Things to do in Berkeley, CA

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Berkeley Attractions

Smaller cities have a vibe you just don't find in their larger counterparts. Look up all the fun and exciting things to do in Berkeley before you head off so you can make the most of your escape. You'll soon learn that bigger doesn't necessarily mean better!

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1. University of California, Berkeley

Explore the campus of University of California, Berkeley, a top college in Berkeley. Attend a sporting event or discover the beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.
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Explore the campus of University of California, Berkeley, a top college in Berkeley. Attend a sporting event or discover the beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.

2. Berkeley Marina

Made up of charming parks and boulevards, the Berkeley Marina is a scenic waterfront area on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. A yacht club and a hotel complement the many restaurants in this lively spot, providing stunning views of the bay. Stay for the sunset and watch the sky turn red above the water.
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A world-class playground complex, a labyrinth of nature trails and a solar calendar are among the highlights that make this stunning marina stand out.

3. Greek Theater

While exploring Oakland, visit the Greek Theatre, part of the University of California, Berkeley. Inaugurated in 1903, this amphitheater of classical design seats 8,500 spectators and hosts festivals, concerts and important ceremonies. Admire the Greek Revival architecture of the bowl and imagine you’re in Ancient Greece.
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President Theodore Roosevelt and the Dalai Lama are among the iconic figures who have graced the stage of this neoclassical open-air bowl.

4. Telegraph Avenue

Visit Telegraph Avenue for its bohemian flair and flurry of old-world stores. This long street is popular with students, adding a fresh and youthful ambiance to this nostalgic setting. Get sentimental as you move between the stores, restaurants and entertainment venues with a 1960s feel.
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Retro arcade games and vinyl discs stand beside flower-power fashion accessories and vintage books in this homage to the Sixties.

5. Cesar Chavez Park

Visit César Chávez Park, a picturesque green park skirting the eastern shoreline of San Francisco Park. Trails carve through the 90-acre (36-hectare) grounds, providing spectacular views of the water.
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Spot Alcatraz and the bay bridges between the colorful kites in a waterside park known for its impressive solar calendar.

What to do in Berkeley

Free Things to Do in Berkeley

A vacation in Berkeley need not break the bank. You can leave your wallet at home if you go to:

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life - Chock-full of interesting objects and exhibits, this gallery is a wonderland for minds that burn with curiosity.

Tilden Park - Let down your hair and add a bit of extra fun to your trip here.

University of California, Berkeley - Pay a visit to this historic landmark and learn a few things about the cultural heritage of the area.

Berkeley Marina - Find out why locals and travelers alike enjoy the charm and character of this place.

Doe Library - Widely known among local residents, this site is worth dropping by.

Hans Jenny Pygmy Forest Reserve - Get away from the busy city life and spend time in Mother Nature at this awe-inspiring place.

Chickering American River Reserve - Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by spending some time in nature.

Things to Do in Berkeley with Kids

There are lots of incredible experiences in Berkeley that the entire gang will enjoy. Here are a few of the best family friendly experiences in the area.


 

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