Exploring the Bay Area!

Exploring the Bay Area

An Au Pair Guide to Bay Area Fun & Ideas for Host Families!

Being new to an area might seem difficult at first, but getting out and discovering the area will make the transition much easier! Here are some activities, trip ideas and local recommendations to help you start planning some fun on your time off. I encourage you to connect with your Bay Area au pairs and start planning some fun group activities together. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, need some advice or would like to share some of your own Bay Area adventures. Good Luck!



Kid Friendly Places



San Francisco Zoo – http://www.sfzoo.org/


California Academy of Science – http://www.calacademy.org/


The Exploratorium – http://www.exploratorium.edu/


Shoreline Park www.shorelinelake.com

Park, aquatic center and café. 3160 North Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View.


Bay Area Discovery Museum  – BayKidsMuseum.org

Fun & Educational Children’s Museum Admission $11 – members free


Hidden Villa – www.hiddenvilla.org

Organic farm with animals and a children’s garden. Free. 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills


Vasona Park – www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/Maps%20Here/Pages/Vasona-and-Los-Gatos-Creek-County-Parks.aspx

333 Blossom Hill, Los Gatos, CA 95032


Youth Science Institute and Nature Center – www .ysi-ca.org

Education through nature. Check calendar for upcoming events. 16055 Sanborn Rd, Saratoga


Monterey Bay Aquarium – www.montereybayaquarium.org/





San Francisco on a Budget – Top Ten List


  1. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  2. Ride a Cable Car – $6 each direction, tickets can be purchased on board or at a street kiosk.
  3. Pick up fresh and local picnic supplies at the Farmers market on Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building.
  4. Take a ferry to Tiburon-$8 each way. Dress warm!
  5. Join the locals and run, skate, bike or jog through Golden Gate Park.
  6. Enjoy an incredible view from Twin Peaks on a clear day.
  7. People watch in Delores Park.
  8. Walk around the touristy Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.
  9. Love Chocolate? Stop for a sweet treat at Ghirardelli Square.
  10. Test your endurance and walk up Lombard street, dubbed the ‘world’s crookedest street’


Best Eats Under $20


  1. Tacolicious. 2031 Chestnut St.; (415) 346-1966
  2. UtopiaCafé, 39Waverly Place; (415) 956-2902
  3. Gold Mountain Restaurant, 644 Broadway; (415) 296-7733
  4. Farm: Table, 754 Post St.; (415) 292-7089
  5. Il Cane Rosso, 1 Ferry Building No. 41, Embarcadero (415) 391-7599



Ride a cable car through Chinatown







Local Attractions

Muir Woods

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Wine Tasting if over 21!

Marin Headlands



Angel Island


Fisherman’s Wharf

Union Square


Russian River

Point Reyes



Local Beaches

Santa Cruz

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Monterey State Beach

Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Pebble Beach, Carmel

Tomales Bay State Park

Stinson Beach

Muir Beach

Rodeo Beach

Point Reyes


Half Moon Bay



Visit a State Park


Big Basin Redwood State Park, 21600 Big Basin Highway, Boulder Creek

Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033

Portola Redwood State Park, Rd # F, La Honda, CA 94020

Henry Cowell State Park, 2591 Gram Hill Road, Scotts Valley, CA 95060

Yosemite National Park


Go hiking in Castle Rock State Park, Los Gatos




Almost of California’s State Parks have campgrounds.

Visit www.reserveamerica.com to find and reserve a site. Reservation fee’s usually cost between $10- $25 per night. This is a great group activity! No tent? REI rents outdoor equipment




Try Something New!


Try Rock Climbing – www.planetgranite.com/locations/sanfrancisco/sf_faq.php

San Francisco Climbing Gym | Planet Granite Climbing Yoga & Fitness


Go Kayaking

 Kayak classes in the Bay Areawww.outbackadventures.com/trips_classes/kayaking/kayak_classes/

 Bay Area Kayak Trips – Corte Madera Marsh – Oakland Estuary – San …


Adventures By The Sea – Great place to rent kayaks, Bikes, Surf

Boards, and Paddle Boards. $30 all day kayak rental. 299 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940


Kayaking in Monteray




San Francisco Bay Area activities, events, travel, and fun – www.bayareaexperiences.com/
Free & Cheap Events & Things to Do in the San Francisco Bay Area sf.funcheap.com/
Yelp.com – Reviews on anything from restaurants to hair salons.
Meetup.com– Find a local group in your community based on interests (hiking, books, sport clubs, etc.)
WeekendSherpa.com – Guide to outdoor weekend getaways.
TripAdvisor.com – Research hotels and things to do in an area.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 7:23 PM


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