The Top 12 Fun Things to do in Walnut Creek
Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Diablo, Walnut Creek is the leading center of culture and trade in Contra Costa. With miles of a hiking trail and breathtaking views, the town is a paradise for nature lovers and a cultural center. Walnut Creek visitors can enjoy galleries, theatres, and culinary delights. In Walnut Creek here are the top 12 things to see and do.
- Downtown Shopping
For every shopper, Downtown Walnut Creek has something to it. From exquisite jewelry to products for your four-legged friend, the place to go is downtown. Boutiques range from high-end shops to famous clothing stores. Even if you’re not looking to buy, the picturesque, tree-lined streets of downtown make it the perfect place to spend some hours shopping in the window.
- Swan’s Fine Books
Swan’s Books is the nirvana for a book lover. This bookstore offers an exclusive selection of used, rare, and collectible items. All books are carefully selected by staff, and price varies. You will find a good first edition press book or a hard to find tome about the history of California. Not sure what you’re checking for? Swan staff is always happy to help you find the right book. The bookstore also holds evening events, such as lectures and meetings with book clubs.
- Ruth Bancroft Garden
Move into Ruth Bancroft Garden and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation surrounded by local fauna and flora. This dry garden features an eco-friendly, drought-tolerant style that is as lovely as it is. The garden contains a large array of cacti and succulents. There is also a nursery on-site that sells a variety of plants and offers gardening workshops if you get inspired to start your own environmentally friendly garden.
- Canvas and Cabernet
Want to do something special with friends at an evening out? In Canvas and Cabernet, unleash your inner artistic genius while enjoying some wine. Canvas and Cabernet are all about having fun-no artistic talent is required. Every evening the classes focus on a different theme. You’ll learn the basic techniques of acrylic painting as you enjoy a glass of wine or beer. Find out the class calendar and book your spot on the website.
- Old Borges Ranch
Taking the historic Old Borges Ranch for a walk back in time. Initially built by the Borges Family in 1899, the ranch gives tourists a look into a cattle ranch from the early 20th century. The ranch is composed of seven original and restored buildings, including the home of the Borges family. There are a variety of animals still living on the property that you can see during the year. In addition, the ranch is a gateway into the open area of the Shell Range, including many hiking trails.
- Lesher Center for the Arts
Watch a concert or a play at Lesher Arts Centre. In three small theaters the center stage a number of theatrical productions. Local and traveling theater companies, musical groups, and dance troops feature in productions. The Lesher Center offers visitors a cultural evening at a reasonable price.
- Bedford Gallery
The Bedford Gallery, located inside the Lesher Center for the Arts, hosts four to five art exhibitions each year and is one of the best places to see contemporary art on the Contra Costa. The museum also displays artists of the past and the present. The Bedford Gallery devotes itself to supplying the city with public services. You may do a docent tour or engage in a panel discussion in addition to taking in great art.
- A Sweet Affair Bakery
Give this scrumptious local bakery your taste buds over. A Sweet Affair supplies daily fresh baked goods. All the bread and pastries are made on-site from scratch. The bakery also sells a range of sandwiches, soups, salads and. Go for the food, and stay for the atmosphere. The bakery, with its retro decorations and welcoming service, evokes an old-time look.
- Mt. Diablo State Park
Mt. Diablo State Park provides hundreds of trails ranging from leisurely walks to arduous hiking up the highest mountain in Contra Costa. You can see from the summit of Mt. Diablo up to 200 miles out on a clear day. When you’re looking for a more enjoyable experience, take a scenic path through the foothills of the mountains. Visit the park during spring or fall for the best experience, when the hills turn a sparkling green and the weather is fine.
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- Broadway Plaza
Broadway Plaza is the perfect spot for a stroll through the evening. You can enjoy live music in the summer while making your way through this pedestrian shopping center. The plaza buzzes during the winter as shoppers fill the decorated streets with activity. The plaza features shopping and dining, and lots of benches to sit on and watch the world go by. Broadway Plaza is a busy city center, conveniently accessible by public transport and providing valet parking.
- Civic Park
It is a nice place to cool down on a sunny summer day, play with your kids on a playground, visit a library, play ball on the sunny green place, enjoy a view of the creek running along the park grounds, and park your car for free. During winter it is a place where ‘Walnut Creek on Ice’ is opened – nice for proving that you are not only a skier but also a skater. Enjoy your stay in this marvelous small town.
- Calicraft Brewing Company
Calicraft turns out some of the most interesting beer in the area. If you are looking for guava beer or sours, this is the place. Try some Imperial Raspberry Ale or some Sour Zinfandel. They turn out some great Octoberfest beer and various IPAs. Great place to try some new brews.
This amazing city is packed with amazing hotels you should check out on your next visit to Walnut Creek, California:
- Renaissance Walnut Creek Hotel
- Residence Inn by Marriott Walnut Creek
- Embassy Suites by Hilton Walnut Creek
- Walnut Creek Marriott
- Holiday Inn Express Walnut Creek
- Diablo Mountain Inn
- AVE Walnut Creek
All of these wonderful hotels are located just a short distance from our location at 2890 North Main Street! Stop by for a visit anytime!