California – Free things to do in the Big Sur
I don’t know about you, but even during bountiful times I think it’s fun to discover things we can do without spending much money.
And right now, it’s imperative that we find free things to do. So here are five of my favorite Big Sur free things for you to try:
- Relax! It’s the Number One thing to do in Big Sur. Relax on the beach; relax amongst the redwoods; relax along the Big Sur River; relax in the wilderness. Take advantage of the Big Sur laid-back vibe, bring a picnic, find yourself a quiet spot, and leave your worries behind you.
- Browse the Henry Miller Library, the shops of Big Sur Village, the many art and jewelry galleries; explore Nepenthe and the Phoenix Shop; visit the State Parks and the historical sites; take a ranger-guided walk. Looking and listening doesn’t cost a penny.
- Take a drive and enjoy the views – not just along the coast, but take the little side & back roads, wind in and out of the hidden neighborhoods. You’ll discover some beautiful homes with lovely landscaping and other secret treasures that most people miss.
- Go for a hike – along the river, along the beach, into the redwood forest, atop the ridges. While hiking, keep your senses alert for the other critters that share Big Sur with us – hundreds of species of birds, including the California Condor; whales, otters, & many other varieties of sealife; deer, banana slugs, coyotes, mountain lions and more.
- Visit the well-preserved Mission San Antonio de Padua – it’s a bit of an effort to get there, but well worth the trip. It was one of the most successful of the Spanish missions, and it resides in a pristine setting of idyllic grassland, creeks, and live oaks – looking much as all the missions looked during the 18th Century.
So there you have it – five varied and interesting free things to do in Big Sur, California.
And in these economically uncertain times, free things can mean the difference between exploring your world and being stuck at home.
by: Suzi Rosenberg
Pictured: The Big Sur
Picture from Wikimedia Commons; author Calilover.