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 Arroyo Grande
 The charming village of Arroyo Grande showcases its history through the variety of buildings and historical landmarks that line the streets, many housing restaurants, shops and museums. The shops include antiques, specialty boutique goods and gifts. Restaurants range from bakeries, cozy cafes and coffee houses, to family dining for every food preference.
The Swinging Bridge
The Swinging Bridge in the Village of Arroyo Grande, spanning the Arroyo Grande Creek, is the only remaining bridge of its kind in
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California. Originally built in 1875, the bridge was reconstructed in 1995 after it was destroyed by a fallen tree.
Open-air historical experiences
• The Santa Manuela School House, a one-room school that held classes from 1901 until 1957
• The Paulding History House,
a registered California Historic Resource at 551 Crown Hill Road, was built in 1889.
Visit the South County Historical Society at more information about the Heritage House Museum, the Barn Museum, the IOOF Historic Hall and other Arroyo Grande historical resources.
Farm fresh foods
The town is surrounded by agricultural land and small farms that grow fresh, farm-to-fork, fruits and vegetables. Many of these essential farms offer produce and fresh farm goods at roadside stands.
Farmer’s market
If you’re in town on Wednesday, don’t miss the Farmer’s Market
at 1464 East Grand Avenue. Take your pick of fresh local farm fare, vegetables, fruit, fish, flowers and more. If you missed out on the local farm fresh roadside stands, the chances are the same farmers are at the Arroyo Grande Farmer’s Market.
Lopez Lake Recreation Area
Located just 10 miles east of Arroyo Grande, Lopez Lake has
close to 1000 acres of lake surface
for boating, fishing, canoeing and windsurfing. The lake has a launch ramp, tackle shop, and many other amenities for water sport enthusiasts. The oak tree studded open space offers hiking and equestrian trails and is home to more than 175 species of flowering plants, more than 150 species of birds and all
of the wildlife that calls the region home. Quagga mussel inspections are in force. Call (805) 781-5930 for more information about Quagga mussel inspections, camping, boat launching and horse trailer parking.

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