, now is the perfect opportunity to try it all. Stay on-site with a variety of accommodations suited for families of all sizes. This fun filled getaway is perfect for a quick trip or a staycation with plenty of things to do and see.
Everyone loves a trip to the farm, and luckily Paso Robles is home to a few. Historic, sustainable and 100% awesome, Jack Creek Farm is a popular choice amongst locals. Visit their fresh u-pick gardens, play in the maze or try an apple cider slushie and it will soon be your favorite, too! Next stop is Windrose Farm, a hidden oasis in the hills. Here you can shop their Farm Stand fruits and vegetables or take a tour of the picturesque property. Finish your farm tour at Giving Tree Farm to learn a new skill like cheese making, create your own goat-milk soap or meet some of their precious baby animals.
Central Coast Trailrides
Saddle up cowboys and cowgirls, get ready for the ride of your life with Central Coast Trailrides. Take the reins and allow Cupcake the mule to be your tour guide as you explore Paso from a new perspective. With tours and trails through local vineyards, private ranches, vacation properties and local state land, there is no better way to see the rolling California countryside. Horses and guides are matched with each individual rider based on their experience level to ensure the experience is both safe and fun. Giddy-up, because this family-friendly adventure is sure to win best in show.
For the true thrill seekers, Margarita Adventures awaits you with an exciting birds eye view of Paso. The family owned and locally operated Santa Margarita Ranch is home to the best zipline tours in the area. Once inhabited by indigenous tribes and Spanish padres, the ranch is now a historic landmark and part of California’s famed Mission trail. Overlook rich history, native wildlife, and the Central Coast’s natural beauty as you glide through the treetops. The possibilities are endless with six unique zipline tours to choose from. Discover wine country from 1800 feet in the air or zip line alongside a family member with two tandem lines for double the fun!
Parents - if you’ve made it this far, you’ve earned a glass of wine (or two!). At the end of a fun day in Paso Robles, wind down at one of the area’s favorite family-friendly wineries. Wine country welcomes you and your kiddos with both wine and activities. Riverstar Vineyards is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery that knows how to do family activities right. Tour the vineyard while your kids play lawn games like corn hole or horseshoes. They offer everything from picnics and art displays, to concerts and winemaker dinners. Dark Star Cellars is another popular choice for its laid back atmosphere and delicious wines. Sip wine on the patio or try axe throwing while kids explore the observation beehive, meet the winery cats and chickens, or engage in open-mic night!