The San Francisco Bay Area is unique in that there is unlimited outdoor activities. Hike a lake, go play at the beach, birdwatch at the slough or find some rides! A day of fun with the kids is closer than you think!
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo connects people to nature through play. Come enjoy the rides and check out the animals.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park featuring the historic Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, dozens of family-friendly rides, games, indoor arcade with mini golf and laser tag. Entertaining Santa Cruz beach visitors since 1907
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is a leader of the family theme parks in the San Francisco Bay Area. The amenities vary from carnival games to thrill seeking rollercoasters. The rides aside, Gilroy Gardens educates the community and guests, especially kids, with their commitment to horticulture. The park is set in a beautifully landscaped property. Also, you are going to want to check out their excellent holiday decorations.
The Oakland Zoo is a local landmark and we love supporting them as much as possible. Our kids love coming here several times a year and are always amazed at the variety of animals. Take the gondola to the top and walk the California Trail, filled with all animals native to California
The San Francisco Zoo has thousands of animals, play park, steam train ride and interactive storybooks. The grounds are packed with flora from all over the world. Kids of all ages and generations before them will cherish their memories at the San Francisco Zoo.
Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos, Santa Clara County is great for kids. The little ones can explore the huge playground, take a train ride, chase the ducks or ride their bikes on a bike path along the lake shore. During the holidays walk or drive the fantasy of lights show for a special treat!
Bay Area Water Parks
On hot summer and fall days it is hard to beat a waterpark. Luckily the San Francisco Bay Area has a handful of waterparks to keep the family cool.
- Gilroy Gardens Water Oasis – Gilroy
- Antioch Waterpark – Antioch
- Six Flags Hurricane Harbor – Concord
- Aqua Adventures – Fremont
- Raging Waters – San Jose