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Created at July 19, 2019

The Ultimate Beat The Heat List This Summer

Temperatures are rising in the Bay Area, and while the sun worshipers among us might be ready to embrace the sunny weekend, there are many who might find it too hot. Locals are accustomed to a usually temperate climate, so while this heat wave would seem like just the thing to dampen plans, it's actually a great time to get creative with your activities.

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Agate Beach County Park
Agate Beach County Park
4.8
(5)
350 Ocean Pkwy, Bolinas
Rate
Walkable two miles of beach with a chance of spotting some local wildlife, tidal looks and adequate parking at the Agate Beach campground.
Stinson Beach
Stinson Beach
4.8
(5)
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Rate
Just a short 35 minute drive from Golden Gate Bridge and a trendy beach. Parking is tough to find so make sure to go early.
Marshall's Beach
Marshall's Beach
4.8
(4)
San Francisco, CA 94129
Rate
This is north of Baker Beach, sandy and sunny. Clothing is optional. Not the best for families!
Montara Beach
Montara Beach
4.8
(4)
Montara Beach, Montara
Rate
The path to the beach is not easy to navigate, however if you do go it’s a beautiful sandy beach with fabulous views of the Pacific. A 25 minute drive from the city so it’s quite secluded and great for chilling.
Kirby Cove
Kirby Cove
4.8
(4)
Kirby Cove, San Francisco
Rate
20 minute drive from San Francisco and the most fabulous view of Golden Gate Bridge and the SFO skyline. Bit of a hike to the beach but worth it for the privacy.
Lands End Lookout
Lands End Lookout
4.8
(4)
680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco
Rate
Good beach
Lagunitas
Lagunitas
4.8
(4)
Lagunitas, CA 94938
Rate
No need to travel too far out of town for the ubiquitous dating app photo of you holding the fish you just caught. California Department of Fish and Wildlife allows fishing in all seven of the Marin water district reservoirs with a license.
Lake Merced Park
Lake Merced Park
4.7
(3)
Skyline Blvd & Harding Rd, San Francisco
Rate
Great Place
Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt
4.7
(3)
Lake Merritt, Oakland
Rate
Lake Merritt is the perfect spot to run in the evening with company
Bass Lake
Bass Lake
4.7
(3)
Bass Lake, CA
Rate
Unofficially dubbed the best swimming lake in Point Reyes
Lake Anza
Lake Anza
4.7
(3)
Lake Anza, California 94708
Rate
Snag one of the 13 reservable sites for a picnic, take a dip in Lake Anza
Pescadero Beach
Pescadero Beach
4.7
(3)
Pescadero Beach, California 94060
Rate
A beach that’s popular with bird watchers and has some great fishing spots.
Fort Funston
Fort Funston
4.7
(3)
Fort Funston Rd, San Francisco
Rate
Long sandy and quiet beach with plenty of hiking nearby and popular with dogs.
Rodeo Beach
Rodeo Beach
4.7
(3)
Rodeo Beach, California 94941
Rate
It’s a 30 minute drive from San Francisco but one of those beaches that is just so unique with colorful pebbles and almost secretive mysterious location.
Capitola
Capitola
4.7
(3)
Capitola, CA
Rate
Beautiful beach ! Lovely town
Martin's Beach
Martin's Beach
4.7
(3)
Martin's Beach, California
Rate
A beach with good shade available, considered one of the best beaches in San Mateo County.
Devils Slide Beach
Devils Slide Beach
4.7
(3)
Devils Slide Beach, California
Rate
A 300 yard long state beach with gorgeous cliffs and a friendly space for nude bathers.
Spreckels Lake
Spreckels Lake
4.5
(2)
Spreckels Lake, San Francisco
Rate
Less crowded than stow lake but larger lake! Maybe a bit less dramatic. Yet its ideal for a nice walk and people watching on a Sunday morning!
Mission Pool
Mission Pool
4.5
(2)
1 Linda St, San Francisco
Rate
If you are going to brave an outdoor pool in San Francisco, it only makes sense that it be in the Mission, where the temperature is always at least five degrees warmer than any other neighborhood.
Hamilton Recreation Center
Hamilton Recreation Center
4.5
(2)
1900 Geary Blvd, San Francisco
Rate
This indoor recreation center has been voted one of the cleanest and most popular public pools in the city and the children’s area is a huge hit with its swirly water slide. Enjoy family swim time Monday through Friday, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m., and Saturdays 1–3 p.m. Children have to be at least 48 inches tall to ride the water slide.
Richmond Swim Center
Richmond Swim Center
4.5
(2)
4300 Cutting Blvd, Richmond
Rate
Good place for the entire family to dive in.
San Ramon Olympic Pool & Aquatic Center
San Ramon Olympic Pool & Aquatic Center
4.5
(2)
9900 Broadmoor Dr, San Ramon
Rate
Even if it’s outside your area code, this outdoor water wonderland is well worth a day trip for some serious summer fun. The huge pool complex offers an amazing splash pad featuring slides and shooting water, an Olympic-size pool with a goosebump-inducing water slide and a medium-sized pool perfect for tubing or kick-boarding around.
Terra Linda Community Center and Pool
Terra Linda Community Center and Pool
4.5
(2)
670 Del Ganado Rd, San Rafael
Rate
Non-swimmers can spend a happy afternoon in the toddler pool here with it’s fountain sprays and spouts while parents relax on loungers nearby.
San Pablo Reservoir
San Pablo Reservoir
4.5
(2)
7301 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante
Rate
Decent place to relax and chill
Mcnears Beach Pool
Mcnears Beach Pool
4.5
(2)
201 Cantera Way, San Rafael
Rate
