Lafayette is a quaint, little town in Contra Costa County. The drive is always a beautiful one, as the rolling, green hills just pop out of nowhere once you’re through the tunnel coming from Berkeley. I haven’t been to Lafayette much, but the times I have been were well spent. I found my favorite bay area deep dish pizza there: Paxti’s Pizza. We attended a handful of Tinkergarten classes at Lafayette Community Park, allowing messy, imaginative play. We also trialed a fun, musically driven Spanish class at Viva el Espanol. All of these experiences showcased to me that Lafayette is a great place to raise a family.
In addition to the above, add the Lafayette Reservoir to the list of great places to visit. The drive is a relatively short one from the interstate. Parking is $5, but seems fairly plentiful. The paved reservoir trail is about 3 miles long, although I have to admit, we barely made it past the parking lot. This is due to the fact that a pretty awesome playground sits at the top of the hill. The children would not be swayed otherwise.
The path is great for bikes, trikes, and scooters. It was the first place my son got to ride his new birthday scooter, and he was instantly a pro! There are also spacious lawns for running around in. Although we didn’t make it around the reservoir during our first visit, I sure hope to explore more during our next.
Lafayette Reservoir, 3849 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette, CA – http://www.ebmud.com/recreation/east-bay/lafayette-reservoir/