When my son's guitar recital was scheduled at the Hydrangea Flower Shop in Point Richmond, I had no idea what to expect. As we navigated into the adorable Main Street-style neighborhood where the shop was located, I had already decided we should come back again to see more of what Point Richmond has to offer.
(If you find yourself in Point Richmond, make sure to walk through the open air passageway of the flower shop to check out the garden space in the back. It was a lovely place for a music recital.)
This weekend, I discovered five more reasons to take kids to Point Richmond.
1. The Plunge. The public swimming pool is enormous, clean, and not too cold. Heather visited and reviewed it when it opened, and my family had an excellent experience there. We arrived at noon just as the staff was flipping the sign on the door to Open and walked in to an empty pool. Perhaps no one thinks of family swimming in November? We had tons of room to frolick and practice swimming.
2. A Tunnel. To leave the downtown area and explore the other recreation options, head through the tunnel on Dornan Drive toward the Bay. Ok, not so exciting for big grade schoolers, but a cheap thrill for preschoolers.
3. The Railroad Museum. Although the museum has limited hours, we are coming upon a season during which they have big plans for holiday shows. Make sure to check their facebook page for hours and bring your train enthusiast.
4. A Beach. Yes, Keller Beach is tiny, but it has sand that meets up with the water, and for lovers of rock and shell collecting, this should be enough. To find it, simply head through the aforementioned tunnel and keep your eyes peeled for a sandy cove. Called a “swimming beach” on the East Bay Regional Park District website, you can definitely plan to get wet if you can tolerate the water temp. At the least, wear shorts for wading.
5. A Playground. Miller/Knox Park offers a long stretch of grassy picnic areas and a nice new playground for swinging around.
What's missing from this fun-filled day in Point Richmond? Food! Do you have any favorites there?