We could have gone into downtown San Luis Obispo and walked along the charming main drag.
I know that my kids would have loved to visit the two-story Tom’s Toy on Higuera Street or Bubble Gum Alley, a narrow thoroughfare whose walls are plastered with sticky mementos.
We could have checked out the Mission and walked along the San Luis Obispo Creek that runs right through town. We could have visited the newly renovated Children’s Museum where kids can create gigantic bubbles and test the strength of block structures on the shake table. We could have gone to the beach or for a hike.
All of these things would have been great ideas for family fun in San Luis Obispo, a town of about 45,000 halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
But what did we do? We stuck around the Best Western Royal Oak Hotel, which offered lots of family entertainment. The kids spent two hours running in between the hot tub and pool. They watched the Disney channel in the hotel room—a huge treat since we don’t have a TV at home. They ate waffles drowned in syrup at the free breakfast.
When we got a little antsy, we walked to Laguna Lake Park. The entrance was only one block from our hotel. We followed a path that wound through grassy fields and led us to a huge play structure that sat on a lake teeming with ducks and geese. After that it was back to the hotel for more swimming and TV.
When you're traveling with kids, sometimes it's nice to just hang out at the hotel.