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Dinosaur Caves Park

This 11-acre blufftop park at the northernmost end of the town of Pismo Beach overlooks the ocean and offshore sea stacks, has benches and viewing platforms, a network of meandering accessible paths, grassy areas, picnic tables, a small amphitheater, and a playground with whale-shaped climbing structures. It is named for a one-time tourist attraction, Dinosaur Caves, which used to offer tours of sea caves carved by waves in the rocks below and featured a statue of a large, headless concrete dinosaur. The statue remained unfinished because neighbors objected, and was demolished in the 1960s. The sea caves collapsed in the 1970s and can now be reached only by kayak. Dinosaur Cave Park opened in 2003. When funding permits, shade structures, landscaping, and a permanent restroom will be added. 

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Accessible Parking: Yes

Accessible Restroom: Yes

At parking lot

Other Things of Interest

Among the many activities scheduled here are Art in the Park (first Sunday of each month, May through October), a farmers market every Saturday year-round, and free concerts.
Dinosaur egg play structure
Dinosaur egg play structure (Bonnie Lewkowicz)

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  • particularly good for families
  • picnic

Additional Information

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Managing Agency: City of Pismo Beach
Address: Shell Beach Rd. and Cliff St., Pismo Beach
Nearest City: Pismo Beach
Phone: (805) 773-7039
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Fees: None
Dogs: On leash
Public Transportation: South County Area Transit
Useful Links: Pismo Beach Parks and Trails Map (PDF)
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, April 20, 2008
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