Many thanks to 510families reader Lydia B. for her hot tip about Little Point Richmond.
Little Point Richmond Fairy Villages You'll Love
Point Richmond is a favorite destination for my family because it has so many terrific attractions to fill an afternoon. But I never knew about the magical fairy houses that make up Little Point Richmond of Washington Avenue. I took my four kids, ages 2 to 8 to check it out, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. My two-year old daughter was mesmerized with all the tiny details and my four- and six-year olds loved the thrill of the hunt. Even my eight-year old, who I thought might be too cool for school, got caught up in the novelty of it all.
How to Get to Little Point Richmond
To find Little Point Richmond, head for the intersection of Washington Avenue and Nicholl Ave just past the downtown area of Point Richmond. Park anywhere in that area and start your stroll up the gentle hill of Washington Avenue. Keep your eyes peeled for the miniature little houses tucked artfully into the sides of trees or nestled cozily into lush flower beds. Make sure to peek inside by carefully opening the various doors and hatches. There are so many amazing details, from mailboxes with letters inside to little libraries and kitchens fully stocked.
You'll want to be careful since the doors and houses are delicate works of art. I had to keep a close eye on my little ones' hands to make sure they weren't being too rough or trying to pick up any of the little fairy house accoutrements.
Since this is still the age of Coronavirus, I also brought hand sanitizer spray to clean everyone's hands in between houses, and we were all wearing masks. We only saw one or two other people on our walk, so social distancing wasn't much of an issue.
After about about 30 minutes of exploring the fairy houses my youngest wanted a snack and my eldest wanted to go to the beach. My four- and six-year olds could have kept exploring for much longer. I feel like we just scratched the surface as far as noticing all the intricate details. It's free, it's outside and it's close by, so what's not to love? We'll definitely be back sometime soon.
We rounded out our Point Richmond adventure by taking our snack to Keller Beach just a few minutes drive through the tunnel. Point Molate is another great beach option in the area, with lots of sea glass and beach treasures to be found.
Do you have any hot tips for fairy houses or other mystical creatures in your neighborhood?