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Plan a California weekend getaway on a budget.

Low-Cost California Weekend Getaway in San Luis Obispo

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?

Well, thrifty travelers, you’ve found a pot of gold in San Luis Obispo, CA, where rewarding travel 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, birding, kayaking, tide pooling and other great outdoor activities for your California weekend getaway, San Luis Obispo offers travelers these one-of-a-kind (yet budget-friendly) attractions:

  • The Avila Beach Sea Life Center (prices vary according to tour)
  • The Morro Bay Natural History Museum (children free; adults $2)
  • Hearst Castle ($12 for children 6 - 17)
  • The San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum ($8 for children 2 and up)
  • The Charles Paddock Zoo ($4 - 5 for ages 2 and older; free for children under 2)
  • Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (free)
  • San Luis Obispo Farmer’s Market (free)
  • Bubblegum Alley, Free
  • San Luis Obispo History Center (free)
  • San Luis Obispo Museum of Art (free)
  • Wine Tasting (tasting fees in the $5 range)
  • Window shopping in downtown San Luis Obispo
  • Beer Tasting at Central Coast Brewing (taste 5 beers for $5)
  • Art After Dark (first Friday of the month)
  • View elephant seals in San Simeon
  • View Monarch Butterflies in Pismo Beach

Free and low-cost Events for Your San Luis Obispo weekend vacation

Make a weekend out of your budget-friendly San Luis Obispo weekend getaway. Pick from some our favorite low-cost things to do in San Luis Obispo:

  • San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market (music and live performers)
  • Summer Concerts in the Plaza
  • Avila Beach Farmers' Market
  • Summer Salisbury Vineyards - "School House Concerts" ($5 for adults)
  • Art After Dark (first Friday of the month)

Where to dine on a budget on your SLO weekend trip

A budget won’t stop you from eating well on your San Luis Obispo weekend vacation. When you’re in town, drop by these places for great, affordable meals:

  • Firestone Grill
  • Splash Café
  • Shin's Sushi Bar
  • Woodstock’s Pizza
  • Breakfast Buzz
  • Frank's Famous Hot Dogs
  • San Luis Obispo Farmers' Market (Thursday evenings)