With its picturesque surroundings and community-focused areas, there are plenty of things for residents and visitors to do here in San Ramon. If you like the outdoors, you’ll really like it here with year-round hiking and biking; water sports in the summer; and skiing just a few hours’ drive away in the winter. San Ramon is a short drive to the beaches on the coast and close to inland water recreational areas with clear water and white sand beaches.
If you are an avid golfer, you have several courses 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 panoramic views of Mount Diablo and its surroundings. The course takes more than four hours to complete by walking or power carts.
San Ramon Golf Club, 9430 Firecrest Lane, San Ramon, CA 94583
Canyon Lakes Country Club has an 18-hole championship golf course, featuring spectacular views of Mount Diablo and the San Ramon Valley.
Canyon Lakes Country Club, 640 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon, CA 94583-4971
For History Buffs
The Forest Home Farms is a volunteer-run organization committed to preserving and protecting San Ramon’s historical buildings, structures, and landscapes. The historical farm with its 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 the 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 Boulevard, San Ramon, California 94583
Want to skate? The Golden Skate is a fun roller-skating rink for adults and children. The rink is actively used for free skating, ice hockey, parties and events.
The Golden Skate, 2701 Hooper Drive, San Ramon, CA 94583
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness is a large tract of wilderness with an expanded trail system for hikers and horseback riders to enjoy its remote and rugged areas. The park is spread over 5,342 acres and is an ideal place for spotting wildlife and birding.
Bishop Ranch Regional, San Ramon
The Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve is a smaller park near the San Ramon Valley subdivisions. If you are looking for quiet and solitude, you’ll find it here. The large natural preserve is a refuge for deer, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures. When you get to the top you’ll get treated to a fine view of the Tri-Valley area.
Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve
Sycamore Valley Regional Open Space Preserve spans two prominent ridges over a swath of rolling hills and valleys south of Mount Diablo. The park is rich in wildlife and is a birdwatcher’s paradise.
Dublin Hills Regional Park
Dublin Hills Regional Park is made up of natural grasslands and open meadows. A main ridge runs from the south of the Park to Wiedemann Hill to the north. Deep canyons slice through the park.
The city of San Ramon has more than 50 parks including the large, child-friendly Central Park on Alcosta Blvd where the summer concerts are held. Central Park was recently rebuilt and now has a large and modern set of play structures for wall climbing, rope structures, and athletic activities.
Other things to do include:
Riding, Las Trampas Stables, 18015 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon, CA 94583
Water sports, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area
The Arts, Thomas Kinkade Art Collectors Corner, 2441 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, San Ramon, CA
Relaxing and Rejuvenating
And finally, if you are looking for a quiet and serene place to refresh, San Ramon has many choices for you. The many day spas around the city offer massages, facials, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and other services to help you relax and rejuvenate.
For a different kind of meditation, you can take a yoga class to find that inner space to center yourself.