Things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area around Super Bowl 50
DENVER — If you’re traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area for Super Bowl 50, you’re going to need things to while you’re waiting for the big game.
Lists of 50 things to do in communities around California were compiled by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.
Scroll down to see lists for San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara, San Mateo/Silicon Valley, Oakland, and Wine Country.
50 Things to do in San Francisco
1. Walk or bike across the Golden Gate Bridge.
2. Visit Alcatraz (the audio tour is well worth it).
3. Wander through San Francisco’s colorful and historic Chinatown.
4. Pay homage to our greatest athletes at the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame at SFO.
5. Take a whale watching tour around the Farallon Islands.
6. Take in a game at San Francisco’s first gay sport’s bar, Hi Tops, in the Castro.
7. Listen to the changing sounds at the majestic Wave Organ at the Exploratorium in SF.
8. Shop the Ferry Building’s Farmer’s Market on a Saturday.
9. Spot a masterpiece at the de Young Museum of San Francisco
10. Wait in line for a pastry at Tartine Bakery.
11. See the city from the top of Coit Tower.
12. Catch a performance of San Francisco’s legendary Beach Blanket Babylon.
13. Indulge in a world-class dinner at Michael Minna SF.
14. Explore every inch of Super Bowl City, presented by Verizon in San Francisco.
15. Visit Kezar Stadium, the original home of the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders.
16. Toss a pigskin at Crissy Field.
17. Hop on a cable car for a romantic evening ride.
18. Indulge in some clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.
19. Despite being an urban city, San Francisco has plenty of beautiful nature to see. Visit the
Japanese tea garden, the Janis Joplin Tree, and the Conservatory of Flowers at Golden Gate
20. Enjoy the decadent libations, gourmet cuisine, and tropical décor at the iconic Tonga Room in
21. Get a scoop of ice cream with delectable homemade toppings at the Mission District’s Bi-rite
22. Catch a show at the Palace of Fine Arts. See performances ranging from poetry readings to
23. Grub on some dim sum in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
24. Be the ultimate tourist and take a double decker bus tour of the city.
25. Get a sandwich at Ike’s, and make sure to ask for “dirty secret sauce.”
26. There’s a lot to see along the Landsend hike in San Francisco. Make sure to stop by the visitor
center to get a dose of Bay Area culture, walk the ruins of the Sutro Baths, and spot a historical
chef-d’oeuvre at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum.
27. If you’re lookin’ to get a California seafood fix, chow on some Clam chowder in a Boudin
sourdough bread bowl in the city.
28. For you bookworms, check out the “beatniks” at City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, one of
America’s only truly independent bookstores.
29. Visit the historic Fioli Mansion just 30 miles south of San Francisco to see one of the finest
country estates of the early 20th century remaining.
30. View the detailed architecture of some of the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
31. Walk (or drive) the famously steep, eight hairpin turns of Lombard Street in San Francisco.
32. Arrive hungry to the Mission District’s La Taqueria, home of America’s Best Burrito.
33. Head over to Bayview for some Soul Food and delicious drinks. Do not miss Auntie Aprils, Old
Skool Cafe, Sam Jordans, or Yvonne’s Southern Sweets.
