The 10 Best Things to Do in El Cerrito, United States

March 13, 2018 Brain Ambrose

El Cerrito is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, and forms part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a population of 23,549 according to the 2010 census. El Cerrito was founded by refugees from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It was incorporated in 1917 as a village with 1500 residents. As of the census in 2000, there were 23,171 people, 10,208 households and 5971 families in the city. The top 20 employers in the city, according to the 2013 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, include such entities as the West Contra Costa Unified School District, City of El Cerrito, Lucky Stores, Pastime ACE Hardware, and Honda of El Cerrito.
Restaurants in El Cerrito

1. Tilden Regional Park

entrances at Wildcat Canyon Rd & Grizzly Peak Blvd, Berkeley, CA 94701 +1 510-562-7275
Excellent
73%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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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.

2. 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
79%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
2%
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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!

3. Hotsy Totsy Club

601 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706-1128 +1 510-526-5986
Excellent
54%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
4%
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Hotsy Totsy Club

Reviewed By Sky G - Berkeley, California

We've come here a few times. Small groups and large groups. When we are a large group we head to the back. The drinks are always delicious. I've only tried their beef stew, it was surprisingly very good. We normally grab food from the taco truck outside, which serves our favorite tacos. They are delicious. We actually stop by to grab tacos here even when not drinking at the bar. The bartenders here are always great.

4. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720-5045 +1 510-643-2755
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
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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.

5. Point Isabel

2701 Isabel St, Richmond, CA 94804-5807 +1 888-327-2757
Excellent
68%
Good
30%
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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

6. University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720 +1 510-642-6000
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
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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.

7. Omescape

5327 Jacuzzi St Ste 3H, Richmond, CA 94804-5832 +1 510-969-0899
Excellent
92%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
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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.

8. Arlington Park

1120 Arlington Blvd, El Cerrito, CA 94530-2500 +1 510-559-7000
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Arlington Park

Reviewed By mini - Fremont, California

We enjoyed going to Arlington Park. It is in the hill area of El Cerrito and is a beautiful park to take a walk. There are two ponds there as well as a creek. There is also tennis courts and basketball.

For the children, we liked it that they were having fun in the well designed play ground areas. There is also a large grass area.

Its a nice park to have a picnic or bbq. For those who are in a wheel chair, they have designed the area and designated some tables for wheel chairs.

There is also a club house which periodically does events. One can also rent the clubhouse for such things as birthday parties, etc.

9. Marina Bay Trail

Richmond Marina, Richmond, CA
Excellent
66%
Good
34%
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Marina Bay Trail

Reviewed By LovelyLMP - Point Richmond, California

The Marina Bay Trail is one of the best waterfront trails around! It's clean, wide, smooth with lots of wild flora and fauna. Eventually the Richmond Bay Trails will all connect and be a great outing for the fit and choosy. The only thing missing, imho, is a great cafe looking out on the views with simple, tasty food and great coffee, tea and fresh lemonade. Someone needs to take a look at what Bellingham, WA has achieved.

10. Tilden Park Little Farm

Central Park Dr, Berkeley, CA +1 888-327-2757
Excellent
68%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 124 reviews

Tilden Park Little Farm

Reviewed By Kent S

This area of Tilden Park is a popular local gathering of young children and parents who enjoy seeing farm animals and feeding them. You need to bring "greens--celery works best or lettuce" to feed the cows, goats, sheep and horses. This is my grandson's (just turned 3 years) favorite place to visit and run around. The Tilden park area is vast and had several other areas to explore (train ride, carousel rides, nature hikes, botanical gardens). It's a wonderful area to spend several hours with your family.

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