Bay Place day outings: Summertime in Alameda County

Lisa D. Small

Summer’s on its way, the dangers of COVID in the Bay Spot are luckily receding, and we are dreaming of vacations. But if you happen to be not fairly prepared to hit the airport (or if you happen to be just seeking for some weekend fun), by no means concern. Hoodline’s Bay Area Day Visits collection will give you heaps of fodder for nearby pleasurable this time. From minimal-identified treasures to well known incredibly hot places that might have dropped off your radar during the earlier 12 months, we’ll be rounding up curated lists of some of our beloved locations in access of San Francisco, San Jose and the rest of the Bay. This 7 days, we are sharing a couple of worthwhile jaunts in Alameda County. Continue to be tuned for much more in the weeks to appear, such as some farther afield!

Go chook-observing and check out bay wetlands in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Countrywide Wildlife Refuge

At the south close of the San Francisco Bay, 30,000 acres of waterfront and wetlands are preserved for migratory birds, endangered wildlife, and mother nature lovers in the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge. Miles of trails offer beautiful mountaineering and biking for all ages, kayaking and canoeing are allowed in the Bay tributaries of the refuge, and fishing is permitted, also. (There is certainly even hunting in the slide and winter.) Test out the East Bay part of the refuge, together the uncrowded waterfront of Fremont and Newark, for off-the-overwhelmed-observe wildlife viewing and exploring.

The Alameda Creek Regional Path is an less than-regarded gem that juts way out into the Bay alongside the north side of Coyote Hills Regional Park in Fremont. Here, you can spot wonderful egrets, herons, cormorants, northern pintails, American avocets, black-necked stilts, and many other birds and waterfowl. Or head more than to the south facet of Coyote Hills to hike the outdated duck hunting grounds of the Newark part of the Don Edwards refuge. A series of adorable bridges and boardwalks make for a entertaining waterfront stroll, or head out additional from shore to see the salt ponds and vestiges of the previous salt mines up close.

A lone picnic desk sits at the close of the paved portion of the Alameda Creek Regional Trail. Picture: Laila Weir


Coyote Hills itself offers lovely mountaineering, picknicking, and sweeping sights, but it receives scorching, so seem for a cooler day or adhere in close proximity to the waterfront. If you happen to be interested in understanding more about the region’s earlier inhabitants and their methods of residing in tune with character, phone the Coyote Hills Visitor Middle at (510) 544-3220 for data on Ohlone shellmound excursions and Native American scientific tests at the park.

If you are into fishing — or want to attempt it out — the tranquil Dumbarton Pier just isn’t attractive, but its sights are. In the shadow of the Dumbarton Bridge, this pier feels a earth away from the Silicon Valley-bound targeted traffic whizzing overhead, like a forgotten remnant of a additional tranquil lifestyle. You can fish off a pier without a license, so it’s a fantastic way for rookies to consider the sport. Locals capture sharks, rays, crabs, and all types of fish on this pier. Be sure to look at polices for varieties and dimensions of fish you can keep, and make absolutely sure you know how to clean up and cook dinner them. Normally, it really is ideal to just catch and launch (or just stroll the pier and enjoy the action).

The Newark Slough trail in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Countrywide Wildlife Refuge Image: Laila Weir


Fremont is regarded for fantastic Middle Jap and Asian delicacies, so contemplate ending your working day with an Afghan feast or some Indian pizza. The wildly popular De Afghanan Kabob Residence serves genuine Afghan food items in a charming setting. Bombay Pizza Property is a person of a variety of casual solutions serving Indian-fashion and regular pizza, lassis, beer and much more – additionally it displays sporting activities on various TVs around the dining room.

For far more data and maps of the Don Edwards refuge trails:

Investigate neighborhood heritage at Ardenwood Historic Farm and Patterson Property

Also in Fremont, the Ardenwood Historic Farm is a well-liked attraction the place visitors can working experience what a family farm was like at the stop of the 1800s and early a long time of the 1900s. The East Bay Regional Park District operates the the moment-non-public house as a completely working, turn-of-the-previous-century farm. Younger and aged will get pleasure from exploring the intensive grounds, official Victorian gardens, farmyard with sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats and cows, and performing blacksmith store, amongst other attractions. Note that state-of-the-art reservations are at the moment essential.

