Walking tours give you a first-hand experience of San Luis Obispo and provide a great way to stay active while vacationing. With San Luis Obispo’s moderate weather year-round, you are sure to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Downtown SLO Walking Tour
Downtown San Luis Obispo has more to offer than meets the eye. If done right, you can make a day out of exploring the five or six blocks that make up Downtown SLO. While you can see some of its charm from your car window, the real adventure starts once you get out of the car and explore. Begin your walking tour by parking your car in the parking garage off Palm Street. From there, you can head down Chorro Street toward the Palm Street Theatre.
- Palm Theatre: The Palm Theatre has been around since March of 1988. In the summer of 2004, the owners installed 98 solar panels on the roof of the Palm, becoming the first movie theatre in the United States to become solar powered. If you want to catch a movie, check out current movie listings. Continue down Chorro Street and you will run into the entrance of the San Luis Obispo Mission.
- Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa: Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was founded in 1772 by Father Junípero Serra. Named after Saint Louis of Anjou, the Bishop of Toulouse, the Mission is the namesake of the City of San Luis Obispo. Continue through Mission Plaza and you will find a bridge that crosses over Cedar Creek. If you pass over the creek, you might just find a secret garden.
- The Secret Garden Organic Herb Shop: The Secret Garden Organic Herb Shop is a local gem that opened in the summer of 2004. Experience this unique open-air shop lined with mason jars of tea and other natural herbs. From the secret garden, you can continue walking down the creek and find the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
- The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art: Founded in the 1950s, the San Luis Obispo Art Association evolved into the San Luis Obispo Art Center, which transformed into today’s San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, locally known as SLOMA. If you have kids along for the walking tour, be sure to check out the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum.
- The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum: The SLO Children’s Museum was created to provide a fun place for families to explore, discover, and learn through hands-on exhibits and programs. With three floors and an outside playscape, SLO Children’s Museum is jam packed with exhibits for children ages 1-10. From here, you can head down Nipomo Street towards Higuera Street and walk through the many boutiques and shops. If you are in Downtown SLO on a Thursday evening, the San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market will be in full swing. When looping back down Monterey towards your car, stop by Boo Boo Records.
- Boo Boo Records: This authentic record store has been in business for over forty years in San Luis Obispo County. Boo Boo Records continues to offer unique and iconic lifestyle gifts while always expanding its vast selection of new and used Vinyl, CD’s and DVD’s.
Other Walking Tours in San Luis Obispo
Café Walking Tour
Guide yourself through this fun tour of cafés in Downtown San Luis Obispo, featuring cozy coffeeshops and hidden gems. Taste the delicious coffee and pastries that are unique to San Luis Obispo while exploring the vibes of the different cafes and coffee shops in town.
Cal Poly Tours
Visit Cal Poly’s campus and receive a phenomenal guided tour, touching on all the best spots of the university. If you’d prefer a less formal visit, grab a map or download this app and explore the campus on your own. No matter your walking tour style, there is a Cal Poly tour perfect for you.
Walking Food Tours
Taste, sip, and walk your way through San Luis Obispo on the Central Coast Food Tour or Taste of SLO walking tour. Experience all the best local cuisine, featuring Edna Valley wines paired with cheeses to farm-to-fork dishes.