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7 reasons to visit Point Richmond with kids

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!

Miller Knox Hike Point Richmond
An easy hike with pretty city views. | PC: Anna Azimi

3. The Railroad MuseumHours 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 BeachFind 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.


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Keller Beach Point Richmond
Keller Beach in Point Richmond. | PC: Carol Burton

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!

Point Richmond Coffee Shop
Coffee for us, ice cream for them. It’s a win-win at Kaleidoscope Coffee. | PC: Anna Azimi

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?


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6 thoughts on “7 reasons to visit Point Richmond with kids”

  1. The Up and Under pub and grill. Family friendly, nice atmosphere, good food. Bonus: only rugby themed restaurant in the east bay.

  2. We love PRAM! It’s a parents group in Point Richmond and there are playgroups there weekly at the fun fieldhouse. They also have events and classes for kids age 0-5!

    And we love the Up and Under as well!

  3. Brezo has absolutely delicious food and a designated room off the main eating area where you can watch your kiddos play from your table! When my son gets antsy at the table (what kid doesn’t!?) we can loosen up our etiquette rules and just let him hang out in the playroom and read books, color, etc. Up & Under is great, but sometimes a sheet of paper and a few crayons just doesn’t cut it. At Brezo we can have a full-on hour-long meal without a meltdown. :))) (Also check out the Mom & Pop Art Shop, Raymond’s Pizza and Maya Taqueria. And yes, PRAM rules too.)

  4. Little Louie’s has been our family fav for celebration breakfasts. They’ve changed hands but still have that great menu and a nice garden out back.
    El Sol is another great!! The owners are lifelong friends and awesome people. Yummy Mexican food here!

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