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Free Speech and flower power may be in Berkeley’s DNA, but now we’re talking about actual plants!
Exploring the San Francisco Bay Area is best done outside, and we’ve put together three great itineraries that are just the starting points of what to do in Berkeley in the great outdoors. And don’t forget to wander in to local Berkeley restaurants to refuel as you explore — in Berkeley, food is always in season.
While you could fill a whole day just by walking the Bay and taking in the beautiful vistas, there are plenty of activities to engage in as well! From playing 18 at the Tilden Park Golf Course to tapping into your inner nerd at the Lawrence Hall of Science, this itinerary is solar powered.
Where can you see blooms year round? Right here! With two huge botanical gardens something seems to always be blooming here. Tilden Regional Park features flora from every major zone in California, which is no simple feat! We don’t have to paint the roses red here, the Berkeley Municipal rose garden has us covered, with over 250 rose varieties. And of course a day of foliage wouldn't be complete without tasting some of the local bounty.
Berkeley has a rich architectural history. A stroll through downtown and the UC Berkeley Campus can be like stepping back in time through eyes of the these beautiful and unique structures. This itinerary guides you through some of the must sees, we couldn’t narrow it down to just one day, so plan on at least two days to take it all in!