34. Spot a shark at the California Academy of Sciences.
35. Bring your friends to share an earthquake sundae at Ghirardelli Square.
36. Hike Twin Peaks to get spectacular views of the Bay.
37. Say hello to Yoda at Lucasfilm’s Presidio headquarters.
38. Learn something new at the San Francisco Cable Car Museum.
39. Bring the kids to the Walt Disney Family Museum.
40. Get inspired at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
41. Have some fun and get goofy at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum.
42. Enjoy gorgeous views of the Pacific and the Sutro Baths while you dine at Cliff House.
43. Relax at the Yerba Buena Gardens, an oasis in the city.
44. Do not miss the Transamerica Pyramid, a point of interest on Montgomery street.
45. Get cultured at the Contemporary Jewish museum.
46. Hang with the lions at the San Francisco Zoo.
47. Enjoy some fresh air at Washington Square in North Beach.
48. Catch a performance at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
49. Wiggle your toes in the sand at Ocean Beach.
50 Things to do in Santa Clara
1. Attend an event or go on a tour at Levi’s Stadium.
2. Visit the 49ers Museum Presented by Sony.
3. Ride a rollercoaster at California’s Great America theme park.
4. Explore the people and technology that changed our world at the Intel Museum.
5. Go back in time at historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis.
6. Grab a bite to eat, shop, or see a movie at Mercado Santa Clara.
7. Have fun at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, Pacific International Quilt Festival, STITCHES
West, Coin, Stamp, & Collectables Show & other consumer shows at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
8. Walk through the pedestrian mall at Santa Clara University.
9. Have a picnic, take a walk, or relax in beautiful Central Park.
10. See creative, cutting edge exhibitions at the Triton Museum of Art.
11. Shop at Westfield Valley Fair.
12. Fill your day viewing art at the de Saisset Museum.
13. Take a photo next to the 32 ft. high Shrine of Our Lady of Peace statue.
14. Take a self-guided walking tour of Santa Clara history at “Stroll into the Past.”
15. Ride Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Light Rail to California’s Great America theme park, Levi’s
Stadium, and/or the Santa Clara Convention Center.
16. Take a selfie with the bronze statue of a Bronco at Santa Clara University.
17. Go for a swim at George F. Haines International Swim Center.
18. Spend your Saturday at the Farmer’s Market (Open year-round).
19. Stop by the Santa Clara Depot & Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History.
20. Test your driving skills at K1 Speed Kart Racing.
21. Jump! at Sky High Sports.
22. Enjoy music, theatre, and dance with SCU Presents at Santa Clara University.
23. Hike along the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail.
24. Set a tee time at Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club.
25. Journey back in time to the last farm site in Santa Clara at the Harris-Lass House Museum.
26. Enjoy FREE “Concerts in the Park” at the Central Park Pavilion.
27. See former NBA superstar Steve Nash’s alma mater the Santa Clara University Broncos play basketball.
28. Dine at Levi’s Stadium at Bourbon Steak.
29. Play a relaxing nine holes of golf at Pruneridge Golf Club.
30. Go Bowling at Moonlite Lanes!
31. See the Universal Child 85 ft. tall statue whose shape and lines represent the 1960’s missile and space
32. Watch renowned Santa Clara University Women’s Soccer. The “Bend It Like Beckham” – movie depicts
two young girls’ dreams of playing soccer in Santa Clara.
33. Take a photo of the patron saint of Santa Clara (St. Clare) at Civic Center Park.
34. Ride Amtrak’s Capitol Corridor to the Santa Clara/Great America or Santa Clara University stations.
35. Get spooked late September through October at Halloween Haunt!
36. Visit the shops and eateries at Rivermark Village.
37. Spend the day visiting Santa Clara’s only natural open space at Ulistac Natural Area.
38. Sit back and enjoy a Santa Clara Players theater performance at the Triton Museum – Hall Pavilion.
39. Save on California’s Great America Hotel Packages ranging from $139-$179 per night plus tax. Packages
are for Friday and/or Saturday night stays based on availability.
40. Enjoy the booths, foods, fine wines, micro-brewed beer, and live entertainment at the Santa Clara Art &
41. See an affordable, family friendly youth theater production at Roberta Jones Junior Theater.
42. Shop or dine at the NEW Santa Clara Town Centre.
43. Relax with good food, shops, and more at Franklin Square.
44. See the beautiful Mission Gardens at Santa Clara University.
45. Visit California Historical Landmark #249 – Santa Clara Woman’s Club Adobe.
46. Go to an awesome annual summer event like the Santa Clara Vanguard’s Pacific Procession, Santa
Clara Arena Pro Swim Swim Meet, and/or the Silicon Valley BBQ Championships!
47. Commute on CalTrain from San Francisco or the Peninsula to the Santa Clara Station.
48. Check out the legendary Santa Clara Dive Bar “The Hut,” frequented mostly by Santa Clara University
students and alumni.
49. Enjoy the Santa Clara sports environment at any one of a number of sports bars, including Bourbon
Pub, Character’s Sports Bar & Grill or Bennigan’s.
50. Visit Santa Clara and share in the excitement of Super Bowl 50!
50 Things to do in San Jose
1. Get your geek on at The Tech Museum, a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of
the most innovative place on Earth.
2. Drop in at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park, featuring the world’s largest cradle, tallest vert
wall, and largest full pipe.
