Top 67 Educational Places to Visit in California's East Bay & Solano County

Written by: Brent Loomes

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1. Oakland History Center

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm;10 am - 8 pm,; Friday: 12 pm -5:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday:10 am - 5:30 pm
  • Why We Love It: While in Oakland, make sure to visit the Oakland History Center, which is part of the library system, if your kids are history buffs. They can learn all about the history of East Bay and attend curated events. Forgot to pack your kid's favorite toy for the trip? You can borrow toys during your visit as well! For older kids, the Library also holds events, such as bilingual storytime in both English and Spanish. If you need online resources for your kids' reading needs, you can find hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks on a variety of topics.

2. African American Museum and Library at Oakland

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Admission is free and requires a CA library card
  • Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm; Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
  • Why We Love It: Libraries are the best educational resources (not to mention fun!), and the African American Museum and Library at Oakland is no different. If your kids love reading (or you'd like them to), the Library will help you instill that love of reading in them with a huge collection of children's books. If they're a tad too young to read, you can take your toddlers for fun activities at the Play Cafe or have them enjoy a story online at the OPL Storytime Online. Do your kids love crafts? They can get crafty in person at the Crafts at OPL and grow their talent.

3. Mills College Art Museum

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00 am-4:00 pm; Wednesday: 11:00 am-7:30 pm
  • Why We Love It: Artistically inclined kids will love the Mills College Art Museum and the beautiful exhibitions that it boasts. The Museum also holds various events, including escapes from the daily grind that parents are likely to favor. If you decide to visit, you'll be welcomed with 12,000 artworks that cover centuries, including Native American art and exceptional paintings from early 20th-century California.

4. Berkeley Natural History Museums

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Check admission for each museum
  • Hours: Check schedule for each of the museums
  • Why We Love It: Natural history is fascinating and if your kids love learning more about it, the Berkeley Natural History Museums, which are part of UC Berkeley, are the best places to visit. Each season, you can find various natural history events to attend and participate in projects, such as Exploring California Biodiversity, which teaches children key notions about biodiversity and evolution. You can also attend the East Bay Science Cafe for a relaxed and informal discussion about natural history and other sciences. Finally, if you're also looking for online research resources, the Museums offer a wealth of resources for you.

5. Blackhawk Museum

  • Location: Danville
  • Cost: Adults - $15; Students - $10; Seniors (65+) - $10; Military Veterans - $10; Children 6 & Under - Free; Active Military - Free
  • Hours: Friday-Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
  • Why We Love It: If your family's interests vary, visiting the Blackhawk Museum is a must. While only open on weekends, this venue is perfect for exploring everything from classic cars to the Old West. If you visit as a group, you'll be able to get a guided tour on Saturdays and Sundays for specific collections. The Blackhawk Museum also organizes a variety of events, including fashion shows, lectures, and car shows.

6. Lawrence Hall of Science

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Adults & children ages 3+: $20; Children 2 & under: Free; Members: Free; Active-Duty Military: Free
  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Why We Love It: If your kids love STEM, take advantage of the Lawrence Hall of Science when you visit Berkeley. Here, you can attend events that can be mind-altering as well as attend a research program or a teen internship if you're from the area. If you're only visiting, take your kids to the Outdoor Nature Lab to learn about nature and how to live within it harmoniously. You'll be able to attend both self-guided activities and facilitated activities, depending on when you visit.

7. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 11 am -4 pm, closed during the summer
  • Why We Love It: When visiting Berkeley, step into The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life to enjoy facts and collections about Jewish cultures from various parts of the world but bear in mind that the venue is closed during the summer season. Take in one of the exhibitions that are usually available for three months at a time. Depending on when you visit, you can also enjoy events and programs and explore the Magnes collection, including the archives and library.

8. Museum of San Ramon Valley

  • Location: Danville
  • Cost: Members: Free; Passport Program: Free (1 adult and 1 child); Family - $10; Adults - $5; Children - $3 (Under 5 free); Students (K through 12 with id) - $3; Seniors (65+) - $3
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm; Sunday: 12 - 3 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you included San Ramon Valley on your bucket list for your trip in East Bay & Solano County, you shouldn't miss the Museum of San Ramon Valley. Here, your family can learn more about the first peoples of California and other educational exhibits. Make sure you also take in the Museum's permanent exhibition where you can get a guided tour to answer any questions you may have. Other tours, including the Alamo Cemetery Tour and School Tours are also available. Prepare for your visit by learning about the history of the Museum online.

