Avila Valley Barn
||San Luis Obispo, CA|
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Avila Valley Barn is a colorful farm with a fruit/veg stand, ice cream, hay rides, u-pick fruit, and a pumpkin patch. It's a happy place to come to pick your own juicy raspberries, olallieberries, apples, corn, and peaches. Kids are intrigued to see how the fruit they eat really grows. On weekends, a free hay ride takes you to the rows of fruit. Late spring is the time to come for berries.
The farm is open to the public from mid-May to December. One of the nicest times to come is October for their pumpkin patch. Huge pumpkins are piled high, making a great backdrop for autumn photos. Blocks of hay are arranged for kids to jump and play in. Tall leafy trees provide shade. A hay maze gives you a reason to spend a few claustrophobic, panicked moments getting lost! Kids like to see the farm animals in little pens. You can get an icecream, baked treat, or sandwich at the classy snack shop and eat it at one of the picnic areas savoring the views over Avila Valley with its forest-covered hills. In a large tent, there's a fruit stand with fresh veggies and delicious treats like berry cobblers and pies for sale. Even the parking lot is lively, lined with rows of tall yellow sunflowers. This is a popular spot and on October weekends it's packed with families.
Take your treats and eat them at Avila Beach where there's even more to do: splash in the water at the shore, walk beside the multi-colored cliffs, play at the pirate playground, and see sharks and jellies at the aquarium.
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Open every day from May 12 to Dec 24. Until Oct 31, hours are 9-6. After that, hours are 9-5.
Avila Valley Barn is located at 560 Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach CA 93405, call (805) 595-2810 for recorded updates or (805) 595-2816 to speak to someone at the farm.
From Highway 101, exit at Avila Beach Dr and drive west toward the ocean. After you pass one road on the right, Ontario Rd, the farm is on your right. Pull into the parking lot.
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Because they are seasonal, they do have a close-down period. Make sure to visit website or call to make sure you don't visit in the offseason!
| Love this place. Its a seasonal pick-your-own combined with an open air farmer's market kind of thing. Hay rides, domestic animal mini-zoo (you can ask for plant scraps to feed the animals), picnic tables, etc.|
They've expanded with an espresso bar/candy counter, and a couple more restrooms. Great family location!