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Fine weather across seasons, scenic terrain, and an S.F. Bay setting make Berkeley a great place to play outside. Hiking, biking, swimming, and golf are here, as are kite flying, bird watching, botanic garden walks, rock climbing and fishing. Berkeley also caters to college and pro sports fans.

Outdoor Adventures

  • Aquatic Park

    80 Bolivar Drive (between Ashby & University Aves.

    Berkeley, CA 94710

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Aquatic Park provides opportunities for bird watching, boating, hiking trails and biking trails around the lake. A Frisbee Golf Course plays through in the meadows. There is also a fitness exercise course, "Dram Land for Kids," a playground featuring extensive wooden castles, walkways and other structures, as well as a habitat for avian and aquatic life. Limited parking available on the east side of the park.

  • Cesar Chavez Park

    11 Spinnaker Way

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 981-5150

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Berkeley's SF Bay-side park with 90 rolling acres and 1.5 miles of paved trails. Wildlife sanctuary, sports fields, paved pathways, picnic areas and wide-open meadowlands for Frisbee and kite flying. Hiking and biking allowed. The Annual International Kit Festival in July is here. Park Hours: 6:00 am-10:00pm, unless otherwise posted. Paved paths around perimeter and part of interior are wheelchair accessible; other areas are not.

  • Contra Costa Rock Park

    869-A Contra Costa Avenue

    Berkeley CA

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Contra Costa Rock Park provides great views and challenges for early-level rock climbing. Picnic areas, vista/ overlook with fantastic views and evidence of Indian life. Not wheelchair accessible. Open daily 6am-10pm, unless otherwise posted.

  • Cragmont Rock Park

    960 Regal Rd

    Berkeley, CA 94709

    (510) 981-5150

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Cragmont Rock Park was dedicated in 1920. Dick Leonard, called the father of technical climbing, formed the Cragmont Climbing Club. Using the techniques he had learned climbing at Cragmont Rock, Leonard planned the first technical rock climb in Yosemite in 1934. The park has a 1/2 court for basketball, a picnic area with BBQ, a vista/ overlook with spectacular views of the SF Bay and a gazebo (popular for outdoor weddings). The gazebo is available for reservation or rental. For reservations or more information, call the City Recreation Office at 510-981-5150.

  • Great Stoneface Park

    Yosemite Road & San Fernando Ave.

    Berkeley, CA 94709

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Located in the Northbrae area, Great Stoneface Park has a rock outcrop for early-level rock climbing, a picnic area with BBQ and fireplace. Not wheelchair accessible. Open daily 6am-10pm, unless otherwise posted.

  • Grotto Rock Park

    Santa Barbara Rd., N of Indian Rock Ave.

    Berkeley, CA 94709

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Located in northeast Berkeley this park has a rock outcrop with carved steps and areas with challenges for early-level rock climbing. Fantastic views from the overlook. Not wheelchair accessible. Open daily 6am-10pm, unless otherwise posted.

  • Indian Rock Park

    Indian Rock Ave. @ Shattuck Ave.

    Berkeley, CA 94709

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Located in northeast Berkeley. Enjoy a gorgeous view of the San Francisco Bay. The park's facilities include picnic area with BBQ and fireplace and grassy play areas. Not wheelchair accessible. Open daily 6am-10pm, unless otherwise posted.

  • Mortar Rock Park

    Santa Barbra Rd. north of Indian Rock Ave.

    Berkeley, CA 94709

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    Located in northeast Berkeley, here you will find a vista/overlook with great views of the San Francisco Bay and rock outcrop with carved steps, offering challenges for early-level rock climbers. Not wheelchair accissible. Open daily 6am-10pm, unless othe

Sports

  • Tilden Park Golf Course

    Grizzly Peak Blvd. & Shasta Road

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (510) 848-7373

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    This 18-hole golf course, multi-tier driving range, banquet facility and full-service bar/grill, set within the rolling hills and forest-lined fairways of Tilden Park, is one of a kind.

Things To Do

  • Adventure Playground

    1600 University Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 981-6720

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Adventure Playground is recognized as a "Top Ten" playground by National Geographic. Climb on the many unusual kid-designed and built forts, boats, and towers. Ride the zip line or hammer, saw and paint. (Parks, Recreation & Waterfront)

  • Berkeley Pier

    Berkeley Marina

    Berkeley, CA 94710

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Pier Hours: Daily, dawn to dusk. Stroll the historic pier,or bring your poles and bait any day of the year. Settle in to catch some crabs, halibut and bass. No fishing license required. Great area for birdwatching or enjoying the show as the sun sets beyond the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Berkeley Rose Garden

    Euclid Ave. & Bayview Place

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 981-5150

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    The Berkeley Rose Garden is located next to Codornices Park. A full 3.64 acres of row upon row of fragrant roses. The garden also has a redwood pergola, 4 tennis courts, a picnic area, hiking trails, foot bridges, a semi-circular terraced amphitheatre and an ornamental pool fed by Codornices Creek, which runs through the garden. Pathways are steps, wheelchairs can access through the Codornices Park Tunnel, but the Garden itself contains many steep slopes and steps.