9. Saint Mary's College Museum of Art

  • Location: Moraga
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Normal Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm. Check for seasonal closures on the website.
  • Why We Love It: If you find yourself at Saint Mary's College to visit the campus with your future undergrad, go over to the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art when you're done to enjoy some greatly curated exhibitions. Your future student can also attend information sessions on campus to find out more about studying abroad or online courses. You'll be happy to know that you'll have something exciting to visit every time you decide to spend time with your undergrad on campus!

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10. Oakland Museum of California

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Members - Free; General -$16; Seniors (65+) & Students (with current ID) - $11; Youth (13-17) - $7; Children (12 & under) - Free; Special Exhibition - +$5
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; Friday: 11 am - 9 pm
  • Why We Love It: While not open every day of the week, the Oakland Museum of California is a great educational resource whenever you're in East Bay & Solano County. It has a collection of curated galleries, including the Gallery of California Art for your art-oriented kids. The Museum self-admittedly loves families and provides you with something for each member of yours. You can get a family membership for easy access if you live in the area and love participating in the Museum's activities. Moreover, the Museum offers virtual and in-person field trips for various age and grade levels.

11. Benicia Historical Museum

  • Location: Benicia
  • Cost: Adults - $5; Seniors 60 and over and Students - $3; Children - $2; Active Military with Identification - Free.
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: The Benicia Historical Museum is a great place to learn more about California Missions while having a lot of fun in the process. It organizes fun events, like the blend of great local food, live entertainment, and art that is the First Fridays at the Museum, organized each month on the first Friday evening. You can also enjoy its offerings online or pick an educational program for your kids depending on their age, including virtual learning and homeschool programs. Whether you want your kids to learn more about the California Gold Rush or how to become a curator at the Museum, you have plenty of choices for each grade level.

12. Museum on Main

  • Location: Pleasanton
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Why We Love It: The Museum on Main is a great destination for families looking for educational places to visit in East Bay & Solano County because it has it all. From free historical walking tours to great events like Family Day at the Museum, and understanding the rich history of Pleasanton, you'll be pleasantly surprised by all the learning opportunities that the Museum on Main provides. If you like planning your trips around specific events, check out the Museum's Ghost Walk, a family-friendly event that occurs around Halloween each year.

13. San Leandro History Museum

  • Location: San Leandro
  • Cost: Free with CA Library Card
  • Hours: Wednesday-Thursday: 1 pm to 4 pm; 1st Saturday of Each Month: 11 am to 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you love libraries (and who doesn't?), check out the San Leandro History Museum at the Public Library of San Leandro. You can take advantage of age-appropriate events if you plan your visit around them, discover the past, and select books for all ages. Whatever you choose to do, it will definitely be a memorable visit if your kids love history and reading!

14. Oakland Zoo

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Price varies depending on date and time of admission for each category of ticket. Please check the website for more details.
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you're in Oakland and your family loves animals, go to the Oakland Zoo. You can't go wrong with the many animals that are available for viewing and the wealth of events that you can attend. If you live in the area and are looking for a camp for your kids in grades K-5, check out the upcoming dates that you can sign them up for a summer of fun and adventure at the zoo.

15. Berkeley Historical Society

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 1 - 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: Are you looking for history resources, walks, or events centered on Berkeley? Pay a visit to the Berkeley Historical Society! The Society offers both in-person and online events for the whole family. You can also go on walking tours that combine history with physical activity as a fun way to learn more about the region. If you've ever wondered how Berkeley got its name, the Historical Society will tell you and give you additional resources to discover the history of the city and region.

16. Summit Museum Visitor Center

  • Location: Visitor Center: Walnut Creek
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Open Daily 10 am to 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: If your family loves hikes, walks, and bike rides, regale them with a visit to the Summit Museum Visitor Center, one of the region's state parks. They will get to hike Mount Diablo or Devil's Mount, go for a leisurely walk, take varying difficulty hikes, or go horseback riding. If your kids are fascinated with creepy crawlies, the Museum also organizes several events featuring tarantulas and less creepy creatures, like birds and butterflies. You can end your visit at the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center to get some souvenirs of your awesome visit if you go on weekends.

17. Children's Natural History Museum

  • Location: Fremont
  • Cost: $5.00 per person at the door
  • Hours: Tues and Thursday: 2-5pm; Saturday: 1-4 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you have a little paleontologist in the family, make sure not to miss the Children's Natural History Museum in Fremont. Depending on your kid's grade level, they will be able to enjoy a multitude of activities before even visiting. Take advantage of the events highlighting San Francisco Bay area fossils that are available on Saturdays. The Museum has specific lessons developed for the primary and secondary curriculum that your kids can learn from.

