School may be out on spring break, but The San Francisco Peninsula is always in session for learning, fun and activities—all with easy (often free) transit access from San Francisco International Airport, but more affordable accommodations than you’ll find in San Francisco.
Spring break calls for springing out to a great destination with the best to offer your family’s minds, bodies and souls. The California coast has long been known as a legendary spot for expanding your horizons, and the Northern California region of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley offers nearly 60 miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, the celebrated California redwoods, and an endless range of new, enriching experiences and activities.
School may be out on spring break, but San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is always in session for learning, fun and activities—all with easy (often free) transit access from San Francisco International Airport, but more affordable accommodations than you’ll find in San Francisco.
Outdoor Activities and Classes
It’s no surprise how easy it is to find outdoor activities with San Mateo County/Silicon Valley’s world-famous natural attractions and outdoor sports venues. What you will find surprising is how easy it is to learn these activities, with one-day excursions that will teach you or your family to golf, surf or boat in a single afternoon getaway.
Millbrae’s Green Hills Country Club is a renowned private golf course that has hosted US Open and Senior Open qualifying events, and its Camp Green Hills program can get kids ages 5 to 12 into the swing of things. The University of Surfing in Pacifica offers surfing instructions for all ages, and its Surf 101 beginner lessons will have you surfing in under an hour. Horseback riding at Wunderlich Park runs all year round in Woodside, with trail rides and lessons in the famous California redwoods. And California Canoe & Kayak lets your family ride the waves on kayaks or stand-up paddleboards in the safe, calm, scenic Pacific Ocean waters of Half Moon Bay.
Arts and Entertainment Courses
Artists of all ages can ignite their artistic flair in San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, where the famed Northern California wine country scene raises a toast for kids and adults alike.
Create a classic painting at San Mateo’s Create, Mix, Mingle, where painting lessons are paired with wine, beer or snacks and all-ages classes are also scheduled on the calendar. Half Moon Bay Art Glass will blow you or your family away with glass-blowing classes taught by trained professionals in the field. Filoli—whose famed gardens were featured in the opening credits of the hit show Dynasty—offers flower shows, plus adult programs and kids’ programs in art, botany, foods, horticulture and more. And there are hundreds of programs and classes at the Oshman Family JCC, so check its schedule of activities or list events by age and date range.
Museums With Classes
High-tech meets high culture at the museums of San Mateo County/Silicon Valley, where the “birthplace of tech” celebrates its 21st century future and its 20th century roots with a curriculum of science, technology and fun.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the hometown of Google, has cultural programming on the history of computers, smartphones and mobile devices, along with a range of classes and online exhibits that show how computers have evolved in the modern era. The can’t-miss Hiller Aviation Museum provides an elevated set of interactive exhibitions on the history of aerial flight, and its wildly popular Drone Plex provides lessons in flying and operating the top-flight new generation of drones.
Whether you and your family go for sports, arts, science or the great outdoors, the birthplace of innovation is the most innovative option for spring break and beyond. Visit San Mateo County/Silicon Valley for your spring break, and break toward the next level of learning and growth in America’s favorite high-tech frontier.
See all that San Mateo County/Silicon Valley has to offer and plan your trip now.