3. Sip divine wines for free at J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines.
4. Stroll along Santana Row for some upscale shopping, dining and entertainment.
5. Shoot for the Stars at Lick Observatory, the world’s first permanently occupied mountain-top
observatory which has remained on the forefront of astronomical research since 1888.
6. Discover one of the last three remaining Japantowns in the United States.
7. Take on the Man v. Food Trifecta. Chomp on the 5 lb. Burritozilla at Iguana’s, survive the Hellfire
challenge at SmokeEaters and consume a massive plate of ribs at Henry’s World Famous Hi-Life.
8. Get spooked at Winchester Mystery House.
9. Ice skate under the palm trees at Downtown Ice.
10. Walk the Walk at SoFA District, the center of San Jose’s creative pulse.
11. Cravin’ Craft Beer? South San Jose’s got your fill with Hermitage Brewing and Strike Brewing Co.
12. Go big or go home at Calabazas Park, featuring the largest city-funded BMX course of its kind in the
13. Stop by San Jose’s social hot spot at San Pedro Square Market.
14. Laugh it up at San Jose Improv.
15. Go back in time with a trip to History Park at Kelley Park.
16. Walk Like an Egyptian at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum with over 4000 artifacts.
17. Tour the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens.
18. Get in the right state of “mine” at New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum.
19. Roll the dice at the worlds largest Monopoly board.
20. Explore one of California’s oldest municipal parks at Alum Rock Park.
21. Fall in love with Four Historic Theaters. The Center for the Performing Arts, California Theatre, City
National Civic and Montgomery Theater offer a range of performing arts.
22. Enjoy the sunshine and the history of downstown San Jose with San Jose Walks and Talks.
23. Rage on during ArtRage at San Jose Museum of Art, specializing in art and artists of the West Coast.
24. Shop ‘til you drop at Grand Century Mall, which has a significant amount of jewelry and music stores,
as well as a handful of herbal and natural remedy stores.
25. Put it in park at West Wind Capitol Drive-In, which offers the classic drive-in movie experience with
crystal clear digital projection on huge screens, of first run movies.
26. Ride the giant concrete slides at Brigadoon Park.
27. Hear the roar from Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, a family-friendly zoo that doubles as an amusement
park featuring many popular features like its carousel, roller coaster and a petting zoo.
28. Tee off at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, located in the hills overlooking the Coyote Valley. It offers 27
magnificent holes, with 6 different 18-hole combinations.
29. Flock to City Hall to see Peregrine Falcons. Falcon fans from around the globe tune in to San José’s
wildest reality show featuring Clara, a rare peregrine falcon who makes her home in a nest box
located on top of a ledge on the 18-floor City Hall in San Jose.
30. Treasure hunt along Antiques Row.
31. Cruise in style with Club Sportiva. Rent an exotic, luxury or sports car from club Sportiva’s multimillion
32. Go end to end on Coyote Creek Trail, one of the longest trail systems extending from the Bay to the
City’s southern boundary.
33. Dig deep at Emma Prusch Farm Park, home to San José’s largest barn where 4H livestock projects
are housed and features robust community gardens.
34. Get down with a Downtown San Jose Public Art Walk where awe inspiring pieces of public work can
be found around almost every corner in San Jose.
35. Rock your socks off at RockBar Theater, a one of a kind live entertainment theater offering a rock
star decadent setting with high back plush chairs, specialty Rocktails and cuisine fit for royalty.
36. Scratch that shopping itch at the San Jose Flea Market.
37. Check out the largest domed IMAX Theater in the West, with an eight story-high screen and digital
38. Skate or spectate at Sharks Ice, the largest ice-skating facility in California and the official
training facility of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
39. Marvel at the Majesty of Cathedral Basilica St. Joseph.
40. Fill up on Falafel Drive-In. This iconic San Jose restaurant offers delectable Middle Eastern menu
items, along with burgers, fries and corndogs. Don’t forget to try the banana milkshake.
41. Wine and dine in Willow Glen. This picturesque, family-centric neighborhood features charming
residential streets with a variety of casual and outdoor restaurants, day spas and shops.
