Sara's Guidebook

Sara
Sara's Guidebook

Food scene

Great place to go with kids. Lots of outdoor dining available and game room (bring quarters or $1 for the games :). Clayton has a cute downtown to walk around after or before dinner.
Skipolini's Pizza
1033 Diablo St
Great place to go with kids. Lots of outdoor dining available and game room (bring quarters or $1 for the games :). Clayton has a cute downtown to walk around after or before dinner.
All American restaurant: I’ve never tried anything here I did not like! Check out their happy hour usually from 2-6pm or 9pm-close.
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Eureka!
2068 Center St
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All American restaurant: I’ve never tried anything here I did not like! Check out their happy hour usually from 2-6pm or 9pm-close.
Delicious burgers - something different to try if you’ve already been to In-N-Out. Inside and outside dining plus a drive through. Must try their chocolate dip cones :)
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Super Duper Burgers
721 Market Street
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Delicious burgers - something different to try if you’ve already been to In-N-Out. Inside and outside dining plus a drive through. Must try their chocolate dip cones :)
Taco Tuesday starts at 3pm every Tuesday! Located at the beautiful Veranda outdoor shopping center.
Puesto
2035 Diamond Blvd
Taco Tuesday starts at 3pm every Tuesday! Located at the beautiful Veranda outdoor shopping center.
10 minutes away. Great family friendly local brewery and lots of outdoor seating. They don’t have a food kitchen, but sometimes have food trucks. Check their website or call for their current calendar.
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Calicraft Brewing Company
2700 Mitchell Dr
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10 minutes away. Great family friendly local brewery and lots of outdoor seating. They don’t have a food kitchen, but sometimes have food trucks. Check their website or call for their current calendar.
Authentic Spanish tapas, great atmosphere. Love their empanadas and churros!
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Telefèric Barcelona
1500 Mt Diablo Blvd
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Authentic Spanish tapas, great atmosphere. Love their empanadas and churros!
Best farmer's market! Open seasonally, so call to check hours. There is usually a taco truck in the parking lot that is SO good. Bring cash and enjoy local produce finds :)
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Larry's Produce
4606 Suisun Valley Rd
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Best farmer's market! Open seasonally, so call to check hours. There is usually a taco truck in the parking lot that is SO good. Bring cash and enjoy local produce finds :)
Spacious outdoor seating area with a full lineup of beers and hard seltzers. Weekly entertainment available on Thirsty Thursdays and live music on Saturdays. Hang out under their 70-year old Valley Oak on the deck, grab a couch on the patio, or hang out inside. They have cornhole and board games for your entertainment and multiple flat screen TV’s showing all kinds of local and national sports, plus pac-12 coverage too!
Mike Hess Brewing Walnut Creek
2313 Oak Grove Rd
Spacious outdoor seating area with a full lineup of beers and hard seltzers. Weekly entertainment available on Thirsty Thursdays and live music on Saturdays. Hang out under their 70-year old Valley Oak on the deck, grab a couch on the patio, or hang out inside. They have cornhole and board games for your entertainment and multiple flat screen TV’s showing all kinds of local and national sports, plus pac-12 coverage too!

