Nearby Attractions
The Oceano sand dune area is recognized by scientists, conservationists, government agencies, and the public as the finest, most extensive coastal dunes remaining in California.

A short driving distance away is the charming Danish town of Solvang and the historic communities of Santa Ynez, Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos, and the old village of Arroyo Grande

San Luis Obispo Performing Arts Center
The magnificent performing arts center is the result of a partnership and a true spirit of cooperation between California Polytechnic State University, the City of San Luis Obispo and the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center. Information and schedule of performances are here .

Great American Melodrama
(805) 489-2499
Family-oriented theater featuring musicals, comedies and audience participation. Beer, wine, desserts and dining at the in-house pub.

Clark Center for the Performing Arts
(805) 489-9440

Mineral Springs
At nearby Avila Beach there are naturally heated mineral springs where you can swim in the pool or take a hot mineral bath. Sycamore and Avila Hot Springs are two of the best mineral springs still operating in California.
Avila Hot Springs: (805) 595-2359 or 800-332-2359 and
Sycamore Mineral Springs: (805) 595-7302

Price Anniversary House
This homestead of a founding family is currently undergoing restoration and will become a complete museum and a working early California Rancho with adobe ruins. Frady Lane to end of Public Works Road. Open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm 1st and 3rd Sundays.

Pismo Beach has been blessed with an abundance of wildlife. Almost everyone knows about the famous Pismo Clams. Although they have pretty much disappeared from the scene, clamming is still popular. Lately the wildlife focus has been turned toward our butterfly grove. It turns out that one of the most spectacular Monarch Butterfly Groves in the country is on our southern boundary. Of course we have a bounty of water bound friends - Whales, Otters, Elephant Seals, etc. just offshore.

Monarch Butterfly Grove
The "Butterfly Trees" of Pismo Beach are one of our most beloved attractions From late October through February, thousands of colorful Monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of Eucalyptus and Monterey Pines in the area, giving the appearance of yellow and orange leaves. They travel over the Sierra Mountains and west of the Rockies. Some come from as far away as Canada to escape the colder temperatures of the north. For more information on the Monarch Butterfly visit .


The Pismo Clam
The Pismo Clam is one of the largest types of clams found along the California Coast. The clams can grow up to seven inches, if not interfered with by hungry clammers and sea otters. Legal size is 4 1/2 inches in diameter; and the proper place to clam is south of Grand Avenue (south of Pismo Beach).

Clams take approximately five years to reach legal size; growing about 3/4 of an inch each year. As clams approach ten years of age, they seldom grow more than 1/8 of an inch per year. The largest living Pismo Clam on record is 7 3/8 inches, however the clam shell on display in the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce is 8 inches in diameter.

During high tide, the clam is covered with water and can be found just under the sand's surface with it's siphon extended to the surface. Water taken in through the siphon, passes over the gills where food particles are removed and digested. The water is then expelled through the siphon. A 3 inch clam filters an average of 5,800 gallons of water per year. This amount of water contains approximately 3.88 ounces of food; thus clams are very light eaters.

How To Clam
Before you clam you must obtain a salt-water fishing license, which can be purchased at K-Mart (Arroyo Grande), Longs Drugs (Pismo Beach) and Gotta Go Fish'n (Pismo Beach). Clamming is permitted year-round. You will also need a clam fork and a measuring device called a "caliper"; normally the caliper is attached to the clam fork. If you do not use a clam fork, you can use a modified rake, or any utensil that has prongs a foot or so long.

The limit for clamming is ten clams per day per person. It is a good idea to bring a bucket and fill it with sea water, not fresh water; the clams once in the bucket, will purge themselves of any impurities and will open slightly. This will allow you to remove them from their shells more easily. If you try to remove them from their shells when they are closed, you will quickly learn where the expression "Clam Up" came from.

Clamming Guidelines
According to state law: Clams must measure 4 1/2" in diameter before they can be taken. Undersized clams must be replaced in the very same hole that they were taken from. A saltwater fishing license is required. The annual fee for a saltwater license is approximately $14.20, and a day pass is about $8.40. The licenses are issued by the Department of Fish and Game. Clams may be taken only between a half-hour before sunrise and a half-hour after sunset. The limit for clamming is 10 clams per day per person. Those caught not adhering to any of these guidelines, will be subject to heavy fines.


Wildlife Viewing
Several city parks in both Pismo and Shell Beach are perfect for viewing numerous bird species, sea otters, seals, tidepool inhabitants and even migrating whales (in season). The Pismo and Oceano Dunes are home to several rare and endangered species. Frequent guided dune habitat nature walks are offered all year by State Park Docents. Giant elephant seals haul out in huge colonies on beaches near Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, north of Cambria. The Pismo Marsh, Dinosaur Cave Park and Chumash Park are planned future projects for public use.

Docents Information : (805) 772-2694
Whale Watching ( Patriot Sportfishing ): (805) 595-7200
Elephant Seals Info: (805) 924-1628

Dinasour park
This 11-acre ocean front bluff top park is popular with walkers, photographers, dog lovers, joggers and fishing enthusiasts. Park amenities include a wedding overlook as well as a grassy reception area and an amphitheater for entertainment events are available to rent on an hourly basis. A restroom and off-street parking are also offered.. Additionally, a large unique play area is found in the park and includes two concrete dolphins; Oreo the Orca Whale; the USS IMAGINATION, a fine galleon; three beautiful dinosaur eggs; one gentle dinosaur and three playful seals. A tire swing and tot swing also grace the play area.

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