Activities and Nearby Points of Interest
Redwood City offers an almost limitless array of activities to enjoy. With the crashing of the Pacific Ocean on its coast there are ample opportunities to participate in an elephant seal or whale watching adventure, enjoy deep-sea fishing or stroll the miles of unspoiled beaches and magnificent redwoods. The picturesque cities of Monterey, Yosemite and the Napa Valley wine country are just a short drive away.
Port of Redwood City
The Port of Redwood City, located 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco, is the only deepwater port in South San Francisco Bay. The port offers unparalleled recreational opportunities with more than one mile of waterfront walkways, viewing areas, parks, picnic areas and a public fishing pier, not to mention easy access to San Francisco Bay. The facility also provides berths for dry bulk, liquid bulk, and project cargoes and has become the fastest growing "small" bulk port in California.
The Port hosts a number of public events and festivals each year including visits by historic ships and sailing vessels. Each spring the port hosts the "Opening Day" of the boating season with a decorated boat parade and other activities. Crew boat races, Hawaiian Outrigger canoe races, and sailing regattas are regularly held on the port's waterfront.
The Redwood City School District is a K-8 district and serves a population of nearly 10,000. All Redwood City School District schools are magnet schools of choice. Many of the districts' schools are recipients of numerous awards such as the Golden Bell Award and some have been recognized as Distinguished Schools. Residents are provided with higher education through nearby community colleges such as Cañada College, College of San Mateo, Skyline, Foothill and DeAnza College.
Recreation and Points of Interest in Redwood City
Redwood City has recreational activities for the entire family. Golfers are provided with well-kept, broad courses and practice ranges with spectacular views. Hikers and bikers can enjoy miles of scenic trails and parks. Fishermen have both a bay and an ocean to find their catch. Sailing, windsurfing and surfing can also be explored. San Mateo County beaches are a great place to enjoy spectacular views from the cliffs and bluffs, tide pools, whale watching, horseback riding, sunbathing, jogging or just a relaxing day in the sun.
Redwood City features numerous award-winning restaurants, museums and theaters. There are also a variety of opportunities for shopping, from large department stores set in modern shopping centers to numerous charming downtown shopping districts with unique stores and boutique shops.
Redwood City's downtown area is the center of activity, with several county government buildings, financial institutions, and an extensive city government complex. Redwood City experienced some redevelopment during the 1980s when the city built a new main fire station and main library in the downtown area. A new city hall complex was completed in 1997. As Redwood City continues to grow its leaders and residents have not forgotten the importance of the past and work hard to preserve the city's rich and colorful heritage.
With San Francisco International Airport located in the heart of San Mateo County and public and private transportation available all over the San Francisco Peninsula, getting around is made simple. The BART, CalTrain and SamTrans provide residents with transportation throughout Redwood City and surrounding communities.
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