What to do and see in Hayward, California (CA): The Best Free Things to do

January 25, 2022 Vergie Nakamoto

Hayward (/ˈheɪwərd/; formerly, Haywards, Haywards Station, and Haywood) is a city located in Alameda County, California in the East Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area. With a 2014 population of 149,392, Hayward is the sixth largest city in the Bay Area and the third largest in Alameda County. Hayward was ranked as the 37th most populous municipality in California. It is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–Fremont Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census. It is located primarily between Castro Valley and Union City, and lies at the eastern terminus of the San Mateo–Hayward Bridge. The city was devastated early in its history by the 1868 Hayward earthquake. From the early 20th century until the beginning of the 1980s, Hayward's economy was dominated by its now defunct food canning and salt production industries.
Restaurants in Hayward

1. Sulphur Creek Nature Center

1801 D St, Hayward, CA 94541-4434 +1 510-881-6747 http://haywardrec.org/129/Sulphur-Creek-Nature-Center
Excellent
92%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5.0 based on 38 reviews

Sulphur Creek Nature Center

Reviewed By TomJerali

What a great place to visit in the Bay Area. Nature at its best. Animals to see, stuff to learn. Enjoyable for the kids. Lots to learn. Great staff. Loads of fun. Cheap too.

2. Lone Tree Cemetery

24591 Fairview Ave, Hayward, CA 94542-1329 +1 510-582-1274
Excellent
47%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Lone Tree Cemetery

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, United States

We paid our respects at Lone Tree Cemetery. The cemetery has been in Hayward since 1868. It is 42 acres. It holds one of the oldest continuous Memorial day celebrations in Alameda county.

3. The Bistro

1001 B St, Hayward, CA 94541-4107 +1 510-886-8525 http://www.the-bistro.com
Excellent
53%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

The Bistro

4. Hayward Japanese Gardens

22373 N 3rd St, Hayward, CA 94546-6969 +1 510-881-6700 http://www.haywardrec.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Japanese-Gardens-100
Excellent
66%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Hayward Japanese Gardens

Reviewed By matthewdherz - Hayward, United States

Beautiful park with lots of benches and Koi Fish Pond with turtles. I go there sometimes to relax or meditate. Closes about 3pm.

5. Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

4901 Breakwater Ave, Hayward, CA 94545-3621 +1 510-670-7270 http://www.haywardrec.org/150/Hayward-Shoreline-Interpretive-Center
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, United States

We went for a walk in the wetland area of San Francisco Bay. This is a very pretty area. There is an interpretive center to tell one more about the area.

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