Are you a pickler who can't get enough of hitting flapjacks and scorpions? You're not alone. With more than 4.8 million players nationally taking up their paddles (including celebrity fans like Andre Agassi, Tom Brady, and even the Kardashians), pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the US. Unsurprisingly, this quirky and highly sociable sport that's part badminton and part table tennis has found a passionate fan base in the Bay Area who enjoy the advantages of California's temperate climate. 

Whether you’re a paddle-swinging enthusiast or a vacationer looking for a fun, active outing, San Francisco's pickleball scene offers a vibrant mix of indoor and outdoor pickleball courts where you can serve, volley, and 'Opa!' at a pace and level that fits you. 

Buri Buri Park 

Tucked away from the main street is this popular spot in South San Francisco, where enthusiasts can play pickleball on tennis courts. The park features four courts, which are free to use. The lines are permanent and portable nets are available. Reservations aren’t required.

Hours: 5 AM - 9 PM, Mondays through Sundays

Address: 200 Arroyo Dr., South San Francisco, CA, 94080

Red Morton Park

Red Morton Park in Redwood City has a whole host of outdoor activities to choose from, including pickleball of course. The park has public bathrooms, a skatepark, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, and more. There is no fee to play pickleball, just need to get in line. 

Hours: 12 PM - 4 PM Monday-Saturday, 1 PM - 4 PM Sundays, and 4 PM to 8 PM everyday on courts C & D

Address: 1120 Roosevelt Ave, Redwood City, CA 94061

Red Morton Tennis/Pickleball Field

Terrabay Gym

When the weather isn’t sunny, picklers head to this South San Francisco pickleball court to get in a game. There are four indoor hard courts with permanent lines and portable nets. Courts can be reserved ahead of time and there is a $4 fee to play.

Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM Mondays-Fridays and Sundays; Noon - 5 PM Saturdays

Address: 1121 S. San Francisco Dr., South San Francisco, CA, 94080

San Mateo Central Park 

Luckily for picklers in the area, the city of San Mateo has very active pickleball community! The park is popular for its baseball and soccer fields, lovely Japanese tea garden, proximity to downtown San Mateo, and so much more. It's no surprise that Central Park has become such a popular place to play this lively sport. The two dedicated pickleball courts have permanent lines, but you'll need to bring your own nets to play. 

Hours: 6 AM - 10 PM every day

Address: 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, CA, 94025

Westborough Park

With a basketball court, playground, and four outdoor pickleball courts, Westborough Park’s free pickleball courts are popular with the locals. Also located in South San Francisco, the free-to-play courts have permanent lines and portable nets are available. On-site amenities include restrooms, a picnic shelter, and grills. 

Hours: Open Daily  

Address: 2350 Galway Dr., South San Francisco, CA 94080

Leo J. Ryan Park - Foster City

Offering a weekly pickleball league meet-up, group lessons, and regular pick-up sessions, Leo J. Ryan Park in Foster City is one of the more popular places to play pickleball in the Bay Area. There are six outdoor acrylic courts with permanent lines and nets. Online reservations are free of charge for select courts and court timings. 

Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Mondays-Sundays

Address: 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City, CA, 94404

Leo J. Ryan Park, Foster City

War Memorial Community Center- Daly City

Rain or shine, you can always get in a game of pickleball at Daly City’s War Memorial Community Center. With six indoor wood courts (permanent lines and portable nets) that are free and reservable ahead of time, you can also check online for drop-in games. Amenities include restrooms, water, wheelchair accessibility, and lights. 

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 am-1 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sundays

Address: 6655 Mission St., Daly City, CA, 94014

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