Walnut Creek, California
Whether you are visiting or planning to move to Walnut Creek, there are plenty of things for everyone to enjoy in our Paradise. As a resident and real estate professional of Walnut Creek I am always enthusiastic about the wonderful history and all its amazing attractions our city has to offer. Did you know that it was in 1862 when the town was renamed to Walnut Creek with the establishment of the U.S. Post Office? With the arrival of the Southern Pacific railroad service in 1891 our city has started to grow. Just 16 miles east of Oakland in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay area, Walnut Creek today serves as a business and entertainment hub within central Contra Costa County.
Shadelands Ranch Museum
Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman (1824-1907) built the Shadelands Ranch that today showcases numerous historical articrafts, many that belonged to the Pennimans. This 1903 redwood-framed Colonial Revival structure is home to extensive archive of the history of Walnut Creek and Contra Costa. Here you can step back in time enjoying old photographs, newspapers and countless government records as well.
The mission statement of the Ruth Bancroft Garden “is to preserve this exceptional example of garden design and to