18. The Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

  • Location: Vallejo
  • Cost: Adults - $5; Seniors & Students - $3; Under 12 Free
  • Hours: Saturday: 10am-4pm; Tuesday-Friday: 12-4pm
  • Why We Love It: The Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum is a great place to discover more about US naval history. Find an event that your family is most interested in or simply visit to enjoy the exhibits and the beautiful hall that you can also rent for a large event. Finally, if you love reading about naval history and its connections with East Bay & Solano County, keep an eye on the Museum's blog to keep updated.

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19. Museum of Children's Arts

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Child (1-17) - $12; Caregiver (18+) - $6.00 per caregiver (18+). Note that preferential rates are available if booked online
  • Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Why We Love It: If you are nurturing a burgeoning artist, you should ensure that your future Picasso visits the Museum of Children's Arts in Oakland. If you're a local, registering them in an art camp will also increase their chances of developing their talent. If you're planning a birthday or another special day for your child, consider taking them to Outdoor Play Day to spend a Sunday of fun developing their craft, playing outside, or playing sports. Finally, if you're a teacher, consider making use of the Artists in Schools initiative, which will pair you with a teaching artist from the Museum of Children's Arts.

20. Chabot Space and Science Center

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Adult $24; Youth (2 - 12) $19.00; Senior $19; Student $19; Child Under 2 - Free
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 10 am- 5 pm
  • Why We Love It: Are you excited about NASA's Artemis Rover? Visit the Chabot Space and Science Center to see a full scale mode of the VIPER Rover. While you're there getting inspired, also check out the great events you can attend and see if your K-12 graders or teens would enjoy a field trip or teen program. Whatever you choose, you'll be bound to learn a lot more about the stars.

21. Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday: 12-6 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you like to teach your kids to become involved in more outside-the-box hobbies, you'll love the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. They will get to learn all about lace and various textiles, as well as motifs and styles. If you live in Berkeley, you can also enroll in a class taught by expert instructors to learn the craft yourself. Current exhibits| change many times each year and touch on esoteric themes, like ''The Bird in Textile Arts.'' The Museum also provides textile education resources, vintage shopping venues, and links to like-minded venues.

22. Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park

  • Location: Richmond
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Open Daily, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you've always wondered how regular civilians helped during World War II, take your family to visit Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, one of the national historic parks of California located in Richmond. You'll not only discover what the World War II home front looked like, but also learn about the Park. If you're a teacher or a homeschooler, you'll also get access to great educational resources and can show your kids photo galleries of various World War II topics and celebrated home front heroes.

23. Vacaville Museum

  • Location: Vacaville
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 1:00-4:30pm
  • Why We Love It: You should visit Vacaville Museum if you want to better understand the history and culture of Solano County, as it is the only place that aims to maintain information and records for the entire county. Make sure that you check out current exhibitions when in town because they change throughout the year. Depending on the date of your visit, you can also attend fun events, like the Bunco Bash, with a limited attendance, or the Historic Walking Tours, which give you two hours to enjoy Vacaville on two Saturdays every month. At this time, groups are restricted to ten members or less.

24. Travis Air Force Base Aviation Museum

  • Location: Travis AFB, Northeast of Suisun City
  • Cost: Contact the museum prior to visit.
  • Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm; Sunday 10 am-3 pm
  • Why We Love It: If your family loves everything airplane, a visit to the Travis Air Force Base Aviation Museum is in order. You can visit the Museum at your own leisure or take small or large tours on the base. You can also hold certain special events in the Museum. But let's not forget the main event! The Museum boasts an incredible collection of aircraft that will keep your family busy for hours. Finally, if you want to learn more about aviation and the Travis Air Force Base, feel free to visit the Library Archives for a myriad of both original and digitized items pertaining to the Base.

25. Rotary Nature Center

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Why We Love It: Visit Rotary Nature Center to enjoy the first wildlife refuge in the US, Lake Merrit. The Center also hosts an interpretive center and includes a beehive, ponds, islands, and a refuge for injured birds. While in Oakland, make sure to take your family to the Children's Fairyland for an afternoon of fun or attend Paramount Theatre for a fun concert, variety show, or movie. If your wish is to remain in nature, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of the Morcom Rose Garden from May to October every year.

