Fun Things To Do If You Have Run Out Of Ideas

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- Walk around Angel Island

- Ask a stranger for directions to the nearest park

- Attend a performance at Zellerbach Hall at the University of California in Berkeley

- Attend an Animation Film Festival

- Back the car up to a cliff-side view of the ocean and have a picnic in the back over-looking the entire Pacific ocean

- Bake Cookies

- Go to the student film festival at one of the universities

- Find a beach you have never visited yet

- Bed & Breakfast Inns

- Borrow a dog and take them for a run on the beach

- Build a roadside library box and fill it with your old bookstore-

- Buy a book at City Lights bookstore in San Francisco's North Beach

- Buy a pumpkin for Halloween in Half Moon Bay at Bob’s Pumpkin Patch

- Call into radio shows and see how much airtime you can get

- Camp, hike, bike ride, fish or whatever you like in Lake Tahoe (Several hours from the Bay Area)

- Check Out Art Galleries

- Climb a tree

- Collect stuff at the beach

- Crash a wedding reception at a Golf Club

- Dance to Salsa music in the Mission District of San Francisco

- Do an exotic jigsaw puzzle

- Do the “step-over” in a cross-walk

- Drive along Highway between San José and Santa Cruz See beautiful mountains, homes, redwoods and much more

- Drive Big Sur and stop at Nepenthe or the Post Ranch Inn

- Drive down every road in Napa and explore

- Drive scenic Highway from San Francisco to Santa Barbara

- Drive to the top of Mount Hamilton and see the Lick Observatory in San José

- Drop someone off at Alcatraz Island

- Eat Dessert

- Eat Good food

- Enjoy a beautiful summer day anywhere in the Bay Area

- Enjoy a California or Stanford basketball game

- Enjoy a performance or an exhibition at the Mission Cultural Arts Center in San Francisco

- Enjoy a sunset at any beach

- Enjoy camping on a beach south of Carmel Camping is available on beaches all the way to the Mexican border

- Enjoy international food and listen to music all weekend long during Tapestry and Talent in downtown San José

- Enjoy the beautiful homes and breathtaking coastline while driving from Pacific Grove through Del Monte ending in Carmel

- Enjoy the San José Jazz Festival at Cesar Chavez Plaza

- Enjoy the Santa Clara County Fair in San José

- Feed a homeless person

- Feed a squirrel

- Fish, drink a soda and eat calamari at the Santa Cruz Pier

- Flip some coins into a fountain

- Fly a glider over the farms of Monterey

- Fly acrobatic dual line kits

- Fly gliders

- Fly kites

- Flying Kites

- Foot Tickling

- Get a lifetime National Park pass and use it every month

- Get/Give a massage

- Go bike riding or just enjoy the flowers at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco

- Go boating in the San Francisco Bay

- Go Dancing

- Go dancing at the Top of the Mark in San Francisco

- Go dining with friends

- Go fishing off the Capitola Pier and enjoy the live jazz music on some weekends

- Go fishing off the Pacifica Wharf

- Go Furniture Hunting

- Go Hiking at Pescadero

- Go horseback riding near Uvas Meadows in San José

- Go People Watching in North Beach

- Go Roller Skating

- Go Sailing as ‘rail meat’

- Go sailing on the San Francisco Bay as a party filler guest

- Go shopping in downtown San Francisco There are too many shops to list Buy everything from fly-fishing gear to high-end fashions

- Go swimming

- Go swing on the Alta Plaza Swings on top of the hill

- Go to a bed and breakfast inn and pretend it is the 1800’s

- Go to a bonfire at the beach

- Go to a City Hall hearing and raise hell about an issue

- Go to a holiday buffet at the Cliff House

- Go to A Music Festival

- Go to A Restaurant

- Go to an Aquarium

- Go to annual Greek festival in San José

- Go to annual Italian Carnaval at San José's Holy Cross Church

- Go to Art Openings

- Go to brunch at the Awahnee/Majestic in Yosemite

- Go to Carnaval in San Francisco

- Go to downtown Los Gatos (Los Altos, Palo Alto, Burlingame, Sausalito, etc) and observe yuppies as they down $$$$ cappuccinos

- Go to Flea Markets

- Go to Japan town in San Francisco

- Go to MACLA in San José and see a Chicano art exhibit or performance

- Go to Matinees

- Go to Mitchell’s ice cream in San Francisco and get a hand-made ice cream

- Go to Museums

- Go to National Parks

- Go to Nordstrom's in downtown San Francisco and get your shoes shined

- Go to San Juan Bautista and visit the Mission and shop for antiques in a rural setting

