Plan a spring break adventure everyone will love!

by: Allie Rohlfs

America’s favorite critter Punxsutawney Phil saw no shadow this year on Groundhog Day, which means spring is about to be in full bloom! For everyone looking forward to the long-awaited spring break, California boasts standout activities all along the coast, from Atascadero to Arroyo Grande to Ventura County Coast.

Plan your big spring getaway to one (or all) of these destinations, and everyone in your party will enjoy themselves, guaranteed. Whether it’s a family road trip, a getaway with friends or an adventure-seeking tour, all ages will want to stay a while on the California coast.

Arroyo Grande

Spring is a great time to bust out your swimsuits and flip flops! There’s no better spot to cannonball into a warm-weather mindset than Arroyo Grande. Take a dip at the scenic Lopez Lake, an iconic destination for boating, fishing, hiking and camping.

You can also slide into memory making at Mustang Waterpark, where people of all ages can slip on down water slides or try the 38-feet Stampede ride on an inner tube. Take a break and relax under the cabanas or grab a bite at the snack bar.

When visiting AG, there’s no rush to leave. With plenty of lodging options, from hotels to inns to bed & breakfasts, find the perfect place to stay and make your visit last.


Swing into new thrills in Atascadero at Margarita Adventures, where you and your vacation squad can zipline over acres of vineyards and take in beautiful mountainside views. For any outdoor enthusiast, this activity is sure to fulfill a sense of adventure and create long-lasting memories.

If you’re seeking another creative mode of transportation for a tour of the gorgeous area, give Central Coast Trailrides a try. Nothing ignites the feeling of exploration more than tapping into your inner cowboy and saying “Giddy up!” before taking off on a horse ride you won’t forget.

For even more fun with animals, visit the Charles Paddock Zoo to hang out with more than 300 exciting species. From red pandas to meerkats to the Malayan tiger, everyone is sure to find a new favorite creature. With an emphasis on protecting endangered species, the Charles Paddock Zoo ensures an educational and fun experience.

Fuel up for all of your outings along the Brews and Burgers Trail, a kid- and adult-friendly culinary experience that offers delicious food options for all, including yummy hamburgers and refreshing pints for adults.

Keep the fun alive and stay the night in Atascadero! Rest your head at a lovely hotel or bed & breakfast and eliminate the stress of traveling back and forth.

Ventura County Coast

Set your clock to island time with a trip to the Channel Islands National Park! It’s the perfect spot to slow down and escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Bring a pair of binoculars to birdwatch, or search for marine animals underwater while snorkeling.

Soak up the sun as you take a kayaking tour and learn about the rich history and fascinating wildlife. Check out the sea caves, a 60,000-year-old fossil, sea lions and a sunken pirate ship along the way!

For even more sailing adventures, cruise along the Channel Islands Harbor in a gondola while taking in the sights. A professional gondolier will transport you through scenic canals, allowing you to relax and enjoy the ride with your loved ones.

There’s no doubt you’ll want to extend your spring break trip for as long as possible, and you’ll find plenty of lodging options in Ventura County Coast that will leave you feeling rested and ready to make the most of your vacation.

Which of these destinations inspires you? Let us know on social media the vacation adventures you want to try!

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