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.
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
- Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Ride a Cable Car – $6 each direction, tickets can be purchased on board or at a street kiosk.
- Pick up fresh and local picnic supplies at the Farmers market on Saturday mornings at the Ferry Building.
- Take a ferry to Tiburon-$8 each way. Dress warm!
- Join the locals and run, skate, bike or jog through Golden Gate Park.
- Enjoy an incredible view from Twin Peaks on a clear day.
- People watch in Delores Park.
- Walk around the touristy Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39.
- Love Chocolate? Stop for a sweet treat at Ghirardelli Square.
- Test your endurance and walk up Lombard street, dubbed the ‘world’s crookedest street’
Best Eats Under $20
- Tacolicious. 2031 Chestnut St.; (415) 346-1966
- UtopiaCafé, 39Waverly Place; (415) 956-2902
- Gold Mountain Restaurant, 644 Broadway; (415) 296-7733
- Farm: Table, 754 Post St.; (415) 292-7089
- Il Cane Rosso, 1 Ferry Building No. 41, Embarcadero (415) 391-7599
Ride a cable car through Chinatown
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Wine Tasting if over 21!
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Monterey State Beach
Gray Whale Cove State Beach
Pebble Beach, Carmel
Tomales Bay State Park
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
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