The lovely Victorian farmhouse, preserved as a window into a property in the Victorian period, is not to be missed — seem for a tour by costumed docents. The household was closed to excursions in the course of COVID, but it has just reopened for partial tours of the visitor parlor and family parlor on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. In standard summers, Ardenwood’s Railroad Museum team and docents dressed in interval costumes would be working train rides from the Arden Station, also, but the trains have also been on hiatus through the pandemic. Having said that, the Railroad Museum a short while ago introduced its re-opening with displays of historic train cars and trucks on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each and every thirty day period, from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Patterson Home at Ardenwood Historic Farm Picture: Fremont Patterson Household / Fb


On weekends, try to eat at the Farmyard Cafe, the place visitors can get lunch, snacks, espresso, and numerous regionally built treats and treasures.

Ardenwood Historic Farm is situated at 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont. The farm is open up from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays as a result of Sundays. Progress registration charges: $2 / absolutely free less than 4 a long time. Take note: Puppies are not allowed at the farm. Be absolutely sure to examine the website or make contact with the farm for updates relating to latest limitations and updates. For extra information and facts:, (510) 544-2797


Consider out h2o sports activities (or just swim in the bay) at Alameda’s Crown Memorial Condition Seaside

For people of us used to the Pacific beach locations, the idea that you can swim in saltwater in Northern California can be a novel notion. But for transplants from hotter climes and natives alike whose teeth may perhaps chatter at the prospect of entering the ocean with out a 4mm wetsuit, the island of Alameda, tucked into the Bay just off Oakland, is a revelation. Alameda’s shorelines and shallow waters present surprisingly excellent swimming on a incredibly hot working day. The 2.5-mile Crown Memorial Condition Beach front, two times restored and shored up against erosion, has plentiful room for sunning and picnicking, even though it can get crowded on very hot weekends.

It’s also a favourite spot for windsurfers and fans of other h2o athletics — and a fantastic place to try 1 of these sports activities for the first time. Boardsports California offers classes in windsurfing, kiteboarding, kite surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, and far more to older people and young children, moreover they hire gear.

For a dose of regional historical past, the “Memory Lane” self-guided trail winds through time from the times of Indigenous Californians via the Victorian period and military services historical past. For character lovers, the Elsie Roemer Fowl Sanctuary is house to aquatic birds and other salt marsh creatures, whilst Crab Cove (a spouse and children beloved) is a maritime reserve the place all plant and animal everyday living is safeguarded. The Crab Cove Customer Heart also properties an aquarium featuring all forms of SF Bay daily life.

Boardsports California personnel giving drinking water sporting activities lessons at the seaside in Alameda. Photo: Laila Weir


At the close of the day, check out the adorable downtown of this unpretentious island that till a short while ago was dwelling to a navy base and armed forces housing and get evening meal at just one of the many local eateries.

For far more data and instructions to Crown Memorial Point out Beach front:, (510) 544-3175 / Toll Cost-free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), possibility 3, extension 4522


Head for the heat at East Bay Regional Park District swimming lakes

When the temperatures warmth up in summer time, we’re not massive fans of inland hiking, but the jap sections of Alameda County can deliver perfect swimming problems. If you might be dreaming of suntanning and swimming, and the breezy bay beaches usually are not very hitting the spot, heading inland is the way to get your summertime correct. The East Bay Regional Park District operates a amount of swimming lakes and chlorinated swim lagoons that are at this time open up with sophisticated reservations — so system forward! 

Less than latest principles, everyone should be pre-registered to enter the swim space, which include infants. Reservations are accessible two months in advance for any presented day.
A greatest of 6 individuals can sign-up on just one transaction, and absolutely everyone on the exact same transaction need to enter the swim space alongside one another. At this position, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Space in Castro Valley ($4 / $2 age 1-15 and 62+ / no cost underneath 1 12 months), Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore (speak to the park for expenses), and Don Castro Regional Recreation Area in Hayward ($3 / $2 age 1-15 and 62 / free of charge beneath 1 12 months $5 parking rate) are all open. 

The Cull Canyon swimming lagoon in a long time earlier Image: EBRPD / Instagram


Swim passes are for 11 a.m.–6 p.m., so pack a picnic, lots of water, and sunscreen, and make a working day out of it.

For more data and to reserve a swimming date:, (888) 327-2757, possibility 2 


Reward: Strike the water park (coming quickly!)

If you’re searching to splash out for some severe summertime exciting, Fremont’s Aqua Journey Waterpark is set to reopen June 15! Call the park for details as the day strategies. The park is situated at 40500 Paseo Padre Pkwy., Fremont. For info:, (510) 494-4426.

The Wave Waterpark at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin is intended to open up up quickly, too, so retain an eye on their web page for updates or contact the park:, (925) 574-4800

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