Cal Secret Spots

Visit Berkeley's exclusive "Cal Secret Spots" guide explores the hidden corners of campus not to miss.

Berkeley begins with the University of California campus, the sylvan and stone complex at the soulful heart of the city. Today, the UC Berkeley campus, or “Cal” to locals and students, serves as more than an academic enclave. It is Berkeley’s “Central Park,” a destination within the destination.

To honor Cal’s 150th anniversary celebration, Visit Berkeley produced a guide to exploring the campus, encompassing icons and indie corners alike. The “Cal Secret Spots” guide, created in collaboration with content company Bravo Your City!, is available in both high-quality printed map and digital online formats. Here are a few of our favorite (shhhhhh) secret spots:

Strawberry Creek Strawberry Creek tumbles down from the Berkeley Hills right through the Cal campus. With a winter storm behind it, the creek rushes; in the summer, there's barely a trickle. It's a dynamic stripe of nature.

Morrison Library Hidden inside the much larger Doe Library, the Morrison Library opened in 1928 as an ambient reading room for students. Tibetan area rugs, vintage lamps and furniture create an ambient setting that conjures another era. Time travelers welcome.

Founders Rock Try to find Founders Rock at the corner of Hearst Ave and Gayley Road. Oak and eucalyptus trees shelter a jumble of lichen-encrusted stones that is the very heart of Berkeley. In 1860, more than a century before Mario Savio would initiate the Free Speech Movement on UC Berkeley’s campus, the trustees of the College of California in Oakland met here to commemorate the land they had purchased for a new university.

Moe's Books Located on Telegraph Avenue, Moe’s Books is a fantastic independent bookstore with an amazing backstory.

Games of Berkeley From marbles to Monopoly to Frisbees and Minecraft, Games of Berkeley knows how to play. Say hello to the giant wizard sculpture, a.k.a. Gareth O'Beardsley, standing guard over the arts and crafts section.

In addition to the Visit Berkeley website, Cal Secret Spots is available via iBooks and Amazon Kindle. Berkeley travelers can pick one up (while supplies last) at the Visitor Information Center, 2030 Addison Street in downtown Berkeley, along with a variety of other printed guides and brochures with great activity suggestions.

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