- Go To The Beach

- Go to the Castro Theater in San Francisco and see a movie and an organ performance during intermission

- Go to the Century theaters and see an IMAX movie in San José

- Go to the DeSassait Photography Gallery at Santa Clara University

- Go to the Driving Range

- Go to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San José

- Go to the San José Museum of Art

- Go to the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk

- Go to The Secret Beach

- Go to the Stanford University Chapel for a performance of classical music

- Go to the traditional Thanksgiving Big Bone Game between Lincoln and San José High

- Go to the University of California at Santa Cruz to see the beautiful campus and redwoods

- Go to the world's largest flea market in San José

- Go water or snow skiing (gambling too) in Lake Tahoe (Several hours away)

- Go water skiing at Calero reservoir or at other great area reservoirs or lakes

- Go water skiing in the San Joaquin Delta

- Grab a cup of coffee at Java Beach and stroll the beach in San Francisco

- Haggle at Garage Sales

- Hang out at one of the many Silicon Valley watering holes in San Mateo to San José

- Hang out with the tourists at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf and Pier

- Have A Barbecue

- Have a BBQ at San José's Alum Rock Park

- Have a deadly caramel ice cream sundae at Fenton’s

- Have a doughnut at Rollo's in San José

- Have a night entirely lit by candles

- Have A Picnic

- Have a picnic at Stinson Beach

- Have a sandwich or coffee at Robert's of Woodside Woodside is just off Highway and is an affluent 'barb nestled in the forest. Maybe locals Joan Baez, Michelle Pfieffer or Neil Young will say hi

- Have a slice of pizza at Frida's Pizza in San Francisco's Mission District

- Have a steak at Original Joes in downtown San José

- Have a Taco at Taco Bell (on the beach) in Pacifica

- Have a tasty hamburger or a crepe at the Crepevine in San Francisco's Sunset District

- Have an ice cream at Ben and Jerry's on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco

- Have breakfast at the Pork Store in the Haight Ashbury in San Francisco

- Have coffee at Mr Toot's (by the beach) in Capitola

- Have lunch in downtown Mendocino Watch but out for the pot brownies!

- Have lunch in the quaint Saratoga Village near Big Basin Way or Congress Springs Road

- Have some corn on the cob or sushi at the San José Nihonmachi festival in Japan Town in San José

- Have some Japanese food in San José's Japantown

- Have some of the best pizza on earth at North Beach Pizza of San Francisco

- Have some of the best Vietnamese food in the Bay Area at Tu Lan on (sleazy)Street near Market Park yourself next to the cooks (my favorite spot) and watch the cooks perform

- Have Sunday brunch in downtown Carmel

- Hike in the magnificent Muir Woods

- Hike or picnic at Alum Rock Park in San José

- Horse Riding

- Hot Tubs

- House Tours

- Hugging

- Indulge in a holiday buffet at The Top of The Mark (Especially Christmas and Thanksgiving)

- Inspect the archives at the Chicano Center at San José State

- Inspect the studios of emerging artists during open studios in San José or San Francisco

- Jet Skiing

- Just look in the newspaper your bound to find a festival, performance or exhibit that is just right for you in the beautiful San Francisco Bay AreaKeep an eye out for whales near Davenport

- Kick back (really kick back) and enjoy some coffee in Santa Cruz at Cafe Pergolesi

- Lay in the sun

- Listen to Los Lobos or other performers at Santa Cruz's Catalyst

- Listen to music or dance in a club in San Francisco

- Look at photo exhibits

- Look at the stars

- Look on Goldstar dot com for fun deals

- Make a gift for a donation box

- Make a leaf pile and jump in it

- Make Dinner Together

- Make faces at strangers to make them laugh

- Night Picnics

- North Beach

- Open Studios

- Pick a quiet spot in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and have a picnic or toss the Frisbee

- Picnic along the secluded San Mateo Coast

- Picnic or play basketball at the San Francisco Art Institute You will enjoy a great view of Fisherman's Wharf from the roof top basketball court and cafe

- Plant a tree for a school

- Play cards

- Play Frisbee

- Play With Dogs

- Play with people’s dogs at the beach and hide dog kibble in your socks

- Practice Kissing

- Punch in “Parks” on your GPS and see where it takes yourself

- Refinish furniture together

- Relax and enjoy the cool ocean breeze at any beach during the summer

- Rent a houseboat on Shasta Lake Get a tan or go fishing

- Rent A Movie

- Ride your bike in affluent Woodside, Atherton or Hillsborough

- Say hi to ex-Mayor's Ron Gonzales of San José, Willie Brown of San Francisco or Jerry Brown of Oakland What are they up to this year?

