Discover exciting things to do in San Carlos, San Francisco, and beyond

When you book an affordable room or suite at the Country Inn & Suites, San Carlos, CA, you’ll enjoy easy access to top Bay Area attractions. Just a short drive away, you can browse top designer brands at Stanford Shopping Center, enjoy a couple’s outing to the beautiful Filoli estate, or learn more about Northern California’s history of flight at the Hiller Aviation Museum. Looking for things to do with your little ones? Don’t miss a stop at CuriOdyssey and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, both within 25 minutes of the hotel. A visit to the area wouldn’t be complete without a trip to see some of San Francisco’s top draws, from its bustling nightlife to world-famous attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, Alcatraz Island, and the “Painted Ladies” near Alamo Square.

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Oracle Park

19.63 mi / 31.6 km from the hotel
Not your typical ballpark, the San Francisco Giants’ home stadium features a wine bar, Ghirardelli chocolate stands, a sushi restaurant, and vegetarian offerings.

Stanford Shopping Center

7.02 mi / 11.29 km from the hotel
Shop more than 140 specialty stores like American Girl, Burberry, The North Face, and Tory Burch. Afterward, take a break from bargain-hunting to dine at one of nearly 30 on-site restaurants.

Cantor Arts Center

7.54 mi / 12.13 km from the hotel
Located at Stanford University, the Cantor Arts Center features 130,000 square feet of gallery space and an outdoor sculpture garden with works from Rodin. Admission is free, as are guided tours.

City of San Francisco

20.29 mi / 32.65 km from the hotel
See the Golden Gate Bridge, tour Alcatraz Island, and take a ride on a cable car to start your exploration of this storied city. Families won’t want to miss visiting the more than 1,000 species of animals at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens.

Crystal Springs Golf Course

7.14 mi / 11.49 km from the hotel
This beautiful golf course is situated within a 32,000-acre wildlife refuge and offers stunning views of the Crystal Springs Reservoir.


6.2 mi / 9.97 km from the hotel
This kid-friendly museum features abundant hands-on activities, from the outdoor Illusions exhibit to the Creature FEETures exhibit. CuriOdyssey also provides a home for more than 100 rescued animals that could not survive in the wild.

Hiller Aviation Museum

0.69 mi / 1.12 km from the hotel
The Hiller Aviation Museum displays more than 40 aircraft and features hands-on exhibits like a Boeing 747-100 cockpit, the Google Earth-powered Sky Portal, and the Imagination Playground.

Museum of American Heritage

7.53 mi / 12.12 km from the hotel
Dedicated to preserving innovations and technology from 1750 to 1950, the MOAH showcases more than 5,000 historical artifacts, including a monitor-top refrigerator and printing presses.

Palo Alto Art Center

8.38 mi / 13.49 km from the hotel
The Palo Alto Art Center hosts community events, offers art classes, and displays a collection of works by world-renowned and emerging artists.

The Tech Interactive

24.07 mi / 38.74 km from the hotel
Situated in the heart of Silicon Valley, The Tech Interactive museum engages guests from age three to 103 with hands-on exhibits and experiences like a build-your-own robot workshop and a virtual reality flight simulator.

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

24.17 mi / 38.89 km from the hotel
Learning can be fun at this premier children’s museum that combines art, science, and theater for an entertaining experience kids of all ages can enjoy.

Filoli Historic House & Gardens

3.78 mi / 6.08 km from the hotel
Set within a 654-acre estate, this Georgian-style mansion built in 1917 is surrounded by 16 acres of botanical and formal gardens that you’ll love to get lost in.