Atascadero is the Heart of Family Fun


Enter to Win a Two Day Getaway Giveaway

Atascadero is the heart of family fun on California’s Central Coast. From cookie adventures at the amazing Charles Paddock Zoo or a ½ mile children’s fun run at the Firehouse 5K, to discovering outdoor adventures like kayaking and zipline tours, Atascadero is the center of it all. Nearby Hearst Castle and amazing beaches, April and May in Atascadero offers family fun at its finest—and discount hotel packages to boot! Find out details on how to enter to win a two-day Atascadero family getaway giveaway HERE.

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Package includes 2 nights lodging at the Holiday Inn Express in Atascadero, dining certificate to Sylvester’s Burgers, movie tickets to Galaxy Theatre and a Family Membership to Charles Paddock Zoo.


Family Adventure

Check out the Animals!
The Charles Paddock Zoo is the only zoo in the Central Coast. Spend an afternoon seeing more than 200 animals including a Malayan tiger, Caribbean flamingos, and an Aldabra giant tortoise. The zoo also nurtures numerous animals that are part of globally managed programs that preserve animals in their habitats. Open 7 days a week at 10 am.
Charles Paddock Zoo – 9305 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 461-5080;

Soar Over the Vines!
Just 10 miles outside downtown Atascadero you’ll find the thrilling experience of ziplining in the foothills of wine country. Margarita Adventures in Santa Margarita offers a unique outing for families that you won’t soon forget. The guided tour takes you through the fields and vineyards of Santa Margarita Ranch all leading up to a hilltop overlooking amazing views, including five ziplines that span 4500 feet. Book a tour for an adventure guaranteed with family fun!
Margarita Adventures – 22720 El Camino Real, Santa Margarita, CA 93453
(805) 438-3120;

Family Fun at the Lavender Farm – Take a Tour!
A visit to Harmony Lavender will be a trip your family will not soon forget. This all natural lavender farm propagates and handcrafts everything from field to consumer. This spring schedule a free farm tour where you’ll take in the amazing sites and smells of lavender – one of nature’s true miracles. A mention of “Go Lavender and Go Green” will get you a 15% discount on your purchase.
Harmony Lavender – 7045 Sycamore Road, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 423-6763;;

The Beach – It’s Closer than You Think
Once in Atascadero you are only 20 miles to numerous beautiful and diverse beach towns such as Oceano, Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and Cayucos. Grab the family and head west to enjoy swimming, kayaking, surfing or bike riding.

Get Moving – Hiking and Biking in Atascadero
Cerro Alto State Park is a well-know hiking and mountain biking paradise. Take in the fresh air as you climb to a 360-degree view of the Central California coast and valleys. Click here for camping and trail information. Also, Atascadero is known as a cycler’s paradise with lots of back roads with a variety of elevations. Find dozens of routes here.

Let’s Go to the Movies!
Atascadero is home to the deluxe Galaxy Theatre offering state of the art projection and sound with stadium seating in plush rocker chairs. Galaxy offers a selection of local wine and beer in their VIP theater lounge that can now be enjoyed during the show throughout all 10 theaters.
Galaxy Theatres Atascadero – El Camino Real and California 41; (805) 466-8437;

“La Cuesta Encantada” – The Enchanted Hill, home of Hearst Castle
A trip to the Central Coast is hardly complete without a visit to world renowned Hearst Castle. Located in San Simeon, Hearst Castle has daily tours to delight all members of the family.
Hearst Castle – 750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
(805) 800-444-4445;

Family Events

Atascadero Firehouse 5k Run and Health Fair
Firehouse 5k Run and Health Fair also includes a children’s ½ mile Fun Run. This event is a great way to enjoy a healthful outdoor family activity. All proceeds go to the Atascadero Firefighters Association, which provides financial support for local schools, athletic organizations. Cost: $25 (Pre-registration) $35 Race Day. Children 1/2 mile Fun Run Cost: $5. April 19, 2014 at 8:30 am
Fire Station 1- 6005 Lewis Ave. Atascadero

Family Easter Egg Hunt at Donati Family Vineyard
Bring the whole family out to Donati Family Vineyard in Paso Robles Wine Country on Saturday, April 19th at 12:30 to hunt Easter eggs on the winery lawn. This is a free event so bring a picnic and spend the afternoon. Wine available by the glass for mom and dad.
2720 Oak View Road, Templeton, CA 93465
(805) 238-0676;

Morro Bay Kite Festival
This free annual event is for kite enthusiasts and families alike. And if you get there early enough you could walk away with a free gift the first 500 children to show up get a FREE kite. 11 am – 5 pm on April 26; 11 am – 4 pm on April 27th.
Morro Bay Beach, Morro Bay CA

