Best parks for San Mateo kids

Can you imagine your kids growing up without a neighborhood park? Parks are not just a great venue for exercise, hanging bridges, the swings galore, and swooping slides, it also delights a child's imagination and helps create fond memories. Kids in San Mateo are fortunate to have three beautiful parks right in the neighborhood. You can bring your entire family to spend a warm afternoon at one of these venues!

Central park

The residents of San Mateo are proud of this park, particularly during the spring when the rose garden is in full bloom. This green stretch of land offers a number of activities the entire family can enjoy. Tall, shady trees make the many playgrounds of the park a comfortable area for the kids to explore while the parents sit on an adjacent bench or indulge in a picnic basket with the family.

If you explore the insides of the park, you'll discover the Japanese Tea Garden, one of the best landscaped gardens in San Mateo. The tea house and bamboo groves provide enough shade on a sunny day, and if you arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 pm on summer and spring, your children can help the staff feed the fish. Before leaving, make sure you take your little ones on a mini train ride. It is a child-sized train that was installed in the 1940s. A lot of San Mateo residents have warm memories of riding the train as children and relishing cups of shaved ice later. Irrespective of how your family decides to spend the entire day, Central Park is a relaxing getaway.

Beresford Park

The cozy yet small Beresford Park has everything - tennis courts, barbecue pits, baseball diamonds, wide soccer fields, play structures for toddlers and kids, even a small skate park. Toddler playground is separated from the older kids section, making it a lot easier to keep track of the toddlers to avoid accidents. However, the only downfall is that the playground does not get any shade and can be extremely hot in the afternoons. Beresford Park makes for a great location for picnics. It is also a popular destination among the residents. However, make sure you make table reservations ahead of time, particularly if you're planning to come with a large group.

Shoreline Parks

This is a beautiful new park in San Mateo composed of Seal Point Park, Ryder Park, and the Shoreline Dog Park. Ryder Park boasts of a remarkable playground for old and young kids. It has fun climbing areas, soft surfaces, and a walk-in fountain where children can cool off after playing. Apart from this, the park consists of a beautiful picnic area with hanging bridges and barbecue pits above a creek. Adjacent to Ryder Park is Seal Point Park. Although Seal Point does not have any play equipment, it does consist of winding paths for jogging, riding bikes or walking. In case you travel to the top, Seal Point offers a spectacular view of East Bay and San Mateo.

San Mateo certainly takes good care of the kids. The county also provides excellent cab services that can be availed by parents to take their kids to and from the parks. Yellow taxis can be booked online or through phone anytime during the day. Most private services are safe and reasonably priced.