Places to Go

Beautiful trails, located in a scenic canyon along Pine Creek. The area is dominated by oak woodlands and prominent sandstone formations.
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Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
1700 Castle Rock Rd
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Beautiful trails, located in a scenic canyon along Pine Creek. The area is dominated by oak woodlands and prominent sandstone formations.
Access from the Walnut Creek entrance. $10 to drive your car in. Windy, 30 minute road to get to the top. Beautiful views of the whole Bay Area. Summit visitor center is usually open 10am-4pm. Telescopes are mounted on the observation deck to help visitors enjoy one of the finest views in the area.
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Mount Diablo State Park - North Gate Road Entrance
1300 N Gate Rd
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Access from the Walnut Creek entrance. $10 to drive your car in. Windy, 30 minute road to get to the top. Beautiful views of the whole Bay Area. Summit visitor center is usually open 10am-4pm. Telescopes are mounted on the observation deck to help visitors enjoy one of the finest views in the area.
We love our zoo! They recently opened a new “California Trail” exhibit where you take a gondola (included in price of admission) 4 minutes up from the main zoo and get beautiful views along the way. If you are members of another zoo, double check its reciprocal benefits - you might be able to get 50% off admission.
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Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd
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We love our zoo! They recently opened a new “California Trail” exhibit where you take a gondola (included in price of admission) 4 minutes up from the main zoo and get beautiful views along the way. If you are members of another zoo, double check its reciprocal benefits - you might be able to get 50% off admission.
Great park to take the kids!
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Heather Farm Park
301 N San Carlos Dr
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Great park to take the kids!
15 minute drive, the best outdoor shopping in the area and lots of restaurants to choose from. Street parking is metered but the parking garages are free for 0-3 hours.
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Broadway Plaza
1275 Broadway Plaza
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15 minute drive, the best outdoor shopping in the area and lots of restaurants to choose from. Street parking is metered but the parking garages are free for 0-3 hours.
“A world-renowned 3.5-acre garden, housing a collection of succulents, both unique and beloved, as well as drought-tolerant plants from around the world. The Garden’s founder, Ruth Bancroft, lived to be 109 and was a pioneer in drought-tolerant gardening. Open to the public year-round, the Garden showcases fabulous blooms during every season and highlights plant structure and texture in robust plantings.”
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The Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery
1552 Bancroft Rd
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“A world-renowned 3.5-acre garden, housing a collection of succulents, both unique and beloved, as well as drought-tolerant plants from around the world. The Garden’s founder, Ruth Bancroft, lived to be 109 and was a pioneer in drought-tolerant gardening. Open to the public year-round, the Garden showcases fabulous blooms during every season and highlights plant structure and texture in robust plantings.”
‘Borges Ranch was established in 1899 by Francisco Borges and his family and is a great example of an early 20th century central California cattle ranch. Today many of the original buildings and structures still exist including the Borges family home which is one of seven structures placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The ranch contains barns, corrals, outbuildings, a blacksmith shop and antique farm equipment. A number of farm animals call the ranch home including goats, chickens, pigs, and sheep.’ Great hiking trails all around.
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Old Borges Ranch
1035 Castle Rock Rd
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‘Borges Ranch was established in 1899 by Francisco Borges and his family and is a great example of an early 20th century central California cattle ranch. Today many of the original buildings and structures still exist including the Borges family home which is one of seven structures placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. The ranch contains barns, corrals, outbuildings, a blacksmith shop and antique farm equipment. A number of farm animals call the ranch home including goats, chickens, pigs, and sheep.’ Great hiking trails all around.
12 minutes away, fun water park for all.
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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord
1950 Waterworld Pkwy
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12 minutes away, fun water park for all.
Rides for all ages. Also has many animal shows. My kids favorites are the dolphin and tiger shows
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Dr
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Rides for all ages. Also has many animal shows. My kids favorites are the dolphin and tiger shows
A fun, self guided tour allows you to explore the 1/4 mile journey above the factory at your own pace. Free samples at the end!
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Jelly Belly Tours
1 Jelly Belly Ln
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A fun, self guided tour allows you to explore the 1/4 mile journey above the factory at your own pace. Free samples at the end!
30 minute drive, lots of fun with kids. Check out the Steam Train (call ahead of time to check hours). Bring lettuce and/or celery to feed the animals at the Little Farm (free). There are also hiking trails, a carousel and botanic gardens. *note - you must drive to each location within Tilden Park, they are not all right next to each other.
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Redwood Valley Railway (Tilden Steam Train)
2481 Grizzly Peak Blvd
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30 minute drive, lots of fun with kids. Check out the Steam Train (call ahead of time to check hours). Bring lettuce and/or celery to feed the animals at the Little Farm (free). There are also hiking trails, a carousel and botanic gardens. *note - you must drive to each location within Tilden Park, they are not all right next to each other.
Buy new and used LEGO sets and minifigures. *Tips: they have a $5 build your own minifigure station that kids love. Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays you can bring in a LEGO minifigure and trade it for one of the same value.
Bricks and Minifigs Concord
Buy new and used LEGO sets and minifigures. *Tips: they have a $5 build your own minifigure station that kids love. Also on Tuesdays and Thursdays you can bring in a LEGO minifigure and trade it for one of the same value.