For directions, fees, hours, and park restrictions, call 510-562-PARK or visit www.ebparks.org. Each park has its own page on the Web site.
Anthony Chabot Camping, fishing, hiking, marksmanship, equestrian center, and other activities on 4,972 acres surrounding Lake Chabot. Redwood Rd., Oakland.
Antioch/Oakley Regional Shoreline Picnicking and kite flying, fishing off a 550-foot fishing pier on the San Joaquin River. North end of Bridgehead Rd., Antioch.
Ardenwood Historic Farm A working farm where visitors can see turn-of-the-century agricultural practices and help harvest crops. 34600 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont.
Bishop Ranch Regional Preserve More than 529 acres offering horseback riding, hiking, kite flying, etc. Morgan Dr., San Ramon.
Black Diamond Mines Take a 400-foot guided walk through the Hazel-Atlas mine, an early-20th-century mine where workers once fashioned sand into glass. 5175 Somersville Rd., Antioch.
Briones The park’s 5,756 acres are home to deer, coyotes, squirrels, red-tailed hawks, vultures, and other creatures. Campground, archery range, hiking, horseback riding. 1200 Pleasant Hill Rd., Lafayette.
Brooks Island This 373-acre island in San Francisco Bay contains 2,500-year-old shellmounds left by the island’s original Indian habitants. Limited group guided tours. Must have own boat.
Browns Island A 595-acre island north of Pittsburg. Home to six rare and endangered plant species, and a variety of aquatic birds.
Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline Horseback riding, hiking, wildlife at 2,795 acres of bluffs and shoreline. Carquinez Scenic Dr. at Foster St., Martinez.
Claremont Canyon Quiet woodlands give way to a panorama of the bay. Stonewall Rd. and Dwight Way.
Contra Loma Year-round swimming in a lagoon with a sandy beach, fishing in an 80-acre reservoir. 1200 Frederickson Lane, Antioch.
Coyote Hills Alameda Creek, the county’s largest, passes through the park. 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd., Fremont.
Crown Memorial State Beach A 2.5-mile beach with sand dunes, bicycle trail. 8th St. and Otis Dr., Alameda.
Cull Canyon Swimming and fishing in a 1.5-acre lagoon. 18627 Cull Canyon Rd., Castro Valley.
Diablo Foothills Interesting geology, beautiful wildflowers, and a variety of bird and animal life. No facilities. 1700 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek.
Don Castro Clear-blue lagoon for swimming. Also picnicking, fishing, and wilderness hiking. 22400 Woodroe Ave., Hayward.
Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary A rest stop for thousands of birds during the fall migration. At the bayshore end of Park St., Alameda.
Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer Nature tours, picnicking, hiking, riding trails, fishing. Be sure to catch the late-summer apple festival.1320 Garin Ave., Hayward.
Hayward Regional Shoreline On 1,682 acres, including salt-, fresh-, and brackish-water marshes, and the San Lorenzo Trail. 3010 West Winton Ave, Hayward.
Huckleberry Botanic A 235-acre ecological preserve with a year-round display of rare plants. No dogs, bicycles, or horses. On Skyline Blvd. between Broadway Terr. and Snake Rd., Oakland.
Kennedy Grove A relaxed setting for picnics with large grassy areas for sports at the base of San Pablo Dam at Castro Ranch Rd., Richmond.
Lake Chabot Fishing, boating, bicycling, trails, and seasonal lake tours aboard the Chabot Queen. 17930 Lake Chabot Rd., Castro Valley.
Las Trampas Regional Wilderness More than 3,798 acres of wilderness and trails. Also contains the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in Danville. 18012 Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon.
Leona Canyon Regional Open Space Preserve A wooded canyon within a 271-acre park near Merritt College. Campus Dr. off Keller Ave. east of I-580, Oakland.
Little Hills Ranch A 25-acre picnic park available by reservation only. Next to Las Trampas on Bollinger Canyon Rd., San Ramon.
Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline A 1,220-acre park protecting the remainder of the San Leandro Bay marshlands. Picnic area, boat ramp. Doolittle Dr. and Swan Way, Oakland.
Martinez Regional Shoreline Fishing, bird-watching, exercise course, and marina with a boatyard, fuel, bait shop, restaurant, and bar. During rodeo season, a horse arena offers competition for youthful riders. Joe Di Maggio Dr. at North Court St., Martinez.
Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline Shoreline picnic area, secluded cove with swimming, and a hilltop with North Bay views. 900 Dornan Dr., Richmond.
