San Mateo is both a city and a county on the San Francisco peninsula. San Mateo County stretches from San Francisco Bay to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The county covers most of the peninsula south of San Francisco to north of Santa Clara County. San Mateo offers plenty of outdoor activities, including: 17 separate parks, three regional trails and numerous other county and local trails encompassing 15,680 acres (courtesy of the San Mateo County Department of Parks.)
There are many outdoor highlights in San Mateo County, including Coyote Point, a 600 acre park located on San Francisco Bay. There is a small museum, the Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education; it is an environmental science and wildlife center with a number of interactive displays geared towards children. The museum also houses a number of native wildlife residents. Additionally, Coyote Point offers outdoor recreation and picnicking. There are many other attractions throughout San Mateo County, some have been highlighted in other posts, but they include: Burlingame Museum of Pez Memorabilia, Filoli, Hiller Aviation Museum, Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and many more great places.
San Francisco International Airport is located in northeast San Mateo County. Also located in San Mateo County is the City of Colma, which is known as being primarily a city of the dead, as it is his home to over 17 cemeteries. The living population of Colma is outnumbered by the deceased residents many thousands to one. Other highlights of San Mateo County include Half Moon Bay, Redwood City (the county seat), and Foster City, which is built completely on engineered landfill in San Francisco Bay.
The many neighborhoods of San Mateo County offer some great local dining opportunities. Check out some of the great neighborhood restaurants in Belmont, San Carlos, Burlingame, Pacifica, Redwood City, and more.