10 Things to Do in El Sobrante That You Shouldn't Miss

November 14, 2017 Kandra Bartel

El Sobrante (Spanish for "surplus" or "remaining land"; Spanish: [el so.ˈβran.te]) is a census-designated place (CDP) in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 12,669 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in El Sobrante

1. Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park

1401 Marina Way S, Suite B, Richmond, CA 94804-3723 +1 510-232-5050
Excellent
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5 based on 206 reviews

Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Wonderful museum with great displays and short films that tell the story. Coordinate your visit around a scheduled talk by Ranger Betty Soskin. She is a compelling and inspiring speaker who weaves past and present into her own riveting story. History comes alive and you will not be disappointed. At 96 years young, she is a national treasure!

2. San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area

7301 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803-3717 +1 510-223-1661
Excellent
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area

Reviewed By yvonne p - El Sobrante, California

We've done most everything here: kayaks, pontoon boats, sailboat, fishing, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, picnics, wildlife observation...
Closed a couple of months during the winter. Boat and kayak rentals. Tackle/bait and cafe. Car, boat and fishing permit fees. Bring your own boat = must pass inspections.
Best stocked lake in the state...that's why the fishermen, birds and otters love it. Surrounded by open space; west and south side has trails going to other adjoining parks. Bald Eagles, Herons, Egrets, Pelicans, Osprey, Terns, Ducks, Geese, etc. All kinds of mammals; Cougars to Raccoons.
No bikes or dogs, permits required on EBMUD open space trails.
Limited wheelchair accessibility - last time we went, they didn't have the accessible dock hooked up to the paved walkway.

3. Tilden Regional Park

entrances at Wildcat Canyon Rd & Grizzly Peak Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94701 +1 510-562-7275
Excellent
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4.5 based on 478 reviews

Tilden Regional Park

Tilden is one of Berkeley's oldest and most popular parks that offers a variety of family-fun activities like pony rides and carousels.

Reviewed By Ninaad D - Dublin, California

We have visited Tilden Park several times in the past year. Our toddler loves riding the trains and we enjoy the nature walks. The train rides are fun for the entire family. The train models are very well designed and lot of fun to explore. Pack a picnic and enjoy the entire day here.

4. San Pablo Lytton Casino

13255 San Pablo Ave, San Pablo, CA 94806-3907 +1 510-215-7888
Excellent
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3 based on 28 reviews

Boasting an Arabian Nights theme, this casino attracts American and Asian visitors wishing to try their luck.

Reviewed By Dan M - Golden, Canada

Busy busy place, very crowded, machines too close together. Smoking allowed so be prepared, ashes everywhere, pretty disgusting. I have been to other smoking casinos, not so bad when they actually empty ashtrays and clean up a little. I couldn't play some machines because they were covered in ashes! I did win 1350.00 though.

5. Spaghetti Tours

884 Marlesta Rd, Pinole, CA 94564-2609
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Spaghetti Tours

Spaghetti Tours is a fully-insured and licensed (TCP#28986) company, founded in 2012. Vincenzo,the owner, has 18 years of experience in the industry and can speaks fluent English and Italian. At Spaghetti Tours we want to provide an alternative to the big bus tours. We offer three tours with lecture around the San Francisco Bay Area: City Tour, Muir Woods and Sausalito, and the Wine Country Napa/Sonoma. We can also charter our van on an hourly basis (4 hours minimum, call for prices.)We use a new 2012 Mercedes Sprinter Van with 12 seats (11 passengers plus a driver.) The van has high ceilings, large windows, comfortable seats, A/C and a CD player. Make your reservations before the high season is here. Our new website is ready to be viewed. I am looking forward to hearing from you. Vincenzo.

Reviewed By rmjones9 - Fort Worth, Texas

My wife and I recently took three other couples on a tour around San Francisco, then to Muir Woods, then Sausalito and finally to Alcatraz. Vincent was a pretty good tour guide. He was willing to do whatever we wanted and he suggested that we stop at the scenic outlook above the Golden Gate bridge. I'm so glad he did! You may find a tour guide with a bit more knowledge or a better presentation, but for the price, we were extremely satisfied.

Vincent also was very clear about charges, with no hidden taxes or fees. I really appreciated the honesty, as it's sometimes scary dealing with tour guides.

