The Bay Area

Views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Vista Point. Highway 1 road trip stop with kids.

Top 20 Things To Do in Point Reyes: Everything You Need to Know for a Wonderful West Marin Getaway

Our turn trying to capture the Cypress Tree Tunnel

January 14

Read on for the best things to do in and nearby the Point Reyes National Seashore plus a 3-day itinerary. Read More

Rock City at Mount Diablo State Park: Adventure Through Time

Looking out through the wind caves at Rock City

March 8, 2021 (updated January 2022)

Looking for a unique Bay Area adventure? Or maybe just a new place where the kids can burn off some energy? Make sure to add Rock City, in Mt. Diablo State Park to your list!   … Read More

Uvas Canyon Waterfall Loop: Family Waterfall Fun

March 8, 2021 (updated January 2022)

Though I grew up in San Jose, it took a random Facebook post to call my attention to Uvas Canyon. The post had a photo of a dad and toddler splashing near a waterfall…in Morgan Hill??  I was intrigued, to say the least! In no time we had reservations of our own for this gorgeous and easy family-friendly waterfall hike. Uvas is now one of my favorite family day hikes, especially on a hot South Bay day.  … Read More

The Best Bay Area Gardens and Farms for Hands-On Family Fun

Kids Enjoying the Redwood Grove at San Francisco Botanical Gardens

November 22, 2020

Bay Area gardens and farms are open year-round and offer a fun alternative to parks and trails. They are also multigenerational crowd-pleasers and tend to be our go-to for an outing with grandma.   … Read More

Villa Montalvo: Easy Day Hikes, Hidden Art, and Beautiful Nature

Bug hikes up to Lookout Point in Villa Montalvo

March 1, 2021 (updated January 2022)

If you are interested in sharing the arts and the outdoors with your family, make sure a hike at Villa Montalvo makes it onto your list of things to do in the South Bay. Villa Montalvo has a unique vibe, perhaps resulting from the seamless combination of art and natural beauty throughout the park. This place checks many boxes: family-friendly hikes, cultural excursions, and local adventures.   … Read More