21455 Birch Street Hayward, CA 94541 +1 510 582 9533 (Tourist Information)
A significant Church site situated to the north of Downtown Hayward in Alameda County is the renowned Eden Congregational Church. It is also famously called as the Pioneer Chapel. The structure was built in 1867. It strives hard to imbibe biblical values through its programs and teachings. Sundays see various activities organized for children. The Church offers a helping hand in the spiritual growth and development of individuals. Carrying immense historic significance, the Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.
240 Hampton Road Hayward, CA 94541 +1 510 581 0223
The distinguished Meek Mansion is a prominent historical mansion in Hayward region of California. It encompasses a huge 10 acre (4.0 hectares) land cover. The ancient house was constructed in 1869. It efficiently portrays the rare Second Empire and Italian Villa style of architecture. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as from June 4, 1973. The Meek Mansion is a constituent of the comprehensive Meek Estate that also comprises of a carriage house and a 9.75 acre public park. The mansion comprises of approximately 26 elegant rooms.
19501 Hesperian Boulevard Hayward, CA 94543 +1 510 670 7275
The Kennedy Park sited in Hayward, California is a historically significant park site. Ably managed by the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, it is a mammoth park cover. It is touted to be the most heavily used park site in the district. The fort-like theme prevailing in the play area and as many as 11 slides are a great highlight of the park. It is a superb picnic avenue for families and groups of friends. The site also brags of a petting zoo, a merry-go-round, children's miniature railway rider along with a snack bar. With modest pricing, the park is commercially viable too.
707 West Hornet Avenue, Pier 3 Alameda, CA 94501 +1 510 521 8448(Tourist Information)
The USS Hornet, a Navy aircraft carrier, is a national treasure. Having played a major role in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Apollo program, it was decommissioned in 1970. It was later opened as the USS Hornet Museum and is most popular for its alleged supernatural activities.
384 West Estudillo Avenue San Leandro, CA 94577 +1 510 577 3474/+1 510 577 3475
The Casa Peralta is a beautiful home in San Leandro. It was refurbished to resemble a Spanish-style estate replete with hand-painted ceramic tiles that were shipped from Spain. Take a free guided tour of the house museum and grounds to admire this landmark. The grounds are also available for hire for weddings and social functions.
1510 Webster Street Alameda, CA 94501 +1 510 769 1349
Pinballs, although look like cheery little things, have a troubled past. From their rise to fame during the depression to their ban in 1940s, they've seen a few ups and downs. The Pacific Pinball Museum, established in 2004 by Michael Schiess, commemorates their story. Featuring some 400 pinball machines, some of them dating back to 1879, this museum traces their history quite interestingly. If you are the regular pinball enthusiast, this place should fill you with wonder.
2751 Buena Vista Avenue Walnut Creek, CA 94597 +1 925 937 1888
If railroads and trains intrigue you or your kid, then you should visit the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society. This museum, run by a group of volunteers, is spread across a large hall that comprises Diablo Valley Lines (DVL) model railroad. This model railroad covers 4,300 feet (1310 meters) of hand-laid tracks, presenting meter gauge, broad gauge and narrow gauge. A number of trains run simultaneously in a simulated environment and all of this can be viewed for a perimeter of 160 degrees from an elevated platform. A must visit for an offbeat experience. Check their website for the schedule of these shows.
50 Lafayette Circle Lafayette, CA 94549 +1 925 284 2788
If you are wondering where you can find a contemporary piece of fine art or a sculpture that could adorn your house, then head straight to the Lafayette Gallery. Located on the Lafayette Circle, the gallery features an eclectic mix of contemporary artworks of painting, sculpture, clay, acrylic, paper and glass. These make for amazing table-top souvenirs and home decorations. Don't miss out on a visit to the mesmerizing sculpture garden behind the gallery and stroll through the trees and lawn to discover the intriguing works of 20 artists that are scattered across the park.
2660 Ygnacio Valley Road Walnut Creek, CA 94598 +1 925 935 7871
Included in the National Register of Historic Places, the Shadelands Ranch Museum chronicles and showcases the history of Walnut Creek. The display includes historic objects, artifacts, documents, newspapers, photographs and other printed materials. The museum is managed and operated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society.
1601 Civic Drive Walnut Creek, CA 94596 +1 925 295 1417
The Bedford Gallery is solely dedicated to visual arts and artists. It does not restrict itself to a particular type or genre and offers a great mix of contemporary, historic and modern art. Throughout the season, it hosts exhibitions, art talks, workshops and many other events. The gallery also takes initiatives to introduce and educate the general public to the world of creativity and art. For more details and updates, call ahead.
This is considered one of the greatest historical landmarks in
Northern California. Built in 1868, the house is an Italianate villa that once belonged to Enoch Pardee and his family, all of whom made a great impact on local ...
Located across from Ghirardelli Square and housed in a 1930s
building that resembles a ship, this museum chronicles maritime history with photographs, miniature models of Navy ships, passenger lines and fascinating interactive exhibits. The Steamship Room details the evolution ...
The Mountain View Cemetery is a large cemetery in Oakland,
California. It was established in 1863 by a group of East Bay Pioneers under the California Rural Cemetery Act of 1859. The association they formed still operates the cemetery ...