Mission Peak It’s a strenuous hike to the top, but you get great views and access to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail. East end of Stanford Ave., off Mission Blvd., Fremont.
Morgan Territory The sandstone hills of this park feature wildflowers, deer, coyote, and occasional mountain lions. 9401 Morgan Territory Rd., Livermore.
Ohlone Wilderness Accessible via hike or ride along Ohlone Wilderness Trail. Home of 3,800-foot Rose Peak. Parking lots at Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Regional Wilderness, and Mission Peak Regional Preserve.
Oyster Bay Picnicking, bird-watching, bay views. End of Neptune Dr., San Leandro.
Pleasanton Ridge A 3,163-acre park, with hiking, riding trails, bicycling, and sweeping canyon views. Foothill Rd., Pleasanton.
Point Isabel A 21-acre landscaped park offering fishing, jogging, bird-watching, kite flying, and — most notably — dog walking. End of Isabel St., Richmond.
Point Pinole A 2,315-acre wooded parkland with trails, wildflowers, beaches, and a 1,250-foot fishing pier. 5555 Giant Hwy., Richmond.
Quarry Lakes Swimming, fishing, sailboarding, canoeing, and boats with electric-powered motors. 2100 Isherwood Way, Fremont.
Redwood Regional Park A hidden redwood forest inside 1,863 acres. Hiking, horseback riding, and biking trails. 7867 Redwood Rd., Oakland.
Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve Round Top Peak features lava and volcanic debris from a 10-million-year-old volcano. 6800 Skyline Blvd, Oakland.
Roberts Regional Recreation Area Pool complex features heated swimming. Trail connections inside the park for bicyclists, runners, and hikers. 10570 Skyline Blvd., Oakland.
Round Valley Regional Preserve A 2,024-acre wildlife refuge boasting eagles, ground squirrels, the San Joaquin pocket mouse, the San Joaquin kit fox, and the California red-legged frog. Marsh Creek Rd., about two miles east of Deer Valley Rd., Clayton.
Shadow Cliffs An 80-acre lake with waterslide, picnic grounds, windsurfing rentals and lessons, and boat launch. 2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton.
Sobrante Ridge Botanic A 277-acre preserve featuring the rare Alameda manzanita bird as well as other indigenous plant and animal species. End of Coach Dr. past Carriage Dr., Richmond.
Sunol Regional Wilderness Camping, hiking, backpacking, horse riding, and rock climbing in a 6,858-acre wilderness area. Geary Rd., Fremont.
Temescal Swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and picnicking. 6500 Broadway, Oakland.
Tilden Park A steam train, carousel ride, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and golf course. Entrances off Wildcat Canyon Rd. and Grizzly Peak Blvd. in Berkeley.
Waterbird Regional Preserve A 198-acre area that contains Al McNabney Marsh, a home for migratory birds as well as species of waterfowl and shorebirds. Waterfront Rd. and Waterbird Way, Martinez.
Wildcat Canyon Trails for hiking and horseback riding. Arlington Ave. and McBryde Ave., El Cerrito.
For information, directions, and restrictions, call 800-777-0369 or visit www.parks.ca.gov
Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area Bike trails, fishing, boat ramps, windsurfing, windmills. Seven miles off I-580 at the Grant Line Rd. exit, Livermore.
East Shore Eight miles of shoreline extending from the Bay Bridge to the Shoreline Trail in Richmond. A work in progress; ultimately it will include 1,817 acres of land.
Franks Tract State Recreation Area A popular destination for fly-fishing and hunting waterfowl that is only reachable by water. Located southeast of Brannan Island between False River and Bethel Island.
Lake Del Valle Fishing, swimming, and boat launching and rental as well as 3,997 acres for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. 7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore.
Mount Diablo State Park Hiking, biking, horseback riding, rock climbing, and camping. Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd., Danville.
Berkeley Rose Garden More than 3,000 rose bushes and 250 varieties of roses, along with tennis courts, picnic area, trails, ornamental pool, amphitheater. Euclid Ave. and Bayview Pl., Berkeley, 510-644-6530.
Japanese Garden Combines traditional Japanese gardening principles with native California landscaping. Pathways, teahouse, and sitting areas. North Third St. and Crescent Ave., Hayward, 510-881-6715.
Joaquin Miller Park Home to 500 acres of redwood groves and other native California trees and plants, trails for biking, hiking and walking, picnic and wedding areas, cascades, and the Woodminster Amphitheater. 3590 Sanborn Dr., Oakland, 510-382-3187.
