If you are heading out west this summer, make sure Fremont, California is on your list of destinations. Fremont is located southeast of the San Francisco Bay. It’s 90 square miles and home to 220,000 people, making it California’s 15th largest city. Fremont is an ethnically and culturally diverse city with highly-ranked public schools, multicultural cuisine and beautiful parks and recreational areas.

Freemont is home to many corporations such as Tesla Motors and the NUMMI auto plant. Fremont sits in the heart of the technological industry and close to Google, Apple and Facebook. Fremont is a great place to work, play and eat. When you are there, be sure to check out some of these opportunities.

Check out the Film Industry

Are you or your children interested in movie history? Visit The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum. Niles is a historical district in Fremont where silent films were first made. Charlie Chaplin made many movies at the Edison Theatre, which is still standing. You can tour the museum and watch many of the silent movies of yesteryear.

Fremont also offers The Broadway West Theatre Company. This theater has been running for over twenty years. Find a production that suits you and your family’s tastes. Enjoy a delicious meal onsite and watch the performance. Fremont offers several historical sites and museums, along with petting zoos and horse-drawn carriages.

Discover Multicultural Food

Fremont has food — and lots to choose from! If you want a burger and fries, you can find that all over, too. But, if you are looking for something ethnic, you will find it in Fremont. Here are several of your choices:

Sushi

Satomi Sushi is a tiny restaurant that serves some powerful menu items. In addition to sushi and other Japanese dishes, they serve the Flaming Dragon, which consists of shrimp, crab meat, avocado and spicy tuna covered with salmon, yellowtail, tuna and tobiko. It is deep fried, rolled in foil, set aflame and served to your table.

Afghan

Fremont is home to a large Afghan community. Visit “Little Kabul”, a two-block area on Fremont Boulevard in the Centerville District. You will find many Afghan stores and restaurants. Enjoy various grilled meat and kabob dishes and the ambiance of the Middle East.

Mediterranean

Looking for Mediterranean food? Yalla’s offers authentic dishes made with local produce and humanely raised meats. Their fish are caught locally. Everything is fresh and environmentally friendly. Enjoy a homemade craft brew or wine on tap with your grilled meal.

Indian

Indian food is abundant in Fremont. Two of the most popular places are Shalimar and Chutney. If you time it right, you can also enjoy The Festival of India, which takes place August 12th and 13th. This Fremont tradition is celebrating 25 years of Indian heritage with dance, shows and booths displaying and selling Indian culture.

Thai

Check out Sala Thai for the best Thai food outside of Thailand. Sala Thai offers two locations in Fremont, one on State Street and one on Grimmer Boulevard. You can smell the delicious aromas as soon as you walk in, and they are known to have excellent customer service.

Craft Beer

California has long been known for its wineries, but they also have been booming in the craft beer industry. Have you been to a wine tasting? Well, try a “Beer flight” at California Craft Beer, where you can pay a fee and try many of their selections all at once.

Dessert

Go to Amia Bakery for beautiful cake creations. They cater to those with diet restrictions and have no problem making a gluten free or vegan dessert. In addition, they offer fruit bread pudding and other delicious treats.

For breakfast, try Vasy’s Donuts. These are giant-sized freshly made donuts and donut holes. They also offer croissants, pastries and coffee.

Enjoy the Fremont Festival of the Arts

A delight to grown-ups and children alike, The Fremont Festival of the Arts takes place August 5th and 6th.  The festival features over 600 art and craft vendors, food trucks and offerings from local restaurants. Street performers will entertain you and your family, along with clowns, face-painting and henna tattoo artists.

Listen to live music offered on two stages throughout the event. There is an entire section of rides, shows and activities for kids. Adults will enjoy the selection of beer, margaritas and wine.

Find Some Outdoor Fun

Want to get outside and play? Head to Lake Elizabeth, located in Fremont’s Central Park, which is a 450-acre park with an 80-acre lake. This is a great place to enjoy boating or other recreational activities like tennis and basketball. Take the family on a picnic or jog around the lake. Visit the skate park and the children’s play area. You may see birds and wildlife you’ve never seen before. Right next to Lake Elizabeth is the Aqua Adventure Park, a waterpark your children will love. Swim in the pools, ride the huge slides and relax in tubes on the lazy river. Spend the whole day getting wet and splashing about with your family. If you are looking for a beach and don’t want to drive to the ocean, visit Quarry Lakes Recreational Area. This park used to be a quarry, hence the name. It offers deep lakes as well as all the related park activities. Go for a hike on Mission Peak.  It may take a while to get to the top, but you will be glad you made the effort once you get there. Look down at Silicon Valley deep in the green, rolling hills.

Culture, history, cuisine and celebration. Whatever you decide to do, you won’t have trouble finding adventure, food or fun in Fremont! Make sure to take lots of pictures and share them on social media. Enjoy your vacation, and spread the word about Fremont, California.