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You don’t have to go far for spring break options

By Kacy Stoddard

Wondering how to spend your spring break?  This Oak Leaf staffer has many ideas for you without going far from home.

How about a stay-cation?

Don’t be bored! Take advantage of the beautiful activities the Bay Area has to offer-whether it is raining or not. We are lucky to live in such a vibrant and diverse community that can expose us to food and art from every part of the world.

Be active:

You never know what you may find on a local hike. Photo courtesy of
You never know what you may find on a local hike.
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Alamere Falls is a beautiful, ocean-neighboring waterfall near Bolinas.  It is an 8.4-mile hike, so be prepared with water and sturdy walking shoes.

Lake Chabot in Oakland is an 8.6 mile hike great for running and walking around a serene and secluded hike in Anthony Chabot Regional Park. If you don’t feel like hiking,  you can rent a small boat and cruise around the lake. The cafe on the shores of the lake serves breakfast and lunch.

Feel like climbing a mountain? Hike to the top of Mt. Livermore, located on Angel Island. The ferry ride there departs from San Francisco and Sausalito. Biking and jogging are also fantastic for the panoramic views of the bay.

If it is raining, head to House of Air, an indoor trampoline park in San Francisco. The park is located at Crissy Field.

Catch a flick:

Drive-ins still exist! Photo courtesy of
Drive-ins still exist!
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If we are lucky enough for a warm spring night, catch a flick at the West Wind Drive-In in Concord or San Jose. Save money to buy popcorn and goodies by only spending $5 for a ticket.

The Parkway Speakeasy Theatre in Oakland shows independent, first-run, and foreign films. The theater also serves dinner, but popcorn is still available.

Explore the cuisine of the Bay Area:

If you like Chicago deep dish, Zachary’s is the place for you. If you have never had a deep dish, you are in for a treat.

Check out the gardens in the 'Gourmet Ghetto' of Berkeley. Photo courtesy of
Check out the gardens in the ‘Gourmet Ghetto’ of Berkeley.
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The Imperial Tea Garden is a hidden gem in the Gourmet Ghetto of Berkeley. The restaurant specializes in hand-cut noodles with delicious broth, and teas from every part of China. Save room for the chocolate wontons as dessert.

Abura-ya is a pop-up Japanese restaurant specializing in Japanese fried chicken and other seasonal dishes in downtown Oakland. A pop-up is a mobile restaurant; the owner borrows the kitchen of different businesses to produce their food.

Powderface specializes in a New Orleans treat: beignets, a delicious deep-fried doughnut, topped with powdered sugar.

Tour a museum:

The deYoung is a fine arts museum in Golden Gate Park. Current exhibitions include Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, and Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective.

On the first Tuesday of every month, the deYoung has free admission.

Originally built in 1853 and remodeled in 2005, the California Academy of Sciences is a natural history museum that houses over 26 million specimens. Don’t forget to see Claude, the white alligator.

The Oakland Museum of California features the science, history and art of the Golden State. Additionally, on Friday nights, admission to the museum is free and for dinner, food trucks line up outside the museum.

The Musée Mécanique is always free, and features 20th-century penny arcade games. It is located on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Hit the road:

Natural beauty abounds in the Russian River region. Photo courtesy of
Natural beauty abounds in the Russian River region.
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The Russian River is a great spot for campers and glampers (glamorous camping) since there are both campsites and bed and breakfasts within Guerneville. The river is beautiful to walk alongside or to take a dip in, especially during the spring.

If the boardwalk is closed, try surfing, stand-up paddle boarding or thrift shopping in Santa Cruz. The beaches of Santa Cruz are admired worldwide, and camping is affordable within Santa Cruz.

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