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Coyote Point Recreation Area

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INFORMATION

1701 Coyote Point Dr
San Mateo, CA 94560


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Phone
(650) 573-2592
Hours
8 am – 5 pm (Dec – Feb)
Extended Evening Hours March – November
Tickets
$6 for Entry and Parking
$20 for Bus
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DESCRIPTION FOR Coyote Point Recreation Area

Slides and swings, green grass and picnic tables, you can get at almost any park area. Not every park has a castle playground with a dragon theme, unless it's an amusement park, which often charges much more than $6 per person. The five-year-olds and pre-teens have one area for their use, while the toddlers and preschoolers have their own area, so there's less reason to be worried about age conflicts. With over 20 swings and slides, a tire swing, a balance beam, monkey bars, and a 40-foot castle on a hill, there shouldn't be too many reasons to suppose that the kids won't have anything to do. Although there isn't a sandbox or a water zone, parents will be happy to know that there are showers available for...

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TIPS FOR VISITING Coyote Point Recreation Area

1. Dogs can be walked on the San Francisco Bay Trail, but not brought in a car.

2. Snacks can be found at the Marina down the road, though the choices are limited to candy, chips, and sodas.

3. Windsurfing is restricted until August 2014, due to necessary repairs on Promenade Trail.

4. Bathrooms are available on the grounds, but go with your children for safety reasons, and bring an extra bar of soap if it's summer.

5. Bring a windbreaker or light jacket, as the breezes from the marina can get very cool.

6. Serious bikers should know that the bike trail is rather small and meant for recreation, but there is a 20-mile round-trip trail that can be taken from Coyote Point to Redwood Shores.

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BIRTHDAY PARTY AT Coyote Point Recreation Area

Party Time at Coyote Point Park

Telephone: (650) 363-4021

Online Reservation: http://reservations.eparks.net/index.asp?park_idno=1

Time: Varies Party price: $50 - $300+

Included: Reserved Covered Picnic Table(s), Room for Rented Jumpers Picnic Areas: Eucalyptus, Beach, Magic Mountain

Website Link: www.parks.smcgov.org/coyote-point-recreation-area-reservable-facilities

Customizable: Yes

Bring Your Own: Food and Drinks, Decorations, and Tableware (Plates, Cups, Cutlery)

Coyote Point Park is a great facility for holding a do-it-yourself birthday party. If you feel bound and restricted by all of those other facilities, with rules about what you can't do or wear or eat, this is the creative camper's picnicking dream. It's a good idea to bring shoes and socks, and maybe a windbreaker in case of sudden showers, but no one will be hovering over you once you've made...

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