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Welcome to Cal Poly SLO! Whether you’re looking for things to do in San Luis Obispo with family, visiting with your future Mustang or just looking to explore, California Polytechnic State University has a beautiful campus with several points of interest.

Where Is Cal Poly?

Cal Poly is centrally located in San Luis Obispo, California. The Cal Poly campus is less than a five-minute drive from Downtown SLO and is conveniently located within 20 minutes of beaches including Cayucos State Beach, Morro Bay, Avila Beach and more.


Although your student will be the one living on the Central Coast, you should also take advantage of all the beauty and adventure San Luis Obispo has to offer. Explore the hidden gems of Cal Poly’s campus including the Leaning Pine Arboretum, the Architecture Graveyard, the new Equine Center and the Shakespeare Press Museum. If you’re in search of a great family photo op, hike up to the “P” above campus for a gorgeous view of the SLO skyline. Cal Poly parents, supporters, and alumni can also enjoy exclusive Cal Poly deals at several hotels throughout San Luis Obispo, making a visit to see your Mustang that much sweeter.

As an added bonus, SLO is sunny and 75 nearly all year round! Hit the beaches for a paddleboarding excursion or soak up the sun while hiking one of San Luis Obispo’s many trails. To truly get the feel of the greater San Luis Obispo community, stroll through Downtown San Luis Obispo Farmers’ Market on a Thursday night and enjoy live music and local food. For some adult fun, explore San Luis Obispo’s extensive list of local wineries and breweries within 15 minutes of campus.

To find out more things to do in San Luis Obispo, check out our vacation ideas for Cal Poly SLO Parents.

Cal Poly Students and Parents

If you have an incoming Cal Poly student or a student interested in applying to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, you won’t want to miss some important events and exciting activities. To learn more about the following events, download the “Cal Poly Now” mobile app for iOS and Android today.

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