This park consists of 16 Victorian houses concentrated in downtown Oakland. Each of the homes, which are sometimes open for tours, dates back to between 1870 and 1910 (the latter are technically Edwardian, but the designs are still charming). Some areas of the Victorian park are also available for weddings, meetings, and private parties. Take in five different styles of architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens. In addition to a lovely walk along a scenic street, you will be enjoying a glimpse of what Oakland looked like in the old days. The park is free and open to the public.
This beautiful mansion built in 1899 is an outstanding example of the neo-classical revival style significant enough to have been designated as a National Historic Site by the United States Department of the Interior. The 37-room estate features a Tiffany-style dome, ten fireplaces and lovely parquet floors in its 16,224 square-feet. During the winter holiday season, the house features magnificent decorations and hosts a number of special festive events.
University of California Botanical Garden is located within the campus of University of California Berkeley. Open to the public since 1890, this is no less than an outdoor living museum that boasts over 12,000 species of flora and fauna. The garden can be rented for private events, wedding receptions, twilight tours, summer walks and concerts.
This East Bay woodland canyon offers great panoramic views of the Bay Area. The 205-acre park sits next to UC Berkeley and has trails accessible from the city. There are no facilities such as picnic tables, just wilderness to enjoy. Several trails are available for hiking, and wandering off the trails is not advisable, as the East Bay Park Department maintains this land in its natural state to provide a secluded natural oasis in the heart of the city.
Located in Walnut Creek, this museum is a multi-purpose facility that cares for injured and endangered animals from all over the state of California. It operates the largest veterinary rehabilitation hospital in the United States, treating over 6000 wild animals annually. In addition, they have educational tours for children, and a learning theater.
Welcome to one of the largest collections of Jewish and Jewish-American art, artifacts, books and archives in California. Find an amazing wealth of information, history and little known facts here, making it a perfect place for both adults and children, Jewish and non-Jewish alike. Some of the permanent collections include painting and sculpture from the 18th Century to the present, rare works by Marc Chagall and Chana Orloff, an extensive film and photography exhibit and an incredible library and archive collection that specializes in Jewish history in the Western States since the mid 19th Century.
The African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco is a great place to learn and appreciate the history, culture and art of African Americans. The complex has an art gallery that has been host to various art exhibitions by Afro-American artists. There Buriel Clay Theater on the first floor of the complex holds various plays, concerts and dance performances.
Though a small venue, The Lost Church covers a broad spectrum of arts. It does not restrict itself to a particular art form and dabbles in art installations, theater, film screenings, live music and so forth. Interestingly, this building was used in different capacities ranging from art gallery, rehearsal space to a studio and its history is as vivid as its event line-up. You can also rent the place for recordings, intimate gatherings, private parties and shows.
Hidden away in the Tenderloin, this is one of San Francisco's best kept secrets. The Tenderloin National Forest is a garden looks like a tiny forest filled with trees and artwork. Enter through the iron gate labeled "Tenderloin National Forest" and wander through this lovely oasis that combines urban artwork with the beauty of nature.
YamaSho is a popular local Japanese restaurant in Tenderloin, that is as famous for its excellent sushi as it is for their karaoke. The decor is a blend of traditional and modern Japanese elements, and invokes a casual ambiance, perfect for friendly night outs and family dinners. The food menu is mostly dominated by meat and seafood dishes, which are served in tapas style, either hot or cold. They have multiple karaoke rooms and an extensive song list, which means you can sing the night away while enjoying the food and drinks.
San Francisco has had a riotous past, to put it mildly, and this 3.8-mile tour takes you to most of the famous spots where things happened, as well as many other points of historical and cultural interest. Eras of interest here range from the Gold Rush times to the present. Follow the brass medallions and arrows in the sidewalk from the Old Mint at Fifth and Mission to Aquatic Park for a great way to see the city. Printed guides, audio tours and guided tours are available. See website for further details on each.