Have you been to the San Luis Obispo (SLO) landmark Bubble Gum Alley? It’s exactly what the name implies, a narrow ally set in downtown SLO layered with blobs and globs of chewed bubble gum. And yes, you can say, “Ewwww!” just like we were in the photo.
The history dates back to sometime in the 50′s and has been an easel for bubble gum artists and those whom simply care to add to the collection. I’ve heard it can smell of bubble gum when the temperature is right. I was expecting the alley to reek of a combination of strawberry, mint, grape, and traditional bubble gum, but fortunately the day we stopped by I didn’t get a whiff of any gum flavors.
As previously mentioned in a post a few weeks back, during our stay in San Luis Obispo we explored the new SLO Children’s Museum. One of the second floor interactive attractions is Bubble Gum Alley, complete with magnetic “brick walls.” The museum has special-ordered magnetic “chewed bubble gum” shapes to decorate the walls and to allow the children to create their own bubble gum designs, without the risk of getting it stuck in their hair of course. This photo is “before gum.”
Even though the idea is gross you have to admit everyone loves a weird, or unique, attraction and this one is one that will definitely stick. Just don’t get it stuck on your shoe.