26. Big Break Regional Shoreline

  • Location: Oakley
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Open Daily, 5am-10pm
  • Why We Love It: If your trip revolves around camping or the great outdoors and you feel you may be missing out on educational places by only going to campsites, head instead to the Big Break Regional Shoreline. There, you'll learn about the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. You'll also discover how to pick the best trails for your needs and activities and can pick a visitor center to start your adventure from. You can also go on a more in-depth exploration of individual parks, depending on your camping needs or lack thereof. The venue is part of a non-profit social welfare organization, the East Bay Parks System.

27. Eastshore State Park

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Open Daily, 5 am-10 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you enjoy nature and love the San Francisco Bay, you must visit Eastshore State Park, yet another state park. Home to a variety of attractions of all types of difficulty, the Park will provide you with hours of fun and physical activity. To best enjoy the scene, make sure you're up-to-date with new visitors guides before you had out to your chosen visitor center. With twelve visitor centers to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to enjoying this beautiful nature preserve.

28. Habitot Children's Museum

  • Location: Touring the Area
  • Cost: Price of admission to the venues varies
  • Hours: Events are held at various locations & times
  • Why We Love It: What better destination for your family than the Habitot Children's Museum? The Museum is second to none when it comes to children's museums, especially since it is now mobile, with locations all over East Bay & Solano County. Even better, the Museum's core mission is to provide valuable resources to parents and families. However, the Museum's plans are even more exciting than its current incarnation, with a great vision for its future that you can be a part of.

29. USS Hornet Museum

  • Location: Alameda
  • Cost: Adult Admission - $20; Seniors & Military - $15; Students - $15; Youth (7-17) - $10; Children 6 & Under - Free; Museum Members - Free; Docent Daily Tour Add-Ons - $10
  • Hours: Friday - Monday 10am-5pm
  • Why We Love It: Is your family fascinated with ships and naval battles? The USS Hornet Museum will give you food for thought all while you have a blast. Grades K-12 can take a Field Trip at Sea, while other family members can take themed & group tours to learn more about the USS Hornet. No visit will be complete until you take in the over 20,000 artifacts in the Museum's collection that range from the beautiful and intimidating carrier herself to military decorations and aircraft.

30. Museum of Local History

  • Location: Fremont
  • Cost: Self-guided tour is $2 per person or $5 per family
  • Hours: Open every Wednesday and the second Sunday of each month from 10 am - 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you dig historical facts and would like to find out more about Southern Alameda County, head out to Fremont and visit the Museum of Local History. If your kids are interested in an organized tour of the place, they're in luck because the Museum offers guided student & youth tours. While they enjoy their guided tour, you can visit the permanent exhibits and learn more about Washington Township, where the Museum is located. To get the most out of your visit, check out the history of Washington Township before you visit.

31. Rio Vista Museum

  • Location: Rio Vista
  • Cost: *It appears to run off donations & selling tickets to special events. Unable to find general admission prices
  • Hours: Saturdays & Sundays: 1:30-4:30 pm
  • Why We Love It: Maybe you or one of your kids loves historical slide shows and photographs. If that's the case, head out to Rio Vista and visit the Rio Vista Museum. Check out what's in store for you before you visit as well, to whet your appetite for beautiful pictures. When on site, check out the book collection that is available at the Museum's gift store. When planning your visit, be aware that hours are subject to change.

32. Alameda Museum

  • Location: Alameda
  • Cost: $5 admission, cash only
  • Hours: Saturday 11am-4pm; Sunday 1:30-4pm
  • Why We Love It: Check out the Alameda Museum to find out more about the history of East Bay & Solano County. The Museum has a variety of local Alameda collections that will keep you entertained while you learn about this area's rich history. If you enjoy listening more than viewing, check out the Museum's lecture series that you can attend if you're in the area on specific dates. Also seasonal, the Meyers House and Garden, which is open on the fourth Saturday of the month year-round, can give you a glimpse into late 19th century life in Alameda.

33. Tilden Nature Area

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Nature Area/Farm open daily, 5am - 10pm
  • Why We Love It: If your family loves sports and the outdoors, the Tilden Nature Area will be right up your alley. Whether it's fishing, golfing, or archery that you love, the Nature Area, a non-profit venue, has something for you. If you're on a camping trip, you'll be happy to find out that you can also use the park's camping grounds during your trip.

34. Markham Nature Park and Arboretum

  • Location: Concord
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Dawn till Dusk 365 Days/Year
  • Why We Love It: If your bucket list for places to enjoy in East Bay & Solano County includes peaceful walks in nature with your family, make sure to check out the Markham Nature Park and Arboretum. You'll love the wonderful Markham Tree Walk and be in awe of the forty-five different tree species native to both California and other parts of the world. If you'd like to plan an event, you can also rent the beautiful arbor found on the grounds. The peace and natural beauty of this 17-acre park will give you a respite right in the middle of the city.

