Bay Area Summer Activities

Bay Area Summer Activities 2017

We’ve been living in the Bay Area for the last nine years and it’s only our second summer in which we are not going home to Germany. That’s why I made lots of plans what to do and already posted the list about 55 summer activities. Most of these things you can do at home, but I also wanted to gather lots of new places we can explore. That’s why I started a list for the best possible Bay Area summer and I asked some friends to share their ideas, too.

The following list doesn’t cover all of the Bay Area. Most of the listed activities are in and around the South Bay and in San Francisco. Therefore this list is supposed to grow and I would love your feedback in the comment section. I’m sure you know lots of other cool things to do around here and I would love to add your tipps to this list.

Take a tour. 

Bay Area Summer: Tours

Bay Area Summer:Tours

Go to the beach….

Go on a treasure hunt.

  • Find Sand Dollars at Ocean Beach in San Francisco (just west of the SF Zoo) or
  • at Sand Dollar Beach in Watsonville.
  • Go and find sea glass at the Glass Beach in Benicia.
  • Here you can find lots of different scavenger/treasure hunts in the city.

Bay Area Summer: Treasure Hunt

And even more Bay Area Summer activities are:

 Visit a park.

Go for a hike.

Ride your bike.


You can find more family friendly bike rides in the Bay Area here.

Visit a museum.

and so many more…

Ride a train.

  • My kids love to ride the train in Germany, but why don’t do it here? If you’re San Jose based, take the Light Rail to Diridon and then Caltrain to San Francisco or vice versa.
  • A fun idea for longer trip is to take Amtrak Coast Starlight and go from San Jose to Salinas, Paso Robles, San Louis Obispo, maybe even all the way to San Diego.
  • Or you visit Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton and ride the steam train through the redwoods.

Do good.

Doing Good Together Silicon Valley offers a free local listing featuring volunteer opportunities for the whole family.

Go get a treat.


Go to the movies. 

Bay Area Summer: Outdoor Movies

Listen to music. 

These cities also offer a “Music in the Park” program in the summer:

and probably many more.

Bay Area Activities: Music
© Carly Whitaker

You can’t beat the classics.

If you live in the Bay Area, you must know these amusement parks. If you didn’t go yet, you absolutely should. One can not leave the Bay Area without screaming loud on the

And even more adventures.

I hope you’ll find something you like on my list. I want to say thank you to my friends who shared some of their favorite things and some “secrets” with me:

Aer, Anne, Ashley, Bonnie, Jenna, Judy, Mareese, Marion, Mia, Petra and Sonja.

Have a great summer!


Bay Area Summer 2017

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  1. alittlebitofingrid

    July 3, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Hope to be able to revisit the area in near future! Our very first visit last year was great but bit overwhelming wanting to see and do so many things on limited time, good excuse to return of course!

    1. bellamonte

      July 5, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Let me know when you’ll be visiting! I’m happy to share even more of my favorite places with you. Isn’t it always hard to pick the things you want to do while on vacation? We’re in Colorado now for 8 days and we have a hard time to pick what to do, because there are just endless possibilities 😉

  2. Cailin Caulfield

    August 10, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Hello my friend! Just wanted you to thank you! I’ve returned to your blog and this post three times this summer searching for things to do with the kids. I’m back again today looking for the zip lining place.

    1. bellamonte

      August 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for your positive feedback my friend! We still haven’t done so many things from my list, but it is always good to be able to go back to the list and plan new adventures. Have fun zip lining!

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