Looking for something for the kids to do? Want to get out and have a picnic with your friends? While San Luis Obispo may be small, it has an abundance of parks. Most have play structures or sports courts of some kind, all of which are in top notch condition.

Langua Lake Park

Laguna Lake Park
504 Madonna Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Langua Hills Park

Laguna Hills Park
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Anholm Park

Anholm Park
870 Mission St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

De Vaul Park

De Vaul Park
1651 Spooner Dr
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Mitchell Park

Mitchell Park
1400 Osos St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

French Park

E A French Park
1040 Fuller Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Meadow Park

Meadow Park
2251 Meadow St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Islay Hill Open Space

Islay Hill
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Throop Park

Throop Park
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Sinsheimer Park

900 Southwood Dr
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Johnson Park

Johnson Park
1020 Southwood Dr
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Santa Rosa Park

Santa Rosa Park
Santa Rosa St & Oak St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Laguna Lake Park

This large park is perfect thing to do with kids. There’s even an offleash area for the family dog! There are two play areas: one for 2-5 year olds and 5 years and up. There are plenty of swings, both bucket and regular, as well as a small slide, teeter totter, and ropes for the older kiddos to play on.

When you’re done with the playground, take a walk on the trails throughout the park, use the fitness equipment, play disc golf, or watch the ducks play in the lake.

 

Langua Lake Park

Laguna Hills Park

While still in the “Laguna” area of SLO, this park is not close to Laguna Lake. Hidden in a cute neighborhood close to Los Osos Valley Road, Laguna Hills park has a fun playground with picnic tables and a large grass area.  The play area has a lower and upper section, for smaller and older children respectively, as well as swings, a climbing area, and rubber flooring from recycled tires. A lovely walking path divides the park in two and there’s provided “doggy bags” to pick up after your pup.

I’d say this park also has the best view! You can see Madonna on the right and Bishops Peak on the left.

Langua Hills Park

Anholm Park

A sweet little neighborhood park, Anholm has two small play structures, a merry-go-round, and a few swings. It’s mostly fenced with only one escape route and has a small grass area. Perfect for locals in the neighborhood, it’s usually empty and is a great place for the little ones to let out some energy.

Fun fact: when it’s hot in SLO, the park fills up because it’s usually covered in shade by trees on both sides.

Anholm Park

Anholm Park
870 Mission St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

De Vaul Park

Right off of Madonna road and next to the Irish Hills trailhead, De Vaul is a large park with options for everyone. There are several picnic tables, a basketball court and a few large grassy areas, one of which that doubles as a soccer field at times. The play structure is great for older kids. There are monkey bars, “rock climbing” and slides. The park is in the middle of the De Tolosa neighborhood and you’ll often see residents walking their dogs around the park or older kids playing basketball. There’s several picnic tables and benches, as well as a drinking fountain.

De Vaul Park

French Park

One of the largest parks around, French Park has a plethora of amenities for a little town like SLO. Not only is there an ample playground and swings for the big and little kids, but there is a sand pit, softball field, sand volleyball court, basketball, and tennis court too. The park also boasts a horseshoe pit and a Santa Maria style barbecue area with at least 15 picnic tables. There’s lots of grass, trees, and picnic tables.

French Park

E A French Park
1040 Fuller Rd
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Mitchell Park

Close to downtown, Mitchell has a large and interactive playground. There’s an area for the really little ones, crawling and new walkers, with a small slide, steering wheels, and spinning letters. The play structure for big kids is fantastic. There’s no less than three slides, two bridges, and several sets of stairs. There are also sand areas and other small interactive structures.

The park also has a gazebo and a very large grassy area. It’s locally known that the homeless population will take naps in the grass or around the gazebo, but usually keep their distance from the playground.

