Guidebook for El Sobrante

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very close great for bbq picnics.
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Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area
6531 San Pablo Dam Road
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very close great for bbq picnics.
there is a working antique merry go round, a steam train ride thru a redwood grove golf course and a ridge hiking trail with amazing views of the bay.
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Tilden Regional Park
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard
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there is a working antique merry go round, a steam train ride thru a redwood grove golf course and a ridge hiking trail with amazing views of the bay.
kayaking and fishing and picnicing
San Pablo Reservoir
7301 San Pablo Dam Road
kayaking and fishing and picnicing
2,300 acre parkland with trails that range from shoreline to forest.
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Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
5551 Giant Highway
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2,300 acre parkland with trails that range from shoreline to forest.
Hands on science. Amazing views. great cafe.
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Lawrence Hall of Science
1 Centennial Drive
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Hands on science. Amazing views. great cafe.
250 varieties of roses. Tennis courts too.
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Berkeley Rose Garden
1200 Euclid Avenue
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250 varieties of roses. Tennis courts too.
The coutry's largest reptile store…..bizzare and totally cool.
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East Bay Vivarium
Fifth Street
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The coutry's largest reptile store…..bizzare and totally cool.
very crowded….for a reason….huge selection of fresh and unusual produce.
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Berkeley Bowl West
920 Heinz Avenue
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very crowded….for a reason….huge selection of fresh and unusual produce.
Oldie time splendor…watch sunset from the deck at Paragon Restaurant & Bar.
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Claremont Club & Spa - A Fairmont Hotel
41 Tunnel Road
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Oldie time splendor…watch sunset from the deck at Paragon Restaurant & Bar.
A teasure trove of disguarded stuff…fun for steam punk projects or to add a strange object to your apartment.
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Urban Ore
900 Murray Street
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A teasure trove of disguarded stuff…fun for steam punk projects or to add a strange object to your apartment.
A small but high quality Saturday farmer's market.
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South Kensington Farmers' Market
22 Bute St
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A small but high quality Saturday farmer's market.
Lots to do and see in this waterfront town. A great waterfront, fun restaurants, a glass blowing studio and some historic sites.
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Benicia
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Lots to do and see in this waterfront town. A great waterfront, fun restaurants, a glass blowing studio and some historic sites.
Crockett is a fun town…the C&H Sugar factory made the town…now it is at the foot of the Carquines bridge and has funky restaurants and shops. Be sure to have lunch at Nantucket down under the bridge.
Crockett
Crockett is a fun town…the C&H Sugar factory made the town…now it is at the foot of the Carquines bridge and has funky restaurants and shops. Be sure to have lunch at Nantucket down under the bridge.
135 acres…huge roller coaster, Marine World and Marine World Africa.
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive
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135 acres…huge roller coaster, Marine World and Marine World Africa.
Trip to SF…on a Ferry that is not too crowded.
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Vallejo Ferry
289 Mare Island Way
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Trip to SF…on a Ferry that is not too crowded.
Sort of like walking thru a ghost town…lots of buildings left over from when the Navy was here….sort of a treasure hunt …not a tourist thing so you are free to walk about the cabin on your own.
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Mare Island
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Sort of like walking thru a ghost town…lots of buildings left over from when the Navy was here….sort of a treasure hunt …not a tourist thing so you are free to walk about the cabin on your own.
A great prefab factory…call for tour…and the flagship demo house…breeze house…really amazing...
Blu Homes
1245 Nimitz Avenue
A great prefab factory…call for tour…and the flagship demo house…breeze house…really amazing...
Off the beaten trail….one of the largest art collections in the country.
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Hess Collection Vineyard
1445 Mount Veeder Road
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Off the beaten trail….one of the largest art collections in the country.
expensive but fun way to tour the wine country…..
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Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry St
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expensive but fun way to tour the wine country…..
you have to get up early before the thermals…but wow is it worth it….
Napa Valley Balloons, Inc
4086 Byway East
you have to get up early before the thermals…but wow is it worth it….
Havent's used them but they have good reviews and they are local and set up white water trips. whitewatervoyages.com
Whitewater Voyages
5225 San Pablo Dam Rd
Havent's used them but they have good reviews and they are local and set up white water trips. whitewatervoyages.com
yoga classes on Saturday. Car show and high tea June 20. See website for tasting and classes.
Four Fools Winery
13 Pacific Avenue
yoga classes on Saturday. Car show and high tea June 20. See website for tasting and classes.
Bowling . Low key no stress bowling for fun
AMF Pinole Valley Lanes
1580 Pinole Valley Road
Bowling . Low key no stress bowling for fun
Very well maintained. Used by those with a brief case in one hand and climbing equipment in the other.
Bridges Rock Gym
5635 San Diego Street
Very well maintained. Used by those with a brief case in one hand and climbing equipment in the other.
Largest public telescope in the US. Planetarium…with a State of the art full dome digital projection system. You can also spend the night under the stars. 510-336-7300.
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Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Boulevard
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Largest public telescope in the US. Planetarium…with a State of the art full dome digital projection system. You can also spend the night under the stars. 510-336-7300.
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
3400 Broadway
Video game museum
World Class Zoo. Take the skytram.
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Oakland Zoo
9777 Golf Links Rd
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World Class Zoo. Take the skytram.
World Class Stunning Architecture.
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The Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison St
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World Class Stunning Architecture.
History and Hiking. One of the most beautiful cemetaries in America …including New Orleans famous for the sculptural figures.
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Piedmont Funeral Services and Mountain View Cemetery
5000 Piedmont Avenue
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History and Hiking. One of the most beautiful cemetaries in America …including New Orleans famous for the sculptural figures.
One of the countries largest China towns. Lots of restaurants and groceries lots of stores where you buy souvenirs. Go for dim sum at the Legendary Palace or Shan Dong or Tao Yuen Pastry.
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Chinatown
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One of the countries largest China towns. Lots of restaurants and groceries lots of stores where you buy souvenirs. Go for dim sum at the Legendary Palace or Shan Dong or Tao Yuen Pastry.
Fire arts, glass blowing, neon, black smithing, you name it at this huge art facility. Call ahead for a tour or take a class.
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The Crucible
1260 7th Street
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Fire arts, glass blowing, neon, black smithing, you name it at this huge art facility. Call ahead for a tour or take a class.
See a live show or movie at this deco masterpiece restored theater. Dress up a bit.
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Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway
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See a live show or movie at this deco masterpiece restored theater. Dress up a bit.
Catach an independent film at the iconic Grand Lake Theater..bonus points if you"re showing is in the "Egypt Room" or you go on Wurlitzer night.
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Grand Lake Theatre
3200 Grand Ave
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Catach an independent film at the iconic Grand Lake Theater..bonus points if you"re showing is in the "Egypt Room" or you go on Wurlitzer night.
See top quality exhibits and enjoy Off the Grid each friday….food trucks.
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Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St
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See top quality exhibits and enjoy Off the Grid each friday….food trucks.
8 acres 6,000 rose bushes of all varieties. Bloom season is late april thru October. 510-238-3187
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Morcom Rose Garden
700 Jean Street
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8 acres 6,000 rose bushes of all varieties. Bloom season is late april thru October. 510-238-3187
Cruise in an authentic Italian gondola…or rent your own peddle boat.
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Lake Merritt
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Cruise in an authentic Italian gondola…or rent your own peddle boat.
Retro arcade games.
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High Scores Arcade
1414 Park Street
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Retro arcade games.