42. Find your Zen at the Japanese Friendship Garden, modeled after the Korakuen Garden in Okayama,
43. Stop and smell the roses at the Municipal Rose Garden. Rolling green lawns and colorful showy
blooms highlight more than 3,500 plantings and 189 varieties.
44. It’s hip and happening at the Haberdasher. Steadfast in the belief that great cocktails can only come
from snooty, mustachioed mixologists, Haberdasher invites you to experience their specialty craft
45. Take a tour of San Jose State University, the oldest public university on the West Coast.
46. Appease your appetite along The Alameda, which offers a savory selection of diverse restaurants
47. Loosen up in Little Italy. Situated along the Guadalupe River, Little Italy is an up and coming urban
pocket with several dining options.
48. Plan your trip in Plaza De César Chavez. California’s oldest public space is the epicenter of
downtown San Jose.
49. Take a spa day at Dolce Hayes Mansion. Treatments utilize the best equipment, implements,
sterilization techniques, and products.
50. Don’t forget Diridon Station, the central passenger rail depot for San Jose.
50 Things to do in San Mateo/Silicon Valley
1. Watch the Wounded Warrior Amputee football game against NFL Alumni at the College of San Mateo on
Saturday, February 6, 1PM- 4PM in San Mateo.
2. Take in “SOS Seafood Festival: Sustaining Our Seas” in Half Moon Bay, honoring Half Moon Bay’s fishing
industry and world-class fishing fleet on January 30, 10AM – 5PM, HMB Brewing Company.
3. Check out six centuries of creativity at the biennial San Francisco Antiquarian Book and Paper Fair at the
San Mateo County Event Center on February 5 and 6.
4. Appeal to your gentler side and visit Filoli Mansion and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark that has
been featured in numerous movies and TV shows.
5. Duplicate the hike on which San Francisco Bay was discovered, taking in both Bay and Pacific Ocean
views. (Paved path from Sneath Lane in Brisbane, or a more challenging path from Fassler Ave. in
6. Hike or bike the Devil’s Slide Trail, a 1.3 mile long paved cliff trail overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Incredible
views, fantastic bird-watching.
7. Hike “The Dish” in Palo Alto and find a giant, operational radio telescope at the top.
8. Wine taste at Thomas Fogarty Winery in Woodside overlooking vineyards and the San Francisco Bay.
9. Taste some Woodside wines and feast your eyes on an incredible collection of classic cars at Autovino in
10. Tour the Stanford University campus on foot or in a golf cart. Visit the Cantor Arts Museum on the Stanford
Campus and see the world’s second largest Rodin sculpture exhibit.
11. Explore any or all of three urban wineries in San Carlos. Cuvee Wine Cellars, Domenico’s Winery and
Russian Ridge Vineyards all have tasting rooms here.
12. Visit the graves of Wyatt Earp, William Randolph Hearst and more in Hills of Eternity Memorial Park.
13. Visit Joe DiMaggio’s grave at Holy Cross Cemetery.
14. Make a stop and show your respects to the thousands of our fallen soldiers at San Bruno Cemetery, part of
Golden Gate National Cemetery.
15. Visit Stanford Shopping Center, Hillsdale Shopping Center, The Shops at Tanforan, and/or Serramonte
16. Post a Facebook photo of you and your family or friends in front of Facebook and be the envy of all of your
17. Hit the shops on University Avenue and throughout downtown Palo Alto.
18. Charter a sailboat with or without a skipper or take a sailing lesson at Spinnaker Sailing at the Port of
19. Bike or walk along Canada Road with a view of the Crystal Springs Reservoir and the hills.
20. Check out the helicopters, 747 cockpit and aircraft simulators at the Hiller Aviation Museum.
21. Looking for great music, a play, or a night of comedy? Head over to Angelica’s Bistro, the Fox Theatre or
the Dragon Theatre.
22. While you’re in downtown Redwood City, grab a bite at one of their great restaurants like Donato Enoteca,
Martin’s West Gastro Pub, or LV Mar.
23. See the courtroom used in the movie Mrs. Doubtfire and more at the San Mateo County History Museum.
24. If you’re a history buff, stop at The Vans Restaurant, an historic building originally built in 1915 as a tea
house and part of the Japanese Exhibition.
