Coyote Point was once an island separated from the mainland by a large salt marsh that was later filled in. Much of the 670-acre park is flat, except for a few knolls among eucalyptus trees that often reveal scenic overlooks of the marina, the remaining marsh, and the Bay. With an outstanding nature museum, several playgrounds, plentiful picnic...
Coyote Point was once an island separated from the mainland by a large salt marsh that was later filled in. Much of the 670-acre park is flat, except for a few knolls among eucalyptus trees that often reveal scenic overlooks of the marina, the remaining marsh, and the Bay. With an outstanding nature museum, several playgrounds, plentiful picnic areas, a beach, large lawns, and an accessible playground at the Eucalyptus Recreation Area, the park makes a great day-long outing for families. Adults can also enjoy a shooting range, marina, yacht club (not wheelchair accessible), and fishing jetty.
Except for the inaccessible Bluff Trail, which briefly sweeps around one of the park's highest points, a network of paved accessible trails, bike paths, and roads allows you to roam fairly easily. The Bay Trail
runs from Fisherman’s Park, just north of Coyote Point, to the park’s marina, then south another 2.5 miles to the San Mateo Bridge. For fabulous Bay views, be sure to visit the Merchant Marine Memorial and Marina overlooks, reachable from the paved trail behind the museum.
Situated on the east side of a tree-shaded knoll in the eastern part of the park, the CuriOdyssey Museum is a top-notch interactive science and education center that allows visitors to observe a variety of native California animals up close. Indoor exhibits include interactive displays, computer activities, videos, and films about Bay Area ecosystems. The open floor plan makes it easy to maneuver. In the outdoor animal habitats you can learn about and get close to various reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and, in the walk-through aviary, nearly two dozen native birds. The butterfly and hummingbird gardens are scenic and peaceful spots in which to rest and watch the wildlife.
Accessible parking is ample throughout, with spaces at the playground, trailheads, marina, promenade, and museum. Parking is free with disabled plates or placard, and for seniors (65+) and VA hospital-sponsored patients; otherwise it is $6. Museum: $8 for adults. Museum member discounts apply to children ages 2-12, students, and seniors. Free for teachers and children under 2.
Most of the park's restrooms, including those at the museum, allow only front-approach transfers, are too shallow to close the stall door, and have no grab bars on the back wall. I found one at the drop-in picnic area below the museum that had enough clearance to close the stall door and pull alongside the toilet.
Numerous group picnic areas have accessible tables. The most accessible drop-in picnic sites are downhill from the CuriOdyssey Museum.
Reviewed by Ashley Olson, March 20, 2013