Quality Inn University
1761 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 841-4242
Fax: (510) 649-8100
The view of something green instantly soothes you from the stress and strains of city living. Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park has lush greenery. The park, previously known as Provo Park, is a skater's paradise with large areas for uninhibited skating. The historic fountain and the weekly farmer's market are features of this park and children are delighted being here. The park hosts a range of big and small community events.
Located on the rooftop terrace of the Hearst Gym, this marble-trimmed swimming pool has a gorgeous view of the green lawns of the UC Berkeley campus, Sather Tower, majestic architectural columns, and several elegant marble statues. Additionally, the lanes are wide and the water is heated. Both the pool and gym were designed by Julia Morgan, the architect who also designed the famous Hearst Castle in San Simeon. You'll need either a day pass or a membership, both of which can be purchased at the University's Recreational Sports Facility approximately three blocks down the street at 2301 Bancroft Way. Check online or call for hours.
A popular recreational venue in the community since 1916, the Live Oak Park is a city park that acts as a prominent space for community festivals, fairs, and more. Measuring an impressive 5.52 acres (2.23 hectares), this park comprises two lighted tennis courts, two lighted basketball courts, two playgrounds, a theater, and picnic areas, among other facilities. Being the home of the Berkeley Art Center and the Live Oak Theater, the Live Oak Park is buzzing with life. An ideal spot for a family outing, or just an evening stroll, the Live Oak Park fulfills its role as a community recreation venue.
Occupying a massive 3.64 acres, the Berkeley Rose Garden boasts over 3000 rose bushes and 250 unique rose varieties. This fragrant city park features six luscious terraces, four tennis courts, and a spectacular sunset view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Historians and architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the New Deal roots of the park's Depression-era construction, as well as the charming First Bay Tradition-styled design of the park and the surrounding residential neighborhood. The garden blooms most dramatically in mid-May. Call for information on operational hours.
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Hikers, lovers, and photographers go for the stunning panorama of the Berkeley skyline. Fans of college football go to join the spirited "Tightwad Hill" crowd in their "free seats" overlooking Memorial Stadium. It may not be easy to get here, but once you've made it, you immediately sense the tradition steeped within these grounds. Though it looks more impressive from afar, you can find the giant, block-letter "C" on this hill, where it has received hundreds of coatings of paint since its original construction in 1905. Also, during football games the California Victory Canon fires from Charter Hill after every Cal Bears touchdown and victory. Please note that the hill is steep and un-lit at night.
This state park, a former landfill, is being transformed into a recreational wonderland by a number of public agencies. Eventually, it will consist of 1,817 acres and span the shorelines of Albany, Richmond, El Cerrito and Emeryville. Until then, the park is open to the public and provides awesome views of the San Francisco Bay. This scenic spot in the making features a park, marina and trails along the shoreline.
Your dream of touring the globe, treading along unknown paths, swaying along the windswept valleys and splurging into crystal waters can finally come true! From the Swiss Alps to the marshy landscapes of Vietnam, Mountain Travel Sobek offers you an opportunity to rediscover nature. Activities include hiking, trekking, river-rafting, safaris, as well as attending cultural events in different countries. The itineraries feature all of these thrilling adventures, while making sure that you come back to something comfortable and homely at the end of the day. Accommodations could be anything from regional inns to the company's private camps. Prices depend upon the place and the activity chosen. Even if you don't have anyone to go with, you need not worry - groups are intentionally kept small and include people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds...so you might end up with a seventy year old friend, who loves head-banging and bungee-jumping just as much as you do!
On the north end of Berkeley's fabulous Tilden Regional Park lies this 740-acre preserve, where adults and children can visit the Environmental Education Center. The EEC is the ecology education headquarters of Tilden Park. Here, visitors can learn about wildlife and nature through a variety of displays, literature and programs. The nature area also features the Little Farm, Tilden's petting zoo for children.
For the thrills of thoroughbred horse-racing, visit this Albany fast track, located just five minutes from San Francisco over the Bay Bridge (take the Gilman exit). It is an old-fashioned race track with a modern makeover. When the first race starts, the fun begins. Make bets, drink beer, and cheer for your favorite horse. Contests and giveaways at the track are not uncommon, like their Sunday Dollar Days where admission, beers, sodas and hot dogs are all just a dollar each. Ample parking and great views of the City by the Bay are an added plus.
University of California Botanical Garden is located within the campus of University of California Berkeley. Open to the public since 1890, this is no less than an outdoor living museum that boasts over 12,000 species of flora and fauna. The garden can be rented for private events, wedding receptions, twilight tours, summer walks and concerts. Check the website for a list of tours and upcoming events.
Tilden Park Golf Course is a par-70 course set inside the beautiful redwood trees in Berkeley's Tilden Regional Park. The scenic and challenging 18-hole course features a pro shop, driving range, putting green, bar and grill. If you are not too tired afterwards, explore other attractions Tilden Park has to offer like Roberts pool and playground, a Botanic Garden with plant life from all over California, and endless hiking trails and picnic facilities.