Best Hidden Gem

These Hidden Gems, or little-known locations, were voted the Bay Area’s 2019 Best of the Best by Bay Area Parent readers. Read the full list of winners here.

Silicon Valley

Gold: History San Jose. An indoor/outdoor museum designed to look like it is set in the 1900s, with reproductions of homes and businesses, running trolleys and an ice cream shop. Pacific Hotel Building, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. 408-287-2290.

Silver: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. 550 E. Remington Drive, Sunnyvale. 510-296-4433.

Bronze: Mystery Spot. 465 Mystery Spot Road, Santa Cruz. 831-423-8897.

SF and Marin

Gold: Oracle Park Tour. Go behind the scenes of the San Francisco Giants’ stomping grounds and take the insiders’ tour of the players’ facilities. 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco. 415-972-2400.

Silver: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., San Francisco. 510-296-4433.

Bronze: Hike in Glen Canyon Park. Elk and Chenery streets, San Francisco. 415-254-8014.


Gold: San Carlos Children’s Theater. Watch children perform. Past shows include Mulan Jr., Lion King Jr. and Shrek Jr. Multiple locations in San Carlos. 650-594-2730.

Silver: Filoli Historic House and Garden. 86 Cañada Road, Redwood City. 650-364-8300.

Bronze: San Mateo County History Museum. 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. 650-299-0104.

East Bay

Gold: Del Valle Regional Park. This park is only 10 miles south of Livermore and features a lake, camping, hiking trails and horseback riding. The lake is used for swimming, boating and windsurfing. 7000 Del Valle Road, Livermore. 510-544-3146.

Silver: Bay Area Children’s Theatre. 2055 Center St., Berkeley.  3903 Broadway, second floor, Oakland. 510-296-4433.

Bronze: Lawrence Hall of Science. 1 Centennial Drive, Berkeley. 510-642-5132.

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