Located in Alameda County, Hayward is a sunny little gem in the San Francisco Bay Area. From here, you can tour prestigious universities, see famous San Francisco sights or stay put and enjoy fantastic local shopping, dining, nightlife and family fun. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time while you’re in town.
1. Hayward Japanese Gardens
Marvel at 70 different plant and tree species at California’s oldest traditional Japanese Garden., featuring a waterfall, koi pond, and an oriental teahouse.
2. Garin Regional Park
Enjoy hiking, picnicking, fishing, gardens and the late-summer Garin Apple Festival at this lovely park, right next to Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park.
3. Hayward Regional Shoreline
Grab your binoculars and head to this unique stretch of the East Bay, which forms a salt marsh ecosystem for all sorts of fascinating bird life.
4. Mural Arts Program of Hayward
Designed to eliminate chronic graffiti within the city limits, this program gave rise to inspired artwork and eye-catching murals on the sides of buildings and other urban spaces.
5. Don Castro Regional Recreation Area
Swim in a refreshing lagoon or fish for bass, trout, and catfish, while keeping a watchful eye for turtles, deer and raccoons.
6. Sulphur Creek Nature Center
Introduce your child to the wonders of the natural world at this wildlife rehabilitation center, which treats hundreds of animals each year.
This comprehensive country club offers a well-designed 18-hole course, tennis lessons, cooking classes and plenty of scenic hiking trails
8. Mission Blvd. or B Street
Discover great shopping, bars, clubs, and grills lining both of these Hayward streets, where locals gather in big numbers.