Mission Plaza
Mission Plaza
4.5
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Two-block area of downtown serves as the community's cultural and social center complemented with great shopping, outdoor and indoor dining and nightlife.
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Rachel & Andy
393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited: 13/06/2023

Really beautiful plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo. There is a short river walk, outdoor seating, a fountain with bear statues, and the Mission de Tolsa which rings beautiful bells. All next to the shopping street too.
Most interesting is the Art Museum near by with sculptures outside (it was closed the day we visited unfortunately). And along the river you can find the 'Moon Tree' nicknamed as the seed travelled to space and back before being planted.
Written May 25, 2024
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This is just a very cool area, outside of the Mission, with walking paths leading off from it. It's also the "center" of the old part of town.
Written May 17, 2023
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,574 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We visited late afternoon and it was OK. Yes, there were a few homeless individuals, but they didn’t bother us. Went back after dinner and there were several individuals in sleeping bags scattered around. Also, the smell of urine was more pronounced.
Written November 18, 2022
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Ron R
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
If you enjoy being harassed by the homeless, this it the place to go in SLO. The entire town of San Luis Obispo has really been inundated with homeless, but the mission and it's surrounding lawns and benches seem to be the primary gathering point. This town used to be special. It used to be a town you could feel safe in at any time of the day or night. Now it's a mini-version of the Bay area and their same homeless issues.
Written June 30, 2022
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LightPacker777200
42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Very nice mission but we missed the tour (only one at 1:15pm daily). It's located in downtown SLO which makes it a great location, as you can easily walk to other sites nearby (Mission plaza is very cool and something usually going on). Worth a visit to one of the 21 missions along California's coast.
Written July 30, 2021
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Although the Mission inside is currently closed, it's nice to stop by this pleasant plaza. Quiet. Trees. Right in the middle of town, a nice break.
Written July 25, 2020
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA25,042 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Wonderful old mission in the middle of downtown San Luis Obispo. Worth the detour to go and check it out if you are in the area.
Written March 3, 2020
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Vegas Doug
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
To touch a piece of history older the United States is so incredible. The square in front of this mission is equally wonderful to experience.
Written November 5, 2019
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Drastic
San Luis Obispo, CA40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A pleasant open space outside of the San Luis Obispo Mission, nice to sit down there if it's not too crowded. Central and close to the art museum, which is worth a visit.
Written August 25, 2019
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MPP2703
Caythorpe, UK1,838 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
As Daniel V said, it is one of the only real main touristy sites to visit in the town, shopping and eating aside. Nice relaxing area. Worth a visit.
Written August 22, 2019
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