Look beyond traditional gifts this year and give an experience that will last! From adventurous outdoor activities to hands-on arts & crafts, these experiences will make an impression and show you care without the hassle of wrapping presents. These activities are great on their own, or you can join in on the fun with your loved one!
 

TRY YOUR LUCK AT THE ESCAPE ROOM


For those who enjoy solving puzzles, give them an immersive escape experience! The Red Door Escape Room in San Mateo challenges groups to solve hidden clues and exit a series of rooms in less than 60 minutes. There are a variety of episodes to choose from with different difficulties. This holiday season, they’re also offering 20% off of their gift cards.
 

Red Door Escape Room in San Mateo inside the Hillsdale Shopping Center


SAIL THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY


Head out on the water with Spinnaker Sailing! Located at the Port of Redwood City Marina, this sailing school offers a variety of experiences with experienced instructors and skippers. Enjoy an afternoon sail and take a tour around the San Francisco Bay, or—for those looking to learn to sail—Spinnaker Sailing also offers courses that result in an American Sailing Association certification.
 

Sailing-boat-on-the-san-francisco-bay


TAKE A GLASS BLOWING CLASS IN HALF MOON BAY


Tap into your creative side at Half Moon Bay Art Glass. Their classes will teach you how to shape, blow, and color your own glass project to take home and cherish for a lifetime. Choose from a variety of pieces, such as glass pumpkins, terrariums, or jellyfish! When you register for a class online, be sure to mention code “LEMON40” for a 40% discount.
 

HMB Art Glass Owner


ENJOY A WINE TASTING CLASS AT THE SF WINE SCHOOL


For the wine lover in your circle, the San Francisco Wine School has multiple in-person and virtual courses focusing on different aspects and regions of wine. Participants will get to sample several different varieties and advance their wine knowledge. Take 10% off your next Public Class or Event at San Francisco Wine School when you use “SMCCVB Learns” at checkout!
 

Group of friends cheering with wine glasses at a local winery


SPEND THE DAY KAYAKING


Up for an adventure? Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the San Francisco Bay Area. See the coastside and paddle with marine wildlife at Half Moon Bay Kayak. On the bayside, rent a kayak or take a class at California Canoe & Kayak in Redwood City.
 

Man-kayaking-on-the-bay-during-the-sunset


MUSEUM AND GARDEN MEMBERSHIPS


There are several different museums and gardens in the area that offer annual memberships for individuals or an entire family. These memberships offer exclusive benefits including free entry, discounts, and events. The California Academy of Sciences is perfect for exploring the natural world, offering an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum, and a four-story rainforest. The Hiller Aviation Museum celebrates the innovation of aviation pioneers and features hands-on exhibits to learn more about flight. Filoli includes hundreds of acres of gardens to explore and hosts seasonal events throughout the year.
 



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