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Things To Do

From the mountains to the beaches, Big Sur offers a myriad of wonderful outdoor activities for all travelers’ needs.  We have hiking, bird watching, the opportunity for historical tours, whale watching, and one day excursions to surrounding areas for activities like wine tasting or golfing. We also offer two beautiful beaches if relaxing by the ocean for a picnic is your preference.

Big Sur Lodge is located in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which is the gateway to the Ventana Wilderness and home to many popular hiking trails. Hiking enthusiasts will feel right at home at Big Sur Lodge as we are located in the heart of Pfeiffer State Park which is the gateway… Learn More »

Historic Sightseeing
History buffs and photographers enjoy visiting Big Sur Lodge as there are many historic sites to see including interesting historical tours nearby. Learn More »

Whale Watching
Don’t forget your binoculars for some of the best theater in town as the Blue and Humpback whales frolic in the coastal waters and the Gray whale population migrates past the Big Sur coastline twice each year.

California State Parks is proud to present Ranger guided whale watching. Come celebrate with us the migration of the California gray whales off the Big Sur coast. Meet at the vista point on Highway 1 at mile marker 37, just north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. 10:00 AM - Noon, weather permitting. Learn More »

Bird Watching
Bird watchers from all over the globe have come to Big Sur to witness feathery fowl of various types and take time to visit the Ventana Wildlife Society banding lab located at the entrance of Andrew Molera State Park.

See the Calendar of Events for special Condor Viewing Tours hosted by the Ventana Wildlife Society. Learn More »

Big Sur is a diversified locale offering a myriad of physical activities, but one of the greatest gifts afforded to visitors is the chance to do absolutely nothing at all. Learn More »

Day Trips
While staying at Big Sur Lodge, you can enjoy One Day Excursions to nearby sites, activities, and towns. Learn More »

Big Sur offers several lovely beaches for long walks and relaxing days. We suggest Pfeiffer Beach and Garrapata Beach, both within a short drive of Big Sur Lodge. Learn More »