San Luis Obispo Creek Park

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The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden on Dairy Road just off Highway 1 is definitely a work in progress.  If you are in the area, however, there is a charming park along a creek in the heart of downtown historic San Luis Obispo, planted with a mix of Mediterranean and native Californian plants.

Two important historical sites are adjacent to the park:  The San Luis Obispo Mission and the San Luis Obispo Historical Society museum. Shops and art galleries line nearby streets. Altogether it makes a lovely place to stop on a trip between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Purple Agapanthus, sycamores and colorful sculpture line the southern end of the path down to the San Luis Obispo creek park.
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On a hot July day the creek is low enough that children can skip across it on flat boulders.  During the rainy season, the creek is a torrent. Outdoor cafes line the west side.
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The fountain in front of the San Luis Obispo Mission shows two California bears with a native child–a romantic image from decades ago. The Mission is a parish church and services are held in it daily
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While many small town museums are dull, the San Luis Obispo Historical Society museum contains very interesting revolving exhibitions about the area.  No charge for entry.







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