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Things to Do in Burlingame

The best opportunities for fun and enjoyment on the Bay.


Nestled in the heart of the San Francisco Bay area, Burlingame is a charming town that offers residents and visitors various things to do. From amazing views of the Bay to fantastic shopping and dining, everyone can find things to do in Burlingame. Read on to learn about outdoor activities and ways to explore the local culture in Burlingame.

Outdoor recreation

City of Burlingame Shorebird Sanctuary


The City of Burlingame Shorebird Sanctuary is a 200-acre preserve along the Bay. The sanctuary is home to various shorebirds, waterfowl, and other wildlife. Visitors can explore the refuge on foot or by bike and take in the beautiful views of the Bay.

Whether you are an avid birder or exploring the Bay for the first time, the Shorebird Sanctuary has something for you. In addition to bird watching, visitors can enjoy fishing, kayaking, and picnicking at the sanctuary. The sanctuary also offers educational programs for all ages on wildlife conservation and native plants.

Robert E. Woolley State Park


Robert E. Woolley State Park
is located in the heart of Burlingame and offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors. The park boasts over 10,000 acres of land with trails, picnic areas, and a beautiful lake. The park also offers a variety of educational programs on topics such as nature photography and environmental stewardship. Woolley State Park is the perfect place to explore if you are looking for outdoor activity.

Sawyer Camp Trail


In the mid-19th century, the Sawyer Camp Trail was the main thoroughfare between San Francisco and Half Moon Bay. Today, the six-mile trail segment forms part of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail. The Burlingame section of the trail is popular with cyclists, joggers, walkers, and equestrians. Before you hit the trail, bring your drinking water and check online for closures resulting from extreme weather conditions. 

Bay Trail


If you prefer a more extended outing or want a change, take to the Bay Trail. Spanning 500 miles in total, the Burlingame section of the trail connects with Redwood Shores to the south (start at Anza Lagoon and turn back around at Belmont Slough). The trail is especially popular for road biking, jogging, and birding, with uninterrupted views of the bay and its wildlife. Like Sawyer Camp Trail, the Bay Trail is subject to closures and detours, so check online before your trip.

Bayfront Park


Bayfront Park
is a popular local park with diverse activities and amenities. The park features two playgrounds, a picnic area, and walking paths, providing a safe and fun place for families to spend time together. A unique feature of Bayfront Park is the pier, where visitors can fish off the shore or stroll along the boardwalk. The park also has a grassy area ideal for picnics and sunbathing.

Arts and culture

Andra Norris Art Gallery


Among the best things to do in Burlingame, the Andra Norris Art Gallery showcases the work of local and international artists, featuring paintings, photography, sculpture, and more. Its varied collection features artwork from local artists and traveling exhibitions. The gallery hosts special events such as artist talks and workshops throughout the year.

Music in the Park


A community fixture, Music in the Park, takes place on select summer Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Washington Park. This summer, there will be four Friday concerts: June 30, July 14, July 21, and August 11. You can buy beer or wine to go with whatever food you bring. Featured artists play rock music, including a Beatles tribute band called The Sun Kings.

SFO Museum


The SFO Museum features a collection of artifacts, photographs, and documents related to aviation history. In addition to displaying artifacts from the airport's rich history, the museum offers educational programs for children and adults alike. The museum and library are great places for travelers to explore the rich history of San Francisco's airport and learn about the engineering feats that made air travel possible. The museum also offers monthly and rotating exhibits highlighting recent developments in aviation technology and history. Visitors can learn about how airplanes work and experience firsthand how planes have changed our lives.

Palace of Fine Arts


San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts is an iconic image — its Roman columns and pale pink hues recall European architecture at its finest. It’s also a park and events venue hosting frequent wedding receptions. Initially, the Palace was constructed in 1915 for an art exhibition, and the structure required restoration in the 1960s and ‘70s. Picnic on the lawn, catch a breeze, and capture the dramatic scenery on camera.

