If you’re relocating to the Bay Area, you’ll never have a problem finding fun, no matter where your interests lie! Whether the day ahead calls for something cool an
d calm indoors or it calls for fun excitement in the great outdoors, you’ll always have plenty of activities available. Music fans, theater goers, history enthusiasts, animal lovers, sports fans and more will be thrilled with what they can find to keep busy. Following are some of our favorite and most popular things to do in the Bay Area over the summer:
Aquariums and Parks
Aquarium of the Bay and Steinhart Aquarium are both in San Francisco, and promise hours of aquatic fun and amusement. In addition, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a great destination and is fun, huge, and educational. Spend a summer afternoon indulging in the stunning array of vibrant marine habitats as you view thousands of different marine fish, jellyfish, living coral, and more. Parks in the area that you won’t want to miss include Tilden Park in Berkeley, with pony rides, botanical gardens and swimming; Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, with tea gardens, boat rentals, a planetarium and more; and Vasona Park in Los Gatos, with picnic areas, bicycle paths and boat rentals. Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos has a carousel and train ride!
There’s no lack of museums in the Bay Area, so plan your day accordingly! The Children’s Creativity Museum at Yerba Buena Gardens offers loads of hands-on art activities for everyone, and kids love the nearby historic carousel and playground area. Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center offers special tours and crafts for families, and admission is always free. The Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos features aircraft of all kinds, along with special programs and holiday events. The Tech Museum is located near the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is very popular, too.
Biking Trails and Beaches
Some of the most popular areas in the Bay are the biking trails and beaches. You’ll find a great trail in Canada Road in San Mateo, which is closed to motorized vehicles from Edgewood Rd. to Hwy 92 along Crystal Springs Reservoir on most Sundays. Golden Gate Park offers a wide stretch of pavement to ride on when JFK Drive is closed to cars on all Sundays and holidays, along with some Saturdays. As for beaches, one of the most popular and most beautiful destinations is in Santa Cruz. The Natural Bridges State Beach offers nearby nature trails that lead through monarch butterfly habitats, and is a lively beach with great tide pools just a short walk from the main beach.
Zoos and Nature Centers
In San Mateo you’ll find CuriOdyssey, which offers daily otter and bobcat feedings and more. Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek features petting circles with hamsters, rabbits and guinea pigs, and you can witness feeding and training demonstrations and meet owls, eagles and hawks. If you’re in the mood to spend the day at a zoo, The Oakland Zoo is easy to walk around and is very affordable. This zoo also has rides and plenty of space for the animals. The San Francisco Zoo is beautiful, with a petting zoo and expansive playground.
No matter what your taste in activities might be, you’ll easily find hundreds of places throughout your new home in the Bay Area to have a great time. Restaurants and eateries are always nearby, and the beauty of the area is evident at every location you’ll visit. Have a blast this summer in the Bay Area!