San Carlos

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#3 in Best Places to Live in San Mateo County

The City of San Carlos also known as the “The City of Good Living” is an interesting community, blending beautiful and unique residential neighborhoods,  a lively downtown and array of great things to see and do from museums and art galleries to breweries, parks, reserves and more. The small city is also home to numerous wineries such as Cuvee Wine CellarsDomenico WineryFlying Suitcase WinesRussian Ridge Winery, among others. A majority of the wineries are within walking distance of Caltrain and each other and can all be visited in one day.

The city is home to the San Carlos Airport, as well as the Hiller Aviation Museum, a kid-friendly museum specializing in helicopter and aviation history.

Furthermore, plenty of shops are in abundance along Holly and Laurel Streets, San Carlos Avenue, and El Camino Real.

Click here to learn more about San Carlos.

Things To Do In San Carlos

Things to do, Parks, Recreation, Trails, Tennis Courts, Museums, Dinning and More

THINGS TO DO

Hiller Aviation Museum

The Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to showcasing the history of Northern California aircraft and helicopters. Situated at the San Carlos Airport, the aircraft history museum was founded by Stanley Hiller 1998 and features fascinating exhibits with more than 50 aerospace vehicles and graphic displays documenting the history of flight. Exhibitions include a replica of a Hiller XH-44 the first coaxial helicopter to fly in America; the front end of a Boeing 747; a Grumman HU-16 Albatross – the first of its kind to circumnavigate the earth; and a NASA AD-1 oblique wing research aircraft. The Hiller Aviation Museum is open seven days of the week and can be rented for special events and functions.

San Carlos Museum Of History

The San Carlos History Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the history, development, and creation of San Carlos by collecting, exhibiting and displaying a variety of artifacts, items, and memorabilia related to the history of the city. Located in Downtown San Carlos in a beautifully restored building that was San Carlos’ first firehouse, the museum’s collection features artifacts from the first settlers in the area such as tools, clothing, maps, photographs, literature, and mementos. There is also a rich collection of pictures from the late 1800s and early 1900s and an antique full-size fire engine on display. The Museum of San Carlos History is open on Saturday afternoons and admission to the museum is free.

Cuvée Winery Tasting Room

Cuvée Wine Cellars is an urban artisan winery in the heart of industrial San Carlos that produces limited releases of Bordeaux-inspired wines. Named after the French term for a blend of wines, Cuvée Wine Cellars began with home winemaker Paul Rogersville’s passion for producing quality wines and has grown into one of the region’s top wineries. The winery produces several varietals using the highest quality California grapes from the top growers in the area, including the Flocchini Vineyards, Alegría Vineyard, Monson Vineyard, Regan Vineyards, Sauber Vineyards, Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, and Saralee’s Vineyard.

PARKS

Parks & Recreation promotes well-being and enhances the quality of life for local residents through a range of parks, facilities, and educational and entertainment programs and services.  We are focused on creating recreational opportunities that bring friends and families together to have fun and build lasting memories in the City of Good Living.

Arguello Park

ADDRESS:260 Wellington Drive

PHONE:(650) 802-4382

AMENITIES:

  • Available to Rent / Reserve
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Grass Area
  • Picnic Table
  • Playground
  • Restrooms

Arguello Park Aerial Photo

Burton Park Play Structure

 

Cedar Street Neighborhood Park

ADDRESS:100 Block of Cedar Street

PHONE:(650) 802-4382

Cedar Park Play Structures 2

 

Chilton Park

ADDRESS:48 Bayview Drive

PHONE:(650) 802-4382

Chilton Park

 

City Hall Dog Park

 

Crestview Playground

 

Big Canyon&Eaton Park_3-11-17-1661

 

Frank D. Harrington Park

ADDRESS:759 Laurel Street

PHONE:(650) 802-4382

AMENITIES:

  • Outdoor Stage
  • Picnic Table

 

Laurel Street Harrington Park

 

Heather Dog Exercise Area

 

Highlands Park

ADDRESS:2600 Melendy Drive

PHONE:(650) 802-4382

AMENITIES:

  • Baseball Diamond
  • Grass Area
  • Picnic Table
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Soccer Field

Highlands Field

 

Hillcrest Circle Park

ADDRESS:280 Hillcrest Road

PHONE:(650) 802-4382

AMENITIES:

  • Basketball Courts
  • Grass Area
  • Picnic Table
  • Playground

Hillcrest Circle

 

Laureola Park

ADDRESS:503 Old County Road

PHONE:(650) 802-4382

AMENITIES:

