There are several bakeries filled with delicious Danish pastries so be sure to visit one of them. Don’t forget to try an Aebliskiver which are pastry balls with raspberry jam and powdered sugar. It’s California’s version of New York’s Coney Island and has been here since 1907. The beach is an ideal backdrop for some of the classic rides and historical landmarks like the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and the 1911 Looff Carousel. Want to see a really unique attraction and be all grossed out?There are various rides for all ages as well as arcade games, miniature golf and laser tag. Visit Bubblegum Alley on Higuera Street in downtown San Luis Obispo and leave your used gum too.They did a great job with safety demonstrations and providing us with all the safety equipment. Lighthouse visits are a wonderful way to learn about their importance and history. Piedras Blancas near San Simeon offers twilight and whale watching tours during particular months while Point Sur Historic Park has full moon an ghost tours during October. This was the former retreat of media mogul William Randolph Hearst where Hollywood celebrities were often invited.No royalty ever lived here but it is very grand, opulent and filled with some of the best antiques.It is almost like a museum tour but it is interesting and my kids actually enjoyed it.Visitors are also free to explore the grounds including the pools, gardens and various areas for beautiful panoramic ocean views after the tours. Admission includes the narrated, 5-minute ride to the top and mansion from the Visitor’s Center.There are feedings throughout the day for everyone to learn more about these marine creatures including otters, penguins and sharks.Interactive and hands on exhibits are always a big hit with everyone.
Several tours based on varying interests and for different parts of the castle are available daily including an evening tour during Spring and Fall.
This is the stretch of coastal land between Los Angeles and from the southern county of Ventura to the northern area of Monterey. This charming town traces its roots back to 1911 when Danish immigrants and settlers bought land and moved here. Yes, it’s a bit touristy but it is a wonderful place to walk around what feels like a small European village.
Here are some things to do in the central coast with kids (perfectly doable too without any kids in tow). There are small replicas of the Little Mermaid, windmills (although we never saw one in Denmark) and the Round Tower.
Some have even attempted to create art or spell out their name with their used gum.
My family left their used gum here and the germaphobe in me needed a really hot shower after our visit.