Peninsula Museum of Art


The Peninsula Museum of Art showcases works by renowned artists worldwide. The museum's permanent collection spans multiple centuries and genres, from traditional to contemporary art. Visitors can explore the galleries and participate in various activities, such as workshops and lectures. Whether you are interested in viewing classic paintings or modern sculpture or attending one of the many special events held at the museum, there is sure to be something of interest at The Peninsula Museum of Art.

Shopping

Morning Glory


Morning Glory
is a boutique located in Burlingame that offers an eclectic assortment of clothing, accessories, and gifts. The store's unique atmosphere and friendly staff will help you find the perfect item. The store offers clothing for women, jewelry, bags, and home décor, making it the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind items such as handmade soaps and candles, unique jewelry pieces, and even vintage finds.

Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury


Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury
specializes in offering a wide range of high-quality fashion and accessories. The store features a selection of clothing and accessories from some of the best international brands. In addition to offering a wide variety of stylish fashion pieces, Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury also has a large selection of unique vintage pieces and rare finds from around the world.

Madewell


Madewell
is a modern clothing store that offers a wide selection of stylish apparel and accessories. The store features classic pieces, such as jeans and t-shirts, and trendier items, such as dresses and jumpsuits. In addition to its excellent selection of casual and professional clothing, Madewell also offers a variety of shoes, handbags, and other accessories to complete any look. With a wide selection of high-quality pieces from leading designers, you can find something that fits your style and preferences.

Restaurants

Caffe Central


Situated in the heart of Burlingame, Caffe Central is where residents jumpstart their days with an excellent cup of coffee. The menu includes plenty of iced or chilled beverages when the weather gets steamy. The cafe’s Burlingame location is the first to offer vegan Buddha bowls (tofu, quinoa, assorted vegetables). The cafe’s infused tea bar is genuinely one-of-a-kind.

Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe


Located on bustling Burlingame Ave., Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe sits center stage in the town baking scene. Made fresh daily, the Danish pastries are a must-try for anyone whose diet permits them. Grab a pastry daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (except Sundays, when the bakery opens an hour later). The onsite restaurant serves breakfast and lunch; you can order extravagant specialty cakes for special occasions.

Il Fornaio Burlingame


Il Fornaio Burlingame
is an upscale Italian restaurant in downtown Burlingame offering a great range of authentic Italian cuisine in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The restaurant has a wide selection of classic dishes, including freshly made pasta and in-house baked bread. They also have a full bar with an extensive wine list and craft beers on tap.

Kincaid's


Kincaid's
is a local favorite for American food and drink. The restaurant specializes in fresh-off-the-boat seafood and succulent steaks, making it the perfect place for a romantic dinner or family gathering. The restaurant also offers an array of appetizers, salads, and desserts. Check out the diverse cocktail list if you're looking for a special night out.

Ristorante Rocca


Ristorante Rocca's menu features veal, chicken, seafood, and house-made pasta. They also have a full bar with an extensive wine list that showcases local wines from the San Francisco area. The atmosphere at Ristorante Rocca is warm and inviting, with rustic décor and cozy seating. Try classic Italian dishes with fresh ingredients and traditional recipes.

Stella


The neighborhood osteria, Stella, is perhaps the most romantic restaurant in Burlingame. Between their dinners, desserts, wines, and cocktails, Stella is suitable for all manner of celebrations. The new space features a horseshoe bar, private rooms, and a heated outdoor seating area. For dinner, take your pick from braised meats, risottos, pastas, and ragus. The knowledgeable servers are happy to recommend wines, while chef Matteo Ferrari brings a lifetime of experience to every dish. Remember to make reservations for your next fancy night out.

What’s next in Burlingame


There are plenty of things to do in Burlingame, making it the perfect spot to call home or even to purchase a second home, but finding the property that works for you requires the insights of the right real estate agent. An experienced agent such as Serena Conti, who knows the local market, can help you find the perfect home for you and the sale price and terms to suit your every need. Feel free to contact Serena with any questions or information about your home search.

*Header photo courtesy of Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe