Pack a picnic, bring the entire family & enjoy a day at the park
As I walk with my family along the trail of the Dinosaur Caves Park, the breathtaking scenery and refreshing smell of the ocean air is a constant reminder of why I always return. Visible from the Highway 101 and located in Shell Beach, this park offers exquisite views of the Pacific Ocean – an ideal place for practicing some photography, holding a wedding ceremony and for people of all ages to enjoy.
The Dinosaur Caves Park is named after a tourist attraction that allowed visitors to view sea caves that had been carved from waves. H. Douglas created a dinosaur statue that was never fully completed due to the objection of neighbors. In the 1960s, the dinosaur was destroyed in a fire and, in the 1970s, the main sea cave collapsed. As a result, the tourist attraction ended and, in 1992, the city of Pismo Beach purchased the property; the park opened in June 2003.
A trail running along the bluffs boasts a viewing platforms and a spacious grass area – a favorite among dog owners, it is also a popular picnic spot and perfect for various athletic activities. An amphitheater is available to rent for events and there is a play area for children and toddlers.
In the play area, several structures await visitors and add to the theme of the park including an Orca whale, dinosaur and other ocean animals. Children can climb on or inside the large dinosaur eggs; a tire swing and boat promise hours of fun.
Picnic tables next to the play area are perfect for enjoying a snack or meal or to simply enjoy the surroundings. The bathrooms, very well kept, are located by the parking lot and parking is free; street parking is also available.
Upcoming events at Dinosaur Caves Park include Art in the Park, held October through May on the first Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Local vendors are on hand to display and sell jewelry, baked goods, paintings and more. For more information visit artintheparkshellbeach.com.
For a full list of upcoming events at Dinosaur Caves Park, see www.pismobeach.org. To visit, take Northbound 101: Exit Mattie Road. Turn left under freeway. Located at the corner of Cliff St. and Shell Beach Rd. Traveling along Southbound101: Exit Price St. Turn right on Shell Beach Road.
Read more in the Pismo Beach Visitors Guide