The San Francisco Bay Area refers to a total of nine counties. That means there’s plenty to do, whether you live in the Bay Area or just on holiday. The nine counties surround both San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay, the latter being the bigger of the two and famous for the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the mouth of San Francisco Bay as you enter the Bay Area from the Pacific Ocean.
With all that water around, you can expect to have a lot of water sports available. Some of the big ones are sailing and kayaking, as well as kiteboarding and surfing. You’ll also find windsurfers skimming across the water and making their way across the entire bay. Fishing is a big thing in the Bay Area, and you will often find many of the residents sitting on the beaches or the piers, with their lines in the water and a cold one in their hands. Those that have boats will often head out into the bay to see if they can catch anything. If you are up for the challenge, you can charter a boat out of the bay to do some deep-sea fishing. There are two main yachting clubs in the Bay Area, so if you fancy yourself a sailor, you can join the Golden Gate Yacht Club or the Saint Francis Yacht club.
If you need some exercise or need to get some fresh air, try one of the many biking trails around the Bay Area. You can even take a cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge and get a first-hand experience of the famous landmark. If cycling is not for you, then why not take a walk through more than 1000 acres of lush greenery at Golden Gate Park. If you prefer the more active type of walking, then you can hike up Mount Tamalpais on one of the many trails that will take you up to one of the highest peaks in the Bay Area. Your reward for making it to the top is a stunning 360-degree view of the entire Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean. Big Basin Redwoods Park is another fantastic place to take a stroll as you walk through a forest of giant Redwoods that quite literally dates back over a thousand years.
Some fun things to do if you are visiting the Bay Area would be to visit the famous Googleplex, the home of Google, the world’s biggest search engine. Explore their work environment and see inside one of the most successful companies in the world. While that might sound boring, you’ll be surprised to know that they have boardrooms that use dingy-boats for chairs and a replica of Richard Branson’s Spaceship 1. You can cycle around the complex on a Google Bike and see the giant T-Rex they have on campus. After seeing all that, you’ll wish all companies would be like that. Bay Area sports fans can watch the San Francisco Giants play at AT&T Park.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the Bay Area is a real treat for art lovers, with exhibits and pieces from all over. If the artwork doesn’t impress you, then the architecture certainly will. You can enjoy international dining experiences with food from across the globe, and you simply need to decide what you’d like to eat. The Bay Area is full of restaurants, so take a look at some local reviews, or ask a few locals if you are not from around there. No matter where you are in the Bay Area, you are guaranteed to find something you really enjoy.
The Bay Area is also well equipped for children and families, so if you need to find something for the kids to do, you have nothing to worry about because you are guaranteed to find something. Magowan’s Mirror Maze, House of Air, and Doughp are surefire ways to put a smile on their faces. If you happen to have older kids, then perhaps they would enjoy a trip to Alcatraz Island, where the whole family can explore the world-famous Civil War prison, and it’s just a ferry ride away. Six Flags theme park is also in the Bay Area and has rollercoasters for all ages. They could spend an entire day there and never get bored. As you can see, the Bay Area has a lot to offer, and you only need to know what you feel like doing.