The California coast has long been known as a legendary spot for expanding your horizons, and the Northern California region of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley offers nearly 60 miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, the celebrated California redwoods, and an endless range of new, enriching experiences and activities.
School may be out on summer break, but our area is always in session for learning, fun and activities—all with easy (often free) transit access from San Francisco International Airport, and more affordable accommodations than you’ll find in San Francisco.
Outdoor Activities and Classes
It’s no surprise how easy it is to find outdoor activities with our world-famous natural attractions and outdoor sports venues. What you will find surprising is how easy it is to learn these activities, with one-day excursions that will teach you or your family to become a yogi, horseback ride, or kayak in a single afternoon getaway.
Pacifica’s Traveler is an outdoor and adventure-inspired retail store and Surf & Swim Club. Take a Wednesday morning yoga class or just use Traveler’s amenities when you’re done hitting the ocean waves. Horseback riding at Wunderlich Park with Chaparral Ranch runs all year round in Woodside, with trail rides and lessons in the famous California redwoods. And California Canoe & Kayak lets your family ride the waves on kayaks or stand-up paddleboards in the safe, calm waters of the Port of Redwood City.
Arts and Entertainment Courses
Artists of all ages can ignite their artistic flair, where the famed Northern California wine country scene raises a toast for kids and adults alike.
Create a classic painting at San Mateo’s Create, Mix and Mingle, where painting lessons are paired with wine, beer or snacks and all-ages classes are also scheduled on the calendar. Want to ditch the art portion and just focus on wine? San Francisco Wine School is the largest wine school is the U.S. Their educational programs and workshops are taught in their state-of-the-art wine education & events center in South San Francisco. The Summer Series workshops will keep you having fun with wine until September. Half Moon Bay Art Glass will blow you or your family away with glass-blowing classes taught by trained professionals in the field. And there are hundreds of programs and classes at the Oshman Family JCC, so check its schedule of activities or list events by age and date range. Peninsula Museum of Art offers a variety of in-studio classes. From classics like watercolor and drawing, to the unique like weaving with metal, you will be able to take home a one-of-a-kind souvenir.
Museums With Classes
High-tech meets high culture at our museums, where the “birthplace of tech” celebrates its 21st century future and its 20th century roots with a curriculum of science, technology and fun.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the hometown of Google, has cultural programming on the history of computers, smartphones and mobile devices, along with a range of classes and online exhibits that show how computers have evolved in the modern era.
Whether you come for sports, arts, science or the great outdoors, the birthplace of innovation is the most innovative option for summer break and beyond.
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