- Our list of the best things to do in Santa Maria, California, features the top 115 nearby activities — including 56 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Santa Maria, CA has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Food & Drink, Outdoor Places, Museums & Galleries, and Entertainment & Shows.
- The results below include the top 31 things to do within the city of Santa Maria, CA , followed by 84 popular activities in nearby cities, including Lompoc, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and Rancho Santa Margarita
Actually a mazelike network of hiking trails, Lizards Mouth Trail is a scenic place to hike, rock climb, rock hop, and take in scenic views of a distinctive landscape. The trails are also good places to walk dogs.
Founded by the Nichols and Quinn families, Opolo Vineyards is one of the largest and most elegant in Paso Robles. The property includes 280 acres of close-grown grape vines. Opolo Vineyards specializes in Syrah, Muscat, Zinfandel and Sangiovese wines.
A movie theater with three auditoriums, Fairview Theatre displays first-run feature films with all digital projection and sound. The theater also offers stadium seating and 3D movies as well as a snack bar with food and drinks.
At 6 miles round trip, Gaviota Peak Trail offers visitors a challenging hike through a scenic meadow hillside. At the summit, visitors receive panoramic views of the surrounding valley and distant views of the Pacific Ocean.