25. Head over to Oyster Point Marina and enjoy the 33-acre park.
26. Play a few games of bocce ball at Orange Park.
27. Drop in at the historic 7 Mile House restaurant and sports house for some jazz and cocktails.
28. Rev up your engine at K-1 Speed, an indoor go-kart racing facility.
29. Do some morning whale watching or catch the sunset at the peak to Mori Point.
30. Play a round and enjoy views of the Pacific on the Ocean the Half Moon Bay Golf Links.
31. Check out the historic club house, built in 1931 at Sharp Park Golf Course, an Alistair McKenzie course.
32. Buy some fresh produce or hit golf balls at Andreotti Farm.
33. Head to downtown Burlingame to taste incredible olive oils and vinegars at Del’ Oliva, or to dine at
Ristorante Rocca, Fattoria e Mare, Straits, Pizzeria Delfina, or Stella Alpina. Want Thai food? Try Coconut
Bay, or have a cocktail indoors or out at Barrel House. Early in the day? Try breakfast at Bay Watch, H29
or Leann’s Café and Diner.
34. Check out the lighthouse at Pigeon Point, built in 1872. Thirty minute guided history walks around the
lighthouse grounds are available 10am to 4pm Friday through Monday, except on rainy days.
35. Venture over to Cowell Ranch Beach, where scenes from Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams were
36. Head to Costanoa Lodge for some great hikes and outstanding food.
37. Have a drink or a meal while enjoying one of the many fire pits in the area: Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay,
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, Sam’s Chowder House, La Costanera, Marriott SFO Waterfront and
Sofitel San Francisco Bay.
38. Want some great food or cocktails AND a view of the Pacific? Oceano Bar and Grill is directly across from
the Pacific Ocean, as is the casual Old Princeton Landing Public House and Grill.
39. Enjoy the Pacific views and watch the surfers while dining on great food at Nick’s at Rockaway Beach or
The Moonraker (both with music on the weekends), or try a Pisco Sour and Peruvian food at Puerto 27.
40. Sip a cocktail or enjoy a meal overlooking San Francisco Bay: Dominic’s at Oyster Point (South San
Francisco), Xebec in the Doubletree Hotel, Kincaid’s Restaurant, Flights lobby bar/Hangar Steak at the
SFO Waterfront Marriott, or dine outside overlooking a picturesque lagoon at The Fish Market or Sofitel
San Francisco Bay’s Bay Bar.
41. Explore Main Street in Half Moon Bay, dining at Pasta Moon, Cowboy Fishing Company or San Benito Ale
42. Walk or bike the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique
mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats.
43. Swing by the HP Garage, where Hewlett Packard began. While the HP garage is not open for public tours,
visitors may view and photograph the property and landmark from the sidewalk.
44. Try your luck at windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding or paddle boating on the many lagoons in Foster
45. Hit a casual pub: Cameron’s in Half Moon Bay (memorabilia, a giant pumpkin sculpture, karaoke) or the
Swingin’ Door in San Mateo* (dueling pianos and an habanero burger that you’re not allowed to eat until
you sign a release).
46. Try one of our local breweries: Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, Armstrong Brewery or Half Moon Bay
47. Head to any of the four beaches making up a two–mile stretch of sand along Half Moon Bay State Beach:
Roosevelt Beach, Dunes Beach, Venice Beach, and Francis Beach.
48. Make your way to downtown Half Moon Bay for winetasting and bocce ball at La Nebbia Winery and/or
wine tasting and art at Barterra Winery. Or, head to Pacifica and visit A Grape in the Fog.
49. Head to Downtown San Mateo for any type of food you can imagine, with a stop at Osteria Coppa,
Porterhouse, Roti Indian Bistro, Attic, B Street Station, Espetus, Fusion Peruvian Grill, Joy Sushi, Three,
Spiedo or Bay Watch.
50. Place some off-track bets on the horses at The Jockey Club at the San Mateo County Event Center in San
Mateo. With over 100 TV screens, you should be able to find the race you want to watch.
50 Things to do in Oakland
1. Take a private tasting tour of Oakland’s Blue Bottle Coffee factory.
2. Get a taste of Oakland’s foodie neighborhoods with Savor Oakland.
3. Grab a local brew at Drake’s Dealership at The Hive Oakland for a fun night out
4. Indulge in a variety of Dim Sum at Shan Dong in Chinatown.
5. Brew and bottle your own beer at Diving Dog Brewhouse on Telegraph.
6. Sample food truck treats and see the latest exhibits at Oakland Museum of California’s Off the
Grid each Friday.
