Redwood City’s once sleepy atmosphere has really heated up with the recent transformation of its downtown into a vibrant hub featuring an engaging medley of shops, restaurants and entertainment options.

The center of the action is Theatre Way, whose bright lights beckon movie­goers to the latest Hollywood releases at the 20-screen Century Theater multiplex. A slew of nearby casual dining restaurants will keep you well fed before or after any movie showing.

Just around the corner is Courthouse Square, where dancing, live music performances and outdoor movie screenings draw big crowds on summer evenings. The San Mateo County History Museum, located inside the historic San Mateo County Courthouse, houses exhibits showcasing the county’s interesting history.

Across the street, the venerable Fox Theater is the granddaddy of all Peninsula venues. First built in 1929, this impressive, Art Deco-style theater once featured movies and vaudeville acts.