For visitors of San Ramon, the city’s main attractions are the outdoors and the wonderful vistas of the unique San Ramon Valley in which the city is located. As a result, hiking, biking, golfing, and horseback riding are at the top of visitors’ activities list. For those who enjoy activities other than the outdoors, the city’s attractions are shopping, dining, spas, and local events.
San Ramon is well known for its San Ramon Art & Wind Festival. The festival is scheduled usually on Memorial Day weekend on Sunday and Monday in San Ramon’s Central Park at 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Family-friendly activities such as professional kite flying demonstrations, more than 200 arts and crafts booths, variety entertainment on three stages, two large kids’ activity areas for free play, food booths and an early morning hot air balloon launch were the main attractions this year.
Visiting Mount Diablo State Park is a must if you have a day to spare. You can climb to the top of Mount Diablo for a panoramic view, visit the historic Visitor Center and Mitchell Canyon Interpretive Center, and hike around the park.
Visiting San Ramon would not be complete for the golfer in your group without a day spent on the links in full view of Mount Diablo. There are several golf clubs to choose from. The Bridges Golf Club at Gale Ranch is a beautiful, regulation-length golf course with 18-holes set in the shadow of Mount Diablo. Five sets of tee boxes make it ideal for beginning or expert golfers. The Bridges Golf Course, 9000 South Gale Ridge Road, San Ramon, CA 94583
San Ramon Golf Club also offers players 18-holes in a championship golf course with stunning views of Mount Diablo and its equally beautiful surroundings. The course takes over four hours to complete by walking or power carts. San Ramon Golf Club, 9430 Firecrest Lane, San Ramon, CA 94583
Canyon Lakes Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring spectacular views of Mt. Diablo and the San Ramon Valley. Canyon Lakes Country Club, 640 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon, CA 94583-4971
If you enjoy the outdoors, San Ramon will be a favorite. Year-round hiking, biking; water sports in the summer and skiing just a few hours’ drive away in the winter make it an ideal place to visit.
The four parks near San Ramon offer some of the best hiking and biking opportunities in the Tri-Valley area.
The Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve
Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve
Dublin Hills Regional Park
The city of San Ramon has more than 50 parks including the large, child-friendly Central Park on Alcosta Boulevard where the annual summer concerts are held. Central Park was rebuilt recently and now has a large and modern set of play structures for wall climbing, rope structures and similar athletic activities.
Of Historical Interest
Forest Home Farms is a volunteer-run organization whose goal is to preserve and protect San Ramon's historical buildings, structures, and landscapes. The historical farm with its surrounding 16-acre property was donated by the Boone family to the City of San Ramon. Along with the Glass House Museum, this historic park captures a unique time at the beginning of our city’s history. Tours and concerts run by Forest Home Farms give visitors a chance to view a slice of life from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Forest Home Farms, 19953 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, California 94583