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Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Walnut Creek

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Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek is the leading cultural and commercial center of Contra Costa. With miles of hiking trails and scenic views, the city is a paradise for nature lovers and a cultural center. Walnut Creek visitors can enjoy galleries, theaters and culinary delights.

Here’s the top ten things to see and do in Walnut Creek.

  • Ruth Bancroft Garden

Step into the garden of Ruth Bancroft and enjoy a pleasant afternoon surrounded by local flora and fauna. This dry garden features a dry-tolerant style that is as lovely as it is eco-friendly. The garden has a large collection of succulents and cacti. There is also a nursery on site that sells a range of plants and provides gardening workshops, in case you get inspired to start your own eco-friendly garden.

  • The Lindsay Wildlife Experience

The Lindsay Wildlife Experience is one of the oldest wildlife rehabilitation centers in the United States, which was originally established in 1955 as the Diablo Junior Museum by Alexander Lindsay and began wildlife rehabilitation operations in 1970. Since 1986, the museum and center has been run as an independent non-profit organization treating more than 6,000 orphaned and wounded wild animals every year. As one of the first family museums in the San Francisco East Bay Area, the center provides a range of exclusive exhibitions and experiences, including behind-the-scenes Wildlife Hospital experience that allows guests to see regular live veterinary treatments and treatment operations. Other exhibits include a live bee centre, an underground habitat exploration area, and a children’s discovery space.

  • Canvas and Cabernet

Unleash your inner creative genius while enjoying some Canvas and Cabernet wine. Canvas and Cabernet are all about having fun – no artistic aptitude is needed. Classes concentrate on a different theme every night. You will learn simple techniques of acrylic painting while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.

  • Lesher Center for the Arts

Enjoy a concert or a show at the Lesher Center for the Arts. The center staged a number of dramatic works in three small theaters. Productions include local and touring theater companies, musical groups and dance companies. The Lesher Center is offering guests a night of culture at a fair price. Check the Center ‘s website for upcoming shows and book tickets.

  • Downtown Shopping

Walnut Creek downtown has plenty for every shopper. From exquisite jewelry to products for your four-legged friend, downtown is the place to be. Shops range from high-end boutiques to famous clothing stores. Even if you’re not trying to buy it, the picturesque tree-lined streets of downtown make it the ideal place to spend a few hours shopping.

  • Swan’s Fine Books

Swan ‘s Books is a nirvana book lover. This bookshop provides a exclusive selection of used, collectible and rare volumes. All books are carefully selected by the staff and vary in price. You will find a first edition fine press book or something hard to find about the history of California. Not sure what you’re looking for? Swan staff is always happy to help you find the right book. The bookshop frequently hosts evening activities, such as seminars and book club meetings.

  • Va de Vi Bistro and Wine Bar

Since 2005, Va de Vi Bistro and Wine Bar have been voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area each year by SF Gate and SF Chronicle Magazine, serving eclectic small dishes paired with an extensive international wine list. The restaurant, led by executive chef Mike Fischetti, is named after the Catalan expression “It’s all about wine,” which recognizes the restaurant’s dedication to bringing the best of bold, creative and sophisticated foreign wine to Bay Area diners. Pre-arranged wine flights are available to pair with a variety of meals, including hearty burgers and sandwiches, rustic pasta and risotto meals, and trendy land and seafood dishes such as New York strip steak, curry chicken and duck meatballs.

  • Old Borges Ranch

Take a walk back in time to the historic Old Borges Estate. Originally founded in 1899 by the Borges family, the ranch gives tourists a glimpse of the early 20th-century cattle ranch. The ranch consists of seven original and renovated houses, including the home of the Borges family. There are also a variety of animals living on the ranch that you can visit all year round. In addition, the ranch is a gateway to the Shell Ridge open area , which includes many hiking trails.

  • A Sweet Affair Bakery

Indulge your taste buds in this delicious local bakery. The Sweet Affair provides fresh baked goods every day. All of the bread and pastries are made from scratch on site. The bakery also provides a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. Go to the food and remain in the environment. The bakery evokes an old-fashioned feel, with retro decorations and pleasant service.

  • Calicraft Brewing CompanyCalicraft Brewing Company

Calicraft Brewing Company is a trendy craft brewery in Walnut Creek, originally founded by young beer enthusiast Blaine Landberg in 2012. Since his time as a college student at UC Berkeley, Landberg, a former employee of the national beverage retail chain Honest Tea, has been making a rare beer-wine hybrid “sparkling ales.” Today, the brewery serves a range of sparkling ales under its Trees line, including its year-round Guava Trees Sparkling Ale and Rosé Sparkling Ale. Other flagship brews include Coast Kolsch, Oaktown American Brown Ale, City IPA, and Bay Double IPA. The company’s tap room is open to the public seven days a week, with food trucks parking most days on site. Live music performances are provided every Friday night, with quiz nights and other public special activities held on a regular basis.

These fun activities located in Walnut Creek, California are all amazing! If you are planning on visiting our exciting city here are some hotels you should check out to make your stay more enjoyable:

  • Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek
  • Walnut Creek Marriott
  • Renaissance Walnut Creek Hotel
  • Diablo Mountain Inn
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Walnut Creek
  • Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa
  • Extended Stay America – Pleasant Hill – Buskirk Ave.
  • Motel 6 Walnut Creek, CA
  • Studio 6 Concord, CA

All of these wonderful hotels are located just a short distance from our location located at Law Offices of Joel A. Harris 1990 N. California 8th Floor
Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!

Law Offices of Joel A. Harris 1990 N. California 8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (925) 757-4605

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