35. Martinez Museum

  • Location: Martinez
  • Cost: See website for information on admission.
  • Hours: Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 11:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you visit Martinez, you should definitely make some time to go to the Martinez Museum, which is most famous for the great tours it offers to the general public. Martinez boasts a host of beautiful buildings that you can discover during the Walking Tour. Do you like spooky places? You can tour the Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery and also learn a lot about the oldest cemetery in the county. Once your outdoor adventure ends, you can get cozy inside with the Martinez Home Tour and enjoy some amazing interiors.

36. Richmond Museum of History

  • Location: Richmond
  • Cost: $10 for adults suggested donation * $5 min; $5 Seniors (65+); $5 Students (with ID); Kids under 12 are free
  • Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-4 pm
  • Why We Love It: The Richmond Museum of History & Culture has a plethora of attractions for all ages. If you've never seen a World War II vessel in real life, you should definitely visit and take a tour aboard the SS Red Oak Victory, the last remaining ship of the wartime ships of the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards. And that's not all! Get off the vessel, and you're greeted by the amazing collection of the Museum, including artifacts from the Shipyards. K-12 students can attend virtual field trips upon request whether you live locally or not.

37. American Armory Museum

  • Location: Fairfield
  • Cost: Military & Veterans free with ID; Adults (age 12 and up) - $7; Children (11 and younger) - $3
  • Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 am-3 pm
  • Why We Love It: Visit Fairfield's American Armory Museum for a day filled with fun for the entire family. You can take a virtual tour before your visit and get an idea of what you're most interested in. Among the fun events, hosted by the Museum is the 4th of July Parade as well as various events centered on kids. The venue is also popular as a birthday party location, so give it a look if you'd like a military-themed birthday party for your kid.

38. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: General admission - $14; non-UC Berkeley students, people with disabilities, 65+ - $12; BamPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, 18 & under - free;
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am-7 pm
  • Why We Love It: It's always fun to check out a film archive, so give the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive a try. You can visit on your own, or attend film screenings or art exhibitions as a group or a school group. To get a taste of what's in store when you visit, check out the current film series available from the Art Museum. To better plan your visit, check their calendar for upcoming events and pick a date that works for your family.

39. San Leandro Historical Railway Society

  • Location: San Leandro
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Tuesdays: 7:30 pm-9:00 pm; Saturdays: 9:00 am-1:00 pm.
  • Why We Love It: If you're into the paranormal, go to the San Leandro Historical Railway Society. There, you can engage in paranormal investigations of the train depot that is 120 years old. If your timing's right, you may also be able to attend a seasonal event, like the Halloween Open House. Paranormal or not, open house & train shows are likely to please the young and old alike.

40. The Gardens at Heather Farm

  • Location: Walnut Creek
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Open 7 days a week during daylight hours unless there are private events
  • Why We Love It: Do you love rose gardens? Well, you're in luck because you can head out to Walnut Creek and visit The Gardens at Heather Farm. Besides the Cowden Rose Garden, this beautiful location also offers a beautiful display of other gardens, including a sensory garden and a children's garden. Even better, make sure to visit the Community Garden where locals get together to grow their own produce. If your kids are young, you can also sign up for preschool and school programs to get them to learn more about the nature of East Bay & Solano County. A visit to the Greenhouse & Nursery is also in order if you're planning to start your own garden.

41. Coyote Hills Regional Park

  • Location: Fremont
  • Cost: Parking: $5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus; Dogs: $2 per dog
  • Hours: 7 Days a Week from 8am, check closing time on the website as it varies seasonally
  • Why We Love It: If you're in Fremont, check out the Coyote Hills Regional Park and its attractions, including the Nectar Garden and the picnic areas. When planning your visit, bear in mind that this can be focused on one of the many events that this non-profit venue holds for visitors. If you're looking to find out more about the Park's history and helpful resources, you can do so safely before you visit.

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42. Oakland Aviation Museum

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Adult Admission - $15; Senior (60+) - $12; Military - $10; Student - $10; Child (5-12) - $8; Child 4 & Under - Free
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday: 10 am-4 pm
  • Why We Love It: The Oakland Aviation Museum is a great place to visit to learn more about California's interest in and dedication to aviation. School field trips are available for local groups of twelve or fewer. If your visit is a birthday treat or another special occasion, see what special event you can plan to attend. Conversely, if you'd just like to book a venue for your own private event, you can definitely impress your guests with your choice.

43. Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

  • Location: Danville
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: Park Open for Reserved Tours at 10 am and 2 pm
  • Why We Love It: If your kids love literature, they may have already been introduced to Eugene O'Neill's Nobel prize winning writing. Even if they haven't, a visit to Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site is in order if you're instilling a love of reading in them. To whet their appetites before the visit to this national park, show them multimedia presentations available online. They can also browse O'Neill's NHS collections to learn more about his life and discover the Tao House plays that made the author a household name.

44. Doug Siden Visitor Center at Crab Cove and Aquarium

  • Location: Alameda
  • Cost: Parking: $5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 10am-5pm (Mar-Oct); 10am-4pm (Nov-Feb)
  • Why We Love It: Alameda is the home of the Doug Siden Visitor Center at Crab Cove and Aquarium, which is guaranteed to captivate the attention of your little ones. However, the Aquarium is not the only attraction. You can also check out events, familiarize yourself with the area, and rest assured that trails are accessible for family members who need accommodations at this non-profit venue.

45. Del Valle Regional Park

  • Location: Livermore
  • Cost: Parking: $5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus; Dogs: $2 per dog (guide/service dogs free)
  • Hours: Varies seasonally, check the website for current open hours.
  • Why We Love It: If you happen to visit Livermore, you should definitely head over to Del Valle Regional Park. Not only can you picnic and go swimming at this location, but you can also set up camp for a while and enjoy nature. Also make sure to check out upcoming events if you're already planning your visit. It is also useful that you understand the area, types of plants, and other resources that this non-profit park has to offer.

46. Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve

  • Location: Sunol
  • Cost: Parking: $5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus; Dogs: $2 per dog (guide/service dogs free)
  • Hours: Varies seasonally, check the website for current open hours.
  • Why We Love It: Take a leave from the city and head out to Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve. This enchanting park offers beautiful trails, like the Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail and your choice of visitor centers that can suit your family's particular requirements. Before you go, make sure to familiarize yourself with the Regional Preserve's maps.

47. Camron-Stanford House

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Standard admission - $5; Seniors - $4; Members and Children Under 12 - Free
  • Hours: Sunday: 11am-3pm
  • Why We Love It: To visit one of the few Victorian mansions that still surround Lake Merritt, head on to the Camron-Stanford House. There, you can learn the detailed history of the rich and famous who left their mark on the history of the area. You can also visit interesting and fun exhibits. Alternately, local students can plan a field trip and enjoy a meal on a beautiful Victorian veranda. Depending on the timing of your visit, you can also attend seasonal events.

48. Golden State Model Railroad Museum

  • Location: Richmond
  • Cost: $5 for Adults and Children age 12+; $3 for Senior Citizens (63+); $3 for Children (4-11) - free under age 4; $10 for Families
  • Hours: January - March: CLOSED; April - December: Sundays - 12 pm-5 pm (April - September); 12 pm-4 pm (October - December); Saturdays - 12 pm - 5 pm
  • Why We Love It: Are your kids fascinated by the rich history of the railroad in California? They can find out a ton of information about it at the Golden State Model Railroad Museum. You can check out the railroad layouts, attend a monthly theme day on the last Sunday of each month, and discover the history of the Museum both during and after your visit.

49. Pena Adobe Historical Society

  • Location: Vacaville
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Open the first Saturday of the month, February through December
  • Why We Love It: Want to find out more about the Pena Adobe? Check out the Pena Adobe Historical Society and take advantage of the educational resources it provides to Vacaville. Learn more about the historical home of the Pena family, attend a farmer's market or another event or rent the park for your own special occasions.

50. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

  • Location: Antioch
  • Cost: Parking: $5 per vehicle; $4 per trailered vehicle. Buses: $25/per bus; Dogs: $2 per dog (guide/service dogs free)
  • Hours: Park/Gate Hours: Varies seasonally, check the website for current open hours.
  • Why We Love It: Are you ready for a nature escape? Then head on to the Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. Apart from enjoying yourself outdoors, you can participate in a variety of events especially designed for families and kids by this non-profit venue. Speaking of kids, you can enroll your kids in day camps| to enrich their understanding of nature and how to treat it respectfully. Moreover, you too can take a virtual or in-person field trip if you're an educator!

