Outdoor Activities in Big Sur

Outdoor activities in Big Sur are a mix of adventure sports and some laid-back vibes amidst scenic beauty. Big Sur comes with an ideal terrain and atmosphere to spend active holidays and make plenty of unforgettable memories. So, explore the wilderness of Big Sur and spend some time in the lap of nature with these exciting outdoor activities Big Sur has to offer. From the most adventurous experiences to the most popular ones, the following list combines it all to make sure you do not miss these unique experiences while planning a trip to Big Sur.

From sunrise to sunset, let's discover the best spots for outdoor activities in Big Sur:

  1. #1 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 2053 itineraries
    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area, Entertainment

    Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920

    Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This beautiful state park got its name from a pioneer woman of Big Sur, named Julia Pfeiffer Burns and it stretches along the coastline of Big Sur. Highlighted features of this park are the different ...Read more

  2. #2 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 1763 itineraries
    Pfeiffer Beach Day Use Area

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Water Body, Waterfront

    Address: Sycamore Canyon Road, Right off Highway 1,Big Sur, CA 93920

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Dog friendly and crescent-shaped beach, purple sands, huge double rocks are some of the significant features that describe this beautiful Pfeiffer Beach. The huge waves of the sea crashes along the co...Read more

  3. #3 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 989 itineraries
    Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

    Tags: Hotel, Outdoors, Garden, Park

    Address: 47225 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Visit Big Sur’s largest state park where the hiking trails bends through redwood groves. This hiking trail is said to be one of the popular trails and it takes you to a beautiful 60 feet waterfa...Read more

  4. #4 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 2161 itineraries
    Bixby Creek Bridge

    Tags: Bridge, Walking Area, Broadway

    Address: Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Also known as Bixby Bridge, it is said to be the most favored bridge of California. It is also said to be the world’s highest single-span bridge and one of the most photographed bridges along th...Read more

  5. #5 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 2151 itineraries
    Carmel River State Beach

    Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Waterfront, Tourist Center

    Address: Carmelo St, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    One of the popular destinations among divers, kayakers and birders is Carmel River state beach. Take a look into the deep blue ocean, the water seems to be very calm. However, its sudden riptides atti...Read more

  6. #6 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 1115 itineraries
    The Esalen Institute

    Tags: Outdoors, Educational Site, Entertainment, Spa

    Address: 55000 Highway 1, Big Sur, California 93920

    Timings: 09:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    Covering around 25 acres of land, the Esalen Institute is a popular non-profitable organization that aims at educating tourists on spiritual studies, martial arts, yoga and various aspects of dance. I...Read more

  7. #7 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 1014 itineraries
    Andrew Molera State Park

    Tags: Park, Nature

    Address: Big Sur, CA 93920, United States

    Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    The park might look a bit underdeveloped as compare to other State parks of Big Sur, but this long loopish trail offers a great opportunity for hiking and beachcombing. It also gives a spectacular vie...Read more

  8. #8 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 332 itineraries
    Limekiln State Park

    Tags: Outdoors, Garden, Entertainment, Nature

    Address: Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    One of the popular state parks of California, offering a breathtaking view of Big Sur Coast is how Limekiln State park can be defined. Surrounded with beautiful redwoods, bordered with rugged coasts, ...Read more

  9. #9 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 275 itineraries
    Ragged Point

    Tags: Hotel, View Point, Cafe, Restaurant

    Address: 19019 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93452

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Situated 15 miles north of Hearst Castle San Simoen, this point is generally termed as ocean view point along the Pacific Coast Highway 1. Hiking this trail gives a spectacular view of the Pacific Oce...Read more

  10. #10 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 166 itineraries
    Henry Miller Memorial Library

    Tags: Library, Educational Site

    Address: Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Timings: 11:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    This library was set up for the public benefit. It is a non-profitable organization where the literary work, artistic and cultural contributions of the later writer Henry Miller is preserved. He was s...Read more

  11. #11 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    Point Sur State Historic Park & Lighthouse

    Tags: Outdoors, Light House, Garden, Park

    Address: Hwy. 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Located on Big Sur coastline of Monterey County, the Point Sur state historic park emerges like a green fortress out of the sea. From a distant, the park might look like an island but it is actually c...Read more

  12. #12 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 327 itineraries
    Garrapata State Park

    Tags: Park

    Address: Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA 93923, United States

    Come and visit the unknown jewel of Big Sur, commonly known as Garrapata State park. Filled with unexplored hiking trails, the path leads to the stunning view of the vast coastline of Big Sur and jaw-...Read more

  13. #13 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 97 itineraries
    Coast Gallery Big Sur

    Tags: Educational Site, Arts And Crafts, Exhibition

    Address: 49901 Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, CA93920

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Visit the largest gallery of American Crafts in the United States. The gallery first started as a platform to offer opportunities to the new artists of Big Sur. At present, the gallery has become so p...Read more

  14. #14 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 88 itineraries
    Partington Cove

    Tags: Outdoors, Trail, Park, Hiking Trail

    Address: Cabrillo Highway, Big Sur, CA 93920

    Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Just behind the entrance gate of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, there is a rugged lane that leads to this rocky cove named Partington Cove. Moving further to the lane, it gets split into two trails....Read more

  15. #15 of 40 Outdoors Activities in Big Sur
    - Used in 73 itineraries
    Plaskett Creek Big Sur

    Tags: Outdoors, Entertainment, Adventure

    Address: CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    It is one of the popular camping grounds with beautiful location in the west- central of California. People from Big Sur often head off to this camping site to spend their weekend. The site provides e...Read more