Burlingame, California is a quieter alternative to nearby San Francisco. With a picturesque spot on San Francisco Bay, this destination is a great choice for guests working with a limited budget. Use these tips to get the most out of every penny.
Check Out Local Green Spaces
Burlingame has several parks that offer ample green space for a quiet afternoon out without costing a penny. Washington Park is the oldest park in the city. The area that now belongs to the park was once part of the Gunst Estate. It still retains many of the majestic trees from that time. This park features a playground, picnic areas, and several sports courts. Converted from an elementary school, Pershing Park is now a public recreation area for young children.
Bayside Fields is a popular option for pet owners, thanks to its large dog exercise park. Located near several cheap Burlingame hotel destinations, this is a must-see if you’re traveling with a furry friend.
Sample Local Produce
The Burlingame Farmer’s Market takes place every Sunday between April and December. Stop by from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to browse the fresh local produce. Sample authentic California food products from these stalls, enjoy live music, and keep an eye out for the balloon man, who can craft colorful creations for children. Admission-free, this weekly event offers plenty to explore.
Explore Cheap Museums
Burlingame and the surrounding cities offer several engaging museums for visitors to check out. Stretch your travel budget by hitting up free or affordable museums on your visit. The Peninsula Museum of Art offers various rotating exhibits so there’s always something new to explore. Admission to this art museum is free.
The Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia is a local favorite. The building also houses the Classic Toy Museum and Banned Toy Museum for added fun. Regular admission is cheap at just $3 for adults. For an even better deal, visit on the first Thursday of the month when admission is free.
Hop on Free Transportation
The city of Burlingame has three free shuttles that will help you get to your destination without putting a dent in your vacation budget. There’s no need for a rental car in this city. Between the Burlingame Bayside Area Shuttle, Burlingame North – BART – Caltrain, and Burlingame Trolley, there are several complimentary options to get you where you’re headed. Many hotels, like the DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport, offer their own free airport shuttles as well.
Book Affordable Hotels
Cheap hotels are abundant in Burlingame. This city is a popular option for travelers looking to get a cheap hotel near San Francisco and other California highlights. While it’s ideal to book ahead for the best rates, you can get an affordable room even at the last minute when you know how to search. Hipmunk offers an app that will let you find cheap hotels on-the-go. Do your research to pinpoint the cheapest choices.
If you want to enjoy the California sun without spending a fortune, try Burlingame for your next visit.
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Mandi Rogier is a resident of sunny central Florida who regularly contributes to several travel blogs and websites and is a writer for Hipmunk’s City Love project. In her free time she enjoys visiting nearby theme parks, taking family road trips, and planning girlfriend getaways.