Built to serve one of the largest Chinese communities in the city, this temple, constructed in 1863, is of major historical significance. The Tapestry Hall was built to display a collection of embroidered tapestries, parasols and other items. An impressive collection of Chinese and American costumes are displayed capturing the synergy between the two cultures.
Bisected by the beautiful Sacramento River, Bidwell–Sacramento River State Park features numerous trails which wind through a scenic riparian landscape teeming with diverse wildlife. Offering picturesque day use areas where visitors can stretch their legs and admire the serenity of its habitat, the park and its environs are a popular recreational destination in the town. It is also conducive to biking, hiking, and fishing excursions along with picnicking and geocaching. Water sports such as swimming, water skiing and jet skiing are also popular activities here.
Bidwell Mansion, located on 525 Esplanade in Chico, California was constructed by John Bidwell in May 1868. The mansion features a remarkable façade which bears allusions to the Italianate style of architecture. Comprised of three floors, the house functions as a museum today and offers a glimpse at the life and times of John Bidwell and his family. An in-house tour of the mansion can be undertaken, and visitors can additionally explore the scenic park which encompasses the property. A gift shop is also located within the premises.
Overlooking the scenic Sacramento River, this picturesque park site delights avid anglers by offering opportunities for fishing.
This densely wooded park makes for an exhilarating outdoor excursion, replete with scenic trails which wind through picturesque forests. Hike through the groves of oak, willow, black walnut and sycamore trees which define the landscape of Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area, or camp amid its gorgeous environs whose beauty is accentuated by blooming wildflowers. Those inclined to water-oriented recreation can embark on fishing and boating excursions. Keep your eyes peeled for the cuckoos and Bald Eagles known to nest in the area.
Unfolding along the shores of the eponymous lake, Lake Oroville State Recreation Area features densely wooded areas and campgrounds nestled amid serene surrounds. Visitors can choose from a plethora of activities including swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing. Apart from water-oriented recreation, the state park's environs are also conducive to hiking, horseback riding and camping among other activities. Tourist spots in the vicinity include a visitor center, Feather Falls and the lake itself.
The Butte County Historical Museum was established by the historical society in order to preserve and showcase the history and culture of the region. The museum has a collection of articles like photographs and historic memorabilia that emphasizes on the heritage of the County. They organize various shows and events for the community where you could actively participate.
The art facility of Butte College, the Butte College Art Gallery is housed in the Arts Building on campus. The spacious facility plays host to regular contemporary art shows, including student exhibits. Visit the gallery’s website or check out their Facebook page for updates on upcoming shows.
The current headquarters of the Butte County Historical Society, the Ehmann Home, was constructed in 1911. The century old dwelling is built in craftsman style and is one of the only remaining structure of the famed Ehmann Olive Company. The home is open for tours on Saturdays, and plays host for many cultural and private events.
Art enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to the Paradise Art Center on Almond Street. A creative facility providing a platform to learn as well as showcase art, the Art Center offers diverse art and craft classes, along with a gallery hosting art shows. Check out the ongoing exhibits at the Wheeler Gallery here, or enroll yourself and your kids in one of the many workshops or classes offered here.