  • Baseball Diamond
  • Basketball Courts
  • BBQ
  • Bleachers
  • Grass Area
  • Picnic Table
  • Playground
  • Playground (Tot Lot)
  • Restrooms
  • Soccer Field
  • Water Feature

Laureola Park Playground

 

North Crestview Property

 

SC Neighborhood Park Play Equip

 

Vista Park

TRAILS

Big Canyon and Eaton Parks  offer more than 73 acres of natural open space in the city with many trails to explore.  The trails are equipped with trail heads, directional signs and entrance kiosks with trail maps, which were added as part of the Trail Wayfinding Project in 2017.The Big Canyon and Eaton Parks Trail Map brochure provides information about the habitat and wildlife, park rules, trail use guidelines and a detailed map of the trails throughout the parks.To report any safety hazards along the trails, please call Parks & Recreation at (650) 802-4421.

Big Canyon-Eaton Park

TENNIS COURTS

Burton Park Tennis Courts Re-Opening Following San Mateo County Health Order Mandates:

The San Mateo County Health Official is allowing tennis facilities to re-open if they are actively managed and monitored; and if social distancing and other strict procedures are met.  The tennis courts at Burton Park will re-open as of June 1st.  As we move forward, we will potentially add more date and time options as we are able.  The below reservation policy and safety guidelines reflect protocols and measures taken by the City of San Carlos to allow for safe operation of our tennis courts.  We know that you’re excited to play again!

For more information, please email [email protected].

Schools, City and Community

Info and Links

SCHOOLS

San Carlos contains 10 primary and secondary schools. One of the best schools is White Oaks Elementary School, with a rating of 10. White Oaks Elementary School has 385 children. Public schools in San Carlos are part of San Carlos Elementary. The population of San Carlos is 29,851. San Carlos Elementary enrolls 11% of the population of San Carlos.

CITY OF SAN CARLOS

City of San Carlos Website
https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/home
Garbage and Recycle
https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/departments/public-works/solid-waste-garbage-service
Parking Permit
https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/departments/public-works/services/apply-for-a-permit/parking-permitOnline Paymentshttps://www.cityofsancarlos.org/i-want-to/payPermitshttps://www.cityofsancarlos.org/residents/permits

Jobs

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/departments/administrative-services/human-resources/current-job-openings

Park and Recreation

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/departments/parks-and-recreation

Current Projects

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/residents/current-projects

Community Events

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/residents/community-events-1527

Youth and Adult Community Sports

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/departments/sports-new

Sheriff’s Office

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/departments/sheriff-s-office

Boards and Commissions

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/boards-and-commissions

City Council

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/city-council

City Treasurer

https://www.cityofsancarlos.org/government/city-treasurer

REVIEWS BY RESIDENTS

San Carlos is blessed with great weather throughout the year. All of North, South and Easy bay are easily accessible making our daily commute very easy. The neighborhood has quaint downtown full of restaurants with excellent food and ambience. Even the new apartments being built by the Laurel street and the Caltrain station are aesthetically pleasing. SC is full of Redwood and other large trees. Edgewood park is close by and great for hikes and picnics. Trader Joe’s, Lucky, Home depot, TJ Max, etc are close by. Access to highly rated schools, downtown book shops, SC Youth center makes it perfect for kids too!

Equidistant from SF, South and East Bays opening up a lot more job options compared to the rest of the bay, Beautiful downtown with wide range of restaurants. Johnston’s Saltbox, Pazzo, Cusinett, My Breakfast House, Susie Cakes, Boba guys, Red Hot Chilli Pepper are some of my favorites!

Extremely safe, residential neighborhoods with great schools. White Oaks Elementary and Central Middle School both have 10/10 ratings.

Strong community feel. Neighbors are super friendly and helpful. Charming homes with distinctive styles. Trader Joe’s, Lucky (supermarket), Home Depot, Tesla Supercharger are all close by. Many local book stores with lots of weekend activities for kids. Sunday farmers’ market is something to look forward too.

We’ve lived in San Carlos for 4 years now and love it more each year, especially since starting a family. We love the walkability to restaurants, grocery store, Burton Park, story-time at the Reading Bug, world class live Jazz at Savanna Jazz, great library, and so many family-friendly activities. We love the engaged community feeling here, and the down-to-earth people who live here. It feels charming and close-knit but with lots of things to do. There’s even a brewery (Devil’s Canyon) and winery in town, with Friday evening food trucks at the brewery. There’s also a ton of convenient stuff nearby like a Home Depot, San Carlos Airport, Hiller Aviation Museum, and In-N-Out.

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