bubble gum alley



here in san luis obispo, we have an amazing attraction called bubble gum alley.

it’s an entire alley covered with chewed up bubble gum.




it’s definitely something to see.  and smell.




artwork or destruction of property?

fascinating or disgusting??




this last pic was taken when matthias was three years old.  i miss that little guy.

don’t miss the tantrums though!


don’t you want to experience bubble gum alley and stick your own gum on the wall?


  1. I {heart} SLO ….that is where my hubby and I had our first date…and I shared BG Alley with him! How fun to reminisce. Thanks for the memories!

  2. I don’t remember it being that full when I was young – I think it kind of went out of fashion for a while (although it never disappeared.) It is iconic SLO and I love it.

  3. I would go with the “don’t touch a thing” while walking through. It’s neat on pictures….but ewwww….just gives a funny feeling! Thanks for sharing your ever-so-neat pictures of it!

  4. I went to bubblegum alley when I was 10 and remember it distinctly. Fast forward 20 years and my friends lived in SLO…wile visiting, I “made” them go. I thought it was great…they were a little disgusted. I still think it is fun (kind of).

  5. Great Shots. Spit grosses me out and the thought of all that bubble gum once covered in spit . Ugh (cold shivers) yuck! But seriously, great shots!

  6. Been there…done that…a few times growing up. One of the places I miss, which kinda sounds funny – missing an alley with gum all over it! I don’t like that it started coming around the corner, though, at one point. It’s great where it is – in the Alley. And it has been featured in magazines and online at times. What a treasure in SLO.

  7. My dad is 62 and he remembers putting gum in that same alley when he was in college! It has some seriously old gum on it…love it!!


  9. I’ve been there…and stuck my gum on the wall! My husband and I took a trip to Santa Barbara this summer but rented a car one day and drove up to Hearst Castle. We stopped in San Luis Obispo for lunch and saw Bubblegum Alley. We also stopped at the Madonna Inn on the way back to get a couple of slices of cake for dessert on the way home (which also ended up being breakfast the next day…they were huge)!

  10. A little bit of fascinating….a little bit of disgusting……

    Kinda fun and interesting though…


  11. It seems pretty cool. I need to check it out when we visit you. I like that it is in an alley, kind of hidden. Sounds better than a bubblegum tree.

  12. Gosh! I hadn’t thought of Bubble Gum Alley in years. Wonder if I could still find my initials there from high school (my guess its they were covered up long ago). Makes me miss SLO.

    I just had a vision of Buddy the Elf in there… ha!

  13. I left my share of gum there in high school 30 years ago. I love it when my teenage girls say they stopped by and left some gum on the wall. It may be gross but it’s great history

  14. oh, bubble gum alley. i used to be amazed at that phenomenon. now i avoid it. i think i actually get nauseous when within sniffing distance. but thanks for reminding me that my girls might still enjoy the pure wonder of it.

    great pictures! -emily

  15. I love BGA! I have some cool pic’s from there too but I definitely remember holding down Mandy’s hands cuz she wanted so badly to touch it! I guess if you don’t know where it came from it looks kinda like play dough?? Yuck but so cool 🙂

  16. Have you seen the gum art kits at chewbynumbers.com? Gross, but the kids love em. (No, it’s not my website and they didn’t pay me to plug it….just heard about it at the office!)

  17. my kids find it quite thrilling. i try not to look as we pass by. also, i’m pretty sure that if i ever tried to actually walk through it, i would trip and land against the wall. i’m graceful like that. 🙂

    can i just say how excited i was to find out you live in slo and therefore a possibility that i might run into you (hopefully not literally.) someday in person? 🙂

  18. I used to love stopping by bubble gum alley when I lived in SLO!!! The best was to take someone there with their eyes closed and then lead them right up to one of the walls! Surprise! =)

  19. Hmmm, not sure if its neat or totally gross! Do you were gloves when you add a piece of chewed gum so you don’t touch someone else’s???

    Very unique I must say!!

    I found a picture of my 10 year old daughter when she was about 3 – oh my goodness – that sweet chubby face – how I miss that – her buck teeth from her binky – she is so big now – and still sweet. Amazing how they change and grow out of phases and then enter new ones – always bitter sweet!


  20. We had gum trees on South Street in Philly, but they got a blight and had to be cut down.

    I always thought it was disgusting, but your gum alley has a lot more art to it than South Street’s gum trees.

  21. I’m saying EWWW and NEATO at the same time. But the grimace on my face won’t go away. My nose is crinkled up. My lips are curled up tight. Yeah. I’m going w/ ewwww….

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