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8 Best Things To Do In Paso Robles, California

Perri
Updated Nov 03, 2017

Paso Robles is a city in central California known for its wineries and olive groves. Home to an adorable, charming downtown area, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy, from wine tours, cooking classes, breweries, and even an amusement park for kids. Experience beautiful scenery, delicious food, and local wines, while feeling at home in this small town.

Top 3 activities to book in Paso Robles

1. Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden



Wine and art is brought together at this unique Paso Robles winery. Setting itself apart from other wineries in the area, Sculpterra has an impressive sculpture garden, featuring pieces from both permanent and visiting artists. Beginning a ranch for both pistachios and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, the Frankel family eventually ditched the pistachios to produce a larger variety of wine grapes. Eventually they opened a tasting room, and showcased fine art and sculptures. Many are even for sale, with some costing tens of thousands of dollars. The winery is also host to numerous events, including live music every Sunday, wine club events, and summer concerts. The tasting room is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden

Address: 5015 Linne Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Website: Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden

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2. Firestone Walker Brewing Company Tours


This brewery, which has become well known in the craft beer world, has humble beginnings in Paso Robles. Started by brothers-in-law David Walker and Adam Firestone, this brewery has since become nationally distributed with three locations in California. If you are a beer lover, this stop is a must. Pick from one of three tours: the Brewhouse Tour, the Barrel Room Tour, or the Evening Tour. The Brewhouse Tour takes guests on a tour of both the old and new brewhouses, the fermentation cellar, and bottling line. Guests will receive four beer samples, and a souvenir bag containing a snifter glass and a bottle opener. The Brewhouse Tour is 10 USD, and start times change weekly. Reservations are recommended.

Opt for the Barrel Room Tour and see parts of the brewery that are usually off-limits to the public. See everything you would see on the Brewhouse Tour, in addition to the canning and kegging hall, and the barrel room. The Barrel Room Tours are only offered Saturday and Sunday by appointment only. Tours are 30 USD and gets you 5 beer samples and a souvenir bag containing a 12oz vintage beer, a Glencairn glass, and a bottle opener. The Evening Tour, which shows the Brewhouse and Barrel Room, are only offered on select dates with limited spaces. The tour is 15 USD and gets you four beer samples and a souvenir bag containing a snifter glass, a bottle opener, and a koozie.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Address: 1400 Ramada Dr, Paso Robles, California, 93446

Website: Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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3. The Ravine Waterpark

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Posted by The Ravine Water Park on Thursday, 31 August 2017

For those looking for family fun, grab the kids and head to Paso Robles Ravine Waterpark. Situated amongst vineyards, wineries, and golf courses, this is great area to spend the day. Slide your way down the giant slide Thunder Run, tube through the flume Anaconda and Viper, or lounge around in Kickback Creek. Do your kids love the water, but it is not your thing? Chill on the sundeck of the Tadpool while your kids splash in the water. Regular admission is 27.99 USD, and junior admission is 19.99 USD, with several types of group discount packages available. The season goes from the end of May to the beginning of September, and they are open from 10:30am to 6pm.

The Ravine Waterpark

Address: 2301 Airport Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Website: The Ravine Waterpark

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4. Franklin Hot Springs

Posted by Franklin Hot Springs on Monday, 8 September 2014

Hot Springs are a natural spring of hot water that is heated by geothermal activity. They are thought to have therapeutic advantages due to their high mineral content, ionization, gases and PH variations, and may help increase metabolism, soothe sore muscles, detoxify and improve blood circulation. Regardless of whether or not these claims are true, Franklin Hot Springs is a great place to spend the day relaxing, whether you like boating, fishing, or soaking in the hot spring. Entrance fees include all of those activities, with additional activities such as paintball or camping also being available for purchase. Tickets start at 7 USD for adults and 5 USD for children. They are open daily, Monday through Thursday from 8am to 10pm, and Friday through Sunday from 8am to 12am.

Franklin Hot Springs

Address: 3015 Creston Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Website: Franklin Hot Springs

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5. Downtown Paso Robles Food, Wine, and Walking Tour

Downtown Paso Robles

For those wanting to sample the best food and wine Paso Robles has to offer, this is the tour for you. Take a tour of the historic downtown district of Paso Robles, where you will learn about the history and culture of the town and hear stories of famous outlaw Jesse James. Experience local chefs’ food and wine pairings, and stop at tasting rooms to sample additional Paso Robles Wine. Enjoy delicious farm-to-table cuisine. Tours start at 11am and are 78 USD per person.

Downtown Paso Robles Food, Wine, and Walking Tour

Website: Downtown Paso Robles Food, Wine, and Walking Tour

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6. Refugio Cooking School

Cooking Class

If you are looking to immerse yourself in the local food and wine culture, taking a cooking class at Refugio is a fun, interactive way to do that. Paso Robles is known for their wine, olives, and local produce, and Refugio uses that to its advantage. Learn cooking and entertaining skills from owner Brigit Binns and/or visiting chefs. Prepare a meal using local ingredients paired with local wines, and enjoy it outside surrounded by scenic views of olive trees and vineyards. Maybe even meet some new friends too. Check the website for the updated cooking class schedule.

Refugio Cooking School

Address: Barley Grain Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Website: Refugio Cooking School

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7. Barrelhouse Brewery and Beer Garden

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Posted by BarrelHouse Brewing Company on Thursday, 20 April 2017

Enjoy some amazing beer at Barrelhouse Brewery’s beer garden. Take in the scenery while jamming to some live music, munching on food truck specialties, and drinking some delicious beer. Pouring hours are Monday through Thursday from 2pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm, and Sunday from 11am to 8pm. Enjoy a tour on Friday through Sunday at 3pm, which are free with the purchase of a beer.

Barrelhouse Brewery and Beer Garden

Address: 3055 Limestone Way, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Website: Barrelhouse Brewery and Beer Garden

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8. Paso Robles Wine Adventure (from 69 USD)

Paso Robles Winery

Choose from a half or full day tour and visit 4 to 6 wineries. Hear about the culture and history of local Paso Robles wineries, while taking in spectacular views along the way. Taste wine at small, family owned wineries in an intimate setting. Sip Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons and Bordeaux, as well as special blends. Enjoy a deli-style picnic lunch on the full day tour (vegetarian option available). Tickets start at 69 USD with water and tasting fees included. Lunch is also included on the full day tour.

Paso Robles Wine Adventure

Price: from 69 USD

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Something for everyone!

This California town is located in the heart of wine country. This list includes obligatory wine tours, as well as other activities to appreciate local wine such as cooking lessons. Beer tours for the beer lovers and a waterpark for the kids means there is something for everyone in this small town.

This article was originally published on Nov 03, 2017

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Perri Lerner is a freelance writer based in Portland, Or. In her free time she loves to run, do yoga, travel, and eat amazing vegan food.

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