8 attractions you should visit in San Mateo County - With photos & details

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Top 8 attractions to explore in San Mateo County

just south of San Francisco and home to the world-renowned Mavericks surfing competition.  The county seat is Redwood City. he county's built-up areas are mostly suburban with some areas being very urban, and are home to several corporate campuses.

Año Nuevo State Park1 New Years Creek Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Outdoors- Other
Forests
National Parks

Año Nuevo State Park is a state park of California which are known for their pinniped rookeries. Located in San Mateo County. The reserve contains a diversity of plant communities, including old growth forest, freshwater marsh, red alder riparian forest and knobcone pine forest.

Butano State Park1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Budget Stays
Outdoors- Other
Forests
Hill Stations
National Parks

This is a state park of California showcasing a secluded redwood-filled canyon. The park features miles of hiking trails, 21 drive-in campsites, and 18 walk-in campsites, restrooms and more. Guided nature walk and weekend campfire programs are offered during the summer.

Filoli Historic House & Garden86 Cañada Road, Woodside, CA 94062, USA
Outdoors- Other
Iconic Buildings

Filoli is a country house set in 16 acres. It was built for Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn II. Now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is open to the public now.

J V Fitzgerald Marine Reserve200 Nevada Ave, Moss Beach, CA 94038, USA
Beaches
Outdoors- Other
National Parks

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a marine reserve in California on the Pacific Ocean. The reserve is a 32-acre holding which extends from Montara light station at the north to Pillar Point on the south. The reserve consists of a three-mile stretch of beach.

Pescadero State BeachPescadero State Beach, California 94060, USA
Beaches
Outdoors- Other

Pescadero State Beach is alongside in the route of San Mateo County California. The beach has a mile-long shoreline with sandy coves, rocky cliffs, tide pools, fishing spots, and picnic facilities. Across the highway are Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve, a popular spot for bird watchers and other naturalists.

Pigeon Point LighthousePigeon Point Lighthouse, Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA
Beaches
Lighthouses

It is a lighthouse built in 1871 to guide ships on the Pacific coast of California. It is the tallest lighthouse in the area. It is still an active Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a California Historical Landmark.

Pillar Point Harbor1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA
Harbours

Pillar Point Harbor is a boat harbor created by a riprap jetty in San Mateo County, California. The contemporary hamlet is the site of a small cluster of resort hotels and restaurants, and the harbor is now used largely by pleasure craft.

Portola Redwoods State Park9000 Portola State Park Rd, La Honda, CA 94020, USA
Outdoors- Other
Forests

This is a state park that was located in San Mateo county.  There are so many things to see in and around the park and are the park's primary watercourses, and feature numerous tributaries.  It includes hiking trails, a small car-camping campground of about 50 campsites, four group campsites, and 6 trail sites at Slate Creek Trail Camp. Portola Redwoods State Park is also home to the site of Page shingle Mill.

Map of attractions in San Mateo County