Things to do in Berkeley & the Bay Area


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Berkeley brims with authentic experiences and activities to engage, expand, entertain, enthrall - sometimes even all of the above. Here are some topline suggestions on how to explore Berkeley like a local:

  • Play with family friendly kid activities like the Adventure Playground or the Habitot Children’s Discovery Museum.
  • Visit our UC Berkeley section for ideas on must-see sights while touring the Cal Berkeley campus. You may even discover a few Cal Secret Spots!
  • Experience a rich arts and culture scene by catching a show in the Downtown Arts District or admire visual art at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive.
  • Stop by the Berkeley Visitor Information Center and allow our visitor specialists to share fun things to do and see while you are in town.
  • Telegraph Avenue is in many ways the soul of Berkelely. It's also a district filled with great shops and restaurants. Take a walk with us!
  • Tilden Park: As one of the East Bay Regional Park District’s “OG” parks, Tilden occupies a special place in the heart of many Berkeley residents, a symbol of the city’s accessibility to nature and commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • Fun With Science: Since long before STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) rocketed into the public consciousness, the Lawrence Hall of Science has been a favorite destination for Berkeley locals and visiting families.