Berkeley Doesn't Do Boring at Any of These Top Activities

With its easy access to the bay and stunning views above it, Berkeley has no end to outdoor activities. Whether it's biking, hiking, running or a peaceful stroll, you'll find every terrain imaginable, from hills to dales and everything in between. And Berkeley's weather - milder than San Francisco because the bay keeps that cold fog away - allows outdoor activities all-year long.

But for those days the rains do come, or you just feel like something to do inside, Berkeley has plenty to offer in those categories, too. The Lawrence Hall of Science is one of the premier Science Centers in the whole country, and kids of all ages should find exhibits to enthrall them. And for those with no eye, ear or nose for science, the view from Lawrence Hall is alone worth the trip.

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite an agonizing decision. 10Best has narrowed all of the available attractions in Berkeley to a list of the most appealing and reputable, to aide in your decision making. You can rest easy knowing that any choice you make from our list is sure to please.



Aquatic Park has the distinction of being Berkeley's largest public park, with about 32 acres of land and a 67-acre series of lakes and lagoons. One of a number of projects in town completed by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, the...  Read More



What do you do with an unsightly landfill that has outlived its usefulness? Well, in Berkeley, you turn it into a public park. Built in 1991 and named for the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, one of the best features of the park...  Read More



You'd be hard-pressed to find a city playground like the one Berkeley has to offer. It's no coincidence that parents are required to sign a waver before their kids to enter; although the park is definitely safe, it also possesses some of the...  Read More



Hands-on cooking classes, demos and lectures for those who want to try to cook their favorite foods. A wonderful way for friends to become even better friends, Kitchen on Fire offers nightly classes and also longer course for those who might be...  Read More



If you feel a lucky streak coming on but prefer the smell of manure to the smoke of a casino, head to the gorgeous racetrack by the bay that all kinds of people have been enjoying for decades. Opened in 1941, Golden Gate Fields features two race...  Read More

University of California Botanical Garden


Established in 1890, this 34-acre botanic garden has been in its present location since the 1920s. There's much to see here, so plan several hours if you have even the palest of green thumbs. Linked by meandering pathways and enclosed...  Read More



For flower fanatics, this is a definite must-see. The 3.5 acre terraced park features some 3000 rose bushes comprised of about 250 different species – truly a sight (and scent) to behold. Completed in 1937 by the Works Project Administration,...  Read More



With over 2000 acres to explore, Tilden Park could keep you occupied for days. The sandy beach at Lake Anza is a great place to start – enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun, under the watchful eye of the lifeguards of course. Then, take a little...  Read More

University of California – Berkeley
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Berkeley is a respected academic institution, but it's also a great place to walk around and soak up some of the Berkeley vibe. Get a self-guided walking tour brochure at the visitor center, or join a guided tour of the campus. Either way, there...  Read More

Lawrence Hall of Science
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The Lawrence Hall of Science not only offers fantastic views of the Bay Area but engaging and enthralling science exhibits for kids of all ages. Names after Ernest Orlando Lawrence (1901--1958), the man who invented the prototype of the...  Read More


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