Coyote Point Museum, which encompasses a lovely forested park
with picnic areas and a small playground, hummingbird and
butterfly gardens, exhibit hall and wildlife habitats, sits on a
hill overlooking San Francisco Bay. The animals in the wildlife
habitats are kept only because, for some reason, they cannot be
returned to the wild. My family also enjoys the swimming area on
the Bay. The buildings and grounds are open daily except
Coyote Point's focus is on the natural history of the Bay Area.
The museum sponsors many nature-related activities and arts
programs appropriate for young children. There are also trips, a
day camp in summer, and a wonderful docent program for older
A family membership at Coyote Point costs $45, which includes
unlimited admission for two adults and children under 21 from the
same household, a 10% discount at the museum store, and free
admission to over 200 science and technology centers nationwide.
The family membership is a great deal, especially if your family
frequents other attractions like Coyote Point. Reciprocal
arrangements in our area include: California Academy of
Sciences, Exploratorium, Lawrence Hall of Science, Tech Museum of
Innovation in San Jose, Monterey Bay Aquarium, the SF Zoo, and
the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.
For more information, contact:
Coyote Point Museum
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401-1097
Trip Report: Coyote Point Museum -- September 13, 1998
Coyote Point Museum was at its best on September 13 when we
visited. The weather was warm and sunny, but slightly breezy.
The sailboats were out in force on the bay and the airplanes
clearly visible over it.
Some of us picnicked outside before we met at the reptile exhibit
in the central hall. There, the sea turtles splashed away,
lizards lounged in large, lovely terariums, frogs frolicked, and
snakes slithered. It really was a remarkable assortment of
interesting, small creatures, displayed in a way that even small
children could easily view.
Our visit coincided with a Family Activity Day. Most of our
children enjoyed making frog houses and other crafts. Free-form
painting kept two of our youngest busy for at least half an
The presentation about endangered sea turtles was a little too
sophisticated for our mostly-young crowd. We had more fun when
we wandered out of doors to enjoy the air and see the gardens and
other live animals on display.
In general, Coyote Point's Family Day activities and special
events are well designed, well organized and well executed. By
the time you read this, the reptile and amphibian display will be
gone. But keep Coyote Point in mind for educational, thoughtful
recreation with a great view.
Trip Report: Coyote Point Museum -- January 11, 1997
It was a cool, somewhat overcast Saturday when our intrepid band
of mothers, spouses and kids convoyed over the hill to the Coyote
Point Museum. We stopped to fortify ourselves with brunch at the
Good Earth Restaurant, because we knew the weather was too cool
for a picnic and Coyote Point forbids food inside.
An understanding waitress expedited our service, and we arrived
at the Museum with plenty of time to re-arrange the Museum
store's diverse collection of rubber amphibians and stuffed
animals before proceeding to the Feeding of the River Otters.
Ignoring the slight chill, we followed our guide, Miriam, 10, who
had attended the museum's day camp this summer and knew her way
around, to visit the menagerie. We observed birds, mammals,
amphibians, and reptiles, all of which, Miriam informed us, are
kept at the museum because they cannot be released into the wild
for some reason, and some insects, which mostly serve as food for
menagerie denizens. Highlights of this part of our trip included
turning on and off the lights in the cages of the nocturnal
animals, turning on and off the sounds of the frogs, and
pretending to be burrowing owls in the cave under the burrowing
owl's cage. (The real owl even came eye to eye with the kids.)
At one, the Family Day activities began, and we arrived just in
time. At 1:10, the crafts room was empty and we started right in
on a variety of ocean-related projects. By 1:30, the room was
filled with children coloring, cutting, and experimenting. We
spent about an hour, and had not explored all we might have
wanted, when hunger pangs set in and half of us headed home. By
that time, the sun had come out, and if we'd had the energy (and
had brought along some food!) we'd have explored the lovely
grounds of Coyote Point. The others stayed to explore the