6 Things to do in Paso Robles During Cal Poly's WOW


Sunday, September 10th marks the kick off of the annual Week of Welcome (WOW) celebration of the incoming freshmen attending California Polytechnic State University! The first week of college is an exciting and nerve-racking time for both students and parents alike, and WOW does a great job of giving freshmen a taste of the college lifestyle through a variety of education programs, events, and entertainment. However, part of the college experience involves immersing yourself in the local culture of the Central Coast, including nearby Paso Robles. Here are 6 things to check out in Paso Robles during Week of Welcome that will make both students and parents feel at home!


1. Take Advantage of SLO Safe Ride 

If you’re an incoming freshman to Cal Poly, you probably don’t have a car. Luckily, the Central Coast has public transportation to take you anywhere from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo to Paso Robles! Use these public transportation options to attend the variety of concerts that take place in Paso Robles and experience a different side of Central Coast culture. Don’t worry about driving and take advantage of SLO Safe Ride, which offers affordable rides and discounts for students attending these events. For Reggae enthusiasts, grab a group of friends and organize a ride to see Pepper and Tribal Seeds at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre on September 21st. For more concert dates, check out the Vina Robles Amphitheatre event page


2. Go Shopping in Downtown Paso Robles

Avoid the crowds of downtown San Luis Obispo and go on a shopping spree in the heart of Paso Robles! This is a perfect activity for both parents and students to get to know the area. With many boutique shops to explore, downtown Paso Robles is the perfect place for fashionistas and students to update their wardrobe. Paso Robles is also known for its incredible local ingredients and innovative culinary flair, so be sure to tour Paso’s impressive collection of restaurants and eateries while you’re there!



3. Try Something New - Olive Oil Tasting 

Part of being a Cal Poly student is pushing your comfort zone and trying something completely new! Expand your taste buds and venture out to the farmlands to visit one of the authentic olive oil makers in Paso Robles, Kiler Ridge Olive Farm. Sample olive oil, tour the olive milling facility, and relax with spectacular views of olive orchards and the surrounding vineyards of California’s Central Coast. It’s these kinds of new experiences that will create memories that last!


4. Take a Sip of the Paso Robles Wine Culture

Whether you are a parent in the area for Cal Poly’s move-in or an upperclassman at Cal Poly, a day-trip to wine country is a great way to relax! Paso Robles is world-renowned for its incredible wine culture. Tasting your way through Paso Robles is the perfect way to unwind after unpacking your student for their new adventure at Cal Poly. To experience all that the Paso Robles Wine County has to offer, sign up for a wine tour. Companies such as The Wine Line, Grapeline Wine Tours, and Niche Wine Tours offer an insider’s view of Paso’s many wineries. Guests can kick back, relax, and treat themselves to a relaxing day of award-winning wines and stunning views! Are you bringing younger siblings to help move in your student? Check out these family-friendly wineries where you and your children can have a blast!


5. Indulge in the Paso Robles Cuisine

Paso Robles is foodie heaven, and visitors can get a taste of the downtown locale with the Paso Robles Food and Vineyard Driving Tour! Tours begin at 12:00pm and last for about 4.5 hours, which is a great way to ease into a delicious dinner in Paso Robles. Hosted by Central Coast Food Tours, visitors can expect to get off the beaten path and let expert guides show them the real Paso Robles!


6. Horseback Ride with Central Coast Trailrides 

Before parents head home and students get taken into the whirlwind of college, take the whole family on a horseback ride to take in the stunning views of Paso Robles! Central Coast Trailrides offers a variety of scenic rides, including the popular Private Creston Ranch Ride. Here, visitors will enjoy 360-degree mountain top views overlooking vineyards and a private estate lake. This is a perfect morning activity before an afternoon of wine tasting or a great opportunity for family fun! 



These activities are only the tip of the iceberg for what’s possible in Paso Robles for students and parents! Free-spirited and unpretentious with a sense of cowboy informality, Paso is alive with boundless activities, culinary creativity, and interesting itineraries for everyone. See, do, explore, and discover the many local experiences waiting for you in Paso Robles during Week of Welcome. Download the Travel Paso Itinerary App today to plan your next trip to beautiful Paso Robles!