One weekend during our visit to California, it was too cold to do a beach day, so we headed to Montana de Oro. Aside from being where my parents were married, we visit for the hiking trails, gorgeous scenery along the rocky coastline, and tidepools. Unfortunately, we timed our trip to be during a very high tide, but our active three-year-old still had a great time exploring the rocky beach and shell hunting. We even saw a few sea creatures!
Montana de Oro is located just south of Morro Bay. It is a great place to take the kids to get some wiggles out. Be sure to bring good walking shoes and layers as the temperatures on the bluff overlooking the ocean can be quite windy and cold at times. In other areas of the park there are sand dunes, a small beach and a campground. Because it is off beaten path a bit, it is rarely crowded and an awesome place to explore nature. Park close to the ranger’s station and follow the hiking trail toward the coast to enjoy the scenes pictured here.