Sparkie was visiting Dinosaur Caves Park in San Luis Obispo County.

The park was named after the 50-foot, metal-framed, concrete and plaster brontosaurus that previous land owner H. Douglas Brown began to build in the 1940s and the sea cave beneath it.

Brown charged 25 cents to enter the cave through the dinosaur’s tail. The cave was 230 feet long, up to 50 feet wide and 30 feet deep. It was one of the largest caves on the California coast until it slowly collapsed into smaller caves.

Because neighbors protested and Brown had not obtained a building permit, he was ordered to stop building before the dinosaur’s head could be constructed. The headless dinosaur remained until the 1960s when it was demolished.

The city of Pismo Beach bought the 11-acre property in 1992 and turned it into a park. It is popular with walkers, dog lovers, joggers, photographers and fishing enthusiasts.

Amenities include a grassy reception area, an amphitheater and a location overlooking the ocean. A large play area includes a gentle dinosaur, three dinosaur eggs, three seals, two dolphins and more. It is fenced off now while undergoing renovations.

Kayak tours of the caves can be arranged at local shops.

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