Pismo Beach, California: Big Clam StatuesSeasonally decorated giant clam statues are well-known landmarks in Pismo Beach.
- Price St., Pismo Beach, CA
- Hwy 1 going south through town, two clams on your right. Biggest clam is on the east side of Price St. at Ocean View Ave. If you're on US Hwy 101 N., take Price St. off-ramp in Pismo Beach. The clam is just off the off ramp on your right.
Visitor Tips and News About Big Clam Statues
Right in front of the tourist center on Dolliver. Worth a stop. It was after Easter, so it was dressed as a bunny when I saw it.[CS, 04/12/2013]
This beach town is famous for its clams, and has three huge statues representing the clams placed around town. They dress them up based on the holidays (Turkey Clam, Rabbit Clam, Santa Clam, etc). The costumes are huge cut-outs, and the clam is painted. Nothing like a 6-ft. tall mollusk dressed up like a leprechaun.[Teri Bayus, 07/13/2010]
There are at least two giant clams, an institution in the town of Pismo Beach. With every holiday the clams change appearance. During Easter, the clams are painted to look like clam Easter Bunnies, Thanksgiving like Clam Turkeys, Christmas like Clam Reindeer, Labor day like a laborer, etc. Definitely a great place for a photo op. Just ask one of the local store owners - they will point out the locations.
Pismo Beach is the Clam Capital of the World and hosts the annual clam festival every October.[Jacqueline, 10/18/2007]
I visited Pismo Beach twice this year. First time I didn't find the giant clam. Then the second time I asked for directions (terrible, a guy asking for directions!). I found it at the visitor's center near the pier on highway 1 through town. Big concrete clam about 8 ft tall. But as I was leaving Pismo Beach on Highway 1 south, I saw another one, excactly the same in front of a trailer/RV park. How many of these clams are there in this town?[Carl and Anne Ambrose, 06/27/2001]
Just wanted everyone to know about the giant clam statue as one enters the city from the south on highway 101 (I think). I believe it's on a traffic island, but you could pose with it if you're daring. Pismo Beach is famous for its clams, as we all know from an old Bugs Bunny cartoon.[The House of Blue Puffers, 06/20/1998]
Photo added Dec. 2005.