Paso Robles - by Zane, 4th Grade, Manhattan Beach

We were recently contacted by Zane T. of Manhattan Beach who was preparing a report on Paso Robles for his 4th grade persuasive speech project. He needed to know the Top 10 things to do in Paso Robles. 

After doing deep tourism research and receiving suggestions from Mr. Berry's 4th Grade class at Kermit King Elementary, Zane's report scored an A! Here is the speech that did it (we believe that Zane has a brilliant future in tourism promotion):

ZaneIf you like to boat, hike, and be adventurous, Paso Robles is the place for you! Over the summer instead of playing (hold up wii remote) those lame video games, you should get outside and hit the road to Paso!

Wow! Look over there - it's the Ravine Waterpark. You should definitely visit the amazing Ravine Waterpark.  The park is filled with many wacky rides such as “The Toilet Bowl”. (hold up picture) This fun, fast, mind blowing adventure swirls around a toilet-shaped bowl.

Midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is located in the central coast region.  It has a mild and dry coastal climate.  It has flat land for agriculture and beautiful rolling hills with lots of oak trees.    It is the perfect place to grow grapes - their number 1 crop.  It is also known for producing nuts such as walnuts and almonds. (show can of nuts)  

Paso Robles wineries attract people from all over the country.Some of them are family-friendly. Your parents could stop by to taste some wine (hold up wine bottle) while you play bocce ball outside or even taste fresh grape juice.

(Put on helmet) Do you like riding bikes? Because on Memorial Day weekend, families gather at the Great Western Bicycle Rally.Families camp at the Paso Robles Event Center and spend most of the weekend riding bikes and having contests.

Another fun event on Memorial Day is the Paso Robles Festival of Arts.  It is a live art show where you can see people dance and hear musicians play.  The festival is held in Paso’s City Park -  otherwise known as the heart of the city.  Paso’s city park is an extraordinary place to go.  Every Friday the park has a farmer’s market where you can buy fresh produce (hold up a piece of fruit) from local farmers.

Back in the days when Paso was first founded, it was known for it’s mineral hot springs.  Travelers along the El Camino Real would stop for relaxation in the hot springs.  And up to this day, Paso Robles is still famous for its hot springs. 

If you want to learn about more of Paso Robles’ history, go to the Pioneer Museum. There you can see lots of artifacts from the olden days when the Salinan Indians and  Franciscan Missionaries lived in Paso.  (hold up book)

Ravine_toilet bowlIf you get hot you should cool off in the sparkling waters of Lake Nacimiento! (pick up fishing pole) From swimming, water skiing, boating, hiking and fishing, Lake Nacimiento has great activities for adventurous people.

Do you guys like the Hometown Fair? If you do, then you’ll LOVE  the Mid-State Fair because it is 10 times bigger and better! There are a lot of fun activities such as carnival rides, big name concerts like Selena Gomez and Justin Beiber, and even pig races!

Well, I better get going - I hope I see you in Paso Robles over the summer!  Maybe we can race down the toilet bowl together.

Zane plans to return to Paso Robles this summer to experience The Ravine Waterpark, (and the Toilet Bowl) for himself.


Zane's article makes me want to rush right up to Paso - why wait for summer? Thanksgiving seems like a great time to visit! If they heat the toilet bowl with the water from the hot springs - it will all be good. Great article, Zane!
Wed, 11/14/2012 - 9:31pm
I never knew anything about Paso Robles, but now I really want to go. What a great report, Zane. You definitely earned your A!
Thu, 11/15/2012 - 6:06am
Wow! Zane, you have really taken this project to the next level. I'm so glad that people beyond our class can benefit from all of your hard work. You have made me a proud teacher!
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 5:59am
Hi sweetie, Good job! I enjoyed reading about Paso Robles, it would be fun to visit there some time. Thank you for sharing. Love you, big hug Grams
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 8:03am
Wow, Zane! Your report is a hit. We can't wait to have you be our guest blogger this summer, reporting live from The Ravine! p.s. Laura's suggestion of heating the water in the toilet bowl is hilarious and really smart, we'll pass it on to the owner of the water park for his consideration). Thanks again for your stellar report on Paso Robles!
Fri, 11/16/2012 - 8:30am
Great report, Zane. You've certainly made me want to visit Paso Robles. I'll see you there.
Sat, 11/17/2012 - 6:56pm
Zane, that was an awesome report! I have been to Paso but now I have even more places to visit! Thanks for the info! I also can't wait until our families go to Paso together! Love ya, Tia Tonia
Mon, 11/19/2012 - 10:17am
Thanks to your great reporting-this is on our must hit list for summer! Awesome Job Zane!
Tue, 05/28/2013 - 10:08pm
You definitely make me want to visit Paso Robles Zane!
Thu, 06/20/2013 - 1:24am