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Crab Cove

1252 McKay near Central, Alameda, CA
+1 510-521-6887
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Fun Visitor Center for kids.

Very nice little Visitor Center in an unexpected location. Crab Cove is very much off the tourist... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
San Francisco
via mobile
great for children

this a park an rec site which offers education programs pertaining to the seashore withtngoing... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
San Francisco, California
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Fun family nature programs and Bay shoreline explorations, interactive exhibits and an 800-gallon aquarium displaying Bay creatures. Wheelchair access at low tide.
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good53%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“small crabs” (2 reviews)
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1252 McKay near Central, Alameda, CA
+1 510-521-6887
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Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Very nice little Visitor Center in an unexpected location. Crab Cove is very much off the tourist beaten path. But it's an interesting and fun place for locals, and maybe even an adventurous tourist.

Thank 7,268
Reviewed 22 March 2017

this a park an rec site which offers education programs pertaining to the seashore withtngoing exhibits and special programs

Thank alameagirl
Reviewed 4 February 2017

This is a fun spot to bring the family for a picnic on a hot day. The beach might be okay for wading, but I don't think I'd swim here. The water isn't dirty, but the San Francisco Bay just isn't a great swimming spot.

Thank 7,268
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful view of SF. BBQs and picnic tables available, first-come-first serve in one section. Closer to Crab Cove, areas can be reserved in advance w/capacity of at least 200 per site.

Thank 909Meeko
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

This is the best place ever, I am from Nevada but our son n law , daughter and granddaughter told us about this place the best sandwiches ever and will always go back when we can get that vacation . Go early because once those...More

Thank Susan B
Reviewed 2 September 2016

I took 6 kids to the beach, as we got there the tide was going down so slowly were able to walk in and get our feet wet. So check the tide before you go.

Thank Marta S
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Took my grandkids to this beach area and they actually found some small crabs and other fun things.. Nice safe beach area. Close to Crab Cove center.

Thank Judy W
Reviewed 27 June 2016

It's a bit surprising to find a place with such a peaceful small town feel hidden between busy airport, port and two busy cities (San Francisco and Oakland). Alameda also has mild weather, so when it gets really hot in East Bay - this is...More

1  Thank heckfy
Reviewed 4 May 2016

Crab Cove is one of the smaller of the fabulous East Bay Regional Parks - there are, I believe, 26 of them - but has a nice visitors Center, excellent naturalists, good programs, especially for kids, and a location right on the Oakland Estuary. There...More

3  Thank Gigi10ten
Reviewed 22 April 2016

My family and I moved to Alameda just about 2 years ago and even though the island is relatively small, we're still discovering wonderful places. Crab Cove just makes one proud to live on the island because it's a bit surreal that we have such...More

1  Thank Daniel H
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3 August 2015|
Response from papasock | Reviewed this property |
You can have dogs that are on a leash. THEY CAN BE ON THE LAWN BUT NOT THE BEACH. There is a fenced yard right next to the cove for small dogs and one for big dogs.