This year may have seen the closing of the beloved El Cerrito Speakeasy Theater, but there are still plenty of reasons to visit this East Bay city. The Hillside Nature Area is 80 acres of eucalyptus groves and oak trees with trails for the family to enjoy. On the stretch of San Pablo where the shuttered theater stands, there’s a ton of retail…treasures abound at secondhand kids’ boutique Little Raspberries. Nearby on San Pablo is Yuet Foo Seafood House, a kid-friendly haven of Chinese comfort food. And this weekend, at Cerrito Vista Park, the 4th of July parade and 11th annual WorldOne festival bring gourmet food and beverages and world-famous musicians (like the Turtle Island jazz quartet and the reggae-tinged Dread Daze) to appreciative locals and visitors alike.

More to Explore (with kiddies in tow):


Point Reyes

North Beach

The Mountain Play, Mt. Tam

Gourmet Ghetto

Yerba Buena Gardens and Union Square

Pier 39

Ring Mountain


Jack London Square


Kayak Beach

Fillmore Street

Tennesee Valley Trail


Union Street

Tilden Park

Westfield Center

Solano Ave Part 2

Solano, Part 1

Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park

the Presidio and Crissy Field

Farmer’s Market & China Camp State Park

Marin Organic, U-Pick


Presidio Heights


Larkspur’s Magnolia Street

Mt Tam and the West Point Inn

San Francisco’s Bernal Heights

Berkeley’s Fourth Street