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Attractions

For those visitors wanting to explore all the history and entertainment that Northern California has to offer, staying in San Mateo places them in the epicenter of all the action. Check out the expansive list of activities below.

San Mateo County Expo Event Center
The Bay Area's top destination for events, meetings, promotions, and special events. 195,000 sq. ft. of facility sizes from small meeting space up to the only 100,000+ sq. ft. exposition hall outside of San Francisco. 

Hillsdale Shopping Center
The finest collection of department stores and specialty shops in the Bay Area. Nordstrom, Macy's, and Sears, plus 130 specialty stores and restaurants. 

Wax Museum of Fisherman's Warf
Thomas Fong built the museum in 1963. Exhibits span four floors with over 200 figures in elaborately staged scenes, with costumes, props and lighting, carefully constructed to authenticate people at the peak of their fame.  

Ripley's Believe It or Not?
Two floors and over 10,000 square feet filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable!  

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point
Brings children and families up close with the natural world. Offering the tools to question and explore the world: interactive science exhibits, hands-on and explorative school and public programs, and up close encounters with native California animals.  

Cartoon Art Museum
Home to over 6,000 pieces of original and cartoon and animation art, a comprehensive research library, and five galleries of exhibition space.  

Half Moon Bay
The historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses. Local beaches and parks can be accessed by pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians. Golf can be enjoyed at two of California's finest courses. The City and coastside are home to numerous nurseries and farms. The Pumpkin Festival held in October draws hundreds of thousands of people to the coast to enjoy its panoramic vistas, fine cuisine, arts, crafts and genuine hospitality. 

Burlingame Museum Of Pez Memorabilia
Just 10 minutes south of SFO Airport you can enjoy reminiscing over yesteryear! 

Classic Toy Museum
In 2004 the Pez Museum created an addition to their facility dedicated to the classic toys we all grew up with. On display are many of your childhood favorites that are still popular today! Fun facts and original advertising artwork are part of the exhibits.  

Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum
A hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids. Envision a world where the 3Cs of 21st-century literacy - Creativity, Collaboration and Communication - inspire new ideas and innovative solutions.  

California’s Great America
The largest theme park has the most thrill rides in the entire state of California. Kidzville, Planet Snoopy, Live Shows, Boomarang Bay and More! Voted favorite theme park in California.  

Ano Nuevo State Reserve
The world’s largest mainland-breeding colony for the northern elephant seal. Watch in delight as these amazing creatures come to laze along the shore, mate, and give birth in the sand dunes, beaches and offshore islands. 

Hiller Aviation Museum
Dedicated to the dreams of flight – looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. The experience is educational and entertaining casting new light onto the technical innovations. 

Burlingame Museum Of Pez Memorabilia
Just 10 minutes south of SFO Airport you can enjoy reminiscing over yesteryear! 

Classic Toy Museum
In 2004 the Pez Museum created an addition to their facility dedicated to the classic toys we all grew up with. On display are many of your childhood favorites that are still popular today! Fun facts and original advertising artwork are part of the exhibits.


Zeum: San Francisco's Children's Museum
A hands-on, multimedia arts and technology experience for kids. Envision a world where the 3Cs of 21st-century literacy - Creativity, Collaboration and Communication - inspire new ideas and innovative solutions.

California’s Great America
The largest theme park has the most thrill rides in the entire state of California. Kidzville, Planet Snoopy, Live Shows, Boomarang Bay and More! Voted favorite theme park in California.

 
Ano Nuevo State Reserve
The world’s largest mainland-breeding colony for the northern elephant seal. Watch in delight as these amazing creatures come to laze along the shore, mate, and give birth in the sand dunes, beaches and offshore islands.  

Hiller Aviation Museum
Dedicated to the dreams of flight – looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. The experience is educational and entertaining casting new light onto the technical innovations.

 
Merv Griffin Performing Arts Center
Part of San Mateo High School the Marv Griffin Performing Arts Center seats 1,600 guests and is located in the middle of the campus. 

Coyote Point Park
Traveling with children – this 670-acre park is an oasis of dragon themed playgrounds, small animals zoos and picnic areas.  Only a mile from our location.   

Coyote Point Yacht Club
Located at Coyote Point Park, this is a membership-based yacht club.  It is equipped with a fuel dock, lounge and space for events for members and their guests.

 

 

GOLFING

There are several challenging and gorgeous golf courses within minutes of the hotel.  Although this list in not inclusive these are our favorites (all of which are no more than 1.5 miles from the property:  

Poplar Creek Golf Course

Poplar Golf Course     

Mariners Point Golf Center

Peninsula Golf & Country Club

 

 

RESTAURANTS

While staying with us at the Super 8 San Mateo you can find many restaurants in the area to satisfy your palette, from American Cuisine, Indian, Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese. Mouth watering dishes to feed your hunger. Her is a list of our favorites:

 

231 Ellsworth (650) 347-7231 Acqua Pazza Ristorante Italiano (650) 375-0903
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria (650) 342-9392 Bombay Garden (650) 548-9966
Bow Thai Cafe (650) 340-8424 China Bee Restaurant  (650)  348-1889
Clay Oven (650) 346-9194 Espetus Churrascaria (650) 342-8700
Kentucky Fried Chicken (650) 579-7271 Kingfish (650) 343-1226
Little Sichuan Restaurant (650) 345-9168 New York Pizza (650) 344-3444 
North Beach Pizza (650) 344-5000 Pancho Villa Taqueria (650) 343-4123
Pizza My Heart (650) 344-4123 Quiznos (650) 579-4914
The Melting Pot (650) 342-6358 Viognier (650) 685-3720