7. Visit a farmers’ market for fresh produce and prime people watching.
8. Warm up with a round of bocce ball at Make Westing before a night out on the Town.
9. Chat with the locals as you sip a delicious fresh-squeezed greyhound from Cafe Van Kleef.
10. Fly through the sky at the Trapeze Arts circus school.
11. Spend the night under the stars at Chabot Space and Science Center.
12. Stroll through the beautiful maze of roses at Morcom Amphitheatre of Roses.
13. Play with fire at The Crucible, Oakland’s own industrial arts school.
14. Sample great Oakland wines and get some exercise by joining a cycling trip with East Bay Winery
15. Enjoy architectural greats on an Oakland walking tour, including the Cathedral of Christ the Light
along Lake Merritt.
16. Travel presidential style with a cruise on the USS Potomac, FDR’s “Floating White House.”
17. Captain a kayak on the Oakland Estuary and paddle over to Oakland’s beer garden, Brotzeit.
18. Stop by plank in Jack London Square for their spacious beer garden, bocce courts, and
19. Follow Jack London’s footsteps by stopping into Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon for a
20. Bring your kids to Children’s Fairyland, or leave them at home for the featured “grownups” events.
21. Mingle with the monkeys at the expansive Oakland Zoo.
22. Treat yourself to a show at the iconic Paramount Theatre of the Arts.
23. Learn to juggle at the Kinetic Arts Center.
24. Charter a yacht at Passage Nautical in Jack London Square.
25. Listen to live music almost every night of the week at Yoshi’s Jazz Club Oakland.
26. Indulge in cheesy goodness at Oakland’s own mac n’ cheese restaurant, Homeroom.
27. Bring a couple friends to Calavera in The Hive Oakland for tequila tasting.
28. Cruise on an authentic Italian gondola at Lake Merritt, or choose to rent your own watercraft.
29. Put on your cowboy hat and polish your boots for a night of line dancing at Overland Country Bar
30. Retrace Amelia Earhart’s flight route at the Oakland Aviation Museum.
31. Enjoy the sounds of music and smells of nature at the Woodminster Amphitheatre.
32. Groove with the sounds at Art & Soul Oakland, voted one of the best festivals in Northern
33. Cozy up on a couch with a beverage of choice as you watch a film at The New Parkway theater.
34. Enjoy the outdoor festivities in Jack London Square: Dancing Under the Stars, Jack’s Night
Market, Movie Nights & more!
35. Take a unique sightseeing tour of Oakland on top of a segway with Segway of Oakland.
36. Stroll down Temescal Alley for a sampling of Oakland’s hip and happening creative shops.
37. Honor black history at the African American Museum and Library of Oakland.
38. Stuff your face with tacos from the walkup food truck, Tacos Sinaloa in Fruitvale.
39. Bite into a gourmet doughnut filled with naughty cream from Doughnut Dolly.
40. Relive a moment from the movie UP! with a cone at Fenton’s Creamery.
41. Enjoy sips of wines by Oakland wineries on Oakland’s Urban Wine Trail.
42. Honor the history of our local ancestors at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park.
43. Enjoy cocktails al fresco along the dock at Lake Chalet on Lake Merritt.
44. Feeling adventurous? Stuff your face at Home of Chicken and Waffles in Jack London Square.
Trust us—it’s hella good.
45. Test your balance with a stand up paddleboard lesson at California Canoe and Kayak.
46. Try your hand at rock climbing at the Great Western Power Company climbing gym.
47. Enjoy a Belgium Ale from The Trappist while noshing on Taco Tuesday from Tamarindo
48. Celebrate Oaktoberfest and learn about the Dimond District’s rich German history.
49. Enjoy some mouth-watering soul food at Brown Sugar Kitchen, Everett & Jones and Pican.
50. Keep your eyes peeled for your favorite musician at The New Parish.
For more information, visit: www.visitoakland.org.
50 Things to do in Wine Country
1. First and foremost, you can’t go to Napa or Sonoma without going wine tasting.
2. Wine and dine at Napa’s world famous Michelin three star restaurant, Thomas Keller’s The French
3. Take a ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Travel through the area’s beautiful scenery while sipping on
some quality wines.
