Top 10 Things to Do in San Mateo
- San Mateo Japanese Tea Garden
The San Mateo Japanese Garden is a must-see attraction when visiting. As one of the finest tea gardens in California, there is much more to enjoy than just the tea. From the granite pagoda to the koi pond and bamboo grove, there are beautiful sights to be seen at this garden.
- Coyote Point Recreation Area
This recreation area is one of the best things to do in San Mateo with kids. It offers a variety of activities including picnicking, swimming, fishing, sailing and much more. You can’t miss the giant, castle-and-dragon-themed playground bound to let your child’s imagination go wild.
- Sawyer Camp Trail
This two-way traffic trail is one of the best known attractions in San Mateo County. Whether you’re a hiker, equestrian, or bicyclist, you will enjoy this great trail.
CuriOdyssey is the perfect place to bring the whole family. From their science and wildlife exhibits to their educational programs, your kids will leave with a sense of wonder.
- Central Park
Located in downtown San Mateo, these 16.3-acre park has a little something for everyone to explore!
- Laurelwood Park
Enjoy the natural beauty with a visit to Laurelwood Park. With picnic tables and plenty of open space, enjoy a day outside!
- Escape Games
San Mateo offers a few escape games. Escape games are a mixture of a game and team-building exercise. Imagine yourself locked in a room with up to 10 other players who have to work together to find your way out. This is a great way to strengthen relationships and have some fun doing it!
- Seal Point Park
Grab Fido and head down to Seal Point Park. As one of the most popular and spacious parks in the area, it offers both big and small dog park sections. Surrounded by trails and grassy hillsides, you’re guaranteed to get some exercise while enjoying the beautiful city of San Mateo.
- Junipero Serra Statue
As the leading force behind the founding of the many California missions, this tribute statue is a must see for all visiting the area.
- Horseshoe Lake
The perfect place for some great walks and hiking! Head to Horseshoe Lake for a nature-filled day with beautiful sights!
For more information on this city, make sure to visit the San Mateo tourism website.
Plan Your Trip!
Make your visit complete with a stay at Mill Rose Inn in Half Moon Bay. Located less than 15 miles away from San Mateo, CA, this is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing evening after an eventful day in the city. The drive from San Mateo to Half Moon Bay will give you an opportunity to visit the San Pulgas Water Temple, halfway between San Mateo and Half Moon Bay. From our delicious gourmet breakfast to our serene garden Jacuzzi, you are guaranteed to enjoy your stay at our inn. Our rooms are distinctively decorated with private baths, private entrances, and European antiques where you can enjoy your delicious breakfast delivered directly to your room. For more information on Half Moon Bay and the surrounding area make sure to download our free Vacation Guide! We look forward to booking your stay with us and can’t wait to hear all about your adventures in San Mateo!