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2701 Price St

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Free

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Free, Parks and Gardens Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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This park got its name from a large metal dinosaur structure that used to lead into the sea caves below. Although the structure is now gone, the surrounding area has turned into a popular park for children, joggers, bikers or anyone looking for a leisurely afternoon outside. The 11-acre park sits atop a bluff and provides visitors with picturesque ocean views. There are an abundance of walking trails as well as picnic tables and open grassy areas for relaxing. The park is family-friendly, and children will enjoy the playground structures, which have a dinosaur and animal theme. You can also bring dogs to the park as long as they stay on their leashes.

There is an amphitheater in the park where gatherings are occasionally held. The park may play host to yoga classes, arts festivals or other events on any given day, so check out the website to see if anything interests you during your visit. If you want to explore the cove beneath the park, known as Shelter Cove, you should rent a kayak from downtown Pismo Beach and paddle among the arches. Unfortunately, there is no beach access directly from Dinosaur Park, but if you head to nearby Margo Dodd Park, you can put a kayak in the water and then venture to the coves beneath the park. Visitors laud Dinosaur Caves Park for its stunning ocean views and clean grounds.

The park offers public restrooms and free off-street parking in a lot on Cliff Avenue. The park is located on the corner of Cliff Street and Shell Beach Road, and it's easily accessible from Highway 101. It's free to access. For more information on how to get to the park, visit the website.

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