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Weekend Breaks to Berkeley

Planning a short break to Berkeley? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Berkeley. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Berkeley. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Tilden Nature Area

Located in the Berkeley hills just north of Highway 24. The 740 acre’s that make up Tilden Nature Reserve has a wealth of natural history at Jewel Lake and surrounding woodlands, and is the perfect place to take the children for a few hours fun on the Steam Trains, which run from 11am to 6pm daily during summer at the Tilden Regional Park.

Also, a Carousel is open Sat and Sun, from 10am to 5pm, and from 11am to 5pm daily during summer.

The Botanical Garden in Tilden Park is open from 8.30 t0 5pm daily, and is a beautifully landscaped area that concentrates on California flora. Phone (510) 843-2137.

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Berkeley Marina

Located at 201 University Ave., this body of water can accommodate up to 975 crafts, excellent restaurants on its banks, wide spaces of grassy picnic spots, and fabulous views of San Francisco and Angel Island.

For more information phone (510) 644-6376 Ext. 221, Fax: (510) 644-8649, TDD: (510) 981-6903, email

Telegraph Avenue

This street in Berkeley was once the scene of student protest in the 1960’s, and still sees hordes of students from the University of California. It has the highest concentration of bookshops in the country, and an abundance of coffee houses and cheap eateries, where families can enjoy a meal that won’t break the budget, and be entertained by the passing parade of street vendors, musicians, and other eccentric folk, who make up the fascinating populace of this historical center.

Claremont Resort Hotel

Located at 41 Tunnel Road, Oakland, phone (510) 843-3000, this is the Bay Area’s most opulent hotel, and is a huge half-timbered building that had its beginnings in 1906 when work commenced on building the fairytale castle wannabe. Although the hotel failed to prosper in its earliest days, due to a licensing law that forbade the sale of alcohol within a mile of the university campus, that has fallen away and today the hotel enjoys outstanding success and is a great place for a drink while you sit gaze out over the view. Nearest train can be found at the Bart station in Shattuck Avenue.

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UC Botanical Garden

Located at 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, 34 acres with over 12,000 kinds of flora in the garden’s collections of plants from around the globe make the University of California Botanical Garden a must see for any gardener or lover of plants and flowers.

For more information phone (510) 643-2755 or go to

University of California

Ranked as one of the country’s finest universities, the University of California is set on 1,365-acre, with a campus of 465 buildings, that include students museums, libraries, public lectures by Nobel laureates, and much more. Free tours of the campus leave from 101University Hall at the corner of University Avenue and Oxford Street, Monday to Friday.

For more information phone 510-642-5215, email or go to

Indian Rock

Located at I950 Indian Rock Avenue at Shattuck Avenue - Northeast Berkeley, this park and the rocky outcrop is great for climbing, or picnics, or just getting away from the crowds. The view of San Francisco Bay is superb. There is a picnic area with BBQ.

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Golden Gate Fields

Located at 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkley, California 94710, visit this old-fashioned race-track that has been brought up to date to make way for the new millennium, but still provides old-fashioned fun of gambling, drinking and cheering on the horses.

For more information phone (+) 1 510 559 7300, email or go to

Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse

Located at 901 Gilman Avenue, Berkeley, this brewery doubles as a restaurant and brew house. Offering tours on beer making, a parking lot that provides free outdoor cinema in the summer, and a fine restaurant, a visit to Pyramid more or less covers the entire family’s needs.

Phone (510) 528-9880, email or go to

Tilden Park Golf Course

Located on Grizzly Peak and Shasta Road, in Berkeley's Tilden Regional Park, this par-70 course offers a scenic and tricky 18 holes, as well as a driving range, pro shop, putting green, and a bar and grill.

If the family is not enthusiastic about watching you play golf, they can explore the other attractions of Tilden Park, such as the Botanic Garden, or Roberts’s pool and playground. Phone (+) 1 510 848 7373 (Golf Shop)


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