If you or your kids are just starting out on skis or snowboards, this little spot is the place to go. It is nothing extravagant and has very easy runs - perfect for the beginner and intermediate. It is very inexpensive in comparison to the other ski resorts in the area.
You hear alot about Alcatraz, however nothing can compare to seeing it first hand. The boat ride over is short and the tour that is offered once there is really educational. It is truely amazing to see how the criminals lived with a clear view of freedom from their windows everyday - it must really have been torture for them.
When you first walk into the bakery the baked goods in the glass cases are overwhelming - they look marvelous. Many of them taste as good as they look. I have only bought things from them a few times so it is difficult to comment about consistency. The bakery as well as the cafe is delicious but not cheap.
Many of us never get the chance to set foot on a aircraft carrier. Within 1 hour of the South Bay, the Hornet is retired and available to tour. You get taken to many areas on the shop and also hear about the tails (or truth) of the hauntings. It is really awesome.
This museum contains more than 200 coin operated arcade machines from yesteryear. This museum is truely unique and will bring back memories for us older adults but make new memories for the kids - they just can't believe some of these arcade games. The musuem is located in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf at Pier 45. Make this a must see if you haven't already. It is open daily
Nike offers a reallyg good week long program over in Milpitas. The kids have instruction in the morning and then play half the course, 9 holes, in the afternoon. The quality of instruction is excellent. The camp is somewhat expensive but as far as golf goes, it is not too bad. SummitPointe also offers a junior membership that allows for yearround play at extremely reasonable rates for the kids and great tournament play as well.
If you ever need to get away but don't want to go far, The Inn At Sartatoga is the place to go. The rooms are very well appointed, the spa is great and the grounds have a creek and gardens behind the hotel that make you think you are away from everything. It is not at all inexpensive though - but certainly worth it.
This gelato shop offers the best gelato around; it may arguably be better than Gelato Classico. They have a cinnamon flavor that is absolutely outstanding. I would also give the banana extremely high marks.
Although small in size, this attraction in San Francisco packs a wallup. This is the first aquarium we went to where you walk through a tube surrounded by the tank. It is the strangest feeling to see the fish almost completely around you. A bit pricey but worth it for one trip. They also have some good historical snipits.
Walking into this aquarium is a unique experience. There are many fresh water exhibits but the coolest thing was the exhibit where both the wall and the floor are part of a tank - you feel like you are in there with the fish.