Not sure how to spend Father’s Day with Dad this year? We’ve compiled a list of activities and destinations along the Capitol Corridor route between Sacramento and San Jose that Dads are sure to enjoy on their special day!
Northern California boasts a booming art and science scene, and there are plenty of museums along the Capitol Corridor route where you can spend a whole day experiencing interactive and engaging exhibits with Dad.
California State Railroad Museum
Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum has many attractions to delight every member of the family, especially Dad. Their exhibit halls include 21 meticulously restored “iron horse” locomotives, period decorated railway cars, a wooden caboose, and even a post office from the 1800’s.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Sacramento Station, which is just a 5-minute walk to the museum.
Oakland Aviation Museum
If Dad prefers planes to trains, the Oakland Aviation Museum has a collection of aircraft and aviation artifacts displaying the history of the aviation boom in the West Coast and across the US. With indoor and outdoor exhibits, along with an education room, a research library, and aircraft restoration areas, Dad can get a glimpse of aviation’s entrance on the world stage.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Oakland Coliseum Station. Transfer to AC Transit with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor conductor, and walk straight on Doolittle Dr. to get to the museum.
Oakland Museum of California
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) specializes in natural science and history and features more than 1.9 million unique objects representing the art of the Golden State. Exhibits highlight the many voices of Californians and their cultural heritage. Dad can look through microscopes, find hidden treasures, or even relax and watch a movie – perfect for the whole family!
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station. Transfer over to BART and get off at the Lake Merritt Station, which is just a two-minute walk to the museum. Discounted BART tickets are available for purchase in the Café Car of the Capitol Corridor.
49ers Museum presented by Sony
Your favorite Niner fan can’t wait for football? Dad can experience the 49ers all year round at the 49ers Museum, located at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. It features 11 unique galleries, interactive displays, and a Hall of Fame gallery where Dads can check out life-size statues of 27 49ers players and coaches in their signature poses, learn about the team’s 70-year history, and relive the memories of the 49ers’ five Super Bowl Championships.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Santa Clara/Great America Station, which is just a 5-minute walk to the museum.
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Touring and Cruising
You can’t go wrong by taking Dad on a cruise or city tour. With summer rolling in fast, the warmer temps (unless you’re in San Francisco!) will complement the al fresco theme.
Hop on the Capitol Hornblower for a fun and relaxing cruise with Dad. The one-hour river cruise in Sacramento features a guide narrating the history of the Sacramento River and the overall beauty of the area. Since it departs from Old Sacramento, you can also see many attractions and find great eats around this historic landmark and California State Park.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Sacramento Station, which is just a seven-minute walk to Old Sacramento.
USS Potomac Tour
Docked in Jack London Square near the Port of Oakland, this former Presidential yacht of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the USS Potomac, is a short and scenic stroll from the Jack London Square Station. Jack London Square boasts a wide variety of excellent waterside restaurants (and a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream!), so Dad can turn his visit to the “Floating White House” into a full-day excursion that begins and ends with a relaxing train ride.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Oakland Jack London Station, which is just minutes away from the dock of the USS Potomac.
Summer of Love Magic Bus SF Tour
To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, the Magic Bus Tour can take you and Dad on a two-hour trip through San Francisco on a colorfully painted bus with blowing bubbles, music, and a theater filled with psychedelic imagery. The tour starts from Union Square all the way to the Haight, and back.
Breweries and Restaurants
Treat Dad to a comfort food binge or a craft beer adventure on Father’s Day weekend! With Sacramento as the farm-to-fork capital, and the booming craft beer scene all around Northern California, take Dad out for a full day of utter gastronomy at a few of these local breweries and great eats.
Located in Oakland’s hip Uptown neighborhood, Drake’s Dealership is one of the most popular, local brewing companies in the Bay Area. There are over 30 beers on tap, which means Dad can test out his extensive beer portfolio while everyone shares a wood-fired pizza in the outdoor beer garden, where even Fido is welcome!
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the 19th Street Oakland Station, which is just an eight-minute walk to the taproom.
Fieldwork Brewing Company
Although this craft brewery does not feature a lot of food options, Fieldwork Brewing Company in Berkeley has a taproom that serves fresh batches of craft brews – great for Dad’s beer palate.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Berkeley Station. Fieldwork Brewing Company is about a 20-minute walk (1 mile) from the Berkeley Station, or a short ride by cab, Lyft, or Uber.
If you want to satisfy Dad’s mac n’ cheese craving, take him to Homeroom in Oakland. With so many variations of this classic, such as sriracha, buffalo chicken, and even vegan or sweet options, Homeroom has something for every Dad.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at Macarthur Station, which is just a nine-minute walk to the eatery.
Broderick Restaurant & Bar
Located across from the I Street Bridge, Broderick Restaurant & Bar in West Sacramento is known as the premier destination for gourmet burgers and cooking from scratch. Winner of the 2013 Sacramento Burger Battle People’s Choice Award, treat dad to one of the best burger joints in the Farm-to-Fork capital.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Sacramento Station. Walk across the I Street Bridge and stay on C St. The eatery/bar will be on your left on 6th St.
Why not take Dad out to the ball game? There are two games happening on Father’s Day – the Oakland A’s and Sacramento River Cats. The San Francisco Giants are not in town that weekend, but Dad can still enjoy the magic of this World Championship team by taking a tour of the world-class AT&T Park.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at the Oakland Coliseum Station, which is just steps away from the stadium.
Take the Capitol Corridor and get off at Emeryville Station. Then take the connecting bus service into San Francisco to Temporary Transbay Terminal. From there, you can walk to a SF Muni stop, and take the Muni to the ballpark. Discounted SF Muni tokens are available for purchase in the Café Car of the Capitol Corridor.