- See a painting by Frida Kahlo at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

- See a special performance or contemporary art at Villa Montalvo in Monte Sereno

- See a Stanford or California football game

- See art or picnic at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco

- See Chicano Art at Galeria de La Raza in San Francisco

- See lowriders, Banda dancers, and much more, at the enormous San José Cinco de Mayo

- See motorcycle or auto races at Laguna Seca

- See Teatro Campesino perform La Posada in San Juan Bautista

- See the Cleveland and San José Ballet perform Take in a symphony, opera or ballet in San Francisco, San José or Oakland

- See the fish at San Francisco's Steinhart Aquarium

- See the Forty-niners play football in SF

- See the giant redwoods and amp at Big Basin State Park

- See the giant redwoods in Big Basin Park near San José

- See the San José Sharks (NHL)

- See the sea lions at the Pier in San Francisco

- See the sea otters and sea lions play at Cannery Row in Monterey

- Shoot pool

- Shop and play in Capitola

- Shop at Bloomingdale's near Stanford University and observe the yuppies

- Shop at San Francisco's Goodwill or Sak's Fifth Avenue stores

- Shop at Santana Row and make up stories about couples

- Shop in the Castro, Haight Ashbury, Mission, Noe Valley, Pacific Heights, Marina or any of the unique districts of San Francisco and watch the posers

- Shop or eat in San Francisco's Chinatown

- Sit in a sidewalk cafe and pretend to be a hipster or beatnik

- Sneak into Google and Facebook and eat all the free food

- Snuggle

- Soak in the bathtub

- Stop by the tranquil Hakone Japanese Gardens near Saratoga

- Stroll along secluded Agate beach in Bolinas

- Swing on each of the swing-sets on top of every hill in SF (This is one on each – Find them)

- Take a cable car ride in San Francisco

- Take a charter boat-fishing trip out of Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Monterey, Half Moon Bay or Berkeley

- Take a dip and enjoy a massage at one of the many hot tubs in Santa Cruz like the Well Within

- Take a Red and White boat tour of the San Francisco Bay

- Take a short walk to the Haight Ashbury District near Golden Gate Park

- Take a train to the Train Museum in Sacramento and back again

- Take an extension class at one of the many colleges in the Bay Area

- Take CalTrain from San José to San Francisco and back

- Take in Japanese Culture at the San José Obon festival Bring a fan and kimono and join the dance and procession

- Take photos in secluded Bodega Bay

- Take the Ferry to Sausalito

- Take time for a leisurely coffee or lunch in Santa Cruz's Pacific Garden Mall

- Test Drive Exotic Cars

- Tour the wine country and have some beer

- Try an open mic nightlife

- Try Harmonica Playing

- Try Massage with Feathers

- Try the Paddleboats in Golden Gate Park

- Visit Alaska

- Visit Angel Island in San Francisco Bay

- Visit Antique Stores

- Visit California's most beautiful Mission in Carmel

- Visit Dee Harley and play with the Baby goats at Harley Farms

- Visit Golden Gate Park

- Visit Point Reyes

- Visit Sanborn Park

- Visit the dramatic shoreline of Carmel

- Visit the Green Gulch Zen Center near Mill Valley Walk from there to the gardens to the beach where Alan Watts lived

- Visit the KPFA (lefty) studios in Berkeley

- Visit the San José Rose Garden (Before San José evolved to become the heart of Silicon Valley it was called the Garden City)

- Visit upscale galleries in downtown Carmel or San Francisco

- Volunteer to walk pets at the SPCA

- Walk by the Boats In Sausalito and see Carla Fiorini’s chrome boat crane on her boat

- Walk down the Napier Lane steps

- Watch for Bobby the Bobcat on Mt Tam and the glider point

- Watch out for firecrackers at San Francisco's Chinese New Years Parade

- Watch the Giants play baseball at the new Pac Bell Park in San Francisco

- Watch the Oakland Raiders play football at the Oakland Coliseum

- Wear formal wear to an informal event or just walk around Union Square in a tux like you are going to some big deal event

- While in San Francisco, get to the corner of Cole and Carl by taking the "N" Judah trolley from downtown

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