Mission Plaza
Mission Plaza
4.5
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Two-block area of downtown serves as the community's cultural and social center complemented with great shopping, outdoor and indoor dining and nightlife.
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4.5
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Ron R
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
If you enjoy being harassed by the homeless, this it the place to go in SLO. The entire town of San Luis Obispo has really been inundated with homeless, but the mission and it's surrounding lawns and benches seem to be the primary gathering point. This town used to be special. It used to be a town you could feel safe in at any time of the day or night. Now it's a mini-version of the Bay area and their same homeless issues.
Written 30 June 2022
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sharrongeg
Henderson, NV3,572 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We visited late afternoon and it was OK. Yes, there were a few homeless individuals, but they didn’t bother us. Went back after dinner and there were several individuals in sleeping bags scattered around. Also, the smell of urine was more pronounced.
Written 18 November 2022
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,681 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
This lovely large plaza by the mission connects the 1772 structure with the creek that runs through San Luis Obispo and the town's shopping/restaurant district. It is a great place from which to inspect the mission's architecture or to simply sit and relax or watch the passersby. I especially like the bear fountain that is a permanent part of the scene.

Lots of events get held here from a 14-week summer concert series on Friday nights to various fiestas. Last Sunday, we stopped by when an Autism and Awareness Fair was underway in the plaza. We had to edge our way through the crowd.

We saw no free parking nearby, but there were plenty of metered spaces. Payment is required seven days a week. Parking structures at Palm and Morro streets do not charge for the first 60 minutes.
Written 22 April 2015
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cozbill
Bradenton, FL301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
The plaza is a wonderful open space in front of the mission. It would be excellent for any type of event, I'm sure it is put to good use, however we weren't there long enough to witness anything taking place there.
Written 21 April 2015
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clipingirl
Atascadero, CA161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
As a local, I love Mission Plaza. I've often taken my lunch here to sit, watch people, eat and take in the sunshine. The mission is gorgeous and the local fare around the mission is delish! There are more homeless individuals rambling through the grounds than I remember in the past, but overall, a nice place to sit, relax and go SLO.
Written 22 November 2014
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CarmichaelVentura
California2,553 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014
This is a great site in downtown SLO for outside events, although it does get a bit warm in the Summer. It's surrounded by fun shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
Written 26 October 2014
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723Kingscroft
Atascadero, CA59 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2012
I am compassionate and have worked in social services for years, but, that said, the homeless denizens of Mission Plaza make this a not-so-friendly destination spot. There are much better choices along the Central Coast to spend a day.
Written 27 January 2013
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Vegas Doug
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
To touch a piece of history older the United States is so incredible. The square in front of this mission is equally wonderful to experience.
Written 5 November 2019
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Drastic
San Luis Obispo, CA40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
A pleasant open space outside of the San Luis Obispo Mission, nice to sit down there if it's not too crowded. Central and close to the art museum, which is worth a visit.
Written 25 August 2019
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Michael P
San Luis Obispo, CA91 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Once the sun goes down a bit, it is very pleasant. There isn’t much seating so you need to bring your own.
Written 6 August 2019
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