Celebrate dad this year with some outdoor activities!
Visit the Dow Wetlands Preserve in Antioch. The Wetlands features miles of trails, observation decks, benches, and beautiful views of the Delta. Made up of 471 acres of undeveloped land with a 30-acre beaver pond and grasslands, visitors can spot beavers, river otters, minks, and over 130 species of birds that live in the preserve. The main entrance is located on 10th street near the Dow main gate or visitors can use the entrance at the Antioch Marina parking lot. Both entrances are located a few blocks from the Amtrak station, making it an easy getaway!
Plan a nature walk at Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline. The shoreline park offers visitors a variety of experiences and includes nature walks, sports fields, bocce ball courts, bike trails and ponds. The marsh is the quiet area of the park and home to a wide variety of animals and wildlife. Take dad fishing in Carquinez Straits where you can catch striped bass, sturgeon, shark, flounder, and catfish. A California state fishing license and stamps are required to fish from the shore and can be purchased at the marina bait shop! The Martinez Amtrak station drops visitors off right at the Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline entrance. After your nature walk, grab lunch or dinner at one of the small businesses located in historic main street. Several restaurants are offering outdoor dining and take away.
Grab some local food and plan an urban picnic at Jack London Square in Oakland. Place your order at Belcampo Meat Co.,Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine, Forge Pizza, Miette Patisserie, Plank Oakland, or Rosenblum Cellars and find a cozy and relaxing spot on the waterfront. Enjoy a late lunch or early dinner with the family, bask in the bay breeze and finish the day with a relaxing sunset walk along the waterfront.
Grab your bike, get onboard and spend the day biking along the Sacramento River and American River. The bike trails are endless in downtown Sacramento and very easy to access from the Sacramento Valley train station. Enjoy the 9-mile Sacramento River Parkway Trail or the 32-mile Jedediah Smith Bike Trail, which is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, and plenty of space to stop, rest and enjoy the scenery. Standard full-size bicycles can be carried on and stored onboard Amtrak San Joaquins. For more information on our bike policy visit our website.
Check out downtown Fresno and make it an art day. Home to several breathtaking murals and public art pieces, the whole family can enjoy a day filled with art. All murals and sculptures are walking distance from the train station, making it an active and relaxing way to spend time with dad. For a map and teaser of all the murals, visit dowtownfresno.org.