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96 Parks to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

Adventure Playground160 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA

Adventure Playground is an urban park and adventure playground in Berkeley, California, located at the Berkeley Marina.The adventure playground model, sometimes referred to as a "junk playground," is to provide children with the resources to build. The available tools include saws, hammers, workbenches, and nails. The legal liability raised by giving children relatively unrestricted access to these tools has made adventure playgrounds rare in the United States.

Alameda Park1400 Santa Barbara St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

Alameda Park is a two-block park in downtown Santa Barbara. As one of the city's oldest parks, it is home to a variety of rare trees and plants. These horticultural treasures include the soapbark tree, the white ironwood, and the bunya-bunya tree, just to name a few.

Alamo SquareAlamo Square, San Francisco, CA, USA

Alamo Square is a residential neighborhood and park in San Francisco, California. Its boundaries are not well-defined but are generally considered to be Webster Street on the east, Golden Gate Avenue on the north, Divisadero Street on the west, and Fell Street on the south. The well known postcard motif "Painted Ladies" is located in Alamo Square.

Balboa ParkSan Diego, CA, USA

1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Bayfront Park2-198;1-99 Old Bayshore Hwy, Millbrae, CA 94030, USA

Bayfront Park is located in the shadow of San Francisco International Airport, with premium views of the runway and arriving and departing aircraft. It has a walking trail & benches for watching the planes land.

Baylands Park999 E Caribbean Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, USA

Baylands Park provides over 70 acres of developed parkland offering active recreation, pathways and picnic areas for families and large groups. It offers biking, hiking, nature trails and access to the San Francisco Bay Trail, which connects 300 miles of trails along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay.

Bille Park501 Bille Rd, Paradise, CA 95969, USA

A beautiful park surrounded by a redwood grove, the Counselor's Circle and group BBQ area will provide a serene setting for your special outdoor wedding and reception. It is is located at 501 Bille Road. Bille Park Expansion boasts a gazebo, pavilion and even a kitchen that can also be rented for events of up to 120 people. The features of this park blend cohesively to give any outdoor event an air of elegance among the natural setting of the Ridge.

Buena Vista ParkBuena Vista & Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94117, USA

Buena Vista Park is a centralized public space in San Francisco that stretches across 36 acres of land, which especially provides residents in the Haight-Ashbury and Buena Vista Heights neighborhoods with a place to enjoy the great outdoors, spend quality time with the family, stay active. The park is on a steep hill that peaks at 575 feet, and covers 37 acres. The lowest section is the north end along Haight.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park1170 CA-4, Arnold, CA 95223, USA

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a state park of California, preserving two groves of giant sequoia trees. It has been a major tourist attraction since 1852, when the existence of the trees was first widely reported, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.

California Citrus State Historic Park9400 Dufferin Ave, Riverside, CA 92503, USA

California Citrus State Historic Park is an open-air museum in the state park system of California. This 300-acre park preserves some of the rapidly vanishing cultural landscape of the citrus industry and tells the story of this industry's role in the history and development of California. This Park reveals the cultural, political, and environmental aspects of the time when "Citrus was King" in California, especially the Navel orange from Riverside.

Carmichael Park3779, 5750 Grant Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608, USA

Carmichael Park is a major 38-acre park in Carmichael, California, an unincorporated suburb of Sacramento, California. The park includes 5 ballfields, 6 tennis courts and a dog park. The Community Clubhouse, Veterans' Memorial Building, the Daniel Bishop Memorial Pavilion for the Performing Arts, and the Great Wall of Carmichael are all located within the park.

Central Park40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538, USA

Alameda Central is a beautiful location where people can relax and enjoy the city's energy without being overwhelmed by it. This is a green garden with paved paths and decorative fountains and statues, and is frequently the center of civic events.

César E. Chávez Park11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA

César Chávez Park is a 90 acrescity park of Berkeley, California named after César Chávez. The park's east position in San Francisco Bay provides panoramic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands, and the East Bay hills. The park's terrain is characterized by very open grassy hills that have become popular for kite flying. Paved paths run the perimeter and throughout the park where picnic tables and barbecue grills are available to the public.

Chase Palm Park323 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, USA

Chase Palm Park along the Pacific Coast, in the heart of Santa Barbara, with its palm trees, is a very pleasent park for walking, running, and biking. This is an extensive park that encompasses much of both sides of East Cabrillo Boulevard and includes a palm tree-lined park adjacent to East Beach. An oceanfront bike path and walkway runs the length of Chase Palm Park from Stearns Wharf along East Beach.

Chicano ParkSan Diego, CA 92113, USA

A majestic park located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan. The park is home to the country's largest collection of outdoor murals,[3] as well as various sculptures, earthworks, and an architectural piece dedicated to the cultural heritage of the community.

Codornices Park1201 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708, USA

A beautiful park, which offers a wide array of play opportunities are available in a beautiful hillside setting: baseball/softball fields, basketball court, tot play area, picnic/BBQ area , hiking trails through glade and groves of magnificent oaks, bay trees and redwood. it’s a beautiful setting, perfect for outdoor dinners and birthday barbecues.

Corriganville Park7001 Smith Rd, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA

This park was once the Corriganville Movie Ranch and was the filming site for over 3,500 movies, TV programs and commercials. Today, this park is home to 4 different trails that wind around the 246 acre property owned by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District.

Coyote Hills Regional Park8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Fremont, CA 94555, USA

Coyote Hills Regional Park is a regional park encompassing nearly 978 acres of land and administered by the East Bay Regional Park District. It is covered of marshland and rolling grassland covered hills, this busy park is located along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. The most popular visitor activities by far are bicycling, walking, bird watching, jogging, nature exploration, and picnicking. Well used every season of the year, spring, summer, and fall tend to be the most popular.

Del Valle Regional Park7000 Del Valle Rd, Livermore, CA 94550, USA

Del Valle Regional Park is a part of the East Bay Regional Park District in an unincorporated region of Alameda County, California. This park is ideal for picnicking, horseback riding, boating, fishing and swimming. The park also offers 28 miles of hiking, horseback, and bicycle trails, in addition to 150 camping sites.

Desert Christ Park56200 Sunnyslope Dr, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, USA

Desert Christ Park is a 3.5-acre sculpture garden in Yucca Valley, California.The park was sculpted and created by Antone Martin, a former aircraft worker who died in 1961 at the age of 74. Sculptures include The Twelve Apostles, Martha, Mary, angels, and a 15-foot-tall, 3 ton statue of Jesus, reminiscent of Rio de Janeiro's famous and much larger hilltop Christ the Redeemer.