Vintage Sidecar Rendezvous
Arts, crafts and vintage sidecars will take over the Downtown City Park in Paso Robles for this look back in time that is tons of fun for the whole family. You’ll find pre-1950’s era vintage sidecars alongside vendor booths at this event geared toward the whole family. April 26th from 9 am – 3 pm.
Downtown City Park, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Cookie Adventure at the ZOO!
Join local cookie bakers at the Charles Paddock Zoo this Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11th. Bring Mom to the Zoo from 11 – 3 pm and have a tasty treat! Pick up a Cookie Adventure Map in the Zoo Gift Shop and take it to the Cookie bakers to learn about some of the unique animals at the zoo. Discover ways you can help preserve them while sampling some of the best cookies on the Central Coast.
Charles Paddock Zoo – 9305 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 461-5080;

Children’s Day in the Park
Join the community of Atascadero on May 17th for a day full of games and activities, just for kids. Children’s Day in the Park will have a carnival area, entertainment throughout the day with performances from local entertainers. Enjoy food, drink and fun at the beautiful Atascadero Lake Park.
9305 Pismo Avenue, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 470-3360;

Family Hotel Packages

Best Western PLUS Colony Inn
3600 El Camino Read, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 466-4449;
Best Western PLUS Colony Inn in Atascadero features plush bedding, microwave, refrigerator, flat panel television and complimentary Internet. The hotel offers a seasonal outdoor pool, spa, access to Kennedy Club Fitness Center and business center. Complimentary hot breakfast.
This spring, the Best Western PLUS invites you to choose the travel adventure to suit your family! Now offering three family-friendly packages including:
1. Hearst Castle Adventure Package
2. Zip, Sip and Stay Adventure with Ziplining at Santa Margarita Ranch
3. Golf Package with Chalk Mountain

Click for details and to make your reservation today!

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
9010 West Front Road, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 462-0200;
Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Atascadero is the best in its brand offering personalized service and boutique amenities upon your arrival in Central Coast Wine Country. Stay, Explore, Savor – Experience the Best of the Central Coast from our award-winning hotel.
Family Fun Package: Zip along The Pinot Express with Holiday Inn Express!
The biggest thrill in wine country is at Margarita Adventures! Reserve a Zip Sip Package including a zipline experience for two, wine tasting at Ancient Peaks Winery, accommodations for one night, and a full hot breakfast. Children can zip too! They must weigh at least 75 pounds to go solo, otherwise they can ride tandem with a parent.
Book Now! Or Call direct. Code: ZIP SIP
Please request tour time when making reservation. Reservations are accepted 7 days or more prior to arrival date. Room and Tax taken at time of reservation, and cannot be cancelled.

Motel 6 Atascadero
9400 El Camino Real, Atascadero California 93422
(805) 466-6701;
Motel 6 Atascadero is located between Paso Robles and Edna Valley Wine Countries. Atascadero is less than 14 miles from Morro Bay State Beach. America’s most iconic hotel chain honors the past with an eye on the future, celebrating its 50th year serving customers in 2012. Visit the Atascadero Zoo or play golf within two miles of the motel. Motel 6 offers the lowest price of any national chain throughout the United States and Canada and was the first national pet-friendly chain, welcoming pets since 1962. To book click here.

• Discounts and Service Specials
• AARP Members save 10% and receive free Wi-Fi, plus late check-out upon request.
• Kids under 17 stay free when accompanied by a parent
• Military discounts for active and retired personnel, and their families
• Pets are welcome and always stay free at Motel 6
• Free morning coffee

Americas Best Value Inn
6505 Morro Road, Atascadero California 93422
(805) 466-0794;
Americas Best Value Inn Atascadero/Paso Robles is minutes from downtown Atascadero, the Lake Park and Charles Paddock Zoo, Paso Robles Wine Country and great dining. Make yourself at home in one of the 25 air-conditioned rooms featuring complimentary wireless Internet and a complimentary continental breakfast served daily. To make reservations call (805) 466-0794.

• Spring Savings Special
Receive 20% off our best available rate when you book two or more consecutive nights this spring. Visit the beautiful Sunken Gardens Park and tour the historic city hall rotunda building built in 1918 and named a California Historical Landmark in 1977. Architecture and history fans will also want to visit Hearst Castle built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and turned into a state park after it was donated to California in 1957. Chalk Mountain golf course and the Hunter Ranch golf course offer some of the best designed courses in the state.

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