Foster City, CA
Best things to do and see at the Lagoon
Foster City’s crown jewel is its beautiful Lagoon (212 acres of water averaging 6 feet deep with 16.5 miles of navigable canals). The whole area around these waterways looks like an expensive resort with great views, nice weather, and plenty of water sports!
- Great paths for walking and biking along the beautiful waterways. More serious athletes can also walk and bike for miles along the San Francisco Bay Trail just a few blocks away.
- This is one of the best places in the world to learn how to wind surf, yet is still very close to San Francisco. Weather and water conditions are often just perfect for beginners. California Windsurfing has excellent lessons and rental equipment at reasonable prices.
- Paddle boats, kayaks, paddle boards are available for those not into wind surfing or with smaller children.
- There are many special events at the Lagoon each year. The most famous is the Fourth of July celebration with a day-long festival the best fireworks display on the Peninsula. Another one is the Dragon Boat Races in big 44 foot canoes that seat 20 paddlers.
- There are many outdoor festivals, usually free, during the year including the Polynesian Festival complete with outrigger canoe rides in May and the Arts & Wine Festival in June.
- Along the shoreline is a public amphitheater used for events like the Summer Concert Series with free live music Friday evenings.
- A fenced dog park is just off the lagoon. We drop in with our dogs while walking along the shoreline.
- This is a good place for family picnics because of plenty of nice grass and few crowds. Just across the street is a local Safeway to pick up anything you have forgotten.
- In the Lagoon you can also swim (Swimming is safe … the beautiful blue water is dyed to keep too much seaweed from growing. I’ve swum the widest portion several times though few others try), sunbathe (there are a few sandy beaches and plenty of nice grass), fish (it contains halibut and large numbers of bait fish though we’ve never seen anything caught except by birds … a fishing license is required), boat (there are two boat ramps but gas & diesel-powered boats are not allowed), and bird watch (many tame ducks, etc, all year and especially during migration seasons).
- Foster City Recreation Center features a wide variety of classes and recreational programs. E.g., dance lessons and big ballroom dancing evenings run by what was once a separate full-time facility. Of course the Rec Center has tennis courts, a basketball court and even a skate board park.