With so much to see and do - and so many kid-friendly places to eat and play - Concord is the perfect getaway for a few days of family fun.
Grab breakfast at Denny's in Concord. Located near both the Hilton Concord and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, the diner is a convenient, family-friendly spot to enjoy a hot breakfast before you embark on your Concord adventure.
Visitors from all over the Bay Area head to Concord during the summer months to soak up some sun and fun at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. This expansive water park has something for everyone whether you’re looking to relax and chill or go for the big thrills. Older kids craving high-flying adventure, will love thrill slides like the Honolulu Halfpipe and the Cliffhanger. Splashwater Island, a colossal, multi-level play area is a great spot for kids of all ages, and everyone in the family can get on board with the Kaanapali Kooler, Breaker Beach and The Big Kahuna attracti.
Pixieland Amusement Park the ideal spot for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun for families with small children. A Concord institution since 1955, Pixieland will delight the younger crowd with favorite rides like the Antique Carousel, Red Baron Airplanes, Dragon Roller Coaster, and the famous Pixieland Express Train.
On cooler days (or any time throughout the year,) check out Pump it Up, a warehouse full of inflatable bouncy houses where kids can jump and play to their heart’s content. Families with older kids looking for a fun fitness challenge might want to check out Diablo Rock Gym, offering an impressive variety of indoor rock-climbing terrain for all levels.
Grab lunch or snack on site at the venue, or head over to Panera Bread in the Willows Shopping Center for some fresh soup, salad and sandwiches.
After a busy day, go old school and make your way to West Wind Drive-In movie theater for the Friday Night Double Feature. Complete with a playground and arcade, the venue is one of the few drive-ins remaining in Northern California. Open year-round, it combines a nostalgic movie-going experience with the latest digital technology for crystal clear picture and sound. Grab a bite from the concession stand, or Take along some grab-n-go from Kinder's BBQ on your way there.
Enjoy breakfast at Buttercup Diner, a Concord classic. Customers return time and time again for delicious, homemade menu items like their signature Eggs Benedict and create-your-own Omelets, Buttermilk Streusel Coffee Cake and Biscuits and Gravy.
From there, head over to Mount Diablo State Park where kids can discover Rock City, a fascinating geological spot where nature trails, sandstone caves, and boulders provide the perfect stage for playing and exploring. While the mountaintop attracts expert hikers and bicyclists, families will also enjoy driving to the summit for breathtaking views and the engaging visitor center (which houses the mountain’s actual summit!).
If you’d rather take a leisurely bike ride around the area, try the Contra Costa Canal Trail. This paved, mostly flat, multi-use trail winds along the canal’s edge through Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, and Martinez (14 miles total).
Concord is also home to a bounty of great, local parks. Check out Hillcrest Community Park’s 26 acres, including athletic fields, a model airplane flying area, and picnic spots. This park is also home to Matteo's Dream Matteo’s Dream, one of the few playgrounds in the nation that embraces children with sensory and other disabilities.
After your outdoor adventures, enjoy some leisurely afternoon shopping and strolling at the Sunvalley Shopping Center. The indoor mall is a family-oriented shopping, dining and entertainment destination with more 160 stores including the Disney Store, H&M, Uniqlo, Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, Round 1 Bowling & Amusement and many more.
Before you head out for the evening, head back to the Hilton Concord (or any of Concord's nine hotels) for a refreshing dip in the pool and relaxing soak in the spa.
If the kids have worked up an appetite, enjoy a nice dinner out on the town. The Old Spaghetti Factory in historic Todos Santos Plaza has been a family favorite for as long as their doors have been open. If pizza is more their speed, head over to Skipolini's, a Concord favorite, located just around the corner. After dinner, stroll the plaza with ice cream from Cream or Milano Gelato.