Pack up the family and head to Cambria to visit some of the local animals. Kids will love seeing the creatures both up close and far away, and adults will love the delicious food and wine, stunning views, and affordable lodging. Bring your binoculars for the faraway fauna and prepare for the ultimate family getaway!
The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery is just up the road from Cambria. It’s home to about 17,000 animals in total, and seeing the animals in person is truly magnificent. Peak population is from February through early spring, but there are elephant seals stopping by to lounge year-round, enjoying their coastal residence.
As part of the Whale Trail, Cambria is lauded for its whale watching opportunities. The California Grey Whale southern migration occurs from December through February, while their northern migration takes place in March and April. Keep an eye out for dolphins, seals, and otters, too!
Ride horses in the hills or on the coastline
See the grand coastline as well as the unique Monterey pines as you ride through Fiscalini Ranch on horseback with guided trail rides from Cambria Horseback. The Covell Clydesdale Ranch is the only place on earth where you can experience the majestic Clydesdale horses grazing on nearly 2,000 acres of rolling hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. At any given time, the ranch is home to approximately 50 Clydesdale horses of all ages, sizes, and abilities for riding and driving.
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is the ultimate spotting ground in Cambria. The preserve’s biological diversity surpasses that of many larger properties. Forming the half-mile, northern boundary of the preserve, tidal effect zones, seasonal freshwater marshes, and wetlands are a playground for native species like the cedar waxwing and swamp sparrow.
Only six miles north of Cambria lies Hearst Castle, overlooking the Pacific Ocean from atop the Santa Lucia Mountains. Craftsmen labored for nearly 28 years to create this grand estate, named after media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Everything about Hearst Castle is impressive, but the zebras in the adjacent fields are true showstoppers—if they decide to make an appearance, that is. Have your binoculars (and cameras) ready!