San Ramon is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of San Francisco. San Ramon is considered one of the most desirable living areas in the San Francisco Bay area due to its scenic beauty, suburban charm, excellent school systems, and proximity to major employment centers. That is why we moved here. Also, it is the 4th largest city in Contra Costa County. Mt. Diablo is visible from parts of the city on clear days. That alone is something to see while visiting San Ramon as well as these places:
1. Memorial Park
This is a park nestled on top of a hill and across the street from Bollinger Canyon Elementary. It houses a play area, a BMX course, a picnic area, a bocce ball court, horseshoe courts, a huge baseball field, a zip line and a sand pit. My kids and their friends love to play here after school when the weather permits. This park is not just for kids. It is also a dog park and people can be seen with their dog(s) all day long.
What I like best about this park is the scenic view, which is truly to die for. I drop my kids off here in the morning and they walk to school while I enjoy the scenic view. It is truly a great way to start off a morning.
Address: Bollinger Caynon Rd at San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, California 94583
2. San Ramon Central Park
This is a nice park that offers two water structures for kids, one for older kids and one for the younger ones. It is a great park for families to enjoy together on a nice day. There is also a huge playground with lots of room to run around. This park is located next to the Iron Horse Trail, which has a nice flat area where families can ride their bikes on a sunny day. The San Ramon Community Center is located here as well.
San Ramon Central Park
Address: 12501 Alcosta Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583
Opening Hours: 9am - 6pm. Closed on public holidays.
Contact: +1 9259733200
3. Athens Downs Park
A great family-friendly community park that is suitable for all ages. The park is located in the Montevideo neighborhood. We drove by it yesterday and since the weather was nice, lots of families were there enjoying the park. The park features an assortment of children’s playground structures. The picnic tables located in the park are surrounded by scenic walkways and trees, so having a picnic here is truly a wonderful idea.
Athens Downs Park
Address: 2975 Montevideo Dr, San Ramon, CA
Access: Through the Montevideo neighborhood near San Ramon Valley Blvd
Contact: +1 9259732817
4. Rancho San Ramon Community Park
This is a fairly new park in San Ramon. This park is great for kids 10 and younger since it features a lighted softball/baseball field with a batting cage, lighted synthetic turf soccer/lacrosse fields, a small amphitheater, picnic areas, lighted tennis courts, playgrounds, and a ‘splash pad’. It has a zip line, a climbing wall and a water feature. Also, there is a sand pit and a rock slide here. There is also a multi-purpose facility called the Amador Rancho Center. The best part of this park is the view, which is as breathtaking as the one from Memorial Park.
Rancho San Ramon Community Park
Address: 2000 Rancho Park Loop Rd, San Ramon, CA
Contact: +1 9259733200
5. Forest Home Farms
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This 16-acre (6.47 hectare) family farm, which is now a historic site, is located at the base of the hills on the west side of San Ramon. It is visible and easily accessible from Hwy 680. I love passing it on the highway since it reminds me of the South, where I grew up. It is also called the Glass House. What you will see at this site is the Boone’s home, which is a twenty-two room Dutch Colonial house with a number of barns and fourteen outbuildings. In 1997, Ruth Quayle Boone gave the City of San Ramon the house for use as a municipal historic park in memory of her husband, Travis Moore Boone. She chose to give the land to the people of San Ramon so that they could enjoy the beauty of it as she and her family did. San Francisco ABC-TV ran a news story on a Forest Home Farms’ 3rd grade field trip, which aired on Friday, June 12, 2009.
Forest Home Farms
Address: 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA
Price: For families and groups of 10 or more. Admission: 5 USD per person. Free to SRHF members.
Opening Hours: March through October. Open Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat. 11am-5pm. November through February Open Friday and Saturday 11am-4 pm. Closed December 20th-January 2nd.
Contact: +1 9259733284
Website: Forest Home Farms
A few words about San Ramon, the town my family and I call home
We decided to move to San Ramon last summer and it was a great decision for our family. The community here is very friendly and welcoming. The school district is highly rated and there is much to do with family in this lovely little town. The weather is great, so it is fun to be outdoors at one of the many places mentioned above. There are parks to enjoy and the city is rapidly developing. I love to drive around the town due to the beautiful scenery the city has.
For these reasons and more, San Ramon, in my opinion, is a great place to raise and spend time with family. Visitors enjoy the beautiful landscape and will always be greeted by someone enjoying the day for sure.
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