Tilden Botanic Garden A 10-acre garden that allegedly showcases the world’s most complete collection of plants indigenous to California. Wildcat Canyon Rd. and South Park Dr. in Tilden Regional Park, Berkeley.
University of California Botanical Garden Features one of the most diverse plant collections in the United States. 200 Centennial Dr. #5045, Berkeley, 510-643-2755.
The following list was culled from a listing from the Northern California Golf Association. For other courses in the Bay Area, including private ones, see www.ncga.org/courses.htm
Boundary Oak Public, 18 holes. 3800 Valley Vista Rd., Walnut Creek, 925-934-4775, www.boundaryoak.com
Bridges Public, 18 holes. 9000 South Gale Ridge Rd., San Ramon, 925-735-4253, www.thebridgesgolf.com
Brentwood Public, 27 holes plus 9-hole executive course. 100 Summerset Dr., Brentwood, 925-516-3400, www.brentwoodgolf.com
Buchanan Fields Public, 9 holes. 1091 Concord Ave., Concord. 925-682-1846.
Canyon Lakes Public, 18 holes. 640 Bollinger Canyon Way, San Ramon, 925-735-6511, www.canyonlakesgolfclub.com
Chuck Corica Public, 36 holes and one executive course. 1 Clubhouse Memorial Rd., Alameda, 510-522-4321, www.ci.alameda.ca.us/golf/corica.html
Diablo Creek Municipal, 18 holes. 4050 Port Chicago Hwy., Concord, 925-686-6262, www.ci.concord.ca.us/recreation/golf.htm
Diablo Hills Public, 9 holes. 551 Marchbanks Dr., Walnut Creek, 925-939-7372, www.golfpromotion.com/diablohills.html
Dublin Ranch Public, 18 holes. 3700 Fallon Rd., Dublin, 925-243-1093, www.dublinranchgolfclub.com.
Franklin Canyon Public, 18 holes. Highway 4, Hercules, 510-799-6191, www.golfcalifornia.com
Fremont Park Public, 9 holes. 39751 Stevenson Pl., Fremont, 510-790-1919, ext. 1.
Lake Chabot Public, 27 holes. 11450 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-351-5812.
Las Positas Municipal, 27 holes. 917 Clubhouse Dr., Livermore, 925-443-3122, www.laspositasgolf.com
Lone Tree Public, 18 holes. 4800 Golf Course Rd., Antioch, 925-706-4220, www.lonetreegolfcourse.com
Metropolitan Public, 18 holes. 10051 Doolittle Dr., Oakland. 510-569-5555.
Mission Hills Public, 9 holes. 275 Industrial Pkwy., Hayward, 510-888-0200.
Monarch Bay Municipal, 27 holes. 13800 Monarch Bay Dr., San Leandro, 510-895-2162, www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us/slgolf.html
Pine Meadows Public, 9 holes. 451 Vine Hill Way, Martinez. 925-228-2881.
Pittsburg’s Delta View Municipal, 18 holes. 2242 Golf Club Rd., Pittsburg, 925-439-4040, www.deltaviewgolf.com
Pleasanton Fairways Public, 9 holes. Oval of the racetrack, Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, 925-462-4653.
Poppy Ridge Public, 27 holes. 4280 Greenville Rd., Livermore. 925-455-2035. www.poppyridgegolf.com
Roddy Ranch Public, 18 holes. 1 Tour Way, Antioch, 925-978-4653.
San Ramon Royal Vista Public, 18 holes. 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon, 925-828-6100.
Shadow Lakes Public, 18 holes. 401 West Country Club Dr., Brentwood,. 925-516-2837, www.shadowlakesgolf.com
Skywest Public, 18 holes. 1401 Golf Course Rd., Hayward, 510-317-2300.
Springtown Public, 9 holes. 939 Larkspur Dr., Livermore, 925-455-5695, www.ci.livermore.ca.us/golf.html
Sunol Valley Public, 36 holes. 6900 Mission Rd., Sunol, 925-862-0414, www.sunolvalley.com
Tilden Park Public, 18 holes. Grizzly Peak & Shasta Rd., Berkeley. 510-848-7373, www.americangolf.com
Wente Vineyards Public, 18 holes. 5050 Arroyo Rd., Livermore. 925-456-2475, www.wentegolf.com
Willow Park Public, 18 holes. 17007 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley, 510-537-8989.
