Mother's Day in California

Things to Do for Mother's Day in California

Happy Mother's Day to California Moms
Happy Mother's Day to California Moms. Suzy Hanzlik Photography/Getty Images

If you're looking for something to do for Mother's Day in California, this is the guide for you. Whether you're spending a few hours or an entire weekend, try these things to do with her and find places to go that you both will enjoy. 

In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

Family Get-Togethers for Mother's Day in California

More than anything else, mothers want to spend time with their families on Mother's Day. Give mom what she wants — rent a vacation home and get the whole clan together, whether they're related to you by blood or just your closest friends.

Try Pine Mountain Lake near Groveland and Yosemite National Park, Irish Beach just south of Mendocino, or Dillon Beach north of San Francisco. You can also find lots of vacation rental listings all over the state, even in the cities through Airbnb and HomeAway.

Mother's Day Weekend Getaways

If you can get away for a whole weekend to celebrate your lovely mother, these are a few of the best places to do it:

  • Calistoga: Napa Valley Wine Country's northernmost town has great mud bath spas that make a good place for a mother/daughter retreat — and kid-friendly sights nearby.
  • Catalina Island: Whether mom wants to be active or chill out, she'll find a place to do it and it's only a few miles from Los Angeles.
  • Gold Country: Kids love to pan for gold while their moms of any age enjoy the old-fashioned ambiance of Gold Country's towns.
  • Morro Bay: It's one of California's most family-friendly destinations with lots of water activities, shopping, and reasonably-priced lodging/
  • Point Reyes and West Marin: A great getaway for an active family, with excellent hiking, beaches, kayaking, and gorgeous scenery.
  • Santa Barbara: No matter how old you and your mother are, you'll find something that suits you both in Santa Barbara.
  • Yosemite: Voted one of the best places in California for family vacations by TripSavvy readers, Yosemite is also a good place for Mother's Day Brunch at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

Taking Mom Out for a Mother's Day Meal

Mother's Day is one of the busiest restaurant days of the year. All too often, service and food quality suffer. Take mom out on Saturday if you can - or find something else to do instead.

A champagne brunch cruise with Hornblower may be a good option if you're looking for a unique and easy Mother's Day Brunch. They're used to handling big groups, have room for little ones to move around, and the views are excellent. 

Los Angeles, California Mother's Day Weekend Ideas

You can do a lot or even do it all with one weekend in Los Angeles with mom. Here is a list of great options for you to choose from based on mom's interests: 

    San Diego, California Mother's Day Weekend Ideas

    Head to this sunny southern California city for a day out with the family or just to enjoy some one-on-one time with mom on the beach or with a good glass of vino. Plan your San Diego trip for Mother's Day with these ideas in mind: 

    San Francisco, California Mother's Day Weekend Ideas

    Whether you want to take a scenic drive or completely relax at the spa, San Francisco has just what Mom wants: 

    • Eleven Roses Ranch is a bit of a drive from San Francisco to their location north of Napa, but moms of all ages will enjoy a fun day outdoors, a wagon ride, and meal at a historic ranch.
    • Check Open Table for Mother's Day brunch specials.
    • Head up to Calistoga for a house tour like no other we've seen. You'll have to do it on a Saturday, but it's worth celebrating a day early when artist Carlo Marchiori opens his Villa Ca'Toga to the public. Add a relaxing mud bath spa treatment or lunch downtown, and you've got a great day out.