  • Codornices Park

    1201 Euclid Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 981-5150

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    A wide array of play opportunities are available in a beautiful hillside setting: baseball/softball fields, basketball court, tot play area, picnic/BBQ area, (reservation required), hiking trails through glade and groves of magnificent oaks, bay trees and redwood, a vista/overlook, two forks of Codornices Creek and a tunnel underneath Euclid Ave. leading to the Berkeley Rose Garden.

  • Glendale La Loma Park

    1339 La Loma @ Glendale Ave.

    Berkeley, CA 94709

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    Neighborhood North Berkeley

    This park is located on a terraced hillside with vista/ overlooks and fantastic views, a rock outcrop for rock climbing, a baseball/ softball field, 1/2 court for basketball, tot play area, picnic area with BBQ and fireplace. Upper terrace with tot play a

  • Golden Gate Fields

    1100 East Shore Highway

    Berkeley, CA 94710

    (510) 559-7300

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    Thoroughbred horse racing and more. Perfect for a "day at the races." group outings and year-round private rental for meetings, banquets, and trade shows.

  • Lake Anza / Swimming & Fishing

    Tilden Regional Park

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (888) 327-2757

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    Just up the hill from Berkeley, Tilden Park's Lake Anza is a favorite getaway. Its sandy beach is open to the sun and sheltered from the wind, with lifeguards posted during the swim season. Wheelchair accessible features include a snack stand, drinking water, ample parking,and trail access. Picnic grounds are located nearby. Swimming season is normally May-Sept. and closed for swimming Nov-Mar. There is an entrance fee to the swim area, which has changing rooms and a refreshment stand. Lake Anza is open for fishing throughout the year.

  • Lawrence Hall of Science

    1 Centennial Drive

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 642-5132

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    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

    Visit the Hall to combine an awe-inspiring view of the San Francisco Bay with hands-on indoor and outdoor science exhibits. Kids and families can build bridges and buldings, interact with animals, climb giant structures, and view a 3-D movie.

  • Merry-Go-Round at Tilden Park

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (510) 524-6773

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    Tilden's Herschell-Spillman merry-go-round is a splendid antique carousel with hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden carousel animals to ride. The calliope plays music to make any child's heart sign. The facility offers a wheelchair accessible snack stand, drinking water, restroom, and parking.

  • Shorebird Park Nature Center

    160 University Avenue

    Berkeley Marina, CA 94710

    (510) 981-6720

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    Neighborhood West Berkeley

    The Shorebird Park Nature Center is the first municipal straw bale building in the United States. Here you'll find a 50-gallon salt-water tank, a 30-gallon freshwater tank and displays on marine mammals and birds. The center itself is a display on green building. The Visitors Center provides information on recreation, marine conservation and education.

  • Steam Train Rides

    Grizzly Peak Blvd & Lomas Cantadas Rd.

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 548-6100

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    The Steam Train offers rides along the scenic ridge on a scaled-down steam train. Parking, drinking water, and restroom facilities are wheelchair accessible.

  • Thalassa Bar & Billiards

    2367 Shattuck Avenue

    Berkeley, CA 94704

    (510) 848-1766

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    Neighborhood Downtown

    The best billiards and bar in the East Bay. With 23 pool tables, full bar, and ample seating, Thalassa Bar & Billiards offers something for everyone.

  • Tilden Nature Area & Little Farm

    Tilden Regional Park

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (510) 544-2233

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    Learn all about Tilden's surprising variety of plants and animals through the nature programs at the Little Farm and the Environmental Education Center (ECC) in Tilden Nature Area, both accessible to disabled persons. Dogs are not permitted in the Tilden Nature Area.

  • Tilden Park Botanic Garden

    Wildcat Canyon Road

    Berkeley, CA 94708

    (510) 544-3169

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    Situated in Tilden Regional Park's beautiful Wildcat Canyon in the heart of the North Berkeley Hills, the Botanic Garden's 10-acres can be walked in a day. Devoted to the collection, growth, display and preservation of the native plants of California.

  • Tilden Regional Park

    Berkeley CA

    (510) 562-PARKS

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    Tilden Park, one of East Bay Regional Park District's 3 oldest parks, offers more than 2,000 acres for outdoor adventure. Activities include an environmental Center, Merry-Go-Round, Steam Train, Lake Anza and Golf Course. Entrances are off Wildcat Canyon Rd. and Grizzly Peak Blvd.

  • UC Botanical Garden

    200 Centennial Drive

    Berkeley, CA 94720

    (510) 643-2755

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    Neighborhood UC Berkeley campus

    The University of California Botanical Garden is a living museum open to the public with over 12,000 different kinds of plants from around the world display over 34 acres.

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