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.
This national park is the preserved home of one of the United States' most famous naturalists and conservationists, John Muir. Muir, who passed away in 1914, founded the Sierra Club and is considered the father of the National Parks system. The site consists of Muir's 17-room Victorian mansion and surrounding fruit ranch, his gravesite, the Martinez Adobe, and the recently added Mount Wanda area that features the John Muir Nature Trail. Take the self-guided tour of the grounds. There are special events around Christmas and on John Muir's birthday, April 21.
This popular park is a 2,077-acre ( 840.5-hectare) wilderness wonderland with a variety of attractions for the sports enthusiast, naturalist, or anyone in need of some recreation. Popular activities include swimming, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, sunbathing, exploring, golf, picnicking, fishing, pony rides, train rides, and bike rides. It also features a lake, golf course, petting zoo, a mini steam train, a carousel, and endless trails to explore. Do not miss the Regional Parks Botanical Garden, home to the world's most complete collection of California native plants.
Established in 1988, this museum in California is known for its rare collection of classic and unique automobiles. This massive glass and granite structure houses more than 120 classic cars dating back from the 1890s. It showcases one of the earliest works of automobile art in its granite and mirror rooms. Whether it is antique cars, high-speed racers, a Franklin, Ferrari, Mercer, or Mercedes, you would find a varied collection here. The museum also has conference rooms that can be hired for meetings and gatherings. Check their website for timings and other information.
College Avenue stretches from deep within Berkeley to Oakland, and along this bustling boulevard numerous restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and much more are waiting for your enjoyment. Near the Rockridge end of the street you will find many eclectic restaurants serving an enormous variety of cuisines, as well as other small boutique shops selling anything from yoga mats to antique brass bedposts. Near the University, College Avenue takes on a funkier spirit, and incense shops allure you with their intriguing scents. Shopping is a major attraction of this East Bay hot spot, yet there are not many chain stores. Rather, locals prefer to support local businesses instead of national chains. However certain stores, such as Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and Hot Topic, can still be found conveniently nearby. Great for a Sunday walk where you can leisurely stroll down this beautiful avenue - stop and have a coffee at one of many cafes, or buy a unique present for a special someone!
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.
Gain a deeper insight into San Francisco and its heritage and discover all that the city has to offer by embarking on tours offered by San Francisco City Guides. Sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library, the organization conducts several diverse tours which focus on different aspects of the city's culture, including its history and architecture. Tours include a walking tour of the Mission District, where you can admire striking murals, and an Art Deco tour of the Marina. All tours are free, though donations to benefit the library are requested. Departure locations and times vary.
This adobe structure was built in 1849 and is part of the John Muir National Historic Site. Although John Muir never lived here, he did spend a lot of time here when his daughter and her husband and children occupied the dwelling. The original owner, Don Vincente Martinez, son of the commandante of the Presidio of San Francisco, built the house but only lived there for four years. After visiting the historic adobe home, visit Muir's 17-room mansion and take a walk on the John Muir trail that runs through a majestic oak forest.
Paintings are the main feature of Don Soker gallery's oil, acrylic and watercolor palette. Proudly showing mostly Bay Area artists, the contemporary expression of these abstract works caters to big artists from back East. Find an eclectic but challenging mix of styles and media at this upscale gallery that caters for the collector and the first time buyer. The knowledgeable staff can give you the complete history of any of the works on display as well as the artist who created it.
A must for fans of The Maltese Falcon in particular and film buffs, in general. For others, it is an interesting look at what San Francisco was like in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The tour, which explores the posh heights of Nob Hill to the less exalted Tenderloin, hits all the spots that are in the classic film. It lasts about four hours and is three miles long. Meet on the steps of the Main Branch of the Public Library (between Fulton and Grove streets). No reservations are required. Look for the guy in the trench coat. Cash only. Opens Dailyt At Noon.
Eth-Noh-Tec is the charismatic Asian-American Storytelling theater, duo of Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang. They create and perform interdisciplinary theater which incorporates elements of poetry, choreography, rhythm and humor to relate fables and folktales from around the world. 25 Lights the Night carried the audience through twenty-five stories traditionally told during the longest night of the year, many requiring audience participation. Some stories, like the tale of a creator, God teaching his people the foolishness of war are incredibly pertinent to today's world; others lead humorously to a clever proverb or relate back to an oral refrain.