Coyote Point Recreation Area 1701 Coyote Point Dr., (650) 573-2592. Daily 8-sunset. $6/vehicle. No pets; no smoking.
This 149-acre park (plus 538 additional underwater acres) is equipped with a barbecue are, picnic areas sheltered by fragrant eucalyptus, several playgrounds, inviting grassy expanses, several trails, an 18-hole golf course, a rifle range, and a swimming beach with bathhouse. It is one of the best windsurfing sites in the U.S. and considered prime for beginners. As if all this isn’t enough, it’s also located on the descent route for the San Francisco International Airport, making it a great place to just sit and watch planes land.
CuriOdyssey 1651 Coyote Point Dr., (650) 342-7755. Tu-Sun 10-5. $9, 62+ & 13-17 $7, 2-12 $6.
Bay-side and surrounded by an aromatic grove of eucalyptus trees, the architecturally impressive aims to educate visitors with numerous hands-on and multi-media displays. Exhibits inside include a live colony of bees. Outside, the impressive Wildlife Habitats area includes exhibits of live, non-releasable native animals (burrowing owls, a porcupine, a banana slug), a walk-through aviary of native Bay Area birds, and a colorful demonstration garden composed of plants that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Animal feedings occur daily. Bring a lunch to enjoy in the inviting picnic area.
|interior exhibits at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo, California|
|cattle egret at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo, California|
|great blue heron at CuriOdyssey in San Mateo, California|
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