Gardens, Parks, and Trails in San Mateo
There are many interesting things to see and do in San Mateo, California and its surrounding area. It is a city south of San Francisco in the Silicon Valley.
Coyote Point in the bayside area is a great place for families. When the weather is just right you can come out here to picnic and barbeque. Choose between five walking trails all
offering fantastic views of the bay. From different spots, you can even see the San Francisco skyline. You can also enjoy the beach and take part in various water sports. The most popular thing to do here is to go windsurfing.
Also at Coyote Point, you’ll find CuriOdessey, an interactive science and wildlife center which focuses on families. Many of the animals here are native to California. There are exciting exhibits, events, and activities for people of all ages.
You can take a leisurely stroll through the San Mateo Japanese Tea Garden where you can see lovely flowers and all kinds of trees. Here you can delight in blossoming cherry trees, Japanese maples, and Bonsai trees. You’ll also find a granite pagoda, a tea house, a Koi pond, a few wooden bridges, and a bamboo grove. The landscape is a wonderful mix of earth and water elements.
If you enjoy hiking or biking then you will love the Sawyer Camp Trail, a beautiful 12-mile trail with breathtaking scenery.
If you enjoy going on a picnic head for Laurelwood Park. This beautiful park is located at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain. Here you can find several trails that will take you into the mountain and you can enjoy exploring the hills of San Mateo. The views from the top of Sugarloaf give some of the very best panoramic views of the San Francisco skyline and the surrounding area.
Visit the Pulgas Water Temple which has a lovely reflecting pool and wonderful views of the Crystal Spring wilderness.
A lovely place for walking and hiking and just enjoying the great outdoors is the beautiful Horseshoe Lake.
While you are in the area, visit Tall Trees Grove. This is a grove of redwood trees that tower high into the sky, with some even taller than a 35-story building! There are many trails to hike and you can enjoy walking along the Redwood Creek underneath all the towering trees. It is a great place to relax and commune with nature.
Downtown San Mateo
Visit Half Moon Bay for a pleasurable walk; it is the oldest settlement in San Mateo Country. In the 1809s it was known as Spanishtown. Nowadays it is a small town that can be nice to take a stroll through. There are shops and restaurants in Main Street’s historic business district. You can see the old one-room jailhouse and one of the oldest churches in the area.
Old Downtown San Mateo offers many great ethnic restaurants. If you want to do some shopping then you’ll enjoy El Camino Real which is the main thoroughfare and commercial street. There are several small shopping areas and you can relax and have a drink at Bucky’s Cocktail Lounge.
If you are looking for a variety of shops then head for the Bridgeport Shopping Center, which houses many large chain stores and smaller shops. There are places to grab some great burgers and enjoy a beer. Crystal Springs Shopping Center has many different shops to choose from and is considered to be one of the better neighborhood shopping centers. There is also Hillsdale Mall which includes such big-name stores as Macys and Nordstroms. You’ll also find a Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the area.