California isn’t known for its consistent sunshine and wonderful weather for no reason. And although the Tri-Valley has been ranked one of the best places to visit in the United States for its perfectly comfortable weather (amongst other awesome reasons!), we’ll admit that sometimes the sun can get the best of us. Luckily, there are plenty of fun things to do to beat the heat locally. Read below for 11 ways to escape super hot days in the Tri-Valley.
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The Tri-Valley is home to two gorgeous lakes which allow visitors to participate in fun water-activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and stand-up paddle boarding.
Lake Del Valle is a 5 mile long secluded body of water, nestled within Del Valle Regional Park. Surrounded by large valleys of beautiful oak trees, visitors can swim in a designated beach area, launch their own water vessels at the marina, or rent a boat or pontoon for a few hours or the whole day. FYI – cell phone service is very limited, so be prepared to unplug for the day!
Shadow Cliffs Lake is another close-by recreational area, perfect for swimming, fishing and boating. Just a few minutes from the freeway, Shadow Cliffs is easily accessible with plenty of parking, shaded areas and picnic tables. Swimming is permitted year-round, but life guards are only provided during the summer season.
The Dublin Wave is a brand new addition to the Tri-Valley, opening its doors in 2017. This aquatic recreational center is full of fun water activities like a water slide tower, swimming and sport pools, and a kid-friendly water playground. During especially hot summer days, find asylum from the heat in the Dublin Wave‘s indoor pool or at one their shady pool-side picnic tables.
Robert Livermore Community Park in Livermore is also a wonderful place to take a dip; its complete with swimming pools, a water slide, and an interactive aqua playground for kids.
The Tri-Valley is sometimes called “the sunny side of the bay”, which is why so many of our community parks also include water features to help visitors stay cool on hot days. Some of these parks equipped with this perk is Sycamore Valley Park in Danville (pictured), Diablo Vista Park in Danville, Shannon Park in Dublin, and Val Vista Park in Pleasanton.
Bring your swimsuits, a blanket, and a picnic and find a spot at any of these parks to hang out under some shady trees.
What better way to cool down than embarking on an ice cream journey throughout the Tri-Valley? Our Ice Cream Trail is a nationally acclaimed assortment of 14 unique ice cream shops in the Tri-Valley, all with their own unique twist on this delicious dessert! From instantly frozen ice cream rolls to donut ice cream sandwiches, knock two birds out with one stone satisfy your sweet tooth all while cooling down!
Not only can you chill out with these yummy treats, but you can also win a Tri-Valley Ice Cream Scooper when you visit 5 stops on the trail! It gets better, this summer we’ll not only give you a scooper, but we’ll also donate $5 to Valley Humane Society!
Visiting a museum opens doors to new experiences and worlds outside of our own. Blackhawk Museum in Danville has an extensive automotive gallery but it also features several cultural exhibits, like “The Spirit of the Old West” and “Into China“. Located in the beautiful Blackhawk Plaza, you can even shop and grab lunch or dinner after exploring exhibits.
Pleasanton’s Museum on Main features rotating exhibits while also preserving the Amador-Livermore Valley’s past. This unique glance into the history of the Tri-Valley tells a story of Ohlone Indians, the introduction of cattle and agricultural industries, and how this growth made today’s Pleasanton possible. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Pleasanton, there’s plenty of shopping and great restaurants to visit afterwards.
Dublin Iceland is an obvious contender for cool places to go to beat the Tri-Valley heat. Lace up your ice skates (or rent them there), and head to this popular ice rink open year-round.
Kristi Yamaguchi (National World, and Olympic Champion) did much of their training at this local facility!
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Escape the heat while shopping your day away at one of Tri-Valley’s various shopping centers. The San Francisco Premium Outlets is not only an international shopping destination, but it is also covered by shaded palm trees and large awnings. Take a stroll through this sprawling outdoor mall, stopping into stores for the occasional A/C break, or grab an ice cream at Amorino Gelato or a Rita’s ice cream kiosk.
Visiting the Stoneridge Shopping Mall is also a fun shopping altnernative. This indoor mall has plenty of big-name brands and is an air-conditioned haven on warm days.
Air conditioning, comfy seats, and matinee pricing are all reasons to escape to a movie theater on hot days. Century Blackhawk Theater, in Danville not only features reserved premium seating, but it’s close by to the Blackhawk Plaza where you can grab a bite to eat, visit the Blackhawk Museum, or spend some time shopping.
Lastly, The Vine Cinema & Alehouse in Livermore (pictured) is located in the heart of downtown, has comfortable seating including some couches and side tables, and provide scrumptious small bites as well as local beer and wine options at their concessions stand.
The Tri-Valley Beer Trail is a growing community of 21 breweries, taprooms, and alehouses in the Tri-Valley. Not only can you cool down pub-hopping with ice-cold beers, but you can also win a gold-rimmed Tri-Valley Beer Trail pint glass or a Tri-Valley Beer Trail T-shirt when you visit 10 stops on the passport!
The Firehouse Arts Center (pictured) in Pleasanton features several rotating art exhibits but also hosts performances in music, poetry, theater, comedy, film and more. This spacious 20,000 sq. ft. art venue has a 2,000 sq. ft. fine arts gallery, a 221-seat theater, and an expansive classroom space.
Danville’s Village Theater & Art Gallery is as much of an art-venue as it is a historical monument. Built in 1913, the Village Theater has previously served as a meeting hall, basketball court, autopsy room, and even a skating rink before it was converted for its current purpose in 1987.
The Bankhead Theater in Livermore is often called the heart of Livermore’s vibrant cultural arts community, equipped with a 507-seat theater fit with a large stage used for live music, dance and theater performances as well as lectures, civic events and conferences. It’s large lobby is home to a gallery featuring rotating artists.
If you’re looking for a fun indoor activity, put the pedal to the metal at K1 Speed in Dublin (pictured). The competition might get heated, but the facilities will be comfy and cool. After you’ve crossed the finish line, check out its museum-quality collection of authentic racing memorabilia.
Another option is Umigo Racing in Livermore. In between laps, check out its arcade, bocce ball court, and RC car track!