What You Need To Know About Walnut Creek, California
Walnut Creek is a town in Contra Costa County, California, USA, situated in the East Bay Region of San Francisco Bay, about 16 miles (26 km) east of Oakland City. With an estimated total population of 69,122, Walnut Creek is a gateway to its neighboring cities due to its location at the junction of Sacramento and San Jose(I-680) and San Francisco / Oakland (SR-24) highways and BART accessibility. The lively downtown area contains century-old buildings as well as large shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Places to See
There are a lot of great places to visit in Walnut Creek. Here are a number of options below, some from the city and others from a non-profit group.
- Lesher Center for the Arts
The City's Performing and Visual Arts Center provides a variety of entertainment options in its three theaters.
- Bedford Gallery
The gallery, housed in the Lesher Center for the Arts, provides programs such as "Art Mornings" and educational tours.
- Lindsay Wildlife Experience
Lindsay Wildlife Experience, located in Larkey Park, displays live wildlife in California at its Exhibit Hall and operates a nationally recognized animals hospital and rehabilitation centre. The pet education program, hands-on activities, children's play room and a wide range of events, trips and tours offer a variety of opportunities for children and adults to engage with the natural world. Lindsay Wildlife Museum Store sells books, nature games, bird feeders, and other pieces.
- Shadelands Ranch Museum
This 1903 redwood-framed home, designed by early Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman, is a museum of numerous historical artifacts, many of which belonged to the Pennimans. It also maintains a rich archive of Contra Costa and Walnut Creek history in its collections of old newspapers, images and government records. The museum is in the National Register of Historic Places and belongs to the City, but is operated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society.
- Borges Ranch
Frank Borges, the former pioneer ranch of the early Walnut Creek, is now the home base of this city's Shell Ridge Open Space programs. It is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Borges Farm is another ranger station. For school-aged children, colleges and community organizations, the Environmental / Living History Program is offered at the ranch to provide hands-on ranching opportunities from Tuesday to Thursday. Built in 1899, the original Borges family home houses a visitor center with historic exhibits from the turn of the century.
- Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society
Diablo Valley Lines is a permanent, 1,800-square-foot train model layout of the Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society in a large brown building leased by the City. With more than 175,000 individual connections and more than 340 turnouts, the impressive HO-scale train set has more than 4,300 feet of laid track.
Public viewing areas will accommodate up to 150 people an hour across the entire structure. The club's annual fall show is scheduled to take place in November throughout the weekend.
- The Gardens at Heather Farm
Heather Farm Gardens is a six-acre hillside adjacent to Heather Farm Park. Twenty-three demonstration gardens serve as a living classroom for children and adults, showcasing landscape styles and plants adapted to our Mediterranean climate. The house and the grounds for the events can be reserved.
- Ruth Bancroft Garden
Hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents are found in the garden planted by Ruth Bancroft, whose late husband's family had established a fruit farm in the Ygnacio Valley more than 100 years ago.
Walnut Creek features a lot of amazing places including the following:
- Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
- Bedford Art Gallery
- Boundary Oak Golf Course
- Broadway Plaza Shopping Center
- Castle Rock Park
- Civic Park
- Heather Farm Park
- Howe Homestead Park
- Lesher Center for the Arts
All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location located at 1261 Locust St, Walnut Creek! Stop by for a visit anytime!