Nicknamed “Gateway to the Peninsula,” Daly City is situated just outside of San Francisco. Its seven-mile (11 kilometer) coast and the San Bruno Mountain offer over 2,063 acres (835 hectares) of diverse park land and spectacular views of the entire Bay Area and the Pacific Ocean. Other than recreational and beach activities, shopping is another great thing to do in Daly City, as retail industry is the city’s key development! Of course, the first best thing to do is to learn about Daly’s past, then compare the city today. You will be amazed by what modernity brought you, before you enjoy their parks and shopping malls. Remember to eat the local food to your heart’s content and bring back some Daly City produce for memory sake.
1. History Guild of Daly City/Colma & Daly City History Museum
Olden days long forgot!Posted by Daly City History Museum [History Guild of Daly City/Colma] on Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Explore the earliest inhabitants, the Costanoan or Ohlone Indians, who built their villages on Mussel Rock’s coast, and how the early pioneers began their supply of dairy products to San Francisco and the country. There are exhibits of photographs and artifacts showing you a glimpse of the early streetcars, railroads, old schools, hog ranches and the crash of WWII blimp, etc. Their collection includes hundreds of vintage photos, original documents dating back to the late 1880s, high school yearbooks, and a multitude of artifacts including a 1907 hand-pulled fire wagon and a cow bell used at the John Daly dairy. Besides this, there are lectures and special group tours if you need live commentaries of the rich history of the Daly City/Colma region. Make this your first stop before you get lost in modernity!
History Guild of Daly City/Colma & Daly City History Museum
Address: 6351 Mission Street, Daly City, CA 94014
2. The Cow Palace
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If you like, you may arrange your visit to coincide with the annual Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show and Rodeo, held sometime in October each year. You will meet with the participants and exhibitors coming from all over the West to share their passion for agriculture. You will find the Horse Show, rodeo events, and The Junior Livestock Show and other events that are unique to Daly City like mechanical bull rides, marketplace shopping, dancing, and much more. Check out the website and plan you visit accordingly. Additionally, the Cow Palace also hosts events like the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, the San Francisco Sport & Boat Show, the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, Body Art Expo, Dickens Christmas Fair and Disney on Ice!
The Cow Palace
Address: 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City, CA 94014
Website: The Cow Palace
3. Thornton Beach State Park
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If you prefer nature, a visit to Thornton Beach State Park will certainly give you instant satisfaction. As the climate is Mediterranean, it tends to be windy and cold throughout much of the park. During the summer months, fog is common along the coastline. Do dress in layers and in hiking boots if you are to take longer paths, otherwise comfortable shoes should suffice. Take pictures as you walk and admire the changing landscape during different seasons, you will not be deprived of nature here at the Thornton Beach State Park. Call for more information before you venture into the park.
Thornton Beach State Park
Address: John Daly Blvd and Skyline Boulevard, Daly City, CA 94015
Website: Thornton Beach State Park
4. Mussel Rock Park
Mussel Rock Park is another place for nature lovers. The park is made up of a lot of trails connecting to paragliding launch points on a hillside in south Daly City. There are sandy beaches at the North end, and the rest of the shoreline is patterned with boulders with a little sand exposed. For the brave ones, you may try the horseback riding along the cliff.
Mussel Rock Park
Address: Skyline Dr and Westline Dr, Daly City, CA 94015
Website: Mussel Rock Park
5. Shopping at the malls
Now, departing from nature parks, we shall venture into the concrete jungle of shopping malls. There are huge developments allowing you to shop till you drop. Serramonte Center, a regional shopping center located on Interstate 280, is one of the biggest retail developments that visitors should not miss. You will find lots of familiar brands’ outlets and eateries here. If you can’t do without shopping in your travels, this is the place to go!
Address: Hwy 280 & Serramonte Blvd., Daly City, CA 94015
Website: Serramonte Center
6. Off the Grid
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Walk over the parking lot of Serramonte, and you will find Off the Grid, a traveling market of food trucks that offer a fine American culinary tradition. It operates weekly, providing various choices from around the California region on a rotating basis. The parking lot is packed with tables and chairs, to give you a semi dine-in feel while enjoying California’s best local bites. Off the Grid is the best place to go while having your shopping breaks.
7. Daly City Farmers' Market
Fresh picked Brussel Sprouts on the stall at Swank Farms are looking good today!Posted by Daly City Farmers' Market on Thursday, 19 January 2017
Also located in Serramonte, Daly City Farmers’ Market is the best place for local produce to take home. The California farmers’ market has been voted by the readers of the San Jose Mercury News, Mountain View Voice, Walnut Creek Magazine, and other local newspapers as the “Best Place to Buy Produce,” and has won national, state and regional awards by the American Farmland Trust in America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market Contest.
Address: Serramonte Mall (behind Macy’s), 133 Serramonte Center, Daly City, CA 94015
Website: Daly City Farmers’ Market
Where history and modernity meet
Daly has an interesting mix of history, nature and modern developments. They don’t necessarily gel, as each gives you a different experience. Historic Daly, Daly of Nature, Daly’s shopping haven, and Daly’s award-winning farmers market provide you different facets of Daly to enrich your visit.
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