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Pismo Beach, California: Big Clam Statues

Seasonally 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.
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Big Clam Statues

I saw two of the three clams around town. This one, painted up like a Monarch Butterfly when we visited. is easier to photograph since it's next to the Tourist Information Center. The other is in the middle of an intersection at the Hwy 101 South on-ramp.

[Rustin LaFurney, 01/21/2022]
Big Clam Statues

The description of the location of one of the Big Clams in Pismo Beach was clear, but the others were vague. So I emailed the Pismo Beach Visitors Bureau and got this reply: "Clam Island is the most photographed sculpture, at the south entrance to Pismo Beach, just off US Highway 101 N. at Price Street and Ocean View Avenue. The other two clams are on Highway 1. One is next to our Visitor Information Center at 581 Dolliver Street, and the other is in front of Pismo Coast Village RV Resort at 165 S. Dolliver Street."

[Bonnie Kenderdine, 10/09/2014]

Clam with bunny ears.

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]
Pismo Beach Clam

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]
Giant Clam Statue

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]

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