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San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden at California

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

3450 Dairy Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, California, 93405
Category: Family / Kids
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San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

Located at El Chorro Regional Park, the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is home to a variety of garden areas, all highlighting sustainable, Mediterranean plants and trees. Visitors can enjoy self-guided tours or dig deeper with a docent-led tour of the grounds. The garden also hosts a variety of special events, educational experiences and live concerts, including weekly family activities in the popular Children's Garden.


Hours -

Open daily during daylight hours

Price -

Free, donations accepted. Weekend and holiday parking is $3 per vehicle from April-September.


  • Saturday at the Garden
  • Art Eco Show
  • Saturday at the Children's Garden
  • Pavilion Concert Series


  • Guided tours
  • Children's garden
  • Eve's Garden Shop
  • Library

Plants in the Garden

The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is a one-of-a-kind garden that exclusively grows plants from the five Mediterranean climate regions of the world - the Mediterranean Basin, California, central Chile, South Africa’s Western Cape Province, and portions of Western and South Australia. Take a self-guided or docent-led tour to discover drought-tolerant plants like salvia, agapanthus, viburnum, and eucalyptus.

Children’s Garden

Visit this hearty garden where children are encouraged to enjoy hands-on fun while learning about the natural environment. Filled with edible plants and plenty of space to run and play, this garden also offers weekly activities and seasonal events for kids of all ages.


  • Are pets allowed?

    Yes, leashed dogs are allowed in the garden and the nearby dog park offers space for off-leash play.
  • What are the garden’s points of interest?

    Be sure to visit the garden’s library, where you can peruse a collection of 800 books, magazines and reference materials. Eve’s Garden Shop is the perfect place to pick up gifts, souvenirs and live plants. Check out the Glen Oak Pavilion for concerts and other events.

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