You spent summer splashing around Stafford Park, picnicked and played at Washington Park, and ventured to the Junior Museum & Zoo at Rinconada Park. Now what? Time to check out the Peninsula’s hidden gems. They may be just around the corner from your house or a few short miles from your family’s favorite hood. Either way, these (formerly) secret spots are worth exploring!

Kohl Mansion, Burlingame

Why it’s great: The 100 year old estate’s English rose garden will allow you to indulge in the fantasy of a refined afternoon drinking tea and eating finger sandwiches (that aren’t PB&J). Once you come back to reality, it’s still a pretty dreamy place. The rose garden is shaped like a maze making it perfect for hide and seek while manicured lawns, a fountain with live fish, majestic oaks and a creek provide endless entertainment.

Where: 2750 Adeline Dr., Burlingame. Entrances at Hoover or Alvarado Sts.

Good to know: It’s also the location of Mercy High School and gets busy during drop-off and pick-up periods.

Photo Credit: Jenn Wade

Have other hidden gem suggestions for Peninsula parents? Be sure to share them in the comments.

—Jenn Wade