We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 3450 Dairy Creek Rd, El Chorro Regional Park, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-7606
Phone Number:
+1 805-546-3501
Website
Today
09:00 - 19:30
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 09:00 - 19:30
Description:

Learn about plants and ecosystems of five Mediterranean climate zones, from...

Learn about plants and ecosystems of five Mediterranean climate zones, from California and Chile to Australia and South Africa.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 54 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Really nice

Happened in this by accident in the way to the costal route SR1. I felt it was large since there is quite a pathway to walk through. Very surprised to see people thought it was... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
RonandJoan
,
Renton, Washington
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 50: English reviews
San Francisco, CA
Level Contributor
82 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After going to the botanic gardens in Santa Barbara and Berkeley, this one is a big disappointment. It looks like they have plans to expand and enhance it, but for now it's nothing special. It is small, very dry, and there doesn't seem to be much variety in the plants. I would not go there again.

Helpful?
Thank Christina04
Renton, Washington
Level Contributor
284 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Happened in this by accident in the way to the costal route SR1. I felt it was large since there is quite a pathway to walk through. Very surprised to see people thought it was small . Very peaceful and enjoyable. Would love to come back and spend even more time. Liked the different themed gardens.

Helpful?
Thank RonandJoan
west covina california
Level Contributor
83 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Located inside a park area, the Botanical Gardens are still a work in progress. A modest $3 per car admission is most reasonable. Was very quiet there, not many visitors. The garden is well designed but very sparse in terms of exhibits. Those exhibits were not particularly informative. Later we would determine a trip to the gift shop and purchase... More 

Helpful?
Thank TomJ56
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
444 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 384 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Botanical gardens are often a welcome change from the usual city attractions. Many of them are located directly within urban centers and are often a little noisier than I prefer. But others are situated away from the city for a more peaceful experience. Such is the case with the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens, located north of downtown. San Luis... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Bryan_Carey
Pismo Beach, California
Level Contributor
96 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

Small but well kept garden. Great arrangements and a nice way to spend a couple hours outside. You can hike in the outlying areas of the park also.

Helpful?
Thank Eric M
Fremont, California
Level Contributor
5,231 reviews
3,377 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,671 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

We went to the San Luis Botanical Garden. We went mid week on a free entrance day. The botanical garden is in El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo. The botanical park was established October 22. 1994. Its a very pretty park. They also have a nice presentation hall. For example, they had a "how to make a wreath"... More 

Helpful?
Thank mini
Bakersfield, United States
Level Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Off of State Highway 1 El Chorro Regional Park has a natural Botanical Garden with some very interesting plants that are native to the region. It is a quiet and peaceful place. There are many wildlife in the garden, like hummingbirds, among others. Lots of friendly lizards, and non-threatening bees. It is a small garden about I/4 acre, but very... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Michael S
Larkspur, Colorado
Level Contributor
457 reviews
250 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 255 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

This was a botanical gardens within a State Park so it is a question mark when you arrive. You pay your State Park day pass and then you go 1/3 down the road to the botanical garden parking lot. The Mediterranean Section was great and amazed me. I really enjoyed all of the California Poppies and other sedums that I... More 

Helpful?
Thank Oceandweller7
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
211 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

I went there and used the map for a self guided tour. The plants were fairly well labeled and it was easy to walk around. I don't think it would be good if you can't walk without help, (ie with cane, walker, or wheelchair). I am from the east coast so seeing all the plants that can grow in the... More 

Helpful?
Thank punkiepam
San Luis Obispo, California
Level Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2016

The gardens is not fancy but has a lot to see and do. The interactive children's garden is great for kids. My grandkids love it. The human sun dial at the top of the hill is interesting and the hike to eagle rock is good exersize.

Helpful?
Thank ricknslo

Travellers who viewed San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden also viewed

San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
 
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County
 

Been to San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?