This feels like more of a getaway than any other community pool, since it’s located right on the coast and also offers a rocky beachfront, sandy patches to dig and build, and even a fishing pier. The two pools—a main pool and a shallower toddler pool—are fenced in and clean, and only open during the summer months. A snack bar serves up hot dogs, ice cream, chips and candy, and a small video arcade offers some indoor fun.
Rinconada Pool
Rinconada Pool
4.5
(2)
777 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto
Rate
This pool has all the fun of the beach without the sand. The toddler pool can keep kids happily splashing for hours with its gentle gradient and myriad water features. There’s a slide, a jetty, water jets, a mushroom style waterfall, and some very cool aqua-bicycles with water squirts
Fair Swim Center
Fair Swim Center
4.5
(2)
1350 Bacchus Dr, San Jose
Rate
This is a perfect spot for kids to get acquainted with swimming. Surrounded by a large grass field, picnic areas and lots of shade, the little ones can splash away in a shallow pool with beach entry that has a fun mushroom waterfall. There’s a slightly deeper pool with a squirt gun designed for recreational swimming. In addition, there’s a spacious lap pool. Bring a picnic and settle in to enjoy the hot summer days.
Marinwood Community Center
Marinwood Community Center
4.5
(2)
775 Miller Creek Rd, San Rafael
Rate
The double-flume waterslide is just one of the draws of this pristine community pool. Grassy area for picnics, a smaller pool dedicated to little ones 7 and under and poolside lounge chairs and umbrellas make this a perfect place to camp out as long as the SPF lasts. To get in on the crowd-free morning tot sessions (the 3 hours prior to open rec swim), you must become a member or purchase a punch pass.
North Beach Pool
North Beach Pool
4.5
(2)
661 Lombard St, San Francisco
Rate
North Beach has two pools: one cool, for lap swimming, the other warm for family fun. Set at 85 degrees and 3 feet at its shallowest, the warm pool is perfect for young swimmers.
Lake Chabot
Lake Chabot
4.5
(2)
Lake Chabot, California
Rate
A great place for the entire family
Lake Temescal
Lake Temescal
4.5
(2)
Lake Temescal, Oakland
Rate
a nice hidden gem in the urban sprawl that is Oakland
Phoenix Lake
Phoenix Lake
4.5
(2)
Phoenix Lake, California 94904
Rate
One of the most gorgeous Lakes on Planet Earth!
El Cerrito Swim Center
El Cerrito Swim Center
4.5
(2)
7007 Moeser Ln, El Cerrito
Rate
This outdoor pool complex has three distinct areas: A lap pool, a shallow pool with fountain for playing around, and a splash pad. Heated locker room floors are just one of the many perks of this impressive public pool
Herkner Memorial Pool
Herkner Memorial Pool
4.5
(2)
1315 Madison Ave, Redwood City
Rate
When Herkner opens its gates, it’s the official sign that summer has come to Redwood City. This popular solar-heated outdoor pool hosts a 45 minute baby session at noon Monday to Saturday to allow swimmers under five to get used to the water without too much splashing
Rengstorff Park Pool
Rengstorff Park Pool
4.5
(2)
201 S Rengstorff Ave, Mountain View
Rate
Weekends here are busy with families enjoying everything this pool has to offer. Surrounded by parks and playing fields with BBQ grills that can be reserved ahead of time, this child-friendly pool has a shallow area, a swim zone and a slide. There’s limited lap swimming, and once the morning swim lessons are done, the open swim hours are 1-3:15 p.m. during the week and 1:30-6 p.m. at the weekend.
Morgan Hill Aquatics Center
Morgan Hill Aquatics Center
4.5
(2)
16200 Condit Rd, Morgan Hill
Rate
With two large waterslides, a water play feature, splash pad, diving boards, a full size competition pool and another pool for free swim, this is the hottest place to stay cool in the South Bay. There’s a grassy area with palm trees around the perimeter of the pool and lots of loungers, so stake out your spot and stay the day.
Sava Pool
Sava Pool
4.5
(2)
2695 19th Ave, San Francisco
Rate
Named after a famous local swim coach from the 1940s, Sava Pool is clean and well maintained and has an outdoorsy feel thanks to its glass ceiling and windows; special noise-reducing equipment keeps the echoes down. The water is four feet deep at its shallowest. Recreation swim times are Fridays 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays 12:30-2 p.m. and Sundays 1-2:30 p.m.
Westmoor High School Swimming Pool - Giammona Pool
Westmoor High School Swimming Pool - Giammona Pool
4.5
(2)
131 Westmoor Ave, Daly City
Rate
This gorgeous pool, which is part of the Westmoor High School, opened in 2010, and has been raved about ever since. It’s clean and warm and has a diving board and viewing deck, spacious locker rooms, plenty of showers and a handy spin dryer for all those soggy swimsuits you’ll be taking home.
Mill Valley Recreation
Mill Valley Recreation
4.5
(2)
180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
Rate
Everyone loves this sparkling-clean indoor pool with its big windows and retractable roof for warm summer days. Little ones feel right at home splashing and playing in the shallow “cove” area where wide steps descend gradually into the water, and for kids 48 inches tall, the spiral water slide is always a big hit.
Hamilton Community Pool
Hamilton Community Pool
4.5
(2)
203 El Bonito Dr, Novato
Rate
This beautiful eight lane pool was revamped in 2010 and has a fun activity pool with a play structure and slide. Surrounded by lawns and sun loungers and with a great view of the bay, this pool is a perfect summer escape.
Shoreline Lake Boathouse
Shoreline Lake Boathouse
4.5
(2)
3160 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View
Rate
Beautiful scenery, a wide paved trail, and ample parking in the middle of the week. Wish there was a little more shade.