Summer Bucket List 

By Hailey Abdilla 

  1. Stargazing–Warm summer nights provide the ideal weather for stargazing and the bays almost always clear skies in the summer permit for some pretty incredible views. Unfortunately for us, the light pollution can be pretty bad here so for the best stargazing you’ll probably have to get out of your neighborhood. Some of my favorite spots include Pigeon Point Lighthouse, the Marin headlands, Henry Coe State Park, and Castle Rock. 
  2. Attend a Concert–There really is nothing better than spending the evening with a couple friends screaming your hearts out to your favorite songs. The Bay Area hosts some of the best concerts so you’re bound to find something you’re into. Some upcoming concerts scheduled for the Bay Area include the High Sierra Music Festival, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Outside Lands Festival. 
  3. Camping–Summer is a time to slow down and recuperate, what better way to do that than to enjoy some time in the woods. California has some gorgeous woods and coastline and a plethora of campsites to choose from. Some favorites of mine are Butano State Park, Costanoa, and Henry Coe.   
  4. Go to an Amusement Park–Roller Coasters are a summer staple and there is no shortage of thrill rides at the bay’s plethora of amusement parks. The Beach Boardwalk is a must visit with roller coasters such as the Giant Dipper and Mouse Trap while Great America is home to more thrilling rides such as Flight Deck and Drop Tower. 
  5. Visit the Beach–Too often I find myself taking my proximity to a beach for granted. I know that senior Kendyl Brower is going to miss warm beach days when she’s in New York attending NYU this upcoming fall. Checkout senior Sophia Christensen’s summer article where she ranks the best beaches in our area. 
  6. Go to a Museum–Now hear me out, I think that museums get a bad rap, they’re super interesting! California has such a rich history and so many unique and intriguing museums to explore. I recommend visiting the Oakland Museum, the Hiller Aviation Museum, and the Lindsay Wildlife Experience. 
  7. Visit a Carnival–Carnival food truly can’t be beat and summer carnivals are sure to leave you with that warm feeling of childhood summer nostalgia. The Bay Area has a surprising amount of summer county fairs including the Alameda County Fair in June, the Santa Clara County Fair in July, and the Sonoma County Fair in August. 
  8. Go Roller Skating or Bowling–Lacing up a pair of skates or some super stylish bowling shoes always puts me in a good mood. Some of my favorite memories with my friends have been made at the bowling alley and there are a lot of accommodations available for painfully bad bowlers. Roller skating is another fun activity that is sure to leave you and your friends gazing in awe at each other’s skills or more likely laughing at each other. Some favorites of mine are Bowlmor Lanes and Aloha Roller Rink. 
  9. Watch the Sunrise–While the early morning wake up call can be brutal, grabbing a coffee and heading out to watch the sunrise is truly unmatched, and the perfect start to a great summer day. Some of the best places to watch the sunrise are West Cliff, Twin Peaks, and Hawk Hill. 
  10. Attend a Baseball Game–We are lucky to live so close to two MLB teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. While one is obviously better than the other (the one that rhymes with biants), watching a baseball game live is a classic summer experience. I recommend taking the train to a Giants game to get the true MLB experience, and don’t forget the hotdog at the ballpark.