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Santa Maria Places To Visit
updated: Aug 13, 2014, 8:15 PM

Any recommendations on sightseeing activities in Santa Maria?

 COMMENT 544332 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 09:26 PM

Oso Flaco Lake boardwalk. It takes you over the lake and out through the Guadalupe Dunes to the ocean. A beautiful walk.


 COMMENT 544333 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 09:41 PM

OP here...anything closer to the city itself, museums etc..?


 COMMENT 544338 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 09:57 PM

Thanks TWO ABBYS, Oso Flaco sounds like a great idea.


 COMMENT 544345P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 10:57 PM

The Swiss restaurant - good sights, comfort, eats. Wish I drove that far - good old fashioned restaurant.


 REX OF SB agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-13 11:07 PM

There are some great thrift shops in Santa Maria, if you're into that kind of thing. Google "Santa Maria thrift shops." Very good prices and nice merchandise.

Also, you can visit the little communities of Garey and Sisquoc, which are a few miles east of town. It's a very scenic drive over pastoral roads.

Until the city cracked down, on weekends you could find civic groups and organizations selling tri-tip, kebabs, etc., all over downtown. It was fantastic! Alas, tri-tip stands in SM are now few and far between.


 COMMENT 544361 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 07:00 AM

The Santa Maria historical society has a museum - most of the items on display are not all that interesting (mostly pioneer type stuff from the late 1800s to early 1900s) but there is one thing that is really great: a complete, REAL saber tooth tiger skeleton!

The only reason this little museum has an actual STT skeleton is that the Hancock family (Allen Hancock college, Marian medical center etc.) owned the La Brea tar pits at one time and the skeleton was found there.

Anyway, if you've never seen a STT up close, they're awesome - as big as an African lion but with giant teeth! It really is worth seeing.

The museum is in the middle of town at 616 south Broadway and isn't hard to find. It's been about 10 years since I've been to the museum so you should probably call and see if the saber tooth cat is still there.


 COMMENT 544362 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 07:01 AM

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum


 COMMENT 544375 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 07:52 AM

The website santamariavisitor dot com website is a great place to start! Aviation museum, natural history museum, historical society museum are some of the choices.


 COMMENT 544377 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 07:53 AM

Wine tasting and wandering in Old Town Orcutt. Fresh strawberries from the farmstand(s) up Hwy 1 on the way to Oso Flaco. Real Mexican lunch in Guadalupe. Broccoli as far as the eye can see...
(Oso Flaco Lake is beautiful.)


 COMMENT 544404P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 08:27 AM

Santa Maria? No.


 CARPSTER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 08:59 AM

The Santa Maria Inn has (had?-I haven't been there for a couple of years) a nice patio for an outside breakfast/lunch or just a stroll around the historic hotel is worth a stop.


 COMMENT 544445 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-14 10:19 AM

Santa Maria Museum of Flight ( SM was home of a WWII P-38 Lightening training field) located at the far west end of the SM Airport, open weekends. All kinds of flight-related hardware and technology and books relating to WWII era planes. Staffed by retired pilots mostly. http://www.smmof.org/museumtours.aspx

They put on Thunder Over The Valley airshow on the 24th of this month. While smaller scale and on a more intimate scale than many big airshows, nonetheless good military participation with jet and helos, precision fly teams, vintage aircraft and fly buys. Great for KIDS! http://www.smmof.org/airshowinformation.aspx

Ditto OSO FLACO LAKE and walk through the dunes to the ocean. The Pacific as wild as it gets on the central coast. Not your typical Santa Barbara kiddie waves (pretty in their own right). Real breakers! Vast shorelines. Towering dunes. If hearty, walk south towards Devil's Slide for awesome vistas.

In town, take guests to one of the tiny bodegas serving fresh authentic Mexican fast food at stores like La Mia on North Broadway, behind 7-11. Not the greasy orangey-cheesy stuff served in the so-called sit down restaurants along Broadway Main, or Blosser. Or, head east out Betteravia to just past Rosemary Rd for some of the best taco truck eating on the Central Coast, Rosa's Loncheria. Parked Mon-Sat 11 to 2 ish. Rub elbows with truck drivers and CHP officers here.


 COMMENT 545557 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-08-18 06:36 AM

try Geocaching



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