How Various Age Groups Can Have Fun when Visiting San Luis Obispo

August 16, 2021

A cheerful city where the sun shines, on average, more than 300 days a year, San Luis Obispo is a Central California destination ideal for people of all ages. In fact, no matter what you prefer to do to relax and unwind, odds are good you’ll be able to do it here. Keep reading to get a better feel for what San Luis Obispo has to offer for visitors in various age groups.

Kids & Teens

San Luis Obispo is a great place for kids and teens, especially popular local beaches that include Pismo Beach, Avila Beach, and Spooner’s Cove, which is a dog-friendly beach. Kids and teens in tow with you as you vacation in SLO are also likely to appreciate:

• A visit to the Charles Paddock Zoo in nearby Atascadero, CA
• Spending time at nearby Avila Hot Springs to swim or play on the waterslide
• Having a great time at the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum
• Getting active and burning off excess energy at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area

Checking out the multipurpose Sinsheimer Park on Southwood Drive is another way younger visitors can enjoy SLO. Swimming, hiking, and playing various outdoor sports at on-site courts are among the many activities available here.


Millennials of legal age with an appreciation for adult beverages will enjoy the many bars and pubs in San Luis Obispo that serve up a wide selection of craft and regional brews. Wine tasting tours can be booked in advance as well if you’ll be coming to SLO with other friends in the millennial age range. Take a day trip to enjoy some wine tasting and return to your hotel near San Luis Obispo ready for some rest and relaxation by the pool or spa.

Plus, there are some clubs and lounges with later hours in the area SLO visitors in their 20s and early 30s may enjoy. SLO CAL also has an active music scene throughout the year, with music festivals offering a little bit of everything from rock and dance to electronic and folk.

Non-Millennial Travelers

If you’re past the millennial age range, you may have more of an appreciation for family fun in San Luis Obispo if you’re coming here with your children, or you may be in town for a visit that combines business with more casual moments of enjoyment. Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica, Big Sky Café, Apple Farm Restaurant, and Taste Craft Eatery are among the many local eateries that cater to families.

Downtown San Luis Obispo offers a mix of boutiques, gift shops, galleries, and places serving up farm-to-table cuisine and regional wines visitors old enough to be on the hunt for a broader blend of shopping and dining opportunities you may find appealing. If you’re in town for a mix of business and pleasure, you should also be very happy with downtown SLO.


Downtown San Luis Obispo can also be a great place for seniors to find many things to enjoy, especially dining and shopping. Presenting regional art, photography, and sculptures, the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art is one of the most accessible museums in the area.

Additionally, seniors spending some time in San Luis Obispo can enjoy their stay here even more by:

• Taking a sunset cruise with a private boat rental
• Exploring Bishop Peak in a gentler way along the Felsman Loop Trail
• Visiting the San Luis Obispo Railroad Museum to learn more about the region’s railroad history
• Taking a self-guided walking tour offered by the History Center of San Luis Obispo County to check out the city’s historic architecture and other notable sites 

No matter what age group you fall into, when you visit San Luis Obispo, you’ll find so much to enjoy you won’t be able to do and see everything on your list in just one day, so reserve a room at Sands Inn & Suites, a premier San Luis Obispo hotel. Bring the whole family to our pet-friendly inn and enjoy our on-site gym, heated outdoor pool and spa, and free WiFi. Our staff is dedicated to making your stay a memorable one, so call us to reserve your room today at (800) 441-4657.

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