The old public Avila Beach Pier is solely made out of wood and when we walked on it with my 5 year old and 2 year old sons, they stumbled a few times. It's not as smooth as the Pismo Beach Pier but it's worth trying to walk on, if you are able. The views, not surprisingly, are phenomenal.

On one side, you see the pretty homes on the hills right above the water and on the other side, you see another pier but that one's private.

We took advantage of the free beach trolley from Pismo Beach Outlets to get to Avila Beach! It was such a fun ride for the kids. They offer the free trolley on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the spring, summer and fall season. It's a great way to venture out without having to worry about finding parking. This is a great transportation system for tourists and locals!

If you happen to be coming to Avila Beach on a Friday during mid-April through the summer, you can enjoy their farmers market that also has free music entertainment! Many locals bring their lawn chairs to enjoy the show. There are tents selling food and fresh produce and conveniently all located next to the Avila Beach Pier.

Even on a normal day without any events going on, hanging out at the beach in Avila Beach is very enjoyable with many restaurants to pick from nearby.

To see other free things to do with kids in SLO, go to the Family-friendly things to do page or Find a hotel in San Luis Obispo.