Kid-friendly camping moments away from San Francisco

One jewel I somehow missed for two decades is China Camp State Park. Just minutes away from the Golden Gate Bridge, on the shores of San Francisco Bay, China Camp has a bewildering variety of marshes, meadows, and groves, populated with all sorts of animals and birds.

Yeah? Big deal. That and an espresso will get you, umm, a relaxing espresso.

Okay. Even better are the kid- and adult-friendly things at China Camp. For starters, you can see the remains of a Chinese shrimp-fishing village. It boggles the mind, sitting there. One can almost hear the echoes of the thriving effort, in which lived nearly 500 people.

Not yet sold? Okay, here’s the best part: you can camp outside with kids and friends! Yes, camping without a lot of driving! Camping in the trees, with the cars a quarter-mile away. Reservations required.

You are so going to thank me when you get back into the city, unless you’re too relaxed.

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