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San Mateo Coyote Point Park

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San Mateo: Coyote Point Park

San Mateo, CA is a prime choice for a fun and relaxing vacation, and with places such as Coyote Point Park in the city, you are sure to have some very memorable times. 

One of the prime attractions in San Mateo is the beautiful, eucalyptus-covered Coyote Point Recreation Area, and this is for good reason. It is one of the most distinct attractions in the city and the immediate area, ensuring that you won’t get bored while in San Mateo, whether you’re a tourist or a resident.  If you are a tourist and have never experienced the area before, Coyote Point Park offers a variety of activities, including picnicking, fishing and swimming. In addition to these activities, CuriOdyssey in Coyote Point Park is home to wildlife habitats that are open to the public. At these habitats, you're able to see wildlife that is native to the area, making it a great activity for the entire family.

Originally an island in the San Francisco Bay connected to the mainland only through a marshland, Coyote Point Park was part of the land bought by Mellus and Howard in the 19th century. Howard, himself, then purchased the land from the firm in 1850, and his family retained ownership of the land until 1942, when it was sold to the federal government. During the family’s ownership of the land, a pier was built for lumber loading and the marsh was reclaimed and used as a dairy pasture. In 1880, a bathhouse and pool were built on the beach and cypress, pine and eucalyptus trees were planted. Also, in 1922, Coyote Point welcomed the Pacific City Amusement Park on 90 leased acres along the beach. This park was home to a boardwalk, playground, merry-go-round, scenic railway, Ferris wheel, a pavilion for dancing and several food concessions. The park was only open until a fire destroyed much of it during its second season.

When the federal government purchased the land in 1942, it was intended as a Merchant Marine Cadet School. However, in 1946, the buildings were purchased by the College of San Mateo, where the campus was until the County bought the land in 1962.

Now the park is a great place for enjoying the outdoors. While you can enjoy the beach and other activities in Coyote Point Park in San Mateo, you can also explore the many trails available to outdoor enthusiasts. When you walk on these trails, you'll have an adventurous experience and also be led to different areas of the park. These trails also connect to the San Francisco Bay trail, which is one of the more beautiful parts of California, making your trip to San Mateo an inclusive experience that includes all that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer.

Also be sure to check out the Captain’s House Conference Facility, the Coyote Point Marine and the Coyote Point Pistol and Rifle Range. All these places are great for a fun day with friends and family. You could even head to Coyote Point Park for a fun and unique date. Bring a picnic and engage in an exciting activity together.