When temperatures rise and flowers start to bloom, the open road calls. Or at least the open bike path does. Little pedal pushers and their parents are all about getting outside and getting some exercise, and family-friendly bike trails in California provide the best backdrop for family cyclists. If you want to find out what spring biking in California is all about, read on to find out more about our top picks for the best southern California bike trails for families to enjoy.
Officially known as the Marvin Braude Bike Trail, this 22-mile trail in Los Angeles is perfect for families with both young and older children. The picturesque path goes from Will Rogers State Beach to Torrance County Beach and passes some great little towns along the way, including Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach.
Rincon Bike Trail
Located in Ventura County, this 3.6-mile bike trail runs along the sweeping coastline of SoCal. Roll past Rincon and view dolphins swimming along the shore as you cycle down the coast
Golden Gate Park
This San Francisco park is a safe place for the little ones to cycle. On holidays as well as Sundays, J.F.K. Drive is closed to vehicular traffic, leaving it safe and sound for young riders to explore.
Monterey Bay Coastal Recreational Trail
Don’t forget your camera because this area boasts some of Monterey County’s most breathtaking views. Enjoy lush cypress trees along the dramatic rock-kissed coast. For an early morning kick start, stop by Bright Coffee in Monterey to load up on breakfast!
Ballona Creek Bike Path
Located in Culver City, this bike path is great for parents with older kids as it offers many fun turns and dips. The breeze off of the Pacific is super refreshing on this eight-mile path.
Escape the urban sprawl of San Fran and head to Angel Island for the perfect family biking paradise! Explore the Perimeter Road, a six-mile trail that loops around the entire island.
Situated in Marin County and a short car ride from Fairfax is a two-mile lakeside loop designed for kids and adults. The pathway is super smooth, which makes it ideal for small scooters.
West Cliff Drive Bike Path
This brisk, three-mile path offers tons of scenic views and takes you past the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, a classic Cali amusement park right on the water. There is a historic lighthouse located at Steamer Lane that dates back to the 1960’s and houses a surfing museum.
Pacific Beach Boardwalk
You’ll find the classic Cali vibes when you cruise this boardwalk in San Diego. This five-mile path offers tons of restaurants and shops to check out.
Joe Rodota Bike Trail
Located in Santa Rosa, this 8.5-mile paved path wanders through a 14-mile wetland preserve that houses more than 200 types of wildlife.
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