The Bay Area is a great and beautiful place, and we could go on and on
about cool things to do here. We put together a short list of activities and
places below which may interest you.
To note, it is not as warm here as you'd think. Bring long pants and a
jacket. The wedding is in Vallejo, which is inland and warmer, possibly
downright hot. The coast and San Francisco get cool. You can easily drive
ten miles in the Bay Area and drop 30 degrees in temperature. Think
TripAdvisor.com is a great resource. For those of you spending a little
extra time in the Bay Area, you'll find great articles on San Francisco fun,
and the hotel deals listed look to be quite good too.
- Alcatraz tour - Very cool,
interesting, and educational. Ferry over to the island and take a guided
tour. Worth the time. You may want to look into booking the tour in
advance if you're really serious about going.
- The Exploratorium is the
coolest science/mechanical museum ever, hands down. There's also a guy who
sets up near the entrance on weekends and stacks huge
rocks on their tips. You must see it to believe it.
- We really do have a herd of buffalo near the western end of the huge,
Gate Park. On Sundays, the roads through the park are blocked, but
the park is full of runners, bikers, and skaters. Particularly impressive
are the rollerskate and rollerblade dancers that come out every Sunday
with their sound system on Martin Luther King Dr. near 8th Ave.
- Golden Gate
Bridge - it's big, it's orange, it inspires you to wax poetic when
its towers are rising out of the fog, it's a great American icon, and you
can walk or bike across it if so inclined. It's windier than you'd
PacBell Park and the SF Giants- We haven't actually been to a
baseball game there yet, but we hear that it's awesome.
- Berkeley's Telegraph Ave. - Bohemian Rhapsody
Tilden Regional Park - A wilderness that also has park areas. It's
ten minutes from our apartment in the East Bay with great hiking,
wonderful views of the Bay Area (after a little effort expended uphill),
and even an antique merry-go-round and a miniature steam train for
Hiddenbrooke Golf Course - For all you golf afficionados the golf
course at our wedding site is an Arnold Palmer-designed course that's open
to the public and, reportedly, is excellent.
Flags Marine World Vallejo - Marine World is about five mintues from
the wedding site. Sort of an amusement park/zoo with everything from
wicked coaster rides to dolphin shows.
Jelly Belly Factory tour is just up the road from Vallejo and we're told it's quite cool.
You get to sample too.
- Sausalito - A
beautiful town on the waterfront in the North Bay. Sausalito is a great
place to mosey, check out small art galleries, eat ice cream, and enjoy
the view of San Francisco and the bridges. You can also catch a ferry to
Angel Island from here or rent an open-top kayak to explore Richardson
Sonoma - the wine country is gorgeous and the countryside is riddled
with great wineries. We enjoyed the cave tour at Kunde Estates.
- Calistoga mud
baths - You squirm, but we can assure you this is a great
experience. You've never felt so supple.
Gran Prix - Go Karts!
- Ano Nuevo
State Reserve - More elephant seals than you can shake a stick at.
Males go without food for up to three months at a time. Pups gain on
average 175 to 275 lbs. in their first month. They all make snort-y
noises quite a bit. It's quite a spectacle.