Boasting a population of over 200,000 residents, Fremont has been ranked the fourth most populous city in Alameda County, and it’s easy to see why people want to make this charming city their home. The neighborhoods offer everything from bustling suburban character to the historically charming enclave of Niles. Altogether, the community is especially known for its plethora of parks and the year-round recreation opportunities they offer. Looking for work instead of play? Fremont is also home to the Tesla Factory, one of the world’s most advanced automotive plants.
Because Fremont is conveniently located on the southeast side of the bay, the city provides easy access to local universities, nearby airports and, most importantly, BART—which makes it quick and simple for residents to travel to the Bay Area’s other major cities.
The community averages high graduation rates, above average test scores, both private school and public school education, low crime rates and high income per capita making it an excellent option for families. But the attractions and the overall atmosphere make it suitable for anyone looking for a bustling city just minutes from San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.
To learn more about a few of our favorite local businesses, attractions and events in Fremont, keep reading!
The Essential Restaurants
Located in the historic and charming Niles, Skillet’z is a down-home, family eatery offering down-home, comforting eats. Because they serve breakfast and lunch all day, you can always order a plate of their famous pancakes—and be sure to get a whipped cream-topped latte, too!
Photo courtesy of Massimo’s
Massimo is both the middle name of this restaurant’s founder and also translates to peak, ultimate or maximum from Italian. As such, it serves as the perfect name for this landmark, Italian eatery which has been serving the Fremont community since 1976. Be sure to save room for one of Massimo’s famous flaming desserts!
Perhaps one of the most unique options in the city—and definitely one of the best—Le Moose offers of menu of Thai fusion fare that includes mouth-watering crepes loaded with everything from caramelized apples to chicken masala.
This hidden gem in Fremont is a small café that offers some of the best farm-to-table eats in the East Bay. The team’s seasonally rotating menu can include everything from roasted bone marrow and littleneck clams to nachos topped with short rib.
El Patio Original has been a Mexican food staple to Fremont for the past 40 years. Originally located in the Glenmoor shopping center, the restaurant eventually relocated to Fremont Boulevard, where it’s remained a local favorite ever since. Make sure to check out El Patio’s popular Happy Hour, Monday through Friday from 2 – 6 p.m., and they have $2 Taco Tuesday specials every week!
Frequently named one of the best sushi spots in the Bay Area, Aniki’s offers traditional Japanese food with flair. Their menu of authentic dishes, sushi rolls, sashimi plates and fun, modern concoctions is offered alongside an impressive lineup of Sake and Soju.
Fremont’s original and favorite roaster, Mission Coffee, has been a part of the community for more than 10 years. Located just around the corner from the Mission San José, their café is a neighborhood destination for great coffee and delicious lunches, but you’ll also find their roasts at businesses and inside homes all over the city.
Open seasonally, this waterpark is located in Central Park and is the heart of summer activity in Fremont. Attractions include the 200-yard Round About River, the Oasis Pool, a kid-friendly splash pad, Bucket Bay and the Fortress of Fun, a four-story tower offering four different water slides.
Originally owned by the George and Clara Patterson family in the 1850s, Ardenwood Historic Farm has been operated by the East Bay Regional Park District as a fully functioning, turn-of-the-last-century farm since 1985. Visitors here can explore the Victorian garden, see the Patterson House, eat at Farmyard Cafe, encounter farm animals and more.
In an effort to secure Spain’s claim to this land, Mission San José was founded on June 11, 1797, by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen on a site which was part of a natural highway by way of the Livermore Valley to the San Joaquin Valley. Today, it serves as a reminder of and a glimpse into our community’s history.
Another attraction that draws Fremont residents to Fremont’s most charming district, The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum offers a look inside the history and technology behind silent films. The museum displays photographs, posters, books and artifacts, hosts screenings and events, and offers educational experiences.
This historic railway is a living history museum run by The Pacific Locomotive Association, Inc. Their trains are fully operational so you can hop on in Fremont and ride all the way to Sunol!
Operated by the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, this Fremont facility offers everything from public skating to curling events and all the ice sports in between. Their lineup of classes includes topics like figure skating, hockey and general skating for all ages and skill levels.
Comprised of 1,266 acres of marshland and grassy, rolling hills, this busy park is located along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay just northwest of Fremont. Though these acres offer a particularly jaw-dropping sight during the winter months, the park can be used throughout the year for bicycling, walking, bird watching, jogging, nature exploration, picnicking and more.
Across 6,859 acres of wilderness, explorers in Sunol Regional Wilderness will encounter grazing cattle, stunning grassland vistas, and plenty of room for camping, picnicking, hiking and backpacking.
This United States National Wildlife Refuge serves as a home to 15 different habitat types and several threatened and endangered species. Along with wildlife viewing, visitors to the refuge can enjoy waterfowl hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycling, dog walking and more.
Directly east of Fremont, Mission and Monument peaks form a dramatic backdrop to the South Bay and, from the peaks, offer dramatic views that span all the way to Marin County. The entire park consists of 3,000 acres and boasts hundreds of miles of trails to explore.
Central Park and Lake Elizabeth serve as the heart of Fremont. The open space offers more than 450 acres, more than 80 acres of water and a two-mile walkway around the lake. Home to the seasonal Aqua Adventure Waterpark, visitors can also enjoy children’s play areas, basketball courts, tennis courts, fishing, a skatepark, boat rentals and more.
This water-oriented recreation area boasts Horseshoe Lake and Rainbow Lake which feature turf, beach, swimming and picnic areas. In addition, visitors can hike and ride bikes; the trail network connects to the Alameda Creek Regional Trail, which extends from Niles Canyon all the way to Coyote Hills and the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge on San Francisco Bay!
Photo courtesy of Fremont Burger & Brew Fest
Downtown Fremont’s Burger & Brew Fest celebrates Northern California’s best craft breweries and local businesses every Memorial Day weekend. Attractions include beer tastings, burgers and sliders, gourmet snacks, local business booths, art and craft vendors, and live entertainment.
May – October
Happening weekly on Capitol Avenue every Friday from May through October, Fremont Street Eats is a beloved event hosted by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce and Food Truck Mafia. The Downtown event hosts multiple food trucks offering a diverse mix of the region’s best mobile eats.
July – September
Every summer, Fremont’s Recreation Services Division hosts free Movies Under the Stars for everyone in the community. Featuring current, popular and family-friendly movies, the line-up is always a crowd pleaser and includes about three screenings throughout the season.
The annual Fremont parade brings in over 60,000 spectators each year and is now more than 20 years old.
The Fremont Festival of the Arts has been a community event for more than 30 years. It’s the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi River and it’s held the first weekend of August every year.
The Festival of India and Parade celebrates India’s culture, food, music and more. And it’s been doing so for more than 25 years! Traditionally held the third weekend of August, this is a can’t-miss cultural event in the East Bay.
This Halloween event is fun for adults and children alike! Hosted by Fremont Street Eats and the City’s Recreation Services Division this spooktacular event invites all families to Downtown Fremont for trick-or-treating and festive fun.
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