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Central Coast California

Discovery Museum - A place of discovery. With hands on exhibits children of all ages will enjoy something while they are here.

Carpinteria Valley Museum of History - Provides a fascinating glimpse into the Valley's past. A variety of unique exhibits examine the three major cultures that made this valley their home.

Clairmont Farms Lavender - Five acres of Grosso variety lavender, which is the most potent variety and yields the most oil upon distillation. The fields are breathtakingly beautiful with the backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains. Three hundred year old oak trees dot the grounds, and the driveway is lined with olive trees that were planted by the Spanish Missionaries over 180 years ago.

Fillmore Historical Museum - As you stroll about the Fillmore Historical Museum you will find four historical buildings with treasures from the early days in the Santa Clara valley.

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park - A one-of-a-kind experience combining five unique gardens and amusement rides with the mid-20th century history and agricultural roots of Santa Clara Valley. The park is set among 600 acres of rural countryside in the city of Gilroy.

Golf and Stuff - Bring the family for a fun day with mini golf, go karts, bumper boats, bumper cars, laser tag and a large arcade full of games and prizes.

Lompoc Museum - A cultural history museum with a mission to educate the public on the history of the Lompoc Valley and Santa Barbara County through permanent and rotating exhibits and public programs.

Old Fisherman's Wharf - Monterey's world-famous wharf is known for its fine dining, unique shops, fresh fish markets and a variety of other recreational activities.

Murphy Auto Museum - Relive decades gone by as you view more than 40 autos displayed by collectors from the tri-counties area. There is a wide variety of antique, classic, and newer vehicles on display, including a large collection of PACKARDS.

MY Museum- Monterey County Youth Museum - This 8,500 square foot museum is packed with a variety of hands on exhibits, making each visit unique and exciting. It compliments any visit to the Monterey area and turns a good day into a great day.

Ojai Valley Museum - This Museum has an extensive collection of Art, Native American Baskets, Pioneer Tools, and photographs of early days in Ojai.

Gull Wings Children's Museum - Eager to teach children about the world around them, with an emphasis on California, by developing an up to date environment that sustainable, engaging, fun, and inspiring.

Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History - The Museum has permanent exhibits which interpret the native plants, animals, geology, and aboriginal populations of Monterey County. The Museum also displays a variety of special temporary exhibits throughout the year.

Santa Barbara Zoo - Features over 700 animals species, the Zoo also offers a gift store, a Dentzel family enclosed carousel and two C.P. Huntington trains.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History - Set in historic Mission Canyon, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History offers a close look at the story of the region's birth, geology and paleontology, native wildlife, rich marine life, and the culture of the Chumash Indians. Features include a 72-foot Blue Whale skeleton, the region's only public Planetarium and observatory, a creek-side setting and a unique Museum Store.

Museum of Natural History - Offers activities for all ages, many of which are free. Nature walks, exhibits, lectures, puppet shows, videos, docent led tours and special events are available to make your visit both fun and educational.

Museum of Ventura County - Celebrates, preserves and interprets the art, history and culture of Ventura County, the California Channel Islands and the surrounding region through collections, exhibitions, events, education programs, publications and its research library, and serves as a gathering place for the community.

Majestic Ventura Theater - It is one of Southern California's finest venues and home to the world's most legendary artists - of all genres of music to include but not limited to: Punk, Alternative Rock, Reggae, Classic Rock, Metal, Blues, Country, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Rock en Espanol, Electronica, R&B/Trip-Hop/Hip-Hop, World and more.

California Academy of Sciences

Monterey Bay Aquarium - The aquarium features more than 100 galleries and exhibits devoted to the diverse habitats of Monterey Bay. The aquarium also features the world's largest jellyfish gallery and largest living deep sea exhibits. More than 300,000 animals and plants representing 571 species of fishes, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles, birds and plants found in Monterey Bay.

