What to do and see in Lafayette, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 30, 2017 Velvet Champine

Lafayette (formerly, La Fayette) is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. As of 2011, the city's population was estimated to be 24,285. It was named after the Marquis de La Fayette, a French military hero of the American Revolutionary War. Today Lafayette is known for its pastoral rolling hills, good schools, and wealthy inhabitants. In 2016, the median household income in Lafayette was over $140,000, more than twice the statewide average and about two and half times the national median.
Restaurants in Lafayette

1. Lafayette Reservoir

3849 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA +1 925-284-9669
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 242 reviews

Lafayette Reservoir

Reviewed By ZJAnderson - Lafayette, California

We’ve been walking around the Lafayette Reservoir for over 30 years, and of all the places in central County to go to for a hike/walk, its still our favorite. The annual pass is a bargain, even more so with a senior discount now. The play area is a favorite of the grandsons, dragging them back to the car is nobody’s favorite, on the other hand...

2. Lesher Center for the Arts

1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4299 +1 925-295-1400
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 129 reviews

Lesher Center for the Arts

Reviewed By Matt D - Walnut Creek, California

Not a bad seat in the house. Friendly staff. Love that they have several full bars. You can bring your drink to your seat.

3. Orinda Theater

4 Orinda Theater Square, Orinda, CA 94563 +1 925-254-9060
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

Orinda Theater

Reviewed By carriedo - Walnut Creek, CA

It's nice to see a movie in this beautiful old theater. It shows foreign and independent movies. There are 3 rooms, and two are beautiful but one is very small. It's almost like you are in your living room watching your big screen tv.

522 Center St, Moraga, CA 94556-2207 +1 925-376-5407
Excellent
85%
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15%
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5 based on 20 reviews

Moraga Art Gallery

Moraga Art Gallery is a co-op gallery of local artists, as well as several guest artists. This is your destination for unique gifts and fine art at reasonable prices. Artwork includes acrylic & oil paintings, watercolors, collage, fine art photography, jewelry, glass design, hand painted silk scarves and turned wood. There is free and ample parking. We are open from Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5p

Reviewed By padrigeen - Berkeley, California

The quality of the art at the Morega Art Galley is belied by it's out of the way location. The work, in all media, is beautiful, and well made, and shouldn't be so hard to find. If you can find your way past the Dollar Store next door, you will walk into a quiet, glade of color and form. Take the time to find it. It is worth the trip.

5. Redwood Regional Park

7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA 94619-2435 +1 888-327-2757
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 315 reviews

Redwood Regional Park

Reviewed By STLL7 - Oakland, California

For anyone who lives in the East Bay the Redwood Regional Park provides an amazing escape to nature. Beautiful redwoods, views, variety of vegetation and lots of opportunities for a picnic. Be mindful of racing bikes on some of the trails that allow bikes, it can be a bit much on the weekends!

6. Tilden Regional Park

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

7. John Muir National Historic Site

4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA 94553-3826 +1 925-228-8860
Excellent
64%
Good
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Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 131 reviews

John Muir National Historic Site

Museum dedicated to the founder of the environmental movement.

Reviewed By Jinnyus - Florence, KY

I like visiting historic homes and it was nice to see this one. John Muir lived here as an adult when he took over his father-in-law's orchard business. The house isn't overly large, but has some nice views from the upper level. You can learn a bit about Muir by watching a short film in the visitor center and then tour the main house and the adobe out back. Cool things are the fact that the windows are old wavy glass and you can walk up to the attic and bell tower. It's rare to get into an attic in an old home. You kind of get an idea of what the view would have been back in Muir's day.

Plus, you can pick fruit in season from apple, peach, pear, lime, lemon, and persimmon trees or grapes off the vine for free! The grapes were like raisins on the vine when I was there. Tasty! And, you can see a sequoia that Muir planted.

8. Back to the Table Cooking School

271 Lafayette Cir, Lafayette, CA 94549-4316 +1 925-284-1120
Excellent
96%
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5 based on 23 reviews

Back to the Table Cooking School

All classes are hands-on. Guest work together with the chef to prepare all parts of the meal. All skills needed will be taught through out. When the food is done, you will sit down at our large table to eat together. Appetizers and beverages are included with a very full meal.Our classes are kept small (12-14 guest). Wear your comfy clothes - you will be eating! Check out our website to sign up ahead- we sell out quickly.

Reviewed By Craig M - Pleasanton, California

I can't say enough great things about Back to the Table. I have experienced other cooking schools and even had a class at the Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco. I've taken multiple classes at Back To The Table and have enjoyed each class. The...MoreWe love to hear from those of us that love to take various cooking classes. Thank you! My sister & I feel we have put together the best aspects of all the cooking experiences we have taken into our programs. Thank you!

9. Lindsay Wildlife Museum

1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2540 +1 925-935-1978
Excellent
71%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Lindsay Wildlife Museum

Reviewed By 862heather - Walnut, California

Thus is a small animal museum with attached clinic for injured wildlife and a nice small gift shop. Nearby is a miniature train museum especially wonderful during the holiday season.

10. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

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

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