San Luis Obispo (SLO)

There are lots of kid-friendly things to do in the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County area. With clean beaches, pretty mountains, wineries, farms, museums, hiking trails and free family-friendly events, SLO County has so much to explore with the kids. See upcoming family-friendly events to find things to do with your family. 

See free holiday events coming up in San Luis Obispo County under the family-friendly activities page.

Favorite Restaurants

See detailed reviews of restaurants in San Luis Obispo County in the blog section.

  • Rooftop at Inn at the Pier has the best Pismo Beach Pier view.
  • Granada Hotel & Bistro is a great place for a staycation and dinner in Downtown SLO. 
  • The Galley in Morro Bay has a wonderful view of the Morro Rock.
  • Mistura in Downtown SLO has an amazing modern Peruvian menu.
  • Ventana Grill has an amazing view of the bluffs in Shell Beach.
  • AJ Spurs in Grover Beach is a kid-friendly steak house.
  • Robin's Restaurant in Cambria has a beautiful spacious outdoor patio area to dine under.
  • Tropical Hawaiian BBQ has the best Hawaiian food in all of SLO County.
  • Oyster Loft has a wonderful view of Pismo Beach's sunset with one of the best fine dining seafood menus around.
  • Pono Pacific Kitchen has delicious Pacific fusion cuisine on the West End of Grover Beach. Pono means "righteousness" part of a Hawaiian motto.
  • La Bodega Tapas is a romantic restaurant in Pismo Beach with entrees meant for sharing.

Family Friendly Restaurants

Find family-friendly restaurants in San Luis Obispo County to make your next family meal outing more comfortable. See family-friendly restaurants in San Luis Obispo county.

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Family Friendly Things To Do

Find things to do with your kids with a list of things to do in San Luis Obispo under our 'family-friendly events' page. There are many seasonal events like Easter egg hunts and Christmas parades that you can look out for all around the county. See free activities, check out themed festivals and hang out at the best kid-friendly places around SLO. See all family friendly things to do in SLO county.

Relocating to San Luis Obispo (SLO) County 

Moving to a new place is always hard at first. Go to the 'Mom Groups and Childcare' page to find out local resources, mom groups and preschool/daycare suggestions.

San Luis Obispo is a Family-Friendly County

See a list of parks with a playground for kids to play in SLO County.

There are free seasonal events planned by the local city governments throughout the year and the beaches here are always free! Our proximity to hiking trails and the many quaint and unique beaches make San Luis Obispo County a stand out on the Central Coast of California.
See free things to do for kids in San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County. With beautiful beaches like: Pismo Beach, Cambria, Morro Bay, and Cayucos, weekly farmers markets and events throughout the year, locals and visitors can find a lot of neat and memorable things to do.

Neighboring Big California Cities

San Luis Obispo, California is conveniently located right in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you're an out-of-state tourist, you can drive a few hours north or south from San Luis Obispo County and visit California's famous and big cities.

Featured Travel Blog Posts

Read about our recent adventure at LEGOLAND California and LEGOLAND Castle Hotel during a pandemic in San Diego County

San Francisco (SF) is only a 3 hour drive north of San Luis Obispo and has the famous California Academy of Sciences, a perfect museum for kids and adults, Six Flags Discovery Center and a lot of sightseeing tours! Read about our trip to San Francisco and visit to California Academy of Sciences.

Los Angeles (LA) is only a 3 hour drive south of San Luis Obispo and has many theme parks. Read about our trip in Little Tokyo Los Angeles as a family. We also went to Universal Studios Hollywood during Spring Break after Super Nintendo World and Mario Kart opened. Read about our trip at Universal Studios Hollywood. I've been on a 4 Night Royal Caribbean Cruise that left from Los Angeles port. Read about my Royal Caribbean Cruise (Navigator of the Seas Ship) leaving from Los Angeles

Orange County (OC) is around a 4 hour drive south from San Luis Obispo. Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California is located in Anaheim, California in Orange County. Read about our family trip at Great Wolf Lodge and our experience at their indoor waterpark

San Diego (SD) is a 5-6 hour drive south from San Luis Obispo County on a good traffic day. With amazing famous attractions, many Californians travel here to enjoy a nice weekend getaway. Read about my visit to San Diego and our stay at the LEGOLAND Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND California.