Fun Places to Visit this Summer Using Caltrain

By Jessica Loi

In the Bay Area, accessibility of public transportation allows for residents and visitors alike to appreciate the many entertainment gems this region has to offer. Likewise, Caltrain is an easy and straightforward form of transit, enabling passengers to attend summer events and activities in a stress-free manner.

In San Francisco, for example, AT&T Park is hosting a series of Giants home games from late June to early October. Throughout the season, this venue organizes uniquely themed recreation for patrons attending the game. Special days offer an assortment of activities and giveaways focusing on social awareness, hobbies or interests accommodating to the diversity of the Giants fan base. Pixar Day, Wine Fest, and Jewish Heritage Night are just a few that are scheduled to occur this summer. For Giants fans looking to avoid pre- and post-game traffic, Caltrain offers rides to its San Francisco Station located one block South of AT&T Park.

MVmusicIf music is your passion, look no further than Music on the Square for nighttime fun! Located in the Courthouse Square of Redwood City, this seasonal program consists of free concerts every Friday night from June to early September. During these events, artists from various genres present their work to crowds from all around the Peninsula. Audiences are encouraged to dance to these upbeat performances as they enjoy a wide array of musical tastes. The Sequoia Station is located in the heart of Downtown Redwood City, making the visit to the Courthouse a short five-minute walk for Caltrain passengers.

Caltrain is also an ideal mode of transportation to reach the Mountain View Farmers’ Market, an award-winning market rated as one of the top five in the nation. As the third largest farmers’ market in the state, it features more than 80 vendors and growers offering sustainable goods such as produce, flowers, baked goods, and organic products. The Farmers’ Market is open every Sunday and conveniently located in the parking lot of the Caltrain Mountain View Station.

RenFaireAmong the weekly events occurring throughout the Bay Area, one of the largest annual gatherings hosted in the region is the San Jose Renaissance Faire. During the weekend of August 6th, festival goers may witness the talents of 800 performers in Discovery Meadow of San Jose. Attendees have the pleasure of viewing medieval parades and shows, as well as participating in unique dining and shopping experiences. Discovery Meadow is a Caltrain ride into San Jose Diridon Station. From there, passengers can take a shuttle bus from the Diridon Station to the Tamien Station. A brief trip on VTA’s 901 bus allows passengers to be dropped off at the threshold of the Children’s Discovery Museum, located in front of Discovery Meadow.

To enjoy the many fun and engaging events during this season, it is essential that transportation to and from destinations are quick and manageable. With the help of Caltrain, summer travel can be made simple and free from the struggles of everyday commute! For more information on Caltrain schedules, visit www.caltrain.com.

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