The relaxed suburban town of Concord is just 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the heart of San Francisco, but you’ll feel like you’re hours from the city. Concord is the perfect family vacation destination, with theme parks, water parks and outdoor cinemas to entertain the kids. Discover the local heritage as you visit historic buildings scattered throughout the city or do some shopping at the local mall.
Concord is conveniently located, with many major attractions just beyond its city limits. Explore Berkeley, home to one of America’s most prestigious universities, or climb Mt. Diablo, one of the tallest peaks in the area.
Spend the day riding waterslides or racing your friends at Waterworld California. With gentle to thrilling waterslides and plenty of attractions aimed for small children, it provides the perfect family day out. Head to nearby Pixieland Amusement Park for more family fun. The park is focused on younger children and is interactive, educational and modest in price. For old-fashioned fun, catch a film at the Solano Drive-In, one of the last of its kind in California.
Concord is home to a progressive arts scene. From the 1970s on, native son Dave Brubeck, Ella Fitzgerald and others performed each summer at the Concord Jazz Festival. Look for modern headliners like CeeLo Green, OneRepublic, Linkin Park and Steely Dan in the summer concert series at the Concord Pavilion, the city's main amphitheater. Concord also has a strong legacy of theater and the performing arts. Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks was born here.
The city is best navigated by car. Find free or metered parking throughout Concord. A bus service also runs throughout the town. Drive outside the city limits to see the majesty of Mt. Diablo State Park. Visit the bohemian locals of Berkeley, the Bay Area city that boasts one of the most recognized universities in the nation.