Sunday, September 16, 2012

Things to Do and See in Redwood City

Redwood City is a beautiful town with a rich history and a variety of things to do and see.  Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, or prefer to spend your days shopping and dining, there is something for everyone year round.

Start From the Beginning

There's no better way to start the day than with a good cup of coffee and a delicious breakfast. If it's the weekend for you, a late morning brunch is even better. Start your day by visiting Talk of Broadway - a locals' favorite for breakfast and weekend brunches. The prices are affordable, their menu is vast, and the food is delicious. If you go on the weekends, arrive a little before you're hungry as you might have to wait to be seated. Once you have had your fill, it's time to start your day catching up on a little Bay Area history.

Redwood City's history began with the peaceful hunter gatherer people, called the Ohlone, who lived there for Millenia until Spanish explorers landed there in 1776. From that point on, the area was cultivated by settlers from all around the globe. This historical legacy is all captured in the San Mateo County History Museum. With guided tours through the museum and the Sanchez Adobe, as well as various programs for adults, families, and schools, this museum is a must-see. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students (children 5 and under are free). The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Continue Through the Middle

By the time you have had your fill of educational fun, you will probably be ready for lunch. Here are a list of restaurants by theme. You can take your pick depending on the mood - all come with rave reviews.
Once you are ready and rarin' to go for an exciting afternoon, we have one question for you: Are you a shopper or a walker?

For the Shoppers

If you are a shopper, there are two shopping experiences you won't want to miss. Redwood City's walkable downtown "Shops on Broadway", features stores, cafes, a movie theater, and the parking garage even has a vehicle recharging station! Don't forget to check out the Redwood City Events Calendar for upcoming attractions and community happenings.

You can also take a short drive to nearby Milpitas and visit the Great Mall of the Bay Area. With a combination of regular mall stores and some outlet stores, you are guaranteed a great shopping experience and fabulous mark downs.

For the Walkers

Take a couple of hours for an easy hike around Redwood City's Edgewood Park and Preserve. Well maintained dirt trails form a 4.2 mile hike in which the natural flora and fauna of Redwood City has been preserved since 1993.  While it does abut to Highway 280 and a residential neighborhood, which can make it less peaceful than other nature preserves, there are pockets of quiet amidst the hubbub. If you feel so inclined, you may want to take food to-go from one of the restaurants we mentioned above and make it an afternoon picnic.

Once you've left, head on over to the Pulgas Water Temple. Built amidst the Great Depression, and completed in 1934, the Temple honors the Greek and Roman aqueduct ingenuity that allowed engineers to bring water to the Bay Area from the Hetch Hetchy in the Sierra Nevadas.

Your day's not over yet! Stay tuned for "More things to do and see in Redwood City."

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