There’s only one month of summer break to go and before we get in back-to-school mode we are going to make the most of these last few weeks! We’ve read all of the best lists of things to do this summer with kids in the Bay Area. Our summer goal of venturing out of our neighborhoods and visiting the most fun local pools, splash parks and playgrounds is almost realized!
Out of all the things to do this summer with kids in the Bay Area, water play topped our list. Spending the day at a water park is exhausting, crazy and so much fun! Did you know we had so many water parks in the Bay Area? So far our favorite is Antioch Water Park. The grassy area, tot sized slides, free life jackets and cabanas make it so easy for families with small kids to have effortless fun.
Our kids have asked to go swimming almost every day! This is a helpful list of local pools that we are working our way through. Most days we are sticking close to home at the toddler splash pool at Terra Linda Community Pool in San Rafael. We get a bit more adventurous on the weekends. This list of day trip worthy Swimming Holes around Northern California has had us taking a dip from Emerald Bay to Lake Anza and beyond. The South Yuba River swimming holes are just magical and close enough for a day trip or Gold Country overnight.
One of the easiest things to do this summer with kids in the Bay Area is a playground challenge. We’ve been visiting at least one new playground every week. The playgrounds on this list of must-visit local playgrounds are definitely destination-worthy. Our top pick is Magical Bridge in Palo Alto. We spent hours exploring this inclusive wonderland for all ages. The two-story tree house is straight out of a fairytale and we had to bribe the kids off the roller slides!
Before kids we were avid hikers. We’re still getting out there but with more snacks and lighter packs. This list of kid-friendly hikes includes many of our favorite parks around the Bay Area. Our most loved destination for a hike with the family is Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve near Guerneville. The stroller and wheelchair friendly trails make it so easy for all of us to drop in and visit this stunning Redwood grove.
Foggy or sunny, the beach has been one of our top things to do this summer with kids in the Bay Area. Here is our round up of our favorite beaches to visit with kids. Most of all we loved exploring the tide pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve where we spotted harbor seals, hundreds of starfish, sea anemones and whales!
What have been your favorite things to do this summer with kids in the Bay Area?
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