Half Moon Bay Travel Guide


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Half Moon Bay Day & Summer Camps

Half Moon Bay Day and Summer Camps provide a wide variety of fun and educational opportunities for children of all ages. From sports and cooking camps to farming and horseback riding, you are sure to find something that will engage your child throughout the summer months.

Blue Moon Riding School

1820 North Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay, CA   (650) 726-9900

They offer an outstanding horseback riding lesson program in a beautiful ocean view location. Blue Moon Riding School teaches the English style of riding, emphasizing safety and development of a basic balanced position both on the flat and over fences.

They offer summer camp programs and schooling horse shows.  More >>

Camp Jones Gulch YMCA – Summer children's camp, family camp, specialty camps

11000 Pescadero Rd., La Honda, CA 94020     (650) 747-1200

In summer camp, kids have fun, develop new skills, make friends, and overcome challenges.

Family Fun Three Times a Year – Bring your family for a getaway where we take care of the planning, cooking and cleaning. You just show up and have fun. More >>

Coastside Childrens Programs

Several campuses throughout Half Moon Bay

The nonprofit agency has been serving children and families from diverse multicultural and socio-economic backgrounds since 1975. They administer child care and development centers that provide quality educational, recreational and skill-building activities through a preschool, and before and after school programs, as well as full-time activities during the summer.

Elkus Ranch ─  School Field Trips and Summer Discovery Day Camp

Half Moon Bay office, (650) 726-9059 ext 102

Explorer1.com Review ─ The Richard J. Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center providing unique hands-on learning experiences for Bay Area youth.  The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable, and the animals are entertaining and seem to tolerate young children — especially Cleo their mouse hunting cat. 

Demonstrations include edible plants, gardening, predator and prey exhibits and much more.  From my personal experience, children of all ages seem to really enjoy learning about farm life and being able to get up-close and personal the animals and digging into the garden.  Why do all kids love dirt?

Gymtowne Gymnastics Summer Day Camps

850 Airport Street, Unit 7, Moss Beach, CA 94038

Gymtowne Gymnastics’ summer camp program focuses on your child’s progression in gymnastics.   Our experienced coaches are happy to get your child tumbling with an eye toward the basics of fun and safety.  No prior skills are required.          


Ritz Kids Day Camp

One Miramontes Point Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019   (800) 241-3333

Every summer the hotel hosts a series of half-day Mon-Fri camps.   Themes vary from Kayaking, Scuba, Golf, Fencing, and Tennis.  More >>

Hidden Villa – School Field Trips, Day Activities, and Summer Camp

26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022    (650) 949-8650

Explorer1.com Review ─ Similar to Elkus Ranch, the Hidden Villa is a nonprofit educational organization that uses its organic farm, wilderness, and community to teach and provide opportunities to learn about the environment and social justice.

It is a great little farm with plenty for children to do and see.  It also has a great little creek running thorough it that is perfect for picnics and exploration. Hidden Villa stretches over 1600 acres of open space in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.  More >>

Moss Beach Ranch – Horseback-riding Camps for Children

1862 Etheldore Ave , Half Moon Bay, CA 94038    (650) 728-0700

Moss Beach Ranch offers horseback-riding camps for children ages 6-15, beginner through advanced intermediate, enjoy five days of English riding, vaulting, horsemanship, and more. More >>

What’s on Tap


Half Moon Bay Festivals & Events:

Coastside Summer Camp Fair at New Leaf Community Market

A perfect opportunity for families to learn about different local summer camp options for children of all ages. 

The HEAL Project Presents 7th Annual Spring Ahead

March 29th, 2017— This fabulous strolling supper created by the finest chefs on the San Mateo County Coast.

Discover the Secrets of Pescadero Marsh with guided walks

Highway 1, 1/4 mile north of Pescadero Road.  Pescadero Marsh docents lead nature walks in the marsh twice a month: First Sunday of the month at 10 a.m., and Third Sunday of the month at 1 p.m.

4th Annual Coastal Wildflower Day

A day-long festival celebrating the return of spring wildflowers and the start of California Native Plant Week.

Pacific Coast Dream MachinesApril 30, 2017 – 10am to 4pm

Rare and custom cars, motorcycles, military aircraft, and tractors at Pacific Coast Dream Machines in Half Moon Bay, California.

For more event information, click on our Festivals & Events page for Half Moon Bay.



Top Attractions:

Christmas Tree Farm Locations

Getting Your Family’s Christmas Tree Can Become a Cherished Family Memory and the Beginning of a New Family Tradition!

Winter is a Great Time to Visit the Coast!

Monterey, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay and Mendocino—Early Fall is generally some of the best weather on the coast. Plan a visit with your family or an escape for a romantic weekend.

Whale WatchingWhale Watching December through May

Half Moon Bay 415 474-3385

Oceanic Society provides boat tours to view the gray whales as they swim north along the California coast on their way to summer feeding grounds.


For more information on local attractions, click on the Half Moon Bay Attractions or Recreational Activities.




The Region’s Fall Advisories:

Traffic Conditions. During the pumpkin season, traffic in to and out of Half Moon Bay can be extremely challenging—especially during the Art & Pumpkin Festival weekend. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and arrive early and leave late. Go to www.caltrans.com to learn more about road conditions.

Yes, it’s still water, water, water! California is undergoing an extreme drought. If you are planning a lake vacation be sure to check about water levels. That rafting trip, fishing, or skiing can be impacted.

EXTREME fire danger. The drought has created a very dangerous combination of dry vegetation and no moisture in the air to help contain any fire. Please use extreme caution during your trip.