51. The MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment)

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Non-members: $20, Members: free.
  • Hours: Friday - Saturday 11 am-7 pm; Sundays 11 am-3 pm
  • Why We Love It: If your family loves digital entertainment, head out to Oakland and visit The MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment). The MADE organizes various events, including open hours and volunteer get-togethers, so find something you'd like to attend. Locals can also attend classes and further their knowledge of all things digital. Likewise, if you're organizing an event and are looking for an appropriate venue you can rent space at the MADE.

52. Benicia Capitol State Historic Park

  • Location: Benicia
  • Cost: Adults $3.00; Children (6-17yrs old) $2.00; Children 5 and under free
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Why We Love It: Did you know that between 1853 and 1854, the California Capitol was in Benicia? Regardless of your answer, you should head out to the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park and discover a forgotten page of the East Bay & Solano County's history. You'll be able to enjoy a visit to the Capitol building and the grounds and then see what events are available at neighboring sites or perhaps plan a camping trip at a nearby park.

53. Shadelands Ranch Museum

  • Location: Walnut Creek
  • Cost: Adults (17 and up) - $5; Youth (16 and under) - Free; WCHS Members - free
  • Hours: Sun: 1 pm - 4 pm; Mon, Tues & Thurs: 9 am - 3 pm; Wed: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: The Shadelands Ranch Museum is a great find in Walnut Creek if you enjoy visiting heritage venues. Its exhibits and research explore the history of East Bay & Solano County. Book a group or private tour or a downtown walking tour to discover the gem that is Walnut Creek!

54. West Oakland Mural Project

  • Location: West Oakland
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: To visit, you must schedule through website
  • Why We Love It: Come to the West Oakland Mural Project if you want to learn about the women who were involved with Black Panther welfare programs in the 1960s and 70s. You can check out their story, visit by appointment, or book a tour. Depending on your timing, you can also attend a family event with live music, free food, and jumpy houses for the kids.

55. Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

  • Location: Fremont
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: open Saturdays and Sundays Noon to 4 pm; Theatre is currently closed.
  • Why We Love It: Silent films are fascinating to watch and if you want your kids to appreciate them, the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont is the place to visit. The venue's schedule is always packed with action so you can pick the best time to visit. The Museum projects 16 mm movies, piano accompanists, and even studio tours. Don't forget to visit the Museum Store to take home some of the best silent films that the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum offers.

56. Ardenwood Historic Farm

  • Location: Fremont
  • Cost: Admission changes throughout the year, please check the website for details
  • Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: A beautiful historic venue, the Ardenwood Historic Farm will delight your family with a faithful recreation of early 20th century life on a farm. The Farm has many attractions, like the Victorian Garden and Patterson House. If you love to plan your visit around events, the Ardenwood Historic Farm has you covered. Would you like to learn more about the Historic Farm? You're in luck! Many resources are available on site at this non-profit venue for you and your kids.

57. Alameda Art Association Art Gallery

  • Location: Alameda
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you'd like to see the unique galleries of the Alameda Art Association Art Gallery, head out to the Alameda South Shore Center. Once there, you can take in individual galleries or all of the member galleries, depending on your preferences. The Gallery has often received praise in the media for its innovative approach to art and posts its upcoming events on its Facebook page, so keep an eye on it.

58. Alameda Naval Air Museum

  • Location: Alameda
  • Cost: General admission - $10; Under 12 and military - free
  • Hours: Saturday 10 am - 3 pm
  • Why We Love It: If you're interested in the history of Alameda Naval Air Station and its role in defending the country, make sure you drop a visit to the Alameda Naval Air Museum. You can find out which ships were stationed at the Air Station, research service stories, and check out the kids corner. If you're looking for a venue for one of your events, you can also rent space here.

59. Lindsay Wildlife Experience

  • Location: Walnut Creek
  • Cost: Adults - $12; Seniors 65+ - $10; Students with ID/Children (2-17 years) - $10; Qualifying individuals and families - $3 per person, up to four people per visit; Members and Children under 2 - Free
  • Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays: 10 am-5 pm, through Labor Day
  • Why We Love It: A pillar of the Walnut Creek community in the quest for preservation and animal welfare, the Lindsay Wildlife Experience offers a range of attractions that you shouldn't miss. From eagle habitats to raptor groves, the venue's exhibits will delight your family. Your kids can also attend programs and camps to learn more about animals and their unique features. The Lindsay Wildlife Experience's educational resources include a natural history collection and scout programs.

