Escape the Fog: Ten Places to Adventure During Foggy San Francisco Summers

Stacie Dong - San Francisco Bay Area
May 29, 2018

Most San Franciscans would agree that no matter how much they love the city, the foggy summers are dreary. The hotter it is in every direction from Marin to the East Bay and the Peninsula, the cooler and grayer it seems to be in San Francisco. Luckily it's not hard to find sunshine, and the cool city weather might just provide a little incentive to hit the road and explore some new places. Let's go!

1. Tilden Park (Oakland)

Tilden Park has so many attractions and places to explore (Little Farm, Carousel, Lake Anza to name just a few) that you may need to add this to your summer to do list more than once.

2. Hamilton Community Pool (Novato)

This public pool is just a short drive from San Francisco, but you can soak in some summer sunshine, try out the water slide, and picnic during public swim hours (check website for schedule).

3. Schoonmaker Beach (Sausalito)

This small beach is tucked away from Sausalito's busy downtown. A favorite take-off point for kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders, the water here is calm and perfect for little ones.

4. The Mission/Potrero (San Francisco)

When the fog is sitting on top of the western half of the city, you may need only to drive over to the Mission District to remember it's summer. Try a torta at Los Picudos (2969 24th St), grab a sweet treat at Dynamo Donut, and climb on the giant mosaic serpent (and splash) at 24th & York Street Mini Park.

5. Bay Area Discovery Museum (Sausalito)

While there's lots of activities for little ones to explore all year round, summer is particularly welcoming, especially when it's a gray day in SF. The outdoor play area is fantastic and the views are pretty spectacular too.

6. Angel Island State Park

Taking the ferry is an adventure in itself, but the ferry takes you over to Angel Island you can spend the day playing, biking, hiking, and exploring in the summer sunshine.

7. Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory (Petaluma)

This is a fun outing for kids who like stickers and love to find out how things are made. Book your tour in advance by calling the factory, then drive to downtown Petaluma for lunch or ice cream and a stroll through the quaint downtown.

8. Jelly Belly Factory (Fairfield)

It's a bit of a hike from San Francisco to Fairfield, but the promise of jelly beans will probably be enough of an incentive for most kids. The forty-minute walking tour of the factory is free, but reservations are required.

9. Marine Mammal Center and Rodeo Beach (Sausalito)

Tucked away in the Marin Headlands, this is a great two-stop mini day trip. Stop first at the Marin Mammal Center and visit injured seals and other ocean wildlife that are being rehabilitated and (hopefully) returned to the wild. Then stop at Rodeo Beach to play in the sand, look for colorful rocks, and splash in the ocean.

10. Hokone Gardens (Saratoga)

Hokone Gardens is a picturesque and peaceful Japanese-style garden that kids will love exploring. Scamper up the terraced paths, watch the koi, and check out the view from the Moonviewing house. Check the website for docent-led tours and traditional tea ceremonies as well.

Stacie Dong and Simran Singh are San Francisco moms with a passion for cooking, eating and exploring the world through food. On their blog, A Little Yumminess, they share recipes from around the world, favorite foodie destinations and ideas for bringing up adventurous eaters. In addition they teach kids' classes and camps throughout the year and are also available for private workshops and events. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.    


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