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San Francisco Bay Area Suburbs for families, with best parks, trails and farmers markets

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No matter what your family is looking for, the Bay Area suburbs have so much to offer. From seaside towns to mountain communities to neighborhoods with a more urban feel, there’s a town to fit everyone’s checklist here. 

 

Not to mention there’s always something to do in these popular ‘burbs. With bustling farmers markets, local playgrounds and hiking trails there are tons of choices for kid-friendly outings. But with all of these great spots, where do you begin? Get in touch with Suburban Jungle and start digging into the options. To kick off your search…

 

The Best Farmers Markets in the San Francisco Suburbs

Farmers markets are a big part of the culture in the San Francisco Suburbs. Of course, locals head here to pick up fresh, organic produce. But these markets are also the place to go for family-friendly entertainment. The San Rafael Sunday Market hosts 200+ vendors, live music and food trucks (keep an eye out for the popular waffle truck). The San Jose Friday Market is close to the Plaza de Cesar Chavez fountains where you can take the kids after to cool off. And these are just the beginning — there are equally impressive markets in Danville, Mountain View, San Carlos and more.

 

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What are the Top Trails in the San Francisco Suburbs?

If easy access to the outdoors is essential for your family, this is the place to be. Outdoor activities are endless in the Bay Area and some of the best trails are found in the San Francisco ‘burbs.

San Jose’s Los Alamitos Creek Trail is short, sweet and great for families with kids or dogs. Those looking for more of a challenge will want to tackle the ​​Dipsea Trail, which travels from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. And many of these trails, like the Stanford Dish Loop, end near excellent eateries so you can enjoy a delicious post-hike meal.

 

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Top Playgrounds and Parks in the San Francisco Suburbs

For many families with young kids, it’s important to be close to playgrounds and green spaces. We get it — these are key for weekend picnics, playdates, soccer practice and just staying active. Most Bay Area suburbs feature high-quality public parks so you won’t have any trouble finding one that fits your family.