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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.
Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round is located at Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. It was built in the year 1911 C.E and is one of the few antique carousels left in the United States. It was constructed by the Herschel-Spillman Company of Tonawanda, New York and the carousel was used at amusement parks in San Bernardino, Ocean Beach, and Los Angeles. It was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places on September 29, 1976.
Located inside the Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, the Mazzariello Labyrinth is a maze of rocks that was created by Helen Mazzariello. It is found in a delicate earthquake-prone zone, in an old limestone quarry. Locals explore the maze and on reaching the center, leave a token as an offering. The park authorities are very strict about the environment guidelines here. Wild flora and fauna like mountain lions are also spotted.
The Steep Ravine Hot Springs is one of Mother Nature's hidden gems located along the Stinson Beach coastline north of San Francisco. The hot springs can be accessed by a short 10-15 minute walk from the Steep Ravine Campground. It's recommended that travelers take the paved path from the campground instead of facing a more treacherous hike from the bluffs. Try to make it down to the hot springs at low tide so you can get the best out of your experience.
Located across the Yacht Club Drive, Terrapin Crossroads is a multi-art venue. It prides itself in being more than just a restaurant or a plain venue. The fact that art is a celebration and not just an event draws patrons from all over to this space. With no restrictions on the art forms to be presented, it stages concerts, dances, shows, literary events and even hosts art exhibitions. Intellectuals, experts from different fields, renowned artists are invited here to share their thoughts and different topics are discussed here. That’s not it; Terrapin Crossroads also has an on-site library and reading room that features books and other stuff related to music and art.
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.