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Attractions & Things To Do In Cambria

Find Moonstone Beach, Hearst Castle & More Nearby

While the ocean view might be all you need, Sea Otter Inn is near some of the best things to do and see in Cambria, CA. The exciting list of popular attractions includes Hearst Castle, Moonstone Beach and seemingly limitless outdoor destinations, historic landmarks and eclectic art galleries.  

 

Visit elephant seals at Piedras Blancas or tour Hearst Castle just ten minutes from our hotel. Enjoy live entertainment at the Fireside Lounge at Cambria Pines Lodge, our sister hotel in Cambria. Tour Paso Robles wine country or taste local favorites right in Cambria. Wander the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk located steps from the hotel or visit the Cambria Center for the Arts.  

 

When planning your Cambria adventure, our concierge is happy to recommend fun things to do and assist with tickets, tours, transportation and anything else required to make your stay relaxing and hassle-free. 

Cambria Nursery and Florist

Cambria Nursery and Florist

Selected for the 2017 Best of Cambria award in the florist category, this charming shop features plants, trees, flowers and shrubs along with garden supplies, a Christmas store and garden workshops.

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View of the Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle

Visit Hearst Castle and discover an incredible collection of over 25,000 historical artifacts. Imagined by William Randolph Hearst and executed by famed architect Julia Morgan, this iconic group of structures features lush gardens, larger-than-life rooms and countless noteworthy artworks. Rivaling some of the nation's top museums, Hearst Castle boasts a compelling assortment of unique art and architectural details that will make your visit worthwhile.

Prices 
Evening tour tickets are $12 for children aged five to 12 and $36.00 for adults. Tickets for all other tour types are $12 for children and $25 for adults.

Hours
Tour times vary by season. To explore available times, call (800) 444-4445.

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The Pewter Plough Playhouse

Pewter Plough Playhouse

See entertaining live stage plays in an intimate, historical setting when you visit the iconic Pewter Plough Playhouse. Established in 1976, this unique "Jewel Box of Community Theatres" features experienced and up-and-coming thespians who have perfected their art in dance, drama and comedy. Enjoy an unforgettable evening of live performances and help support one of the area's most important arts and culture landmarks.

Prices
Ticket prices vary based on show

Hours
Show times vary; call 805-927-3877 for information

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Auditorium at the Cambria Center for the Arts

Cambria Center for the Arts

See fascinating artwork and exhibits from locally and globally renowned artists while helping to support an important not-for-profit organization. Enjoy live music, plays and poetry at the Cambria Center for the Arts Theatre or hone your own creative skills in a class, program or workshop. Created to provide a vibrant community center in the beating heart of Cambria, this important facility provides critical support to budding artists and numerous cultural adventures for both tourists and locals.

Prices
Free admission to most galleries; theatre ticket prices start at $20 and vary based on performance 

Hours
Gallery hours are Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m;  Saturday/Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Group of Elephant Seals at Vista Point

Elephant Seal Vista Point

Visit the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery and see some of nature's largest and most fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. Located on California's Central Coast at the southern end of Big Sur on California Highway One, this natural colony includes more than 17,000 elephant seals, which gather seasonally to safely avoid predators and frolic playfully with their pups. If you come from mid-December through February, you may be lucky enough to see a pup being born!

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William Randolph Hearst State Beach

A beautiful protected cove and a popular recreational area, William R. Hearst State Beach offers a myriad of outdoor activities for people of all ages. Enjoy pier fishing and deep sea fishing from chartered boats. Hike, swim, sunbathe and go beachcombing along the beautiful powdery sands. With barbecue grills, picnic tables and restroom facilities, this popular beach spot is an ideal place for a memorable day of fun under the sun.

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Gorgeous pacific coast wine trail

Pacific Coast Wine Trail

Take a journey along the Pacific Coast Wine Trail and sample distinct, limited-production wines from the region's top producers. Meandering its way alongside the stunning Pacific coastline, this engaging adventure allows you to savor hand-crafted, boutique wines while enjoying breathtaking scenery. There are also ample opportunities for antiquing, hiking, beach time and cultural discoveries at various historical sites.

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