Mitchell Park

Mitchell Park
1400 Osos St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Islay Hill Park

Right off of Tank Farm in the center of the Arbors neighborhood, Islay Hill Park also has plenty for everyone. There is a walking trail through the center of the park that winds through the neighborhood to French Park. There’s also a tennis court, volleyball court, softball field, basketball court, and a huge play structure with several slides, tunnels, and a wood bridge. The play structure is on a rubber surface and is slightly worn, but the kids won’t mind! There are restrooms and plenty of benches, grass, and trees.

Islay Hill Open Space

Islay Hill
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Meadow Park

One of the larger parks around, Meadow is easy to get to and often popular. Most of the park is grass and trees. It’s perfect for a picnic and has a lot of shade for warm afternoons. The children’s playground is small and similarly designed to Laguna Lake Park. However the park also has a nice basketball court and two large sand volleyball courts, often used for city league. Meadow park also has a community garden and a creek that winds through the far side. It’s also a popular spot for the homeless community, though they often stay in one area.

Meadow Park

Meadow Park
2251 Meadow St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Throop Park

In a neighborhood close to Cal Poly, Throop has a fun playground with two play structures for older and younger kids. There’s also a neat bridge that kids can run under, a sand box, and plenty of grass. Both playgrounds have more than one slide and inventive structures for kids to climb on.

The playground is close to the road, and even though it’s in a family friendly neighborhood, cars still drive by fairly fast. The softball field is large and usually empty, so bring the whole family for a little batting practice.

Throop Park

Throop Park
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Sinsheimer Park

The park to rule all parks, Sinsheimer has absolutely everything including a minor league baseball stadium, an outdoor swimming pool with lessons during the summer, a large disc golf course, as well as volleyball and tennis courts. Oh and don’t forget the new playground!

Catch a Blues game during the summer (so cheap and family friendly!) or get some exercise with a game of disc golf. This SLO Park has everything and it’s well kept, located close to the Sinsheimer Elementary School.

Sinsheimer Park

900 Southwood Dr
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Johnson Park

Primarily a large grassy area right next to the SLO YMCA, Johnson Park is located in a great neighborhood, right next to Sinsheimer Park and Sinsheimer Elementary School. There’s two new play structures, a bike trail that goes through the small park, and a large number of picnic tables- great for kids birthdays or other get-togethers.

Johnson Park also features a basketball court, barbecue area, and restrooms. A creek runs along the side of the park during the wetter months!

Johnson Park

Johnson Park
1020 Southwood Dr
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Santa Rosa Park

Typically very busy, Santa Rosa Park has a lot to offer. First, there is a brand new skate park that is always filled to the brim with people of all ages refining their skateboarding skills. The city of SLO also offers skate camps for kids in the summer.

Second, there is a very new playground for kids. Designed for ages 5-12, the playground is made to look wooden (likely TREX materials) and has a few slides, rope bridges, and large rocks to climb on.

Third, there is a combined basketball court and skating rink. At night, it’s used for city roller hockey and you can find roller derbies several summer weekends a year.

Fourth, the well maintained softball field is used for city league several nights a week. Stop by to watch a game after work, the league plays for most of the year.

The park has several picnic areas, a barbecue, restrooms, lots of grass and trees, and can be reserved for events. It’s not uncommon to see a birthday party while driving by. And on Sunday’s, the local LARP’ers (live action role playing) can usually be seen duking it out while you drive by.

Santa Rosa Park

Santa Rosa Park
Santa Rosa St & Oak St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Emerson Park

Hidden near downtown SLO, Emerson Park is one of the hidden parks of San Luis Obispo. Surrounded by homes and next to the San Luis Obispo Parks & Rec, Emerson Park boasts a large grassy open area, outdoor exercise equipment, and a brand new playground.

The playground is meant for kids 2-8 and is garden themed, with a bright green play structure, a dragonfly teeter totter, and flower spinning seats. There’s also a basketball court, picnic area, and one of the only public bocce ball courts.

  

Emerson Park

Santa Rosa Park
Santa Rosa St & Oak St
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405