At the original California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, I remember taking a wild ride on the earthquake simulator as a kid, and, later, as a teen, listening to Pink Floyd at the Morrison Planetarium’s Laserium Show.
At the Esprit Outlet, my friends and I tried on piles of cheerful, colorful clothes in the community dressing room.
And at Marine World Africa USA in Redwood City, I swear I once saw a real-life unicorn.
These are the places that make up my memories of growing up in the Bay Area in the late-1970s and 80s.
Even though Santa‘s Village was shuttered before I was born, I remember the excitement of spotting its remains on drives along the twists and turns of Highway 17 to Santa Cruz.
And the Old West theme park of Frontier Village in San Jose is a hazy memory as I visited only once for a birthday party in kindergarten before it closed.
The names of these places bring back all sorts of warm fuzzy feelings, reminding of us the best times from our childhoods, and above I’ve put together a collection of them with the help of readers who offered up suggestions on our Facebook page.