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

November 18, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Walnut Creek is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States, located in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, about 16 miles (26 kilometres) east of the city of Oakland. With a total estimated population of 67,673, Walnut Creek serves as a hub for its neighboring cities because of its location at the junction of the highways from Sacramento and San Jose (I-680) and San Francisco/Oakland (SR-24) and its accessibility by BART. Its active downtown neighborhood features hundred-year-old buildings and extensive high-end retail establishments, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Restaurants in Walnut Creek

1. Lesher Center for the Arts

1601 Civic Dr, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4299 +1 925-295-1400
Excellent
74%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

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.

2. Lafayette Reservoir

3849 Mount Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA +1 925-284-9669
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

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...

3. Mount Diablo State Park

96 Mitchell Canyon Rd, Clayton, CA 94517-1500 +1 925-837-2525
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 159 reviews

Mount Diablo State Park

Offers vast views from its summit.

Reviewed By WIJourney - Madison, WI

We made the trip out to Mount Diablo because we were told it offered some spectacular views from its 3900 foot summit. It was a picturesque drive that was only challenged by the numerous bicyclists (we were there on a Sunday afternoon). From what we could gather, the bike riders have a full-lane right-of-way both up and down the mountain. If you happen to cross over the center line when overtaking a cyclist going up hill when a rider is coming down the hill, prepare yourself for vocal abuse from the downhill rider. The view from the summit is quite stunning but be prepared to have the view of San Francisco/Golden Gate Bridge to be hazy at best unless you are there early in the morning.

4. See's Candies

1005 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-1923 +1 925-687-8343
Excellent
74%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

See's Candies

Reviewed By p0psDaad9 - Pleasant Hill, California

This is easy. I first came into a See's on my own in 1956. I was looking for a gift for a girl friend. I'd been in there with my Mother on a few occasions before but this was my first time solo. What impressed me most was the service they will package your choices as you like. They always give you a freeby

The first Sees I, California. went to was in Alameda I've been in many since and they are consistently good!

I send Chocolates to my By brother in Verplankt, NY, if I miss an occasion , he reminds me

I've been at Pleasant Hill, which has it's own See's since 1997 Every bit as good

5. Todos Santos Plaza

2151 Salvio St, Concord, CA 94520-2451
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Todos Santos Plaza

Reviewed By phil350 - Concord, California

The place has gone through lots of renovations and upgrades. The latest is the best with signs and lights. They have farmers market every week, some small concerts, and there's lots of lawn for kids to play around. They have fenced the area in now that kids don't wonder off too easily. It's located in the center of Concord surrounded by many restaurants, stores, fire station, banks, movie theater, hotels and residential areas. It is a place with diverse amount of people come to visit or go to. At night they light the trees and make the place a warm place to go. Nearby is BART station walking distance away. Bus is also available and taxi cabs as well.

6. John Muir National Historic Site

4202 Alhambra Ave, Martinez, CA 94553-3826 +1 925-228-8860
Excellent
64%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

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.

522 Center St, Moraga, CA 94556-2207 +1 925-376-5407
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

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.

8. Iron Horse Trail

Dublin, CA
Excellent
54%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Iron Horse Trail

This former railroad track is now a "people-friendly" 23-mile long trail for bikers, hikers, in-line skaters, and horseback riders.

Reviewed By CreateSF - San Francisco, California

I take my dog jogging every morning on the iron horse trail. It is a paved path that stretches approximately 25+ miles, away from the roads and commercial buildings. It's awesome for cycling, jogging or walking your dog (not too many squirrels).

9. Redwood Regional Park

7867 Redwood Rd, Oakland, CA 94619-2435 +1 888-327-2757
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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!

10. Lindsay Wildlife Museum

1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94597-2540 +1 925-935-1978
Excellent
71%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

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.

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