Introduction to San Leandro, California
The city of San Leandro is located in the eastern San Francisco Bay area (Alameda County, California), just south of Oakland and about 20 miles southeast of the city of San Francisco. The Oakland International Airport is about a five minute drive away. Discovered on March 20, 1772 and incorporated on March 21, 1872 (exactly one hundred years plus one day later), San Leandro is today a diverse city with a rich heritage and many cultural amenities including a 450-berth Marina, two golf courses and a large community library. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, San Leandro became widely known for its delicious cherries, giving rise to its annual Cherry Festival, first held in 1909 and still celebrated today.
San Leandro is able to boast an extensive park system consisting of 23 recreation facilities which include neighborhood parks, swimming pools and athletic fields. Three swimming pools and ten large group picnic areas are available for use.
Things to do in San Leandro
The San Leandro Marina is a full service marina with 455 berths and includes two yacht clubs, three restaurants, a waterfront hotel, two golf courses, a golf driving range, a par course, picnic areas, parks, wetlands, and a shoreline trail. Some of San Leandro's annual events include: the Cherry Festival & Parade, held during the first full weekend in June; Music in the Summer Air and Music at the Marina, featuring weekly concerts during the months of July and August; the Haunted Carnival, held in October; and various holiday programs held during the months of November and December.
Other Bay Area attractions can be found in nearby Oakland and San Francisco. A few of these are:
- Oakland California Temple.
- Oakland Zoo.
- Chabot Space and Science Center.
- Alice Arts Center.
- Preservation Park.
- Christensen Heller Gallery.
- Montclair Golf Course.
San Francisco area
- Japanese Tea Garden.
- Golden Gate Park.
- Cable Car Museum.
- San Francisco Zoo.
- Fisherman's Wharf.
Professional sports teams inhabiting the Bay Area include:
- San Francisco Giants (Majors).
- Oakland Athletics (Majors).
- San Jose Giants (Minors; Single-A SF Giants affiliate).
- San Francisco 49'ers (NFL).
- Oakland Raiders (NFL).
- San Jose SaberCats (Arena Football League).
- San Jose Sharks (NHL).
- Golden State Warriors (NBA).
- San Francisco Dragons (MLL)
- San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)