Boomers! Bumper boats, go-karts, laser tag, miniature golf. 2400 Kitty Hawk Rd., Livermore, 925-447-7275, www.boomerspark.com/parks/livermore
Castro Valley Golden Tee Two 18-hole courses, video games, 2533 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, 510-537-2168.
Golf & Games Miniature golf, video games, batting cages, and go-karts. 501 Somersville Rd., Antioch, 925-754-5100.
Karts N’ Golf Two mini golf courses, go-karts, bumper cars, batting cages. 34805 Ardenwood Blvd., Fremont, 510-790-1616.
Pleasanton Woods Mini Golf 4777 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, 510-846-7933.
Anthony Chabot Park 9999 Redwood Rd., Oakland, 510-635-0135.
Aquatic Park Bolivar Way, at the foot of Bancroft Way, Berkeley, 510-644-6530.
Moraga Disc Golf Moraga Commons Park, Moraga Rd. at St. Mary’s Rd., Moraga, 925-376-2520.
Antioch Rails, pyramid with box, vertical wall, big Twinkie, small Twinkie, and other features. 4701 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, 925-779-7070.
Berkeley Skate Park 20,000 square feet, lighted bowl, many quarter pipes and banks. 777 Harrison St. at 5th St., Berkeley, 510-981-7451.
City View Skate Park 10,000 square feet, one bowl, several ledges, rails and quarter pipes. Three ramps, 1177 West Redline Ave., Alameda.
Fremont Outdoor, free, six-foot half pipe, street course, rails, boxes, and a small spine. 4000 Paseo Padre, Fremont, 510-494-4230.
Kennelly Skate Park Coaches Field on Moraga Ave. near Redrock Rd., Piedmont, 510-420-3070.
Livermore 11,000 square-foot concrete park, horseshoe bowl, funbox, pyramid, slant wall, grind rails. East end of Pacific Ave. at Sunken Gardens Park, Livermore, 925-373-5700.
Pleasanton Hill, boxes, pyramid, pipes, rails. 5800 Parkside Dr., Pleasanton, 925-931-5340.
Thrasher Park Davis and Orchard aves., San Leandro, 510-577-3363.
Chabot Gun Club Within Anthony Chabot Regional Park. 40 acres of outdoor ranges. Rifle, pistol, shotgun, trap. 9999 Redwood Rd., Castro Valley, 510-569-0213, www.chabotgunclub.com
Livermore-Pleasanton Rod & Gun Trap, black powder, 54 acres. Rifle and pistol range plans to reopen in August or September. 4000 Dagnino Rd., Livermore, 925-449-8780, www.LPRG.org
Martinez Gun Club Trap, skeet, 5-stand, 34 acres. 900 Waterbird Way, Martinez, 925-372-9599.
Richmond Rod & Gun Club Trap and skeet. Public 100-yard rifle range and public pistol range. 3155 Goodrick Ave., Richmond, 510-620-9419.
San Leandro Rifle and Pistol Range Indoor pistol range, outdoor pistol and rifle range. 3001 Davis St., San Leandro, 510-638-9605.
United Sportsmen, Inc. Trap and skeet, rifle and pistol, 4700 Evora Rd., Concord, 925-676-1963.
Briones Archers In Briones Regional Park, Bear Creek Rd., Lafayette, 510-724-3814, www.archeryweb.com/briones
Diablo Bowmen Off Morgan Territory Rd., near Clayton, 510-427-4185.
Redwood Bowmen In Redwood Regional Park behind Chabot Observatory (free parking with validation), Oakland, 510-530-0400.
Alameda Marina 1815 Clement Ave., Alameda, 510-521-1133.
Antioch Marina Fuel, fishing piers. Foot of “L” St., #5 Marina Plaza, Antioch, 925-779-6957.
Ballena Isle Marina A 500-berth marina. 1150 Ballena Blvd., Alameda, 510-523-5528.
Berkeley Marina Almost 1,000 berths, launching ramp, fishing pier, charter boats. 201 University Ave., 510-849-2727.
Brickyard Cove Marina 1120 Brickyard Cove Rd, Point Richmond, 510-236-1933.
Embarcadero Cove Marina 1 Embarcadero Cove, Oakland, 510-532-6683.
Emery Cove Yacht Harbor Emeryville, 510-428-0505.
Emeryville City Marina 3300 Powell St., Emeryville, 510-654-3716.
Fifth Ave. Marina #1 Fifth Ave., Oakland, 510-834-8915.
Fortman Marina 1535 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda, 510-522-9080.
Grand Marina More than 400 berths, fuel, secured gatehouses. 2099 Grand St., Alameda, 510-865-1200.