60. Pardee Home Museum

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Contact the Museum for information related to ticket prices
  • Hours: Saturday :10:30 am - 12 pm
  • Why We Love It: Visit the Pardee Home Museum to marvel at the beauty of the venue and also learn about the legacy of the Pardee Family. If your family loves nature, book a tour of the beautiful garden on the grounds. Feeling peckish after your nature walk? You can attend a tea party and then go on a home tour to complete your visit to this non-profit venue.

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61. Ruth Bancroft Garden

  • Location: Walnut Creek
  • Cost: Adults - $10; Seniors (65+) - $8; Students/Active Military (with valid ID) - $8; Children (under 12) - Free
  • Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 4 pm, Last Garden Admissions are at 3:15pm.
  • Why We Love It: This beautiful venue that just celebrated its Golden Jubilee is a must see in Walnut Creek. At the Ruth Bancroft Garden, you'll enjoy 3.5 acres of plants like succulents and drought-resistant species that thrive in East Bay & Solano County's climate. If you visit on a Wednesday, your kids will be able to attend a workshop designed specifically for them. The beauty of this venue makes it ideal for special events, so keep that in mind for your next special occasion.

62. Frank Bette Center for the Arts

  • Location: Alameda
  • Cost: Members who volunteer: $20 with unlimited entries; Members who do not volunteer: $30 with unlimited entries; Non-members who volunteer: $35 with unlimited entries; Non-members who do not volunteer: $45 with a limit of 2 entries
  • Hours: Friday- Sunday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Why We Love It: Take your artistically-inclined kids to the Frank Bette Center for the Arts if you visit Alameda. Note that you can also attend classes and workshops both on-site and off-site. Most importantly, ensure you visit the current exhibit that can range from outdoor art to Alameda-centric art depending on the date. The Center also hosts various programs for the community, such as the Alameda Island Poets. There's a lot you can enjoy here!

63. Cohen Bray House

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: Contact the organization for admission costs
  • Hours: Open once a month on the fourth Sunday at 2 - 4 pm for a guided tour. Private tours must be scheduled in advance.
  • Why We Love It: Dating back to the Gold Rush days, the Cohen Bray House located in Oakland is a must see if you're trying to experience what day-to-day life was back then. You have various events to choose from, including private tea and tours, garden parties, and public tours. If you'd like to virtually tour the house, you have several options. The venue offers seasonal celebrations as well, such as Mother's Day tea, complete with servers in historically-accurate garb and many other events.

64. Galindo House and Gardens

  • Location: Concord
  • Cost: $5 admission, children under 12 are free
  • Hours: Tours are available on most Sundays from 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Why We Love It: For a nice walk and a day of relaxation, take a trip to the Galindo House and Gardens in Concord to visit the beautiful Victorian mansion and gardens there. Depending on how you time your visit, it may coincide with a wine tasting or another fun event. The venue is actively involved in a number of projects that you can support and that are meant to preserve the history of Concord. Take a virtual tour to see the attractions for yourself before you go.

65. Potomac Association

  • Location: Oakland
  • Cost: $10 for a dockside tour and $75 for a 2-hour cruise per person
  • Hours: See website for tour dates and times
  • Why We Love It: Does a cruise on the presidential yacht of Frank D. Roosevelt sound exciting? If so, head over to Oakland and stop by the Potomac Association. Your kids can go on an educational tour and they can take a peek at what to expect from it before your visit. Likewise, you can educate yourself on the USS Potomac's history. If you feel like this is all work and no play, that's hardly the case, as you can also attend events and cruises with live narration.

66. Western Railway Museum

  • Location: Suisun City
  • Cost: Adults - $15; Seniors (over 65) - $14; Children (2-14) - $12
  • Hours: Varies seasonally, check the website for current open hours.
  • Why We Love It: With railways being as central to California's history as they have been, you should make a point to visit the Western Railway Museum. You can check out the Museum's car rosterbefore you visit to know what to expect. The venue also organizes exciting events, like Wine Tasting Train and End of Summer BBQ. If you'd like to support the Western Railway Museum's campaigns, like the Rapid Transit History Center, your donation will add more cars to the Museum's collection. Finally, your kids may be excited to participate in educational group visits and other field trips.

67. Aftel Archive of Curious Scents

  • Location: Berkeley
  • Cost: Adult admission price is $25 for a 1-hour visit; Child tickets (17 and under) are $15
  • Hours: Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Why We Love It: Do you like getting off the beaten track? Then a visit to Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is an absolute must. You'll learn about the history of perfumes and you'll be able to enjoy a wonderful collection of perfumes while doing so. This unique venue has more than 300 natural fragrances used in perfume making. For a small taste, check out the Museum's virtual tour with the owner himself.