Outdoor family activities abound in Atascadero
ATASCADERO TRAVEL GUIDE – Atascadero was purposely situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on Highway 101, only 20 miles from the ocean by the city’s founder, E.G. Lewis in the early 1900s. The city is full of history with its numerous colony homes, many of which have been restored to their original grandeur.
Welcome! Please use this Atascadero Travel Guide for tourists while visiting this tranquil city in North San Luis Obispo County.
Atascadero Lake and Park – Located on Highway 41 next to the zoo. The park is open from dawn to dusk and is open to the public. Paddle boats and kayaks are available for rent during the summer and depend on the water level of the lake. Recreational fishing is available around the lake. A pedestrian path loops around the lake and is about one mile.
Atascadero Historical Society – The Atascadero Historical Society Colony House, 6600 Lewis Ave. behind the city parking lot across the street from the City Administration Building, is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 1-4 pm Talk to a docent about the history of Atascadero.
Atascadero Zoo – Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children 3 to 11 years old and $4.25 for seniors 65 and older. The zoo is open during the summer from 10 am-4 pm daily. The zoo is one of only 211 zoos accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association since 1991. The park was founded in 1955 by Charles Paddock, who was a park ranger who came to the aid of injured wildlife. 9100 Morro Rd., Atascadero, just off Highway 41, about one-and-a-half miles west of Highway 101. (805) 461-5080.
Central Coast Antique Marketplace – The newest antique mall, this multi-dealer showroom is filled full with collections of fine furniture, clocks, linens, toys & dolls, art, jewelry, Memorabilia, glassware, shabby chic, re-purposed and more. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Sunday 11am-4pm. 3905 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA (across from K-mart), antiquemarketplace.vpweb.com, (805) 462-8382.
Envisions Gallery – Home to Thomas Kinkade and Robert Copple art, local area artists Bonnie Wilkins, Patricia Newton and others. Photography by Joe Schwartz, Bob Wilkins, Laura Dienzo, Bob Kelley, Josh Sewell, Joseph James and Nancy Koren. Western art and bronze sculptures by Vel Miller. envisionsgallery.com, 5975 Traffic Way, Atascadero, CA, (805) 466-5850.
The Barrel Room – Fine wine-tasting comes to downtown Atascadero. Cozy, colorful, comfortable ambiance in the heart of the historic Colony District. Close to local restaurants, galleries and shopping. Experience fine local boutique wines. 5985 Traffic Way, next to the Carlton Hotel, (805) 462-9200.
Guest House Grill – Best full bar and grill in Atascadero. Classic grilled choice steaks, Hearst Ranch burgers, pastas, seafood, salads and much more! Dine in the cozy dining room with 20-foot mural and other art pieces. 8783 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA, guesthousegrill.com, (805) 460-0193.
Overland Stage & Card Room – Open 7 days a week, this steakhouse features a large dining room with a TV to watch your favorite sporting event. Full menu available. 9850 E. Front St, Atascadero, CA (805) 466-2000.
Blue Sky Gardens Pumpkin Farm – Bring your family to this small off-the-road farm, for a haunted house, corn maze, and farm animals. Pumpkins, gourds, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, peppers are available. Open daily during October 9 am-dark. Reservations recommended for small groups. 19505 Walnut Avenue, Atascadero, CA, (Garden Farms area), blueskygardens.sanityonline.com, (805) 610-6330.
Salons & Spas
Salon 62 – A Premier Salon in the heart of Atascadero where they pride themselves on giving you the best service, leaving you feeling relaxed, pampered, nourished and beautiful! They are open Monday through Saturday 8:30am-7:00pm, Walk-ins welcome, 6895 El Camino Real, Atascadero, CA 93422. Visit salon62.com or call (805) 461-3262.
Bella Cose Boutique – The boutique that will keep you and your friends coming back for more. Not only are the prices great but the customer service can’t be beat. They carry a wide variety of clothes. 5992 Entrada Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422 (805) 462-2673.
Atascadero Travel Guide stories
Top things to do when visiting Atascadero, CA
- Discover Atascadero’s rich history
- Cellebrate Atascadero’s Colony Days
- Visit Atascadero’s hidden wildsphere at the zoo
- Art and wine at Atascadero’s Nichols Winery
- Go see the wildflowers in season
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