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Santa Maria offers something for the entire family. This fun-filled playground in the foothills of the Sierra Madres and just minutes from pristine beaches will bring out the child in everyone. Most of the activities are low cost or free. For more information call the Santa Maria Valley Convention and Visitor & Convention Bureau at (800) 331-3779.

PARKS

Waller Park
Shaded by towering pines surrounding a tranquil lake, this park is a children’s paradise with a playground, pony rides, barbecue and picnic areas, disk golf, a gazebo and plenty of room to roam and play. 300 Goodwin Road, Santa Maria. (805) 934-6211.

Preisker Park 
Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the city’s largest park. Children will delight in playing on the ship that sits inside the miniature lake. This park also includes barbecue and picnic areas, gazebo, playground areas, a baseball diamond, and a horseshoe pit. Summer concerts during the summer. 2301 Preisker Lane, Santa Maria. (805) 925-0951 ext. 260 or ext.410.

Nojoqui Park
A great place for a family picnic and hike. A short 10 minute walk leads to a meandering stream which delivers a cascading 160-foot waterfall. 10 minutes from Solvang on Alisal Road. (805) 688-4217.

PLAYSCAPES

Boomer’s
Miniature golf, raceway go-karts, bumper boats, video games, and deluxe batting range for total family fun. 2250 Preisker Lane. Open daily. (805) 928-4942.

YMCA Skateboard Park
Located adjacent to the YMCA facility, this 15,000 square foot park contains numerous ramps including quarter pipes, half pipes, boxes, rails, jumps, hills and a vertical ramp. A special area for beginners is also available. 3400 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, (805) 937-8521.

Paul Nelson Aquatic Center
Enjoy year-round swimming for children of all ages. Special children’s wading pool with frog slide and mushroom shower. 516 McClelland Street. (805) 925-0951 ext. 352.

Rancho Bowl 
Enjoy 32 lanes ( bumper lanes available) for striking fun for the whole family! The bowling alley also includes a video arcade, coffee shop, bar, pool tables and pro shop. 128 East Donovan Rd., Santa Maria. (805) 925-2405.

Santa Maria Speedway
Take to the track for stock car races each Saturday night in Nipomo. April through October. (805) 922-2233.

Central Coast Sports Arena 
Kids of all ages will enjoy roller skating and roller hockey at the Central Coast Sports Arena. Public skating sessions and birthday parties are available on weekends and holidays. Call for skate session dates and times. 937 S. Thornburg, Gate 7, Santa Maria. (805) 739-0920.

Farmers Market
Fresh picked seasonal produce and colorful blossoms! Come out to the Central City Farmer’s Market Tuesdays at Oak Knoll South on the corner of Bradley Road and Clark Ave. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays at the Town Center West at Broadway and Main St. from 12:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Info: (805) 305-9829.

YMCA
Enjoy swimming and recreation activities any time of the year. 3400 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria. (805) 937-8521.

MISSIONS

La Purisima Mission Historic State Park
Of the 21 Franciscan Missions in California, this is one of the three preserved within the State Park system. Indeed, all the major buildings have been rebuilt and furnished as they were at the mission's zenith in 1820. Located near Lompoc on Highway 246, 23 miles southwest of Santa Maria. There is an entry fee of $2.00 per private vehicle; buses are $20. Tour information: (805)735-2174. Park information: (805) 733-3713.

Mission Santa Inez
Established in 1804 as the 19th California Mission, Santa Ines sits in splendor with handpainted murals by Indian artists as well as priceless works of European art and sculptures. Enjoy the beautiful garden or visit the resting place of Indians and early California settlers of Spanish, German, Irish, and Portuguese descent. Located 38 miles south of Santa Maria. Admission $3. Children 12 & under are free. (805) 688-4815.

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
Visit the Old Padre Quarter or see such artifacts such as Chumash Indian vessels, religious vestments and the original mission altar. Located 34 miles north of Santa Maria in San Luis Obispo. Admission is free. (805) 546-6850.

MUSEUMS

Santa Maria Museum of Flight
 Wander through this large museum featuring World War II and present-day displays of aircraft and artifacts. The museum is open Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 adults; $4 seniors; $3 kids 12-18; $1 kids 6-12. Group tours available, call to schedule. (805) 922-8758.

The Natural History Museum
412 S. McClelland St.,
Santa Maria (805) 614-0806
Families and kids of all ages will enjoy the Natural History Museum in Santa Maria "Where natural history comes to life"!  See interesting displays of natural history artifacts from our area. You’ll find rock and fossil exhibits, native bird displays, a life-size T-Rex skull and even a real bat room. Watch a short video on the geologic history of the Santa Maria Valley from Prehistoric times to modern times.  Work with the interactive plate tectonics kiosk which demonstrates global sea levels and temperatures through time as well.  On the first Saturday of each the month, visit with "live" animals!  The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is free. (805) 614-0806.

Santa Maria Valley Historical Society Museum
For a glimpse into the history of Santa Maria and the people who settled here, visit the Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum. The museum preserves the history and nostalgia of the city with pictures, artifacts, and valley memorabilia. Ask about the Historic Walking Tours. Admission is free. 616 South Broadway, Santa Maria. (805) 922-3130.

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
Families will take pleasure in this newly built museum that offers hands-on exhibits for children to learn while they play. This hands-on museum offers a chance for children to learn while they play. Enjoy exhibits such as Enclose Yourself in a Bubble, Tar Pit and much more. For current hours of operation please call (805) 928-8414. 705 S. McClelland, Santa Maria.

Santa Maria Valley Railway Historical Museum
Twice per month, on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, come out to the Santa Maria Transit Center, located at the corner of South Miller and East Boone Street. Three train pieces from the Santa Maria Valley Railroad are on permanent display. Visitors can see the engine up close and board the box car and caboose to take a look around and see other exhibits inside. Special tours are available by arrangement. (805) 714-4927.

Santa Maria Valley Historical Museum
For a glimpse into the history of Santa Maria and the people who settled here, visit this museum preserves the history and nostalgia of the city with pictures, artifacts, and valley memorabilia. Ask about the Historic Walking Tours. Admission is free. 616 South Broadway, Santa Maria. (805) 922-3130.

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
Families will take pleasure in this newly built museum that offers hands-on exhibits for children to learn while they play. This hands-on museum offers a chance for children to learn while they play. Enjoy exhibits such as Enclose Yourself in a Bubble, Tar Pit and much more. For current hours of operation please call (805) 928-8414. 705 S. McClelland, Santa Maria.  

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
A SHORT DRIVE - BUT WORTH THE EFFORT

Hearst Castle
The enchanting hilltop retreat of William Randolf Hearst is one of California’s top tourist attractions. Don’t miss the large format films playing daily at the new National Geographic Theater. Off Highway 1 in San Simeon. (800) 444-4445.

Chumash Casino Resort
Las Vegas style thrills including card room, video game lounge or high stakes bingo tables. 35 miles south on Highway 101 to Highway 246 east, Buellton. (800) 728-9997.

Quicksilver Miniature Horse Ranch
Quicksilver Ranch is located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, just 30 miles north of Santa Barbara. Tours are available by appointment only, for 20 people or more. 1555 Alamo Pintado Road, Santa Ynez. (800) 370-4002.

Ostrich Land
Home of hundreds of the biggest birds in the world. 610 E. Highway. 246 in Buellton. (805) 686-9696.

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614 South Broadway, Santa Maria, CA 93454-5111

Phone: 800-331-3779
Fax: 805-928-7559
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