Jack London Marina 38 Webster St., Jack London Square, Oakland, 510-272-1100.
Marina Bay Yacht Harbor 1340 Marina Way South, Richmond, 510-236-1013.
Marina Village Yacht Harbor 750 slips, concrete piers. 1050 Marina Village Pkwy., Alameda, 510-521-0905.
Mariner Boat Yard 2021 Alaska Packer Pl., A lameda, 510-521-6100.
Pittsburg Marina 51 E. Marina Blvd., Pittsburg, 925-439-4958.
Point San Pablo Yacht Club 1900 Western Dr., Point Richmond, 510-233-3224.
Point San Pablo Yacht Harbor Point Richmond, 510-233-3224.
San Leandro Marina 455 berths, launch ramp, two yacht clubs, and more. 40 San Leandro Marina, 800-559-7245.
Encinal Boat Ramp Located off Central Ave. behind Encinal High School, Alameda. Includes a launching ramp, restrooms, and automobile and trailer parking. Free.
Grand St. Boat Ramp Located at the north end of Grand St., Alameda. Includes a launching ramp, restrooms, fishing pier, fish-cleaning facilities, and automobile and trailer parking. Free.
Lake Merritt Boating Center Sail, windsurf, kayak, canoe, paddle, or row at the lake. Classes and boating and sailing on the bay. 568 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-238-2196. www.oaklandnet.com/parks
ZOOS, NATURE CENTERS, ETC.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum One of oldest and largest US wildlife rehab hospitals, with more than 50 live animals, petting areas. 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, 925-935-1978, www.wildlife-museum.org
Oakland Zoo M ore than 440 native and exotic animals, miniature train ride, and a chair lift. 9777 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, 510-632-9525, www.oaklandzoo.org
Petting Zoo at Tilden Park The “Little Farm” in the park has a petting zoo, pony rides, and a miniature steam train. See Parks listing for more details.
Rotary Nature Center Touted as oldest wildlife refuge in the United States. Nature library, interactive displays. 600 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, 510-238-3739, www.oaklandnet.com/parks/programs/rnc.asp
Shorebird Nature Center 100-gallon aquarium featuring Bay species. Touch table and other wildlife exhibits. Located at the Berkeley Marina, 160 University Ave., Berkeley, 510-644-8623, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/marina/marinaexp/naturecenter.html
Sulphur Creek Nature Center Coyotes, foxes, opossums, hawks, owls, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. A lending library rents hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, and mice. 1801 D St., Hayward, 510-881-6747, www.hard.dst.ca.us/sulphur_creek.html
HORSE RIDES AND RENTALS
Chabot Riding Stables Lessons, boarding, no public rentals, 14600 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-569-4428.
Del Valle Equestrian Site Horse camping. 7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore, 510-562-2267.
G & C Stables Boarding, rentals for advanced riders. 3316 Dyer Rd., Livermore, 925-373-1128, www.gcstables.qpg.com
Jo Lin Stables Lessons, horse sales, boarding. No rentals. 2400 Valley View Rd., El Sobrante, 510-223-6201.
Las Trampas Lessons, rentals. 18015 Bollinger Canyon Rd. San Ramon, 925-838-7546.
Rancho Cerro 9300 Tesla Rd., Livermore, 925-454-3397.
Sunset Riding Academy Classes, moonlight rides, rentals. 7587 Athenour Way, Sunol, 925-862-0175, www.sunsetridingacademy.com
Western Trail Ride Adventures Horseback rides, trails, Saturday barbecues. 525 Castle Rock Rd., Walnut Creek, 925-946-1475, www.westerntrailride.com
Golden Gate Fields 1100 Eastshore Highway. Albany, 510-559-7300.
