Do you want to save money on your vacation but don’t want to sacrifice the wide-eyed wonder you get in a new, exciting destination? San Luis Obispo is the perfect weekend getaway on a budget, where memorable experiences cost less than $15.

Follow these tips for planning a California weekend getaway on a budget, and see why San Luis Obispo’s affordable hotels, restaurants and activities make it the perfect place to maximize your vacation dollars.


Budget-Friendly Ideas for your San Luis Obispo Weekend Getaway

In addition to hiking, biking, surfing, kayaking, beaching, and other great outdoor activities for your California weekend getaway, San Luis Obispo offers travelers these one-of-a-kind yet budget-friendly attractions featured below.

  • Make your mark on SLO at Bubblegum Alley (free)
  • Wander through San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market (free)
  • Explore the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (free)
  • Stop by the San Luis Obispo History Center and Museum of Art (free)
  • Wine taste throughout San Luis Obispo’s Wine Country (tasting fees in the $5-$15 range)
  • Beer taste at Central Coast Brewery (taste 5 beers for $5)
  • Explore unique boutiques and window shop in Downtown San Luis Obispo (free)
  • Experience Art After Dark on the first Friday of the month (free)
  • Visit the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum ($8 for children 2 and up)
  • Check out all the wildlife at Charles Paddock Zoo ($4 – 5 for ages 2 and older; free for children under 2)
  • Explore the Avila Beach Sea Life Center (prices vary according to tour)
  • Wander through the tide pools at Montana de Oro and Shell Beach (free)
  • Visit the Morro Bay Natural History Museum (children free; adults $2)
  • Tour the extravagant Hearst Castle ($12 for children 6 – 17)
  • View Elephant Seals in San Simeon (free)
  • See thousands of Monarch Butterflies in Pismo Beach (free)

Free Events for your San Luis Obispo Weekend Vacation

Pick from some of our favorite low-cost things to do in San Luis Obispo listed below.

Dining on a Budget

A budget won’t stop you from eating delicious cuisine on your San Luis Obispo weekend getaway. When you’re in town, drop by these places listed below for delicious, affordable meals.

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