6. Whitewater Voyages

5225 San Pablo Dam Rd, El Sobrante, CA 94803-3309
Excellent
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5 based on 12 reviews

Whitewater rafting trips on the American River in Coloma, California. 7-acre river-beach campground with full amenities including daily river trips, nature trail, giant chess, pool tables, volleyball, horseshoes, store, and more. Also, outdoor centers, base camps and 1- & 2-day guided river trips starting daily on the Kern, Kaweah, Kings, Merced, Tuolumne and Yuba Rivers.

Reviewed By JHuante - Orange County California

Seriously, that was what my 11-year-old said at the end of our three day trip. Our 17-year-old said it was up there too. We have been fortunate enough to have taken our kids to a lot of wonderful places. Hawaii, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and so on, but big resorts don't hold a candle to the personal experience we had as a family learning to Whitewater Raft. Our guide, Lane wasn't just our rafting guide, he was one of the resident chefs, and all around buddy during the whole trip. The whole team took care of us wonderfully. The water was the highest it had been in years, so our campground was flooded out. We had to pitch our tent in the parking lot. No worries, the next morning, when another group left, they moved us down into the campsite, near the picnic tables. It was effortless. Easy breezy.

The food.... oh the food. It was delicious, and plentiful. My boys, husband included, liked the dutch oven brownies we had each night for dessert. The meals were incredible. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit (and yes, they lay it out like they do in the pictures in the brochure) juices, yogurts, pastries.... and that's just breakfast. Dinner? Grilled steak and chicken, fresh veggies, salad, homemade mashed potatoes. Oh, and don't forget about lunch and happy hour snacks. I'm a foodie, and these folks have introduced me to a whole new kind of camping.

Thanks to Karn, Lane and the rest of the gang for making this a very memorable family trip.

7. Point Isabel

2701 Isabel St, Richmond, CA 94804-5807 +1 888-327-2757
Excellent
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4.5 based on 79 reviews

Point Isabel

Park, great for dog walking and windsurf launches.

Reviewed By Gene G - Benicia, California

Point Isabel,,just West of 80 on Central,, has a great bike path up to the old Ford Plant,
the Best Dog Park, and windsurfing,, pretty great little place.

For instance today , it was 90 degrees in Benicia, and 70 degrees for a bike ride by the water from point Isabell up past the Richmond Marina

8. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045 +1 510-643-2755
Excellent
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4.5 based on 421 reviews

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Past Strawberry Canyon is the 34-acre Botanical Garden, which holds about 13,000 species of plants. The species are organized according to regions of the world, and the garden has a great collection of native Californian plants. Bring a picnic basket and some money for the bookstore and admission (closed the first Tuesday of each month and free on the first Thursday of each month). Be sure to check out the conservatory (for tropical plants) and the Chinese medicinal herb garden.The garden is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day of the year except the first Tuesday of each month, Thanksgiving Day, December 24 and 25, December 31, January 1, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Tours are also available on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Reviewed By DaleRachmeler - Oakland, California

A beautiful garden set in the hills above Berkeley and the university. Dating back almost 100 years this is a beautifully designed garden wandering up and down the hills. The collection is large, the folks are very friendly and it is a lovely place to spend some time just feeling good. Of course from this spot you have magnificent views of the Bay and on a clear day you can see forever. The signage is well done and just about everything is labeled. The store is very nice and they sell plants that are left over from trials, new planting and multiplication. The Docents give an excellent tour and are very very knowledgeable so give it a go you will really like it.

9. Omescape

5327 Jacuzzi St Ste 3H, Richmond, CA 94804-5832 +1 510-969-0899
Excellent
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5 based on 85 reviews

Omescape

Trapped in a locked room with friends or strangers, can you find the secrets and escape? Time is running out, the clock is ticking, are you up for this 60-minute challenge? Featured in Wall Street Journal, OMESCAPE, the latest craze in Asia, is finally coming to the US, with its first store opening in Richmond, Bay Area in May 2014. Like us on Facebook and stay tuned.

Reviewed By Brent R - Windsor, Canada

I've done a lot of escape rooms and the one we did at OMescape was both challenging and had incredible technology to it. Really fun and difficult. I would recommend you do the easier rooms before working up to the harder ones as they are seriously difficult.

10. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720 +1 510-642-6000
Excellent
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4.5 based on 796 reviews

University of California, Berkeley

California's most prestigious public university is the home of liberalism and revolution.

Reviewed By Nando T - Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela

As a university professor elsewhere I can really appreciate the environment at this academic campus. The educational quality of this institution is worldwide recognize and its location is definitely ideal: relatively small community (Berkeley) near a rather cosmopolitan city at large like the bay area.

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