Top Choice Nature Reserve in The Peninsula

Año Nuevo State Park

Twenty miles northwest of Santa Cruz, Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve is home base for one of the world's largest mainland breeding colonies of northern elephant seals. Last entry is at 3:30pm.
Top Choice Park in San Jose

History Park

Historic buildings from all over San Jose have been brought together in this open-air history museum, southeast of the city center in Kelley Park. The centerpiece is a dramatic half-scale replica of the 237ft-high 1…
Museum in San Jose

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

West of downtown, this unusual and educational Egyptian Museum is one of San Jose’s more interesting attractions, with an extensive collection that includes statues, household items and mummies. There’s even a two-r…
Museum in San Jose

San Jose Museum of Art

With a strong permanent collection of 20th-century works and a variety of imaginative changing exhibits, the city’s central art museum is one of the Bay Area’s finest. The main building started life as the post offi…
in Pescadero

Pescadero State Beach & Marsh Natural Preserve

Five miles north, Pescadero State Beach & Marsh Natural Preserve attract beachcombers and birders.
Nature Reserve in Gray Whale Cove to Mavericks

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

At Moss Beach, this marine reserve protects tidepools teeming with sea life, best viewed at low tide.
Farm in Pescadero

Harley Farms Goat Dairy

The farm shop sells creamy artisanal goat cheeses festooned with fruit, nuts and a rainbow of edible flowers. Call ahead for a weekend farm tour (from $25) or show up anytime to pat the heads of the goats out back.
Beach in Gray Whale Cove to Mavericks

Montara State Beach

About 5 miles south of the town of Pacifica, it's a local favorite for its pristine sand.
Park in The Peninsula

Coyote Point Recreation Area

Museum in The Peninsula