Burlingame and the San Francisco area are brimming with attractions to explore, but sometimes you need to wind down and enjoy something a bit simpler. These parks are the ideal option for letting children play and dogs run while you take in the views.
Bayside Fields – For Central Convenience
Bayside Fields is conveniently located on Airport Boulevard, just eight minutes from the San Francisco International Airport. Surrounded by cheap Burlingame hotels, this park is ideal for travelers who want easy access to outdoor recreation during their visit. This park offers miles of trails for jogging, walking, or biking if you prefer a fresh air jaunt to your hotel gym. Travelers with a pet on board will love the exercise area for dogs, which measures an impressive 570 feet long. Bayside Fields also boasts the biggest collection of athletic facilities in the city, with fields for softball, baseball, and soccer.(Image by downthedrains)
Heritage Park – For Quiet Reflection
If you’re looking for a quiet retreat during a busy vacation, Heritage Park is the perfect choice. This historic park was once a residential property. Today, it’s a peaceful wooded paradise with benches and picnic tables for relaxing and reflection.
Mills Canyon Wildlife Area – For Wildlife Spotting
The Mills Canyon Wildlife Area is the largest park in the city, covering 34.5 acres. A 1.75-mile loop trail within the park offers picturesque views of the canyon. This protected wildlife area is an ideal choice for travelers who want to glimpse the plants and animals native to the Coastal Foothills region. Organized hikes are occasionally offered by the Friends of Mills Canyon, with varying themes to introduce visitors to the many highlights of this natural space.
Crystal Springs Regional Trail – For Fitness
Working out while you’re on vacation doesn’t have to be dull. Stay in shape while enjoying unparalleled views at the Crystal Springs Regional Trail. This planned trail will span 17.5 miles from San Bruno to Woodside when complete. The trail currently measures 15.3 miles, offering plenty of room for keeping your bikini bod in shape between days at the beach. This trail is open for biking, walking, running, skating, and horseback riding.
Washington Park – For a Historic Retreat
As the oldest park in Burlingame, this destination boasts towering trees and an extensive history. The park was once part of the Gunst Estate and features a baseball grandstand that’s stood since the 1930’s. The park features a playground, restrooms, picnic areas, tennis courts, and sports fields. Travelers with children can let little ones burn off plenty of energy at this large park, spanning nearly 19 acres.(Image by Christian Malanga)
Ray Park – For Picnics and Playtime
Ray Park covers almost six acres and features several sports facilities including tennis courts and a multi-use court. The shaded playground is a comfortable pick during the warmer days of summer when you need some open space to let kids run. Restrooms and picnic tables are on hand as well for a convenient picnic lunch.
Whether you’re planning to sprawl on the lawn or work up a sweat on the trails, these parks offer a little of everything.
Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs, websites and writes for Hipmunk. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.
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