Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach Will Open for Public Tours on Oct. 28

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Community members are invited to bring the whole family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 28.

The fall open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures and many more interactive displays. Kids can put their face in the water and breathe through a scuba respirator, learn why whales migrate and find out what a “red tide” is.

Cal Poly professors and students will be available to answer questions. Guests can tour the displays at their own pace and explore ongoing research into local marine life, including projects aimed at protecting Morro Bay’s ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast.

Attendees are encouraged to bring cameras to take photos of seals, pelicans and other sea creatures, as well as the incredible coastal views from the pier.

The Cal Poly Pier is just over half a mile long (1.2 miles round trip). Displays will be located at the ocean end. This is a walking tour; safety rules require everyone wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels).

The Cal Poly Pier is located on Avila Beach Drive, just west of the San Luis Creek Bridge. Parking near the pier is very limited. Attendees are encouraged to park in the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier.

The pier — donated to the university in 2001 by Unocal, now Chevron Corp. — supports field research for Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and the SLOSEA (San Luis Obispo Science and Ecosystem Alliance) program. Nearly 2,000 students use the pier each year for classes and research activities.

For more information, call 805-756-6777. For more details about the pier, visit

Note: Rain will cancel the event.

Contact: Rachel Henry

Students explore a touch-tank on pier.

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