By Caroline Johnston
When the weather begins to turn warm, after a long winter, Spring Break is the perfect opportunity to get out under the sun and make some memories. One super fun activity to do this spring is to take a trip to the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market, which takes place on Sundays from 9am until 1pm on Locust Street. The farmers’ market offers great produce, flowers, pastries, coffees, jams, honeys and much more. It is also a great way to support local businesses.
There are also several fun activities for nature lovers, such as hiking up to Mt. Diablo’s Rock City and having a picnic with your friends and family. Rock City is characterized by tunnels eroded into the rocks, and also features large boulders that you can climb and enjoy the great views of Mt. Diablo and the surrounding landscape. Another great activity for nature lovers is pedal boating in the Lafayette Reservoir. The pedal boats are available for rent at $15 per hour and seat four people. Although you can’t swim in the reservoir, you can still enjoy the incredible views and soak up the sun.
If you’re looking to get out of the Walnut Creek area, there are some great beaches not too far from here. One amazing beach is Baker Beach in San Francisco, which has breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge from its shores. Baker Beach is about an hour long drive from Las Lomas without traffic. Another beautiful beach is Half Moon Bay State Beach, which offers a long stretch of shore, perfect for those who love long walks on the beach. Although the water is chilly, you can still have a very pleasant beach day by flying kites and playing beach volleyball. Dogs are welcome at Half Moon Bay as well.
For those who opt to stay indoors, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is a great option. The conservatory holds a huge variety of flowers and other plants. Adult admission is $9 and youth (ages 12-17) admission is $6. Keep in mind, the conservatory is closed on Mondays. Golden Gate Park is also home to the Japanese Tea Garden, which features traditional architecture, koi ponds, and a zen garden. There is a Tea House located in the center of the garden which offers several different types of teas and light snacks. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Japanese Tea Garden, admission is free before 10am, but otherwise it is $9 for adults and $6 for youth (ages 12-17). The Bay Area is home to so many adventures waiting to be explored, so go out and have some fun.