In San Francisco, late summer blends seamlessly into fall. Locals head out to the beaches throughout September and October, and there are numerous spots to enjoy the mellow season in this part of California.
What to do in San Francisco in late summer
More than just a place to pick up your Halloween pumpkin, Arata’s offers exciting kids’ attractions, including the Minotaur’s Labyrinth Hay Maze and the Haunted Barn. Enjoy a family picnic in the Tahitian Huts before visiting the petting zoo or booking some pony rides.
Where: 85 Verde Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
2. Uesugi Farms
Another option for that seasonal pumpkin, the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park is a charming, rural theme park, offering an Enchanted Hayride, vintage train rides, a 2-acre corn maze, and carousels. There are attractions for kids of all ages, with live music and comedy for the grown-ups.
Where: 14485 Monterey Rd, San Martin, CA 95046
The craft brewery started out in California before going global. The laid-back taproom in Petaluma offers a tour of the brewery, live music, and a chance to sample the latest creations hitting the taps. These include Night Time dark ale, a limited release for fall 2017.
Where: 280 N McDowell Bvd, Petaluma, CA 94954
4. Hippie Tree
This soaring eucalyptus near Tiburon just asks to be climbed. It helps that it has a great rope swing for a thrilling ride, with spectacular views over the Bay Area country and out to the coast. The Tree has become one of the classic California picture opportunities.
Where: 100 Gilmartin Dr, Tiburon, CA 94920
Sunsets and bonfires at the beach are a traditional aspect of late summer in San Francisco. The National Park Service provides 16 fire rings at Ocean Beach, with fires permitted until the end of October. Bring your own firewood and follow the park rules.
Where: Ocean Beach by Golden Gate Park, CA 94121
6. Baker Beach
One of the city’s most popular beaches for late summer, Baker Beach offers something for everybody. There are great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, invigorating strolls, and ocean fishing. Riptides and rough surf rule out safe swimming, however. The northern section of the beach is clothing-optional.
Where: Baker Beach Car Park, Gibson Rd, San Francisco, CA 94129
This less-expensive form of golf has caught on in California’s public parks, mainly because the only equipment needed is a selection of Frisbees. The Marx Meadow club in Golden Gate Park is expanding into a full 18-hole course with some challenging holes, through light woodland.
Where: 99 Marx Meadow Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121
Sundays in late summer mean the Off The Grid Picnic on the Parade Ground. Local chefs offer diverse ethnic and American cuisine, accompanied by a range of yoga classes, games, and arts and crafts activities for kids. It’s a popular family weekend date for San Francisco families.
Where: Montgomery St, Main Post, San Francisco, CA 94129
9. Wine Country
Late summer and fall are the perfect time to embark on those Sideways homage road trips up to the wine country in Napa or Sonoma, October is harvest season, so the atmosphere is lively around the vineyards, and most producers have tasting rooms for sampling the vintages.
Where: Sonoma, and Napa Valley, California
The historic Ferry Building houses one of the city’s most popular seafood places, serving sustainable oysters and a variety of seasonal shellfish, along with some original craft cocktails. Hog Island offers ‘Bay to Bar’ dining with glorious waterfront views.
Where: 1 Ferry Bld 11A, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111
Autumn descends gently over the Bay Area, as seasons merge with the grace of the sun dipping into the Pacific. Balmy Californian evenings are spent at the beach, while the promise of Halloween demands a pumpkin-picking trip out to the country.