Where to See Marine Life in the Bay Area
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Jill Wolfson
6M ago
If your children are interested in marine biology and ecology, you can go to your local library and borrow books on the topic. And you can also encourage your future marine biologist by taking a family field trip to one of the many Bay Area venues that focus on the ocean. Here are some of our staff favorites: East Bay Crab Cove Visitor Center. With an 800-gallon aquarium system at the visitor’s center, you don’t actually have to get your feet wet to get a glimpse of the critters living in Alameda’s Crab Cove. ebparks.org/parks/vc/crab_cove Marin Marine Mammal Center. This S ..read more
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Hum Along the Highway
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Jill Wolfson
6M ago
I’ve been crisscrossing the great state of California in a car since I can remember. I was the kid in the backseat contorted and cramped around my mother’s vanity cases piled high at my feet. The air conditioning never quite reached me, and my Walkman strained to drown out the static of my parents’ AM radio. Today, it’s my kids in the backseat, only now they enjoy personal climate controls, on-demand entertainment and captain’s chairs with lumbar support. The dog snoozes in a plush bed, and my husband and I listen to a riveting podcast. For the moment, all is calm as we hum along the highway ..read more
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Best Bay Area Family Beaches
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
Going to the beach can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get exercise and relieve stress. The Bay Area has plenty of family-friendly beaches. If you go, make sure to follow any rules regarding COVID-19, such as wearing a mask and keeping a safe distance from people not in your household. Also, be extra careful on beaches with rough surf. East Bay Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. The water is calm and there are panoramic views of San Francisco, making this a great beach for families. It offers a bathhouse with changing rooms, picnic tables, barbecues and a lot of lawn area for games. P ..read more
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Best RV Parks Close to Home
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
With COVID-19 still on everyone’s mind, many families are opting to travel in a recreational vehicle (RV). Most RVs have their own bathroom, sleeping area and kitchen, allowing travelers to avoid public restrooms, hotels and restaurants. If you want to play it safe and get away but still stay close to home, the Bay Area has plenty of spots that will feel like vacation. North Bay River Bend – This RV park and campground next to the Russian River has a private beach for guests, a general store, children’s play structures, an old-fashioned gaming arcade, horseshoe pits and more. It offe ..read more
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Outdoor Adventures for Active Families
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush after being stuck at home this past year, there are some great opportunities in and around the Bay Area this summer. Some of these companies offering thrill-seeking adventures have COVID-19 guidelines posted on their websites to help keep customers safe. Check in advance to make sure venues are open and whether reservations are needed or other restrictions are in place. Rock Climbing Offering instruction for all levels, Adventure Out) has camps for kids and regular programs at Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains and Pinnacles National Par ..read more
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Family-Friendly Wineries and Breweries in the Bay Area
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
While your late-night clubbing days may have ended when your child came along, having kids doesn’t mean the end to all adult-oriented fun. Throughout the Bay Area, there are plenty of places that welcome children while their parents sip wine and sample microbrews. Some even offer up extra enticements for family fun – from splashing in a winery pool to taking a pre-wine tasting horseback ride to hanging out at a beer garden-adjacent arcade and bowling alley. Make sure to check whether venues are open and reservations are required before heading out. East Bay Chouinard Vineyard and Winery – Summ ..read more
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Travel Tips for Monterey
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
Warm weather and the reopening of California’s economy makes this summer a great time to take a trip to Monterey Bay, a favorite quick getaway for Bay Area residents. Once there, it offers marine life, California history and the setting for author John Steinbeck’s stories. Now that the Monterey Bay Aquarium reopened in May, there are even more reasons to make the trip. The aquarium is now open at a limited capacity with safety measures in place. Visitors can enjoy the aquarium’s penguins, sea otters, jellies, sharks, kelp forest and more. Whale watching is a must in Monterey. The area has some ..read more
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Secret San Francisco – Hidden Staircases, Labyrinths and More
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
If, like many of us, you’ve exhausted the sites close to home during more than a year of pandemic restrictions, your family may be itching to discover something new. Luckily, there are lots of fun places to explore outdoors without traveling far. Just remember to bring a mask, keep your distance and check websites for changes before heading out. Stairways to Heaven San Francisco is often called the most European city in America and like Europeans, we love to walk, especially those hidden, romantic, steep stairways that take us to places you can’t see from a car or a bus. There are over 60 ..read more
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Day Trip — Santa Cruz
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
Mention a trip to Santa Cruz and, of course, you think of the Beach Boardwalk amusement park with its arcade of old-school games, mini-golf and world-class rides. At the time of this printing, a selection of outdoor games, food vendors and beach access are open daily, weather permitting, and drive-in movies are scheduled. But after COVID-19 restrictions lift, there will be plenty more fun to be had, including a spin on the landmark wooden roller coaster and the gorgeous 1911 hand-carved carousel. Santa Cruz also means beach time. There are so many to choose from. Our family favorite sand ..read more
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Day Trip — San Mateo Coast
Bay Area Parent Magazine » Family Travel
by Bay Area Parent
6M ago
 With uncertainty continuing around COVID-19 risks and restrictions, it’s more challenging than usual to travel plan for this summer. At the time of this writing, California continued to urge residents to forego non-essential travel and not to venture more than 120 miles from home.  Luckily for Bay Area residents, there are plenty of places just short drive from home that can still make you feel like you’ve escaped your day-to-day routine and leave your family feeling refreshed.  First stop: Pescadero and the San Mateo Coast. Check this website frequently for more ..read more
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