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Perhaps you prefer a long hike in the mountains or bike ride along the beach but the family wants to go to Disneyland. While health and wellbeing, are not, perhaps, the first things people think of when pondering a…

Santa Cruz by Justine

When my friend and I were entertaining doing a day trip down to Santa Cruz, we had the following criteria that we wanted to include: a hike, a deliciously rewarding coffee, and some beach time. I don’t want to…

525 S Winchester Boulevard San Jose, CA 95128 (408) 247-2101 winchestermysteryhouse.com Description Rumored to be the most haunted mansion in the Bay Area, San Jose’s infamous Winchester Mystery House is both  home to ghouls galore and an architectural road map to…

2880 Mead Avenue Santa Clara, CA 95051 (408) 492-1139 sjc.jumpskyhigh.com Description No matter what your age, sometimes you just feel like bouncing off the walls. Sky High Sports, a.k.a. “The Trampoline Palace,” lets you do just that. Picture it:…

785 7th Street Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 444-4800 kineticartscenter.com Description The clowns, the cotton candy, the dancing animals… Who didn’t want to join the Circus as a kid? You may not have boarded the train with the ringmaster, but…

Sacramento, CA 95815 oldsacramento.com Description Set at the meeting place of the Sacramento and American Rivers, Old Town Sacramento is a living monument to the Old West, with no shortage of charm. Founded in 1849, this 28-acre section of…

Merritt Street, Castroville  to Forrest Avenue, Pacific Grove seemonterey.com Description Stretching 18 majestic miles from Castroville on down through Pacific Grove, this waterfront (and car-free!) trail is an ideal way to Monterey and beyond sans gas guzzler. The Southern Pacific…

55 Peckham Road Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 722-2458 gizdich-ranch.com Description Gizdich Ranch got its start in 1937, when Croatian-born Vincent Gizdich began planting tomatoes near an apple orchard. These days, berries and apples are the name of the game,…

Central Park Dr. Berkeley, CA 94701 (510) 544-2233 ebparks.org Description Set just north of Tilden Park, the Tilden Nature Area is a vast 740 acres of grasslands, forests, and streams. Its 10 miles of hiking trails range from leisurely boardwalks…