Atascadero Lake Park
||San Luis Obispo, CA|
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Atascadero Lake Park is a delight to find. When the beaches along the Pismo coast are too chilly, come here for some warm air along with plenty of shade. Local families come in large numbers to this park on the weekend. They laze on the grass beside the river, BBQ under the amazing tall trees, and watch their children navigate the two playgrounds. The playgrounds are high and interesting. There are swings as well. A gazebo on the lake makes for a pretty scene. Colorful paddle boats are available for rent in summer. Ducks and swans glide by on the lake. There's plenty to do at Atascadero Lake Park. I didn't like Charles Paddock Zoo, though, with its small enclosures.
On Tuesday nights all summer long from mid-June to the end of August there is live music by the Atascadero Community Band from 7-8pm and a BBQ from 5-7pm.
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Atascadero Lake Park is located at 9305 Pismo Ave, Atascadero CA 93422. It is along Highway 41, west of Highway 101. There is a large parking lot.
Exit Highway 101 southbound at Santa Rosa Rd and head west on Portola Rd for a mile. Turn left on Morro Rd and then take the second left on Pismo Ave. Exit Highway 101 northbound at Santa Rosa Rd. Turn left on Front St. Turn left on Santa Rosa Rd and drive for a mile. Turn right on Marchant Way.The park will be on your right.
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|The Charles Paddock Zoo is the only facility accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums between Santa Barbara and San Jose. The standard of care and housing of these animals is unparalleled on the Central Coast. Because of this the Charles Paddock Zoo is a participant in various animal registry services across the nation and as such has access to a wide variety of animals for exhibit. The Charles Paddock Zoo also offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year. It is an excellent place to bring children to learn about animal life or just to enjoy the zoo presentations and ambiance. A new entrance to the zoo was recently completed and there is a master plan for future expansion. The Charles Paddock Zoo and its programs are supported by the Central Coast Zoo Society, a non-profit organization, the City of Atascadero and thousands of fans. Learn more at www.charlespaddockzoo.org.|
|I disagree sharply with the idea you should avoid the zoo. It is a great resource and a wonderful place for kids. As a grandparent and a great grandparent I take my kids their all the time. The enclosures are appropriate for the size of the animals and I doubt if they are depressed or that the writer has the credentials to determine that. Come see for your self along with the other 70,000 visitors a year.|