Walnut Creek is an incorporated city located 16 miles east of the city of Oakland, in the east bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Walnut Creek serves as the business and entertainment hub for the neighbouring cities, within central Contra Costa County. It has an estimate population of 64.173 residents, according to the 2010 census. The history of Walnut Creek goes back to the times of the American Indians, when they were the rulers of this area. Today, Walnut Creek is a charming holiday destination, fir for short vacations or weekend getaways.
The Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts: This 72,000-square-foot venue has three theaters, a classroom, and an art gallery. It hosts a variety of performing arts groups and is home to the California Symphony. The Bedford Gallery hosts five to six exhibitions annually, in addition to workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and an array of public programs.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum: This facility features stage presentations and opportunities to interact with live California-native animals, plus close encounters with impaired or injured non-releasable wild creatures such as an eagle, hawk, fox, snake or mountain lion. An on-site wildlife hospital treats more than 6,000 animals every year. The museum also features changing art and natural history exhibits, classes for children and adults, and a discovery room with hands-on activities for kids.
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site: In nearby Danville, America's only Nobel Prize- winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill, lived at the climax of his writing career. Isolated from the world in Tao House, O'Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays: “Moon For the Misbegotten,” “The Iceman Cometh,” and the autobiographical “Long Day's Journey Into Night.” O'Neill's interest in Eastern thought and his wife, Carlotta's, passion for Oriental art and decor inspired the home's name, after the Chinese philosophy. Reservations are required, and visitors are shuttled to the site on National Park Service vehicles from Danville. The annual Eugene O'Neill Festival in downtown Danville and at Tao House includes film screenings, lectures and panel discussions, and live stage performances.
Mount Diablo State Park: The highest point in the S.F. Bay Area is noted for its wildflowers, extensive trail system, wildlife-viewing, camping, and distinctive rock formations. Visitors can view the stars from or bike ride to Diablo's 3,849-foot summit, or explore the parks more-remote trails by horseback. A museum of cultural and natural history is in a historic stone building atop the peak. The museum's tower was constructed during the late 1930s of fossiliferous sandstone blocks quarried in the park. From the summit, one can see beyond the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands; many peaks of the Coast Ranges; and, hundreds of miles away, both Mount Lassen in the Cascades range at 10,466 feet and the crest of the Sierra Nevada range.
All Outdoors California Whitewater Rafting Day Trips are lead by a crew of professional guides devoted to making your trip safe, fun and memorable. Whether your group is large or small, you will experience an adventure like no other. You can choose from a springtime classic, an overnight trip in a wilderness canyon or a thrilling adventure on the Class Cherry Creek.
Walnut Creek Yacht Club is one of the finest restaurants in town, since it provides good food, a beautiful decor that includes teak, mahogany, stainless steel, and even an authentic jib. The walls have sport prints and photos of racing yachts. The menu is varied and it includes some of the finest dishes and sea food specialities, prepared with the freshest ingredients. There is also a fine selection of wines, cocktails and other beverages, that go hand in hand with the mouthwatering dishes.
Scotts's Seafood Grill and Bar is a great eating venue in Walnut Creek, where you can taste the finest, freshly prepared cuisine, with a professional courteous staff ready to make your dining experience a memorable occasion. Whether you come here for lunch, brunch or dinner, your dining experience promises to be as delicious as it is pleasurable.
Open-space parks: The Walnut Creek area has an unusual amount of park space, considering its proximity to the San Francisco metropolitan area. Shell Ridge, Diablo Foothills, Lime Ridge, and Sugar Loaf open-space parks offer hiking, biking, birding, camping, and picnicking. Briones Regional Park to the northeast also has boating on its reservoir.