Ashby Avenue is a long stretch of road running along the southern neighborhood in Berkeley. It connects the inter-city roads well to the freeways. Starting near the Bay Street by the Bayshore it stretches up to Tunnel Road. Many establishments are dotted along the avenue. From ice cream parlors and restaurants serving mouth-watering delicacies to the Berkeley Flea Market or Ashby Super market for shopping, the avenue has them all lined up.
2626 Bancroft Way Between College & Telegraph Berkeley, CA 94704 +1 510 642 0808
This museum has been bringing culture, diversity, fine art and more to Berkeley since 1970. BAM houses an impressive and ever-changing collection of fine art, sculpture and artifacts that span ages and cultures, countries and places. Find the masterpieces from the 18th Century on, from the Impressionists to the Surrealists, to 20th-century Post-modernists. Past exhibits have included a collection of mandolins from Tibet from the 15th Century, as well as the paintings of famed lesbian artist Romaine Brooks. There's always something here that captures the imagination, challenges thought and establishment, and entertains as much as it intrigues. Call for more information.
160 University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710 +1 510 981 6720
Considered a "Top 10 Playground" by National Geographic magazine, Adventure Playground encourages kids to use their creativity to build real structures using actual tools. Designed for chidren seven years of age or older, younger children are welcomed to visit as long a they remain within arms length of an adult. Wear clothes you don't mind getting very stained, and bring sturdy, close-toed shoes. Additionally, a popular feature at the playground is a zip line that ends in a pile of sand. Groups of four or less children enter for free. Groups of five or more children must make reservations and pay a fee in two hour increments. Parking in the lot across the street is free. Check the website for a calendar of special activities.
End of University Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702 +1 510 549 7040(Tourist Information)
When you step onto the Berkeley Pier, it looks as though you might actually be able to walk all the way to San Francisco. Extending more than 3,000 feet, it is one of the longest piers in the state of California. Here, you'll find a smattering of joggers and canoodling couples, but mostly what you'll find are people fishing. Depending on the time of year, you could catch perch and starry flounder, or striped bass and California halibut. Since it's a public pier, no fishing license is required, and the parking is free. To visit, take the University Exit off of I-80 and go West. The pier is open seven days a week, and features restrooms, cleaning stations, and wind breaks. Visit the Department of Fish and Game for the latest fishing regulations.
708 Addison Street Berkeley, CA 94710 +1 510 540 8250
If you like wine tasting but want to try something new, head over to Takara Sake USA near the Fourth Street Shopping District. Don't be fooled by Takara's looks, although the outside appears quite industrial, the tasting room is pleasant, airy, and elegant. Try a flight of sake and learn about the brewing and production of this flavorful, Japanese brew by peering through a factory window, viewing an informative movie, or exploring Takara's very own sake museum exhibiting antique sake-making tools. Don't like sake? Lucky for you, Takara also sells plum wines, shochu, cooking sake, malt beverages, Japanese vodka, and of course, souvenirs. Takara validates up to one hour in the Fourth Street Shopping District parking lot.
924 Gilman Street Berkeley, CA 94710 +1 510 524 8180(Tickets)/+1 510 525 9926
A unique venue that hosts musical extravaganzas, live acts and touring bands, the 924 Gilman Street Project is an exceptional endeavor to promote music. Also called the ' Alternative Music Foundation ', it strives to provide a cost-free space for artists and musicians to showcase their talents to a wider all-ages audience. The event space has a hallmark casual décor,the walls here are adorned with colorful graffiti and will instantly put you at ease. You would be witness to a host of genres like punk, rock, pop, minimalist, garage and hardcore among others. You can also avail of the membership options available. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events and exact show times.
599 University Avenue At Marina Boulevard Berkeley, CA 94710 +1 888 327 2757(Toll Free)
This state park, a former landfill, is being transformed into a recreational wonderland by a number of public agencies. Eventually, it will consist of 1,817 acres and span the shorelines of Albany, Richmond, El Cerrito and Emeryville. Until then, the park is open to the public and provides awesome views of the San Francisco Bay. This scenic spot in the making features a park, marina and trails along the shoreline.
Sather Road University of California Berkeley, CA 94720
The Sather Gate is a momentous landmark in the University of California campus, in Berkeley. Spread over 0.2 acres (0.081 hectares), the site occupies great vitality. It was constructed in 1910 by esteemed architect John Galen Howard. It is an impeccable example of the Classical Revival and the Beaux Arts style of architecture. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
200 Marina Boulevard Berkeley, CA 94710 +1 510 843 9020
The Alcatraz Discovery Lunch Cruise circles the storied facility that once housed Al Capone and George "Machine Gun" Kelly, as a guide chronicles the island's history and natural features. Guests also enjoy a gourmet lunch buffet and introductions to Angel Island, known as the Ellis Island of the West, and the famed San Francisco waterfront. The tour is a must for both visitors and locals.
200 Marina Boulevard Berkeley, CA 94710 +1 510 843 9020
Team building takes an exhilarating twist on Angel Island, where scavenger hunts, photo recreation, spy games and other activities challenge, entertain and unite colleagues. On-board breakfast and a picnic lunch on the island round out the day's events.
Constructed as a temporary attraction for the 1915 Pan Pacific
International Exhibition, this Grecian monument continues to enchant and enhance the city. The original plaster, which made up the monument's exterior, has been gradually replaced with funds raised by ...
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 ...
Telegraph Avenue is a prominent attraction in the city. Through
the years, the street has seen its share of protests and riots, including the famous riot over the controversy of People's Park. Apart from its historical significance, the Telegraph ...