What to do and see in Millbrae, United States: The Best Places and Tips

September 24, 2017 Joeann Galban

Millbrae is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, just west of San Francisco Bay, with San Bruno on the north and Burlingame on the south. The population was 21,536 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Millbrae

1. The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Fifth Ave., San Mateo, CA +1 415-377-4700
Excellent
59%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 190 reviews

The San Mateo Japanese Garden

Japanese garden located in Central Park, a tranquil spot among the high rise buildings.

Reviewed By MJ B

Spot. Ahhhhh the bliss we feel when we come to this park. Our family loves coming here and we have been many times. The Koi fish, the sound of the water, the bridges, the Buddha’s and the magical flowers. There are days we just go and hang out especially on a beautiful sunny day. It’s not a huge garden but a pretty one!

2. Golden Gate National Cemetery

1300 Sneath Ln, San Bruno, CA 94066-2099 +1 650-589-7737
Excellent
88%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 39 reviews

Golden Gate National Cemetery

Reviewed By rubyprivate - San Bruno, California

Beautiful well-groomed cemetery. They do a great Memorial Day ceremony with military band to honor veterans, passed and living. I saw old soldiers from all branches of the military. Very, very respectful and patriotic. I spoke with a lot of veterans and military families. I love it and go every year.

3. Shorebird Sanctuary

Between 1404 and 1500 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010
Excellent
38%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Shorebird Sanctuary

Reviewed By mizaika - Burlingame, California

nice promenade along the water. The picturesque views really depend on the season. Late fall is when not that much water, so the view is rather sad. Better come in spring and summer. The weather is usually windy there. Some restaurants on the way. Lots of birds!

4. Devil's Slide Trail

Highway 1, Pacifica, CA +1 650-355-8289
Excellent
76%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Devil's Slide Trail

Reviewed By Aleksandr K

Awesome place to visit especially cycling to get there. My brothers and I would cycle from the north side of Pacifica to this spot. The paved road on the devil slide is very smooth. You can also take your car there. Park it on ether side and enjoy a walk full of views. Been here multiple time on my bike and car.

5. Bayfront Park

Old Bayshore Highway, Millbrae, CA 94030
Excellent
47%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Bayfront Park

Reviewed By ErikGjerstad - Millbrae, California

For airplane gazing I recommend the area between Millbrae Avenue and the SF Marriott Waterfront Hotel (2 hours free Shore Parking at North end of Marriott parking lot). The best hours are 11 am to 2 pm with a nice mixture of domestic and international planes. One can get really close to Runways 1R and 1L by the Millbrae Avenue end. This area has a lot of birds depending on the time of year and tide. I see more birds during low tide. The pathway south past the Marriott hotel to the Bird Sanctuary near Benihana Restaurant is scenic as well.

6. Sawyer Camp Trail

Skyline Blvd & Crystal Springs Rd, San Mateo, CA 94401, San Mateo, CA
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Sawyer Camp Trail

Tree-shaded trail stretching 12 miles.

Reviewed By Timothy Y - Redwood City, California

This trail is 6 miles each way along the Crystal Springs Reservoir for a total of 12 miles round trip.

The trail is paved throughout. I normally start on the Millbrae side and park at the top of Hillcrest by the freeway entrance. When you start there, the first 1.25 miles is all downhill. Remember that on the way back! ;).

The trail is fine for adults walking, but on weekends when its much busier, watch out if your hiking or biking with kids and they don't stay on the right half of the path. You'll get cyclists racing through there from time to time and you'll have to watch out for them not to get run over or cause an accident.

The San Mateo side is pretty flat. So during a nonbusy time, great for kids to bike if they just started learning.

7. The Centurion Lounge

San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 3, Near Gate 74, San Bruno, CA 94128
Excellent
50%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 128 reviews

The Centurion Lounge

Reviewed By Kenster777

A good Nice, comfortable, relaxing spot by gate 75. Clean decor. Morning visit. Lounge opened at 5am.
Free visit with amex platinum n two guest.
Hot food served at 5.35. Medium quality food
Scramble eggs
Hash browns mixed
Sausages
Quiche was cold
French toast
Greek yogurt with add tour own toppings of fruits n Nuts

Nice selection of wines avail.
Orange juice
Good coffee machine with cappuccino n express o avail.

Found only one shower room.
WiFi too but sfo free WiFi works in there anyway.

Washroom had nice bigger disposable hand towels n shoe shine machine.

Worth the free visit.

8. Coyote Point Recreation Area

1701 Coyote Point Dr, San Mateo, CA 94401-1001 +1 650-573-2592
Excellent
56%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Coyote Point Recreation Area

Reviewed By NancySF - Daly City

We went here with our 1 year old grandson to see the water, ducks and go to the playground. We didn't realize there was such a large play area for the kids there, but it was great. There is an area for the little ones and there is another area for the bigger kids. There were swings, slides, things to climb, etc. We happened to go on a very hot day which wasn't great because the slides were too hot to touch. There was a lot of ducks up on the grass which our grandson loved. We took a walk around and it was lovely. They have a little gift shop there with all sorts of things and they have some sort of indoor exhibit that you have to pay for which we skipped. There are lovely picnic areas and tons of picnic areas that you can reserve for whatever type of occasion. We all enjoyed it and will go back again when it's not quite so hot. There is a ton of parking, but on a weekend it can get pretty crowded. The fee to get in to the parking is $6.00.

9. SFO Museum

San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, International Terminal, Departure Level, Pre-Security, San Bruno, CA 94128 +1 650-821-6700
Excellent
41%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

SFO Museum

Created in 1980, SFO Museum was the first cultural institution of its kind located in an international airport. Granted accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums in 1999, the Museum has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features twenty-five galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum.

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

When we were at the San Francisco international terminal, we went to see the new exhibits at the SFO Museum.

This time the two were:
1) A Modern Approach - It was an exhibit of mid-century design.

2) From Print to Plate - This was where they take city prints such as Japanese and Indian cities and apply the print to make dinner plates, and other dish ware.

They were both interesting exhibits to see.

There was also the Fashion to Flight exhibit. This shows different fashions of the airplane staff wear when serving passengers on board the plane. It is organized by different decades so one can see the changes. We had seen this exhibit before.

10. Peninsula Museum of Art

1777 California Dr, Burlingame, CA 94010-3201 +1 650-692-2101
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

The Peninsula Museum of Art enhances the community and enriches lives through art and education, featuring outstanding artists of the Greater Bay Area with exhibitions, art classes for children and adults, special events, and working artist studios.

Reviewed By Bart C - Foster City, California

Very eclectic exhibits, but all well displayed in a small compass. Free museum, good volunteer staff, small shop. Best of all is the attached set of artists' studios, where the artists will happily chat with visitors. A nice addition to the Peninsula art scene.

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