Five Fun Things To Do Using Transit

By Elizabeth Renteria, @CaltrainLiz

Now that the rain is gone and the sun is shining, it is time to get out and have some spring fun using Caltrain and SamTrans. Here are five fun suggestions for your cabin fever that should help you get over the winter blues.

  1. Bowling at the Lucky Strike

Lucky Strike San Francisco(Courtesy of LuckyStrike.com)

The Giants at AT&T Park is not the only destination spot when riding Caltrain into San Francisco. Go for indoor fun at the Lucky Strike bowling alley, which is just a short walk from the park. Try your hand at the 12-lane bowling with giant projection screens while enjoying their full menu, appetizers, and beverages for young and old. The bowling alley is a four-minute walk from Caltrain’s San Francisco Station at 4th and King streets. Lucky Strike is located at 200 King St., in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.bowlluckystrike.com/locations/san-francisco/.

  1. Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay1(Courtesy Of ExperienceHalfMoonBay.com)

About 14 miles southwest from the city of San Mateo is the coastal city of Half Moon Bay worth discovering. This hidden treasure with its big-wave surfing, lush green golf course, cozy comfortable inns, and top notch cuisine and shopping can be a day trip or wonderful opportunity of getting away for the weekend. Travel stress-free from the Caltrain Hillsdale Station and take SamTrans 294 to Half Moon Bay.

  1. Computer History Museum

Computer History Museum1(Courtesy Of ComputerHistory.org)

Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are just some of the names heard in the world of computer technology.  Until recently, women and their contributions to this world were “Hidden Figures.”  Names like Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, were unknown until recently.  These female trailblazers helped the United States in the World War II’s defense efforts while battling society’s image of race and gender. Enjoy their story at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. From the Mountain View Station commuters can take the MVgo or the VTA transit bus system. Riders can expect a short walk from each drop-off point to the museum. The Computer History Museum is located at 1401 N Shoreline Blvd., in Mountain View. For more information, visit www.computerhistory.org/.

  1. Twin Pines Park

Twin Pines Park1(Courtesy Of Belmont.gov)

Nestled in the hilly town of Belmont is Twin Pines Park. This lovely and charming park, with its playgrounds and picnic areas, is inviting to the public for a great day getaway. Explore the babbling Belmont Creek or walk the trails along the 10-acre park with its picturesque trees cared for by a full-time city arborist. During the summer months, experience the free afternoon concerts in the park. From the Belmont Station, commuters can either ride SamTrans Route 260, which stops on Ralston Avenue and Twin Pines Park or walk seven minutes to the park. Twin Pines Park is located at 1 Twin Pines Park Lane.

  1. Santana Row

Santana Row1

Every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the heart of San Jose, locals experience a bit of the French countryside on Santana Row with “Le Marché on The Row.” This outdoor marketplace, with its fragrant scents of fresh fruits and vegetables from local vendors, is open to the public. Have lunch at one of the local eateries and take a stroll along the boulevard of world-class shops before enjoying the quaint specialty booths in the market. From the San Jose Diridon Station, take a 10-minute walk to W. San Carlos Street and Bird Avenue and hop on the VTA 323, De Anza Col – Downtown San Jose, to Santana Row. Santana Row is located at 377 Santana Row.

Whatever trip you decide to take on transit, Caltrain or SamTrans will get you there.

For more information about Caltrain or SamTrans schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448), or visit www.caltrain.com or http://www.samtrans.com.

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