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Best things to do in San Mateo County

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
“It's a beautiful out door shopping center, where you can enjoy food, nice gardening, and shop the latest trends. While you're there, visit Stanford University!”
187 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“This is where one of the most famous corporate headquarters: Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. is at. It is located at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway in Mountain View, California, United States. The original complex, with 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) of office space, is the company's second largest square footage assemblage of Google buildings, after Google's 111 Eighth Avenue building in New York City, which the company bought in 2010. "Googleplex" is a portmanteau of Google and complex (meaning a complex of buildings) and a reference to googolplex, the name given to the large number 10(10100), or 10googol.”
97 locals recommend
Park
“Rural nature preserve features 24 miles of hiking trails, plus an education center & working farm. ”
75 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Big Basin Redwoods is California’s oldest state park and is home to ancient coast redwoods that are more than 50 feet around and stand as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The magnificent redwood groves are an amazing sight, but if that’s not enough, the park also offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.”
99 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“You can take a picture with the big thumb out in front of the campus. And post it on Facebook.”
62 locals recommend
Museum
“It's used to be simply the "Stanford Museum". Next door there is the Anderson Gallery with modern art works. It's free! Parking is difficult but free after 4pm. The best time to go is on Thursday evenings, then they close at 8pm. You can have lunch at Cool Cafe.”
78 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“There is a bunch of stuff around Tanforan Mall as well. Best Buy, Movie Theater and Target.”
37 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“With a Nordstrom's and a Macy's as anchor stores, you can easily grab a new outfit or something you may have forgotten to bring. The mall also has a Sephora and will be opening up an entirely new section in 2019 with a movie theatre and upscale bowling alley.”
45 locals recommend
Museum
“Filoli takes you back in France. Beautiful gardens set in European flavor. Great for meditating, walking a romantic stroll and bring a hat. Best in spring where the flowers are in bloom. The fee is about $20/person approx. Please check out the times online.”
53 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Go to the famous Mountain View downtown and enjoy plenty of restaurant, bars and more. If you don't drive, you can walk to the Lightrail station (Whisman Station) and take a short ride (2 stops) to downtown Mountain View. ”
57 locals recommend
Route
“Hike to the Stanford radio telescope. Its a nice hike with great views, but no shade so don't go on a super hot day and bring a hat and sun lotion.”
33 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
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“Wonderful Greek food - $15 corkage fee a big plus if you'd like to bring your own bottle of wine. This is a popular place, reservations are highly recommended.”
58 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This place is always packed. It has stunning views, so we recommend to go for a cocktail and watch the sunset over the ocean. Check their website for live music too.”
45 locals recommend
Café
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“A classic Menlo Park scene. Warning, Silicon Valley prices:) But a nice place to relax outside. Great bookstore next door.”
45 locals recommend
Cajun / Creole Restaurant
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“If you're feelin' for some southern comfort food, Nola is that place to be. ”
35 locals recommend
Route
“This is the place to be for a fun atmosphere, especially at night. You will find every kind of restaurant, many interesting shops and places to meet for a drink and enjoy the night life.”
31 locals recommend