Tilden Regional Park, also known as Tilden Park, is a 2,079-acre (841-ha) regional park in East Bay, part of the San Francisco Bay Area in California. It's between the Berkeley Hills and the Ridge of San Pablo. Its main entrance is in the vicinity of Kensington, Berkeley and Richmond. The park is adjacent to the Regional Park of Wildcat Canyon.
One of the three oldest parks in the district, Tilden has been called the jewel of the system, and its recreational activities have become a happy tradition for generations of East Bay youth. From a carousel ride and a picnic to a swim in Lake Anza and a stroll through the Botanic Garden, Tilden has a variety to delight everyone. Yet there are plenty of quiet spots in Tilden's 2,079 acres to shelter wildlife and preserve natural beauty.
Tilden was named Charles Lee Tilden, the first president of the Park District Board of Directors. The park is reached by Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley.
The Regional Parks Botanic Garden contains the world's most complete collection of native California plants, including rare and endangered species. The visitor center (wheelchair accessible) offers tours and lectures throughout the year. The Botanic Garden offers accessible drinking and toilet facilities.
The historic Brazilian Room which is an indoor / outdoor facility is popular with weddings , parties, corporate events, etc. The setting is upscale and elegant, with a breathtaking view of Tilden Park and beautifully landscaped gardens. It has 150 seats or 225 standing guests. It features a commercial kitchen, a large main room with windows and doors opening onto the flagstone patio.
Tilden's Herschell-Spillman Merry-Go-Round is a gorgeous antique menagerie carousel with hand-carved and beautifully painted wooden carousel animals to ride, and calliope-style music to make every child's heart sing. The facility offers a wheelchair-accessible snack stand, drinking water, toilet and parking.
Tilden Park's Lake Anza is a favorite getaway just over the hill from Berkeley. Its sandy beach is open to the sun and sheltered from the wind, with lifeguards stationed during the swimming season.
There are 13 reserved picnic areas and many non-reservable picnic areas within the park. They vary in amenities (potable water, barbecues, bathrooms) and capacity (from 35 to 150 for reserved areas). Besides the official picnic grounds, most of the trails have benches; many have excellent views of San Francisco and the Bay. Tilden Regional Park offers three group campsites: New Woodland with a capacity of 50 and Gillespie Youth Camp and Wildcat View with a capacity of 75. Es Anderson Equestrian Camp is offering equestrian camping.
This amazing landmark is located near the following amazing must-see sites in Oakland, California:
- Angel Island
- Oakland Zoo
- Lake Merritt
- Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park
- Children's Fairyland
- The University of California Botanical Garden
- Chabot Space & Science Center
- USS Hornet - Sea, Air and Space Museum
All of these wonderful points of interest are located just a short distance from our location, conveniently located just down the freeway at 1261 Locust St, Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!