Fantastic Ideas to Fill Your Calendar with Fun
Break out your sunglasses and pack your beach bag. Summer is here and there’s a ton of great stuff you need to get in before the fun is over and it’s time to head back to school. Find good times and lasting memories throughout the Bay Area with the help of Taylor Morrison. We don’t just build new homes people love to live in, we take an active role in making sure you still love where you live for years to come.
Yee-Haw! It’s not a Bay Area without a Visit to the County Fair
From screaming rollercoasters to the taste of funnel cakes and the sounds of the midway, there’s nothing quite like a day at the county fair to let you know that summer is here. Get your boot scootin’ boogie on all summer long with a selection of five great fairs around the Bay Area.
Be sure to check out each fair’s concert and event series to find out when and where your favorite artists will be playing.
San Mateo County Fair
- June 8-16, 2019
- 2495 S Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA
- (650) 574-3247
The San Mateo County Fair is the place to be if you’re an animal lover and hope to get up close and personal with all the prize-winning attendees. Don’t miss out on the piglet races and take advantage of the unique opportunity to purchase an unlimited-rides wristband for certain hours and days.
Alameda County Fair
- June 14 – July 7, 2019
- 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton, CA
One of the largest and longest running fairs in the bay area, the Alameda County Fair features bigger rides with bigger thrills. You’ll also find the always popular demolition derby and a host of cultural performances from around the globe.
Marin County Fair
- July 3-7, 2019
- 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael, CA
- (415) 473-6400
The Marin County Fair features nightly fireworks, top-tier concerts and an incredible selection of artisan tents for shopping. A spectacular value, your fair entrance ticket includes 28 free carnival rides.
Sonoma County Fair
- August 1-11, 2019
- 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA
- (707) 545-4200
Motorheads won’t want to miss out on the demolition derby and three nights of monster truck shows at the Sonoma County Fair. Known for creative concessions, you’ll find some of the tastiest food vendors offering unique fusion blends of fair favorites with international flavors. The fair also features live horse racing and the popular NorCal Brew Fest
Santa Clara County Fair
- August 1-4, 2019
- 344 Tully Road, San Jose, CA
- (408) 494-3100
Classic fair fun in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Find heart-pounding rides for adrenaline junkies and plenty of furry friends for the little ones. Enjoy puppet shows and other live entertainment daily.
Get Your Feet Wet
Cool off on hot days with a visit to a nearby watering hole. New Orinda, CA real estate at Wilder is just a short drive from Lake Anza at Tilden Regional Park. Wilder features a premier resort-style swimming pool onsite but sometimes a day at the lake is just what the doctor ordered. Enjoy a long walk through the Tilden trail network or take a break from swimming to enjoy nachos, smoothies, sandwiches and ice cream at the nearby concession stands.
Additional East Bay options include:
- Lake Temescal in the Oakland Hills
- Cull Canyon Lagoon for the littlies
- Del Valle Regional Park for boat rentals
- Two miles of sandy shoreline along Crown Memorial State Beach
For those further east, check out Contra Loma Regional Park near the affordable houses for sale in Tracy at Barcelona. The park offers a nice, protected swimming lagoon in the center of an 80-acre reservoir. Pack a picnic and bring your bicycle. Boating is available along with bathrooms, concessions and lifeguards from June through mid-August.
Connect with the Great Outdoors on a Hike
Lace up your walking boots for a trio of beautiful hikes through the Easy Bay Regional Park District. Please note: Each park offers trails marked as easy, moderate or challenging. Be sure to select a route that is suitable for your experience and fitness level. When hiking, always pack water, high energy snacks, a small first aid kid, sunglasses and hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.
- On Skyline Boulevard, just east of Grizzly Peak Boulevard/Diablo Drive in Oakland
- (888) 327-2757, option 3, extension 4554
Explore the volcano and enjoy gorgeous wildflowers along with the possibility of viewing wildlife. Self-guided brochures help visitors to understand the historic and geologic significance of the region.
Sonul Regional Wilderness
- 1895 Geary Road, Sunol, CA
- (888) 327-2757, option 3, extension 4559
A great place to spot squirrels, hawks, raccoons and black-tail deer. Naturalist-led programs are available and camping can be arranged with previous reservations.
Las Trampas Wilderness Regional Preserve
- 18012 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583
- (888)-327-2757, option 3, extension 4537
Discover 5,000+ acres of rugged wilderness on foot or on horseback. Little Hills Picnic Ranch can be reserved for special events and features a pool, barbecue area and covered pavilion.
Kayaking in the City
Experience San Francisco like you never have before. Hit the water on a kayaking adventure to remember and choose from a variety of beginner and intermediate trips by day or night (during fireworks events).
- Pier 40, San Francisco, CA
- (415) 294-1050
Take in the Wonders of the Randall Museum
Free to the public, the Randall Museum offers a unique combination of exhibits that encompass natural history, science and the arts. Founded in 1937 by Josephine Randall as a children’s science museum, the foundation continues with Ms. Randall’s original vision to provide the community “…a place that would foster a love of science, natural history and the arts.”
Drop-in activities, classes and summer camps are available.
- 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA
- (415) 554-9600
Happy Summer from Taylor Morrison
There’s so much to see, experience and explore in the Bay Area. We hope you get the opportunity to get out and enjoy this beautiful part of the world all summer long.
Read an interview with Taylor Morrison Bay Area Design Studio Manager, Lisa Perlman as she shares design tips.