6 more places in the East Bay to take advantage of Transit Month deals

Marina Park in San Leandro is a beautiful spot to have a picnic and relax. Photo courtesy of BARTable staff.

In addition to last week's 6 places in the East Bay to take advantage of Transit Month deals, this week we're giving you six more places you can make the most of BART's plus AC Transit's discounts this month. BART is offering 50% off fares on Clipper, and AC Transit is providing Fare-Free Fridays. When combined, East Bay riders can save a lot of money when taking public transit this month!

Editor's Note: Please wear a mask while riding BART. Before you travel, use our Trip Planner to get estimated arrival and departure times. Learn what to expect when you return to BART here.

The food hall at Emeryville Public Market. Photo courtesy of Emeryville Public Market.

Emeryville Public Market

BART to: MacArthur | AC Transit via Lines 36, 57, J, (F walking distance) 

Emeryville's Public Market has been around since the 80s, but several years ago the market had a major renovation and upgrade. The market includes a number of retail shops, housing, and even a barber shop, but it’s best known for the trendy fast-casual dining hall. Currently 16 eateries are open, including sustainable Mexican spot C Casa, fried chicken purveyor Minnie Bell’s Soul Movement and vegan ice cream shop Mr. Dewie’s Cashew Creamery.

The San Leandro Marina. Photo courtesy of BARTable staff.

San Leandro Marina

BART to San Leandro | AC Transit via Line 35

Head to the San Leandro Marina for two yacht clubs, three Marina restaurants, a waterfront hotel, park and picnic areas, and the Shoreline Trail. Marina Park is something the whole family can enjoy. The very center of the park features a long stretch of grass usually occupied by soccer players and picnickers, and there are barbeque areas on its perimeter where local families gather on weekends. It can be the perfect place to view a sunset (don’t forget to bring a windbreaker!). For a workout, the peninsula is lined with small exercise stations. If you’re just there for the views, look to the left and find a stretch of the original landscape of the Bay Area — wetlands and mudflats that provide a home to native birds.

Robert W. Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda. Photo courtesy of AC Transit.

Robert W. Crown Memorial Beach and Crab Cove in Alameda

BART to: 12th St/Oakland City Center or Fruitvale | AC Transit via: Line 20, (W weekday), (21, 51A, O walking distance)

This well-maintained sandy beach runs for several miles along Alameda’s bayfront. If you’re a birder, the southernmost portion is a wildlife sanctuary with good shorebird viewing. If you want to have some fun with the family on the water, you can rent a windsurfer, kite board or stand-up paddleboard. And at high tide, Crab Cove is quite pleasant for swimming on a hot day; the water is warmer than most beaches around the Bay.

Spirits Alley in Alameda. Photo courtesy of Kate McCaffrey.

Spirits Alley in Alameda

BART to: 12th St/Oakland City Center or Lake Merritt | AC Transit via: Line 96

The site of the old naval base in the westernmost edge of Alameda was once a symbol of industrial decay; now it’s a place for booze and revelry. Spirits Alley currently is home to several breweries and distilleries who’ve inhabited the massive warehouses and hangars left behind and remodeled into serving some of the best-known alcohol in the Bay Area. Despite being as close to the geographic center of the San Francisco Bay as land can get, there is tons of outdoor space to roam around and drink in the many tasting rooms and beer gardens. Plus, on a nice day, you get some of the best and closest views of San Francisco the East Bay can offer.

Mia’s Dream Come True: All Abilities Playground in Tennyson Park in Hayward. Photo courtesy of 510 Families.

Mia’s Dream Come True: All Abilities Playground

BART to: Hayward or South Hayward (walkable from South Hayward) | AC Transit via: Lines 41, 86

A family-friendly urban oasis in the middle of a residential neighborhood in south Hayward, Mia’s Dream Come True: All Abilities Playground in Tennyson Park welcomes all with a unique design that is part Disneyland and part Alice in Wonderland. The all-accessible playground is adorned with a fire truck donated by the Hayward Fire Department, a mini-airplane representing nearby Hayward Airport and a miniature Hayward Cannery water tower which doubles as a lookout. The story behind the colorful playground is as inspiring as its design: the parents of Mia Vazquez, a 10-year-old girl born with a severe form of cerebral palsy, teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and local institutions and donors to create a space for children with and without disabilities to enjoy equally.

Central Park in Fremont. Photo courtesy of Silicon Valley Family.

Central Park in Fremont

BART to: Fremont or Warm Springs/South Fremont (walkable from Fremont) | AC Transit via: Lines 215, 239

Smaller and lesser known than its New York City counterpart, Central Park in Fremont is nonetheless the beating heart of the city and local communities. Central Park surrounds Lake Elizabeth, an artificial lake named after Fremont’s sister city in Australia and provides acres of green space for families and friends to hang out and exercise. The park has many amenities, from BBQ picnic areas, a skate park, a dog park, tennis courts, and much more. A fun fact: BART runs underneath Lake Elizabeth and Central Park connecting San Jose and Milpitas to the rest of the Bay Area.

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