Day Trips

From public gardens to rare cypress groves, the San Francisco Bay Area has endless awesome places for outdoor adventures. 

Hakone Estate & Gardens: Gorgeous Gardens and Fun with Koi Ponds

Hakone Estate & Gardens: Gorgeous Gardens and Fun with Koi Ponds

Hakone Gardens is a historic national treasure in Saratoga. With 18 gorgeous acres of gardens and trails, the property offers something for everyone, including an opportunity for the kids to feed fish in the central koi pond. If you’re looking for a nice and easy walk outdoors with beautiful views, gardens, and even a waterfall, make sure to add Hakone to your list!

Villa Montalvo County Park: Art and Nature Together in One Special Place

Villa Montalvo County Park: Art and Nature Together in One Special Place

The beautiful trails behind Villa Montalvo are punctuated with contemporary art installations like this one from Susan O’Malley’s, “A Healing Walk.” Originally installed in 2012, the work is now a part of Montalvo’s permanent exhibition, “Art on the Grounds”. Looking for a fun and inspiring hike for the whole family? Read about our first trip(s) to Montalvo here.

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