4. Take a hot air balloon tour of Napa Valley to get an aerial view of thousands of acres of vineyards.
5. Take a romantic vineyard trail horseback ride in Napa Valley.
6. Do the beautiful Sugarloaf Hike in Sonoma.
7. Enjoy a picnic and wine tasting at Sonoma’s Scribe Winery.
8. Discover downtown Napa. Take your time tucking into the variety of shops that line the street.
9. Visit Hall Napa Valley, a winery with gorgeous grounds and tons of original artwork.
10. Do not miss Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery. Load up on a chocolate almond croissant, a seasonal
muffin or a slice of coffee cake. Wash it down with a gulp of espresso.
11. Get some exercise and experience the beautiful scenery with Napa Valley Bike Tours.
12. Visit Round Pond Estate to taste excellent wine and incredible olive oil.
13. There are dozens of adorable boutiques and art galleries at Sonoma Plaza.
14. Tour Hess Collection, a contemporary art museum in Napa.
15. Educate yourself like a sommelier at Sonoma’s Imagery Estate Winery & Art Gallery.
16. Head to the town of Jenner and rent a few kayaks with WaterTreks and go out on the mouth of the Russian
17. Spot panoramic views of Napa while hiking at Skyline Park.
18. Do not miss Oxbow Public Market, where you can get a variety of delicious treats.
19. Hit the Kortum Trail, which follows the breathtaking Sonoma Coast bluffs from Wright Beach to Blind Beach
for about four miles.
20. Relax in a mud bath at Golden Haven Hot Springs.
21. Try to catch a show with Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Park.
22. Explore the hidden art galleries in St. Helena.
23. Pick Golden Delicious and Fuji apples at Gabriel Farm.
24. Explore tide pools and then indulge in some delicious seafood at Spud Point Crab Company.
25. Rent a boat and cruise around Lake Sonoma with family and friends.
26. Go to the counter of V. Sattui Winery for a tasting, buy a bottle of the varietal you like most and stand in line
at the winery’s market. Help yourself to the artisanal balsamic tasting and handmade mustard and pretzels.
27. Grab some fresh sandwiches at the Dry Creek General Store, built in 1881. Try the Dry Creek Stacker, an
epic sandwich perfect for two.
28. Zip-line through the redwoods with Sonoma Canopy Tours.
29. Take a wine-tasting class at CIA at Greystone.
30. Channel your inner NASCAR driver at Simraceway.
31. Partake in the annual Lazy Bear tube ride in the Russian River.
32. Visit Hamel Family Wines and hang out with the goats!
33. Get a relaxing hot cedar mulch immersion treatment in a Japanese tea garden at Osmosis Spa.
34. Take a cheese-making class with Achadinha Cheese Company.
35. Visit Madrona Manor to travel back in time.
36. Indulge in a three-course food-and-wine pairing at J Vineyards & Winery.
37. Check out the seals, otters, and sea lions at Goat Rock Beach
38. Run wild with cheetahs, rhinos, and giraffes at Safari West.
39. Stroll through the gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma.
40. Explore MORE gardens at Ferrari Carano.
41. Shoot some archery with the Sonoma County Bowmen.
42. Hood Mountain Regional Park boasts tall peaks in the Southern Mayacamas Mountain Range, plus trails
lined with creeks, wildflowers and meadows
43. Prime Dungeness crabbing season runs through February in Sonoma County, so you’re just in time to try it
out with NorCal Sports Fishing.
44. Eat dessert at Guerneville Bank Club, a historic 1921 bank recently reborn as a pie and ice cream
45. Try Downtown Bakery & Creamery for a savory breakfast.
46. Try a two-day boot camp in St. Helena—a culinary bootcamp, that is. The Culinary Institute of America has
expert chefs and instructors who will help you cook, bake or learn all about vineyards, vintages, and
47. Relax at the Calistoga community pool.
48. Say, “SUP,” to your friends and family—learn to stand-up-paddleboard for a great workout and lots of fun.
49. Indulge your sweet tooth with some Marshall’s Farm Natural Honey.
50. There could not be a better place to go skydiving than beautiful Napa Valley.