Hiking, boating, swimming, horseback riding – it’s all here at Del Valle Regional Park. You can’t do it all in one day, but if you’re camping (yes, there’s camping here, too), you may be able to squeeze in several activities over two days. With so much nature to enjoy and extra hot Livermore Valley temperatures in which to enjoy it, Lake Del Valle makes for a great day trippin’ destination with the kids.
When to go: For prime lake time, mid-May through September, and there’s a lifeguard on duty at the two swimming beaches through August 22. Hiking year-round.
Where to find it: South of Livermore, east of Fremont.
What to do: The lay of the land consists of a five-mile lake surrounded by 5,000 acres of trails and wilderness. You can dip into the water one of several ways. Paddle boats, canoes, rowboats, pontoon boats, and kayaks are available for rent at the Visitor Center, and bass, trout, and catfish are available for fishing for those who have both a District fishing permit and State fishing license. (PS: They also have life jackets in all sizes). You may also launch your own boat (but, no jet skis) but be sure to check the site for their regulations.
Where to have lunch: Just bring a cooler for your strawberries, sippy cups, cheeses, and whatever else the family’s into munching and watch out for the bees. For nearby eats, there are a range of kid-friendly restaurants on First Street, including Chevy’s or Casa Orozco.
How to dress: For warm, sunny days. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Bonus: The family pooch is allowed to run around the trails here off-leash.
Cost of trip: $6.00 parking fee plus, if you bring the dog, a $2 fee.