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Bay Area Summer Destinations

Summer Fun in Silicon Valley
Summer is a great time to get outside, feel the sunshine on your skin and let your kids explore. Read on for a few of our favorite destinations!

Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo

Cost: Free!

Tip: A small space which is part museum and part zoo, all free! An hour is probably enough time for most kids here. Combine this visit with one to Magical Bridge Playground (a favorite for all kids – do not miss the outdoor interactive Magical Harp!)

Lick Observatory

Cost: Free!

Tip: The drive is twisty and turny and takes longer than you may think. Pack a lunch. After visiting the observatory, take in the outdoor view.

Happy Hollow Zoo

Cost: General Admission (ages 2-59) $14.25, $10 for parking

Tip: Go in the morning when it’s quieter – the lines for the rides move slowly! There is a cafe, but better to pack a picnic lunch and snacks.

Deer Hollow

Cost: Free!

Tip: Deer Hollow Farm is a 160 year-old historical ranch in Silicon Valley. Explore preserved historical buildings; visit cows, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and pigs; picnic in a wide open space. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather, definitely bring water and snacks. This is a long walk – strollers and bikes are welcome!Google Map (Specific directions on Deer Hollow Farm’s site)

Billy Jones

Cost: Train/Carousel Rides, $2 per person/per ride Special Event Prices vary

Tip: Lines for the train can get long on the weekends. Arrive early, have your kids use the bathroom before getting in line and bring snacks and water. There is also a great big playground around back!

Ardenwood Historical Farm

Cost: Tues., Wed. & Sat.–$3/adults (18+ years), $3/seniors (62+ year), $2/children (4-17 years), under 4 years – free.
Thurs., Fri. and Sun.–$6
Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes and be sure to bring water and a picnic lunch.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach

Cost: Free

Tip: Wear rain boots if you don’t want to get wet and sandy while exploring the tidepools. Do a little research before you go, and have fun visiting sea creatures in their natural habitat. Bring sand toys and have fun getting a little dirty afterwards. Afterwards, drive over to Half Moon Bay and visit the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, where you can enjoy an ocean view from the patio while you refuel with food and drink.

Gilroy Gardens

Cost: Varies – check Gilroy Garden’s ticketing page for the best deals!
Tip: Go on a weekday, or arrive early on the weekends to avoid the crowds. The lines at the car ride and ferris wheel tend to get long later in the day, so visit those rides first. There is food and drink available for purchase at the park.
We hope you enjoy these summer activity ideas! Be sure to check ahead to make sure the prices are accurate, and that your destination is open for the day.

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