Coming to town, but not sure what to do in Paso Robles? Check out our list below for the best restaurants and things to do in Paso Robles. The activities and place below pair great with any wine tour in the area and will help make sure that you make the most out of your time in Paso.
Pro-tip – if you can visit Paso Robles during the week, you’ll often enjoy more intimate experiences, be able to get into the popular spots, and will enjoy better pricing on hotels, tours, and more!
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Top 4 Things to Do in Paso Robles (besides wine tasting)
1. Explore the Paso Robles Distillery Trail on a full-day tour
Spend the day exploring the growing distillery trail and taste your way through local craft vodkas, gins, brandies & whiskeys (oh my!) before finishing the day with a hands-on cocktail-making class.
- Duration: Approximately 5 – 7 hours
- Cost: Approximately $200 person
2. Go Horseback Riding on a Vineyard with Central Coast Trailrides
Choose the ride that best suits your level and meet up with a small group to enjoy a 1 – 1.5 hour ride through a vineyard & take in stunning vistas. Finish the ride with wine tasting or delicious locally-made gelato.
- Duration: Approximately 1 – 1.5 hours
- Cost: Starting from $95 per person
3. Go Olive Oil Tasting at Kiler Ridge Olive Farm
Enjoy an educational olive oil tasting where you will sip through multiple olive oils and learn about their quality olive oil production, farming and more while enjoying stunning mountaintop views. Each tasting ends with a special ‘treat’!
- Duration: 30 – 45 minutes
- Cost: $10 per person
4. Visit Bruce Munro’s Field Of Light & Light Towers at Sensorio
One of Paso’s most popular attractions for visitors, Sensorio in Paso is an amazing experience for all travelers, whether you hope to spend an adventurous evening with the family, friends or coworkers, or enjoy a romantic evening with a loved one. On site amenities include local beer, wine, and several food options, with acoustic live music played nightly on the main lawn.
- Duration: About 75 minutes
- Cost: Starting at $43 per person
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5. Soak in a Natural Mineral Tub at River Oaks Hot Springs Spa
At one point, the main attraction in Paso Robles were our relaxing and healing natural hot springs spas. While there are many other reasons to visit the area these days, River Oaks Hot Springs Spa still offers guests the opportunity to enjoy our natural hot springs from a private tub overlooking beautiful vineyard views.
Offering a full array of spa services, you can make this a quick visit or a full spa day to rejuvenate and relax.
- Duration: About 60 minutes
- Cost: Starting at $28 per person
6. Explore Our Local Farmstead SLO County Farm Trail
Offering visitors to the area the opportunity to visit local farms, guests can do everything from harvest their own lavender, learn how to make delicious jams, tour a mushroom farm and so much more!
Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming workshops that include everything from growing your own cocktail garden to goat milking & cheese-making courses.
Cost & duration vary based on the location & event.
7. Downtown Happy Hour Walking tour with Paso Robles Tour Co
Join a Paso local for a walking tour through downtown and learn about the pioneers and trailblazers who helped create the Paso we know today (beverage included at the end)!
- Duration: About 75 minutes
- Cost: $20 per person
Don’t Miss These Best 5 Restaurants in Paso Robles
1. Les Petites Canailles
- Fine French cuisine in a Paso casual setting
- Slightly upscale, modern & classy atmosphere. Pricey.
Best known for their creative & high-quality French-inspired cuisine and top-notch wine list.
2. Thomas Hill Organics Bistro & Wine Bar
- A quality Farm-to-Table restaurant with a seasonal menu of creative, organic dishes
- Enjoy their cozy and relaxed brick patio courtyard, perfect for slowly sipping wines from their impressive list of local wines
Best known for their quality offerings, including great options for vegetarians & vegans, and high-quality hospitality.
3. Roots on Railroad at The Backyard on Thirteenth
- Offering gourmet street food such as Lobster Roll, Pad Thai Fries, and a Tri-Tip Sandwich
- Casual and lively atmosphere at the Backyard on Thirteenth, a downtown beer garden with an impressive selection of craft brews
Best known for high-quality, hand-made comfort food sourced from local ingredients.
4. Joe’s Place
- Hearty, old-school American eats at this local favorite
- Casual & lively atmosphere in this no-frills breakfast & lunch spot
Best known for large portions of standard country staples like biscuits and gravy, hearty omelets, or killer huevos rancheros. The perfect option before a full day wine tour.
5. AMSTRDM Coffee House & Piano Lounge
- High-quality coffee & simple but delicious breakfast staples
- Rustic and cozy ambiance, with simple but comfortable décor
Best known for being a great spot to grab coffee, breakfast and hang out long enough to then also grab lunch & a glass of wine. (If you stay long enough, you can also enjoy their live piano jazz and even more great wine. Cheers!)
If you are looking for an extensive list of what Tin City (downtown Paso) has to offer for food and drink, take a look at our blog post all about Tin City Paso Robles – an unexpected diamond in the rough.