Crown Memorial State Beach
Managed by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), the showpiece of Crown Memorial State Beachis its 2.5-mile beach, with sand dunes bordering a bicycle trail.
Access point: Eighth Street and Otis Drive, Alameda
Parking fee: $5 per vehicle when kiosk is attended; $4 per trailered vehicle.
More information: www.ebparks.org/parks/crown_beach
Activities: Swimming, boardspoarts, picnicking, biking, strolling, sandcastle-building.