4 Summer Escapes Near Pleasanton For You and the Family

The name “Pleasanton” says it all, doesn’t it? If you can’t find a place to relax, enjoy time with the family, or to unwind with friends, you’re not trying! To help you along, here are four great local escapes worth checking out as the weather begins to warm. We guarantee you’ll enjoy them:

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Niles Canyon Railway, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol

A museum is one thing, but what about a museum that actually comes to life? One that you can interact with? One that lets you journey back in time to a history we’ve left behind? That’s what the Niles Canyon Railway offers.

Scenic trail rides through Niles Canyon on historic trains is a great way to spend a day. Add in rides that feature beer and wine tastings, educational rides, and much more and you’ll find that there are many ways to enjoy these rides on the rails.

Lions Wayside Park, First and Neal Sts., Pleasanton

Life in Pleasanton just wouldn’t be the same without Lions Wayside Park, one of the premier gathering places for people in the community.

The Friday night concerts are of course a major highlight and draw people from throughout the region, but this park is worth visiting on any day of the week. Nice open space, good spots to picnic, and a great spot to throw around a Frisbee and catch some sun.

G&M Farms, 487 E Airway Blvd., Livermore

A little fun in the outdoors with the family is often just what the doctor ordered, and that’s just what you can enjoy at G&M Farms. Enjoy a cornfield maze, a pumpkin patch (both seasonal), farm animals to interact with, pony rides, and much more.

They also do field trips for school classrooms. This is a great place to escape with the family, get outdoors for a little while, and maybe even learn a little something (in a fun way).

Rubino Estates Winery, 1188 Vineyard Ave, Pleasanton

A stunning, sprawling facility that looks like it could have been plucked right out of Italy and dropped here in California, the Rubino Estates Winery has won awards and accolades for a reason.

Come for a tasting of their wines, or take a tour with a Duck Boat excursion through the vineyards. It’s a lot of fun and full of gorgeous sights to behold. And of course, there are fantastic food and wine pairings to be enjoyed.

5 Places Near Pleasanton Where Kids Eat Cheap (or Free!)

The kids are soon out of school for the summer. You've got a whole summer of empty days to fill. You’d like to get the family out for a night, but you’ve got to watch your budget, right?

Don’t worry, we have your back. Here are five places, all within a short drive of Pleasanton, where kids eat free. Enjoy!

Casa Orozco
325 S L St, Livermore

If you live in California, chances are pretty good you and your family love Mexican food. If you want great Mexican without spending a lot, try Casa Orozco in Livermore. On Mondays, kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal – and you’ll love the food!

Simply Fondue
2300 First St #110, Livermore

Don’t let the name fool you. Yes, they have amazing fondue of all types, but that’s not all. There are many entrees to choose from, vegetarian options, and more.  

It’s easy to find something to love here. Take the family on Mondays, when kids eat free for the purchase of an adult Fondue Brunch or Fondue Feast.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
1524 North Vasco Road, Livermore

If your family is a meat loving family, Dickey’s will be a treat. Huge portions of fantastic BBQ, with just about everything you can imagine, plus on Sundays kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. Good deal!

Emil Villa's Hickory Pit
3064 Pacific Ave, Livermore

We love good BBQ (can you tell?), so it’s no surprise that Emil Villa's made our list, too. It’s not just that kids eat free on Wednesdays with the purchase of an adult meal, though that’s a nice bonus.

It’s that their hearty meals are tasty, reasonably priced, and they are always willing to accommodate a family. In others, a good place to grab a quick and easy night out!

Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
4550 Tassajara Rd, #A, Dublin

It’s not California without some fresh Mexican food, and Baja Fresh is a chain that does a good job of providing it. The food is good, the service fast, the atmosphere casual, and the prices are right. For families, look to Sundays for your day to make the trip, because that’s their kids eat free day.

5 Fun Places Near Pleasanton To Walk Your Dog

If you want to enjoy a gorgeous day in Pleasanton with your pet, we have good news for you: This is a great place for dog owners to get some outside activity. There are or so many park and trails to explore, you’ll spend an entire summer doing it.

Here are our 5 suggestions for places to walk to your dog in Pleasanton.

Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

Located off Foothill Road, this sprawling park boasts over 5,000 acres of beautiful natural land. It has a number of great trails for hiking with your dog, and if you’re really ambitious, the park is connected with the Interpark Regional Trails system.

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That means over 150 miles of interconnected trails are waiting for you and your furry friend. We bet they’ll enjoying getting back to nature as much as you will!

Pleasanton Sports Park

The Pleasanton Sports Park, aka the Ken Mercer Sports Park, offers wide expanses of open flat land that is perfect for power walking, catching some fresh air, and meeting other dog lovers.

Located at 5800 Parkside Drive, the full walk around the park is about two miles, with lots of open grassy fields to explore. There are also plenty of sports fields, which are a perfect place to take a quick break and relax while watching people get their game on.

It’s easily accessible, too, making it a great place to get some activity with your dog without having to take a lot of time out of your day.

Del Valle Regional Park

Does your dog like the water? If so, they may enjoy Del Valle Regional Park, a gorgeous 4,400-acre park that boasts a lake five miles long, a resort, walking trails, and much more.

The park has an area especially made for dogs to go swimming, plus picnic grounds, horse riding, and loads more.

If you want to spend an afternoon out with your dog in nature, or even make a weekend excursion of it, you can’t go wrong here.

Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area

Located at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, this is a haven for fishing, swimming and boating.

Your dog will enjoy seeing the abundant wildlife here even more than you will, but he or she will likely most enjoy a chance to romp around in the water.

There is plenty of it here for them, too, with great swimming beaches they will love. If you want to get some activity, there are good walking trails to explore as well.

 

Sunol Regional Wilderness

If you like to get fully immersed in Mother Nature when you and your dog go for a hike, this is the place for you.

Located off Geary Road, the nearly 7,000 acres of this park features rolling hills, grazing cattle, and beautiful vistas.

Make sure you bring water with you – there is none available in the park – but otherwise enjoy one of the most robust nature experiences in the area. Your dog (and your health) will thank you for it!

5 Outdoor Places to Explore this Spring Near Pleasanton

There is something special about the spring, when the weather warms and the outdoors beckon.

It’s a great time to get outdoors and discover what our region has to offer – and if you love escaping to Mother Nature, the area around Pleasanton has a LOT to offer.

Here are our five suggestions for places near Pleasanton where you can get a great taste of the outdoors:

1) Cull Canyon Regional Park

If you like to escape to the outdoors now and then, it’s hard to beat Cull Canyon Regional Park. Located in Castro Valley, this park has great trails and a fantastic swim lagoon that your kids will love – and it is staffed with lifeguards for their safety!

Many locals consider this an overlooked gem, so keep this secret between us, okay?

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2) Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

You can’t escape to the outdoors in Pleasanton without keeping the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park in mind! You’ll find it off Foothill Road, and you’ll be quickly taken in by the massive 5,000-plus acres of gorgeous natural land in this sprawling park.

There is lots of room to roam thanks to the extensive hiking trails, and if you’re really want to go on an adventure, the park links to 150 miles of interconnected trails in the Interpark Regional Trails system that winds through the region.

3) Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

Think you have to take a long journey to experience some lovely Mother Nature? Think again. You won’t have to travel far to enjoy this outdoor experience.

Found at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, if you love fishing, boating, trails, or just relaxing on a beach, you’ll enjoy Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area. It’s most popular during the summer months, but is just as fun to visit in the autumn.

4) Sunol Regional Wilderness

There are parks and then there is Sunol. This place is BIG. If you like to get completely immersed in Mother Nature when you go for a hike, look no further than this massive, expansive park. Located off Geary Road, this park is close to 7,000 acres of pastoral hills, herds of grazing cattle, and stunning vistas. It’s enough to take your breath away.

 

5) Del Valle Regional Park

Del Valle Regional Park is great because it packs a lot into its 4,400 acres, so no matter what you’re into when it comes to the outdoors, you’ll find it here.

This park features a five-mile long lake and many miles worth of hiking paths, plus a resort area, swimming lakes, picnic grounds, horseback riding, and lots more. It’s easy to spend a whole day here (and then some).