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If you are visiting Paso Robles for a vacation or weekend getaway, you’ve got a lot options for fun things to do here. We’ve put together much more than the “top 10 things to do in Paso Robles.” That’s because there are too many things to do to keep it to a top 10 list. The area’s number one attraction is wine tasting. After tasting the fruit of the local vines, checkout some of the many other things to do. Here are some examples: beer tasting, olive oil tasting, fine dining, museum tours, farmer’s market, Lake Nacimiento, art galleries, golfing, Mission San Miguel and more.

Wine tasting

what are the best things to do when visiting paso robles, caOne of the top attractions in Paso Robles in wine tasting. Local wineries and tasting rooms welcome visitors to come and sample their latest creations. Paso Robles is especially known for its heritage grape zinfandel, but is also earning respect and accolades for its Rhone-style blends of syrah, grenache and mourvedre. Many local wineries offer food and wine pairing, barrel tasting, and winery tours. Wine tasting is sometimes free, but many wineries charge $10 to $20 per tasting. There are too many great wineries to list them all here, so check out this Paso Robles Wine Tasting Map for more information. For Paso Robles Wine Tours, try these services:

Beer tasting

Paso Robles may be wine country, but there is plenty of room for beer. Take a Paso Robles beer tasting tour and learn about all the craft beers and ales made right here in our back yard.Firestone milk stout

  • Firestone Walker Brewing Company offers beer tasting tours in the Tap Room restaurant and complimentary guided tours of their brew house and cellar by appointment throughout the week. Tours last about 20-30 minutes, space is very limited and reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. The brewery is located at 1400 Ramada Dr. in Paso Robles, CA. Call for reservations (805) 225-5913.
  • BarrelHouse Brewing Company offers beer tastings at their beer garden with games and concerts on site. Barrelhouse Brewing Company is located at 3055 Limestone Way in Paso Robles, call (805) 296-1128.
  • Earth and Fire Brewing Company is open Friday, 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday, noon – 6 p.m., and Sunday noon – 5 p.m. It’s located at 825 Riverside Ave Ste 1 in Paso Robles, call (805) 270-2959.
  • Silva Brewing is located at 525 Pine St., Suite B. It can be accessed from the Pour House or from the alley behind the buildings. It’s open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 6 p.m. Friday.

Olive oil tasting

  • olive oil tastingKiler Ridge Olive Farm produces award-winning, organic olive oils. Sample Tuscan-style olive oil and food pairings while enjoying panoramic views of Westside orchards and vineyards at 1111 Kiler Canyon Road, only two miles from downtown Paso Robles. Call (805) 400-1439.
  • Olivas de Oro Olive Co. offers tasting of their award-winning, sustainably-grown olive oils and vinegars. Open Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or by appointment at 2989 B Limestone Way in Paso Robles. Call (805) 227-4223.
  • Pasolivo Olive Oil offers tastings of handcrafted olive oils and artisanal foods at its westside tasting room. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at 8530 Vineyard Dr. and open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. downtown at 1229 Park St. in Paso Robles. Call (805) 227-0186 for the vineyard and (805) 226-8800 for the downtown location.
  • We Olive is a retail shop and tasting spot at 1311 Park St. in Paso Robles. They have a huge selection and friendly knowledgeable staff. Call (805) 239-7667.

Enjoy fine diningbest places for fine dining in paso robles

Foodies are flocking to Paso Robles as fining dining is exploding on the local scene. Many offer fresh farm to table cuisine. Some of the best places to eat in Paso Robles include BL Brassiere (French), Buona Tavola (Northern Italian), Enoteca Restaurant (California bistro), Fish Gaucho (seafood), Goshi Japanese, Il Cortile (Northern Italian), Jaffa Cafe (Mediterranean), La Cosecha (South American), McPhee’s Grill (steakhouse), Paso Robles Steakhouse, Thomas Hill Organics (California bistro), and Yanagi Sushi & Grill.

Tour museums

  • best museums in paso roblesEstrella Warbird Museum hosts a collection for wartime history with planes, guns, flight simulator and interactive displays. A new addition is the Woodland Auto Display with a large automobile collection. Kids of all ages will enjoy the exhibits here. The museum is located at 4251 Dry Creek Road near the Paso Robles Airport. Call (805) 238-9317.
  • Paso Robles History Museum is a local archive and repository for records and other materials. The Paso Robles History Museum is located at the historic Carnegie Library in the downtown City Park. Open every day but Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free admission, call (805) 238-4996.
  • Paso Robles Pioneer Museum has a great collection of visual and written history. It’s a good place to take a 1 to 2-hour tour of local history. It has an old school house on the grounds so children can look back into a classroom more than 100 years old. It’s located at 2010 Riverside Avenue in downtown Paso Robles. Narrated tours are available to groups. Call (805) 239-4556.
  • Paso Robles Children’s Museum at the historic Paso Robles Firehouse is open Friday to Monday from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Admission is $8 for kids age 1-13, $7 for adults and $5 for grandparents. Call (805) 238-7432.

