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 Fall Festivals & Events:

The Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-off—Oct. 8, 2018  7am to 11am

The gathering of titanic pumpkins try to capture the coveted title and share of $30,000 in prize money.

Welcome Back Monarchs Day – Sunday Oct. 14, 2018 from 11am to 4pm.

Natural Bridges SB in Santa Cruz welcomes the monarchs back.

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival—Oct. 13–14, 2018   9am to 5pm

Main Street, Half Moon Bay, CA

Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with rustic pumpkin patches, harvest-inspired arts and crafts, entertainment, contests, and activities. Admission is free.

Pumpkin Patches Along the California Coast  – Sept. and Oct. 2018

Half Moon Bay, CA – The coast transforms into a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local pumpkin farm…

MORE Half Moon Bay Halloween Celebrations  – October 2018

Half Moon Bay heralds in All Hallows Eve with Halloween inspired festivals and events….


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



Top Fall Attractions:

Pumpkin Patches Along the California Coast  – October

The coast transforms to a spooky, magical land of orange gourds. Create some great family memories by visiting a local pumpkin farm…

Fall 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 Watching – Whale 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 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.