Point Richmond is a charming town on the outskirts of Richmond, just before the Richmond Bridge, with plenty of free and cheap thrills to last you through the afternoon. My boys always love going fast through the tunnel, and I like the small hike with promises of ice cream after. Here's our Point Richmond highlights for you to check off your list:
1. The Plunge. The public swimming pool is enormous, clean, and not too cold. A perfect place to visit when the weather gets a little chilly but you still want to take a dip. Hours for family recreation swim are limited, so plan around them.
2. A Tunnel. To leave the downtown area and explore the other recreation options, head through the tunnel on Dornan Drive toward the Bay. Not so exciting for big grade-schoolers, but a cheap thrill for preschoolers. Ha!
3. The Railroad Museum. Hours are limited, so be sure to check before you visit. Go Wednesdays or Saturdays for FREE, but just to admire the tableau of model trains. Pay the admission price ($5/adults, $3/child) on Sundays to get to see the little trains actually running.
4. A Beach. Find Keller Beach just out of the tunnel on your right-hand side. Bring a little picnic, brave the freezing water (lots of kids are), or build sandcastles in the sand.
5. A Playground. Miller/Knox Park offers a long stretch of grassy picnic areas and a nice new playground for swinging around. This place is happening on the weekends!
6. A Hike. Across from Miller/Knox Park is a hill with many easy trails. Follow one to the top and admire the view. Easy enough for a preschooler too.
7. Coffee and Ice Cream. After you're done swimming, hiking, beaching or exploring, enjoy a cup of coffee and ice cream at Kaleidoscope Coffee. Cute vibe and kid-friendly.
New to Richmond: not far from here, the SF Bay Ferry provides service to San Francisco.
We've never eaten lunch or dinner here – any fellow Point Richmonders have any insights?