Visit the farmer’s market

things to do in Paso Robles, CACome and experience the many agricultural products this area has to offer. Try new flavors as the vendors let you sample a variety of their fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, hand-made crafts and offerings. Paso Robles has a farmers market on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The farmer’s markets are hosted in the Downtown Paso Robles City Park under the trees at 11th & Spring Streets in downtown Paso Robles.

Explore Lake Nacimiento

visit paso roblesLake Nacimiento, just 30 minutes northwest of Paso Robles, is a top destination for camping and water sports like skiing and wake-boarding, kayaking and paddle-boarding. Fishing is also popular at the lake. The lake is fully stocked and supplies are available at the marina store. Enjoy hiking over 100 miles of designated trails among Lake Nacimiento’s surrounding pine and oak groves and taking scenic leisure walks along it’s shoreline. The lake is a great place to cool off with the temperatures start heating up. Check current water level hereLake Nacimiento Resort is located at 10625 Nacimiento Lake Drive, Bradley, CA 93426. Reach the marina at (805) 238-1056.

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Visit art galleries

AACA show studios on the parkPaso Robles has a variety of art galleries and studios to enjoy. One highlight is Studios on the Park in the heart of downtown. Come watch some of the county’s most accomplished artists at work in their studios and see how each artist uses their favorite medium to create decorative, functional, and wearable art.

Shop for antiquesAntique shops paso robles

  • Relics Antique Mall – Over 4,000 sq. ft. of antiques and vintage decor showcasing the wares of over 30 vendors and designers. 1329 Spring Street, Paso Robles. (805) 296-3612.
  • Reminisce Antiques – A village of shops with a large selection of antiques and treasures including vintage items, home decor, western, gifts, jewelry, accessories and more. 1344 Pine St., Paso Robles. (805) 239-1001.
  • Vineyard Antiques – A 10,000 sq.ft. antique mall with antique furniture from primitive to elegant, old tools, glassware, pottery, artifacts, toys, wine accessories, jewelry and more. 2320 Ramada Dr., Paso Robles. (805) 237-4012.

See early California history at Mission San MiguelMission San Miguel by Eric Foos

Mission San Miguel Arcangel is just a few miles north of Paso Robles on Highway 101. Explore early California history at the mission museum and gift shop. It’s open Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for self-guided tours. Weekday Mass is held Monday through Friday at 8 a.m., Saturday Mass is held at 4 p.m. and Sunday Mass is held at 7 a.m. (English) 10 a.m. (Bilingual), noon (English) and 5 p.m. (Spanish). Call (805) 467-3256.

See animals up close at Zoo To Youzoo in paso robles

Paso Robles has a small rural zoo, Zoo To You, that is open for guided tours and animal encounters. Come visit a mountain lion, bear, alligator, eagles and more. Call to confirm and let them know you will be there. (805) 391-0604.

Go golfing

  • Golf tournament san luis obispoHunter Ranch Golf Course is a hidden gem that mixes small town charm with world class golf and dining experiences. Rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, Hunter Ranch features unparalleled vistas across its rolling oak studded terrain, surrounded by vineyards and natural beauty. (805)-237-7444.
  • Paso Robles Golf Club – This 18-hole championship golf course is the hidden gem of SLO County. Relax in the restaurant, bar or veranda after your round of golf. Sharpen your game with a golf lesson from one of our PGA Professionals and enjoy our expansive practice facilities.1600 Country Club Dr., Paso Robles. (805) 238-4722.
  • River Oaks Golf Course – A unique “6-Hole Player Development” course offering 3 sets of tees. Perfect for advanced, intermediate, beginners, juniors, seniors and women golfers. River Oaks Golf Course is ideal for golfers looking for a quick round. 700 Clubhouse Dr., (805) 226-8099.
  • Disc Golf at Castoro Cellars – For a different kind of golfing experience, check out the disc golf course at Castoro Cellars. The Whale Rock Disc Golf Course is a premier 18-hole course located near the wine tasting room off Highway 46 West. All holes are par three with distances ranging from 225-490 feet with multiple pin locations. The course is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Click here for more details.

Go play at the Ravine Water Parkattractions in paso robles

During the summer months, the Ravine Water Park is the closest thing to an amusement park in Paso Robles. It has a several fun and exciting water rides, like the Kamakaze drop slide, Vertigo body bowl, lazy river and wave pool. It offers cabanas and food and beverage service. The Ravine is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. It’s located on Highway 46 East at Airport Road in Paso Robles. Call (805) 237-8500.

Editor’s note: The Best of Paso Robles is a special section of the Paso Robles Daily News. The series recommends local businesses and places that the writers and editors have personally visited and recommend. If you would like to suggest something fun to do in Paso Robles for consideration in this series, click here to contact the Paso Robles Daily News, or call Access Publishing at (805) 226-9890.  

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