Monterey History & Maritime Museum - Shares the spirit of the explorers, conquerors, sailors and fishermen whose courage shaped Monterey's, and this nation's history. Located on Monterey’s waterfront, the museum explores the regions maritime heritage, from the Ohlone Indians and Spanish conquistadors to World War II and Monterey’s heyday as Sardine Capital of the World.

Carmel Walks - Discover the special charms of Carmel-by-the-Sea on a 2-hour guided walking tour through secret pathways, hidden courtyards, award-winning gardens, and by enchanting fairytale cottages... the homes, haunts, and history of famous artists, writers, and movie stars. Learn about the spirit, characters, and customs that make Carmel unique.

Casa del Herrero - This eleven-acre estate is open for public tours from mid-February to mid-November. Trained Docents interpret the history of the Steedman home, gardens, and workshop.

Exploration Station - A non-profit public benefit facility where local families can enjoy revolving science exhibits, interactive displays, and weekly activities designed to spark the imagination and creativity of the youth.

Gardens of the World - The Gardens became a reality when Ed and Lynn Hogan, founders of Pleasant Holidays, decided to build a striking monument to commemorate the various cultures of the world. French, English, Italian, and Japanese are just a few of the themed areas.

South Coast Railroad Museum - Focuses on the history, technology, and adventure of railroading. Special emphasis is placed on the railroad's contributions to local history, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, and on the key historical role of the railroad depot in rural community life across America.

Hearst Castle - Located on a hilltop in the Santa Lucia Mountains, overlooking the Pacific Ocean lies La Cuesta Encantada - "The Enchanted Hill" which took craftsmen 28 years to create.

Monterey Museum of Art - The museum's permanent collection includes California paintings, sculpture, works on paper and photography, Asian art, international folk art, and features significant bodies of work by Armin Hansen, William Ritschel, Ansel Adams, and Edward Weston.

Monterey Bay Sailing - Choose a captained cruise for a more relaxing voyage in the world's second largest marine sanctuary. Cruises are safe, affordable, family fun for all ages.

Morro Bay Aquarium - Fourteen tanks line the inside of the building, allowing you to view local marine life such as fish, sharks, octopus, eels, abalone sea anemones and more. In addition, the research department at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo boards their horseshoe crabs here.

Mustang Waterpark - Bring the family and gallop on out to Mustang Waterpark at Lopez Lake recreation area! Offers, safe, family water fun, excitement and relaxation for all ages.

The Natural History Museum - This is the place where natural history can come to life. The Museum provides education, exhibits and the opportunity for research in the Santa Maria Valley which inspires a respect for nature and the environment.

Southern California Wing's WWII Aviation Museum - Come and see restored military aircraft. Aircraft throughout the U.S. perform before nearly 10,000,000 spectators every year, recalling the hard-won victories of Americans and other freedom-loving people around the world during the years between 1939 and 1945.

Pewter Plough Playhouse - Cambria's unique, intimate Jewel Box of Community Theatres, presenting entertaining live stage plays and other events year-round .

The Ronald Regan Presidential Library & Museum - In a storied career that spanned more than five decades, Ronald Reagan inspired Americans to act and achieve even more than they imagined. His legacy thrives at The Reagan Library where events and exhibits rediscover his values, actions and spirit of determination.

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Sixty-five acres and over 5 miles of paths meander through an unrivaled collection of California flora and offer panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands. Eight different habitats represent various regions throughout California, including redwood forests, oak and canyon woodlands, meadows and deserts.

Seaside Gardens - Visitors to Seaside Gardens are invited to tour this beautiful 3+ acre botanical wonderland. Eleven garden vignettes provide an around-the-world sampling of plants that thrive in coastal environments.

Ventura Harbor Village - 33 acres of authentic Southern California exactly how you've imagined it. So make your vacation what you dreamed it would be - even if it's only for a weekend.

Carmel Mission Museums - Through its five museums, the Carmel Mission addresses the history of one of California’s most important heritage sites. See the Basilica, displays telling the story of the Mission, and the Heritage Museum.