Food Scene

A nice walk down the hill.
Starbucks
454 Appian Way
A nice walk down the hill.
order a mango lassi and a dosa…a two foot long soft-crispy crepe….It is a hole in the wall with very good indian food.
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Udupi Palace
1903 University Avenue
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order a mango lassi and a dosa…a two foot long soft-crispy crepe….It is a hole in the wall with very good indian food.
On a warmish night eat out on the deck and watch sunset…and view of water and Carquinez bridge…they have outdoor heaters…so even a cool night if special.
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The Dead Fish
20050 San Pablo Avenue
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On a warmish night eat out on the deck and watch sunset…and view of water and Carquinez bridge…they have outdoor heaters…so even a cool night if special.
Port Costa is a secret little place…way off the beaten trail….go to the Wharehouse for lobster and to see the full size stuffed polar bear…you get the idea.
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The Warehouse Cafe
5 Canyon Lake Drive
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Port Costa is a secret little place…way off the beaten trail….go to the Wharehouse for lobster and to see the full size stuffed polar bear…you get the idea.
in the old ford motor plant comples in Richmond…amazing food…..was an old boiler room. They have roller derby some nights next door.
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Assemble Restaurant
1414 Harbour Way South
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in the old ford motor plant comples in Richmond…amazing food…..was an old boiler room. They have roller derby some nights next door.
Gourmet food court…try the duck tacos or the sit at the oyster bar. And the three sister's ice cream….mmmmm
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Oxbow Public Market
610 1st Street
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Gourmet food court…try the duck tacos or the sit at the oyster bar. And the three sister's ice cream….mmmmm
Iconic Seafood restaurant with views .
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Skates on the Bay
100 Seawall Dr
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Iconic Seafood restaurant with views .
Try teh tea leaf salad.
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Burma Superstar
309 Clement Street
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Try teh tea leaf salad.

Shopping

Old school records and CDs …lots of rare and cool music…and people who know about it. Pre Pandora….it was this way.
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Amoeba Music
6400 Sunset Blvd
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Old school records and CDs …lots of rare and cool music…and people who know about it. Pre Pandora….it was this way.
Nerd out at this magaize stand.
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Issues
644 Glen Avenue
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Nerd out at this magaize stand.

Arts & Culture

An iconic place well respected for live music and excellent food.
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Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
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An iconic place well respected for live music and excellent food.