Alameda County Fair June 25-July 6 (11 days of racing). 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton, www.alamedacountyfair.com
Art Museum of Saint Mary’s College Features landscapes, Christian imagery. Gallery is currently closed but will reopen June 28. 1928 St. Mary’s Rd., 925-631-4379, www.stmarys-ca.edu/arts/art_gallery/
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive More than 13,000 objects and 10,000 films and videos. Pacific Film Archive has daily screenings that range from historic to contemporary. Library and film study center. Entrances at 2626 Bancroft Way and 2621 Durant Ave., 510-642-0808, www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/
Blackhawk Museum Historic and artistic auto exhibit, rotating exhibits organized by the Smithsonian Gallery, and Spiders!, which allows visitors to “experience the world as spiders do.” 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville, 925-736-2277, www.blackhawkauto.org
Chabot Space and Science Center Permanent exhibits include “Moon Mystery,” “Our Place in the Universe” and “Planetary Landscapes.” Planetarium, observatories, Mars Encounter, and Megadome Theater. Also houses “Nellie,” which the center says is the largest refractor in the western United States regularly open to the public. 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, 510-336-7300, www.chabotspace.org
Dunsmuir House and Gardens, Inc. Turn-of-the-century mansion of 16,000 square-feet, Tiffany-style dome, 10 fireplaces, carriage house, and farm buildings. 2960 Peralta Oaks Court, Oakland, 510-615-5555, www.oaklandnet.com/community/dunsmuir_house/duns_info.html
John Muir National Historic Site A 14-room mansion where Muir lived from 1890 until his death in 1914. 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, 925-228-8860, www.nps.gov/jomu
Judah L. Magnes Museum Claims to be the third largest Jewish museum in the United States, featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings, film, video, photography, and rare books. 2911 Russell St., Berkeley, 510-849-2710, www.magnesmuseum.org/start/index.html
Lawrence Hall of Science Hands-on science exhibits, discovery laboratories, computer labs, planetarium shows, after-school classes and summer camps, and special events. Centennial Dr., Lawrence Hall of Science #5200, Berkeley, 510-642-5132, www.lhs.berkeley.edu
MOCHA — Museum of Children’s Art In the Big Studio, a guided art project for children ages 6 and up. In the Little Studio, children can create their own art. 538 Ninth St., between Washington & Clay, Oakland, 510-465-8770, www.mocha.org
Museum of Paleontology One of nation’s largest fossil collections, with a freestanding Tyrannosaurus rex. 1101 Valley Life Sciences Building, UC-Berkeley, 510-642-1821, www.ucmp.berkeley.edu
Niles Depot Showcases Bay Area railroading with photographs, track equipment, signals, locomotive artifacts, uniforms, and model railroads. Library has more than 1,000 books and videotapes. 36997 Mission Blvd., Fremont, 510-797-4449, nilesdepot.railfan.net/NDHFhome.html
Oakland Museum of California The most extensive collection of material related to California’s complex history. Gallery of California Art includes 600 artworks from the early 1800s to the present. The Hall of California Ecology contains approximately 2,500 natural specimens. 1000 Oak St. Oakland, 510-238-2200, www.museumca.org
Olive Hyde Art Gallery Ten to twelve gallery exhibits a year, featuring traditional and contemporary art. 123 Washington Blvd., Fremont. 510-791-4357, www.ci.fremont.ca.us/Community/OliveHyde
Sun Gallery Focuses on contemporary Northern California artists; exhibitions, educational programs. 1015 “E” St., Hayward, 510-581-4050, www.sungallery.org
USS Hornet Museum Four levels of a World War II aircraft carrier are open for public viewing. Walk through officer’s areas, medical spaces, marine detachment, meet former crew, plus ride in the flight simulator. Pier 3, Alameda Point, Alameda, 510-521-8448, www.uss-hornet.org
USS Potomac Explore the “Floating White House,” Franklin D. Roosevelt’s official yacht. 540 Water St., Jack London Square, Oakland, 510-627-1215, www.usspotomac.org
Western Aerospace Museum Aviation and aerospace with emphasis on Northern California. 24 planes, from WWI to F-14 Tomcats. 8260 Boeing St., Building #621, Oakland. 510-638-7100, www.westernaerospacemuseum.org
Children’s Fairyland A 10-acre outdoor park in which children’s literature is brought to life through fairy tale rides, exhibits, storyboards, and animals. For children under 8. 699 Bellevue Ave., Oakland, www.fairyland.org
Pixieland Spinning teacups, dragon coaster, merry-go-round, and a miniature train ride. 925 -689-8841, 2740 East Olivera Rd., Concord, www.pixieland.com
Six Flags Marine World More than 25 rides, a wildlife park, and oceanarium. For kids, a Looney Tunes park with gentle rides; for adventure seekers, seven roller coasters. 2001 Marine World Pkwy., Vallejo, 707-643-6722, www.sixflags.com/parks/marineworld
Waterworld USA More than nine different water rides. Take a relaxing tube ride down the Kaanapali Kooler, a 15-foot-wide, 1,000-foot-long river that is Northern California’s largest, or jet down four stories on the Typhoon Double Tube Slides. 1950 Waterworld Pkwy, Concord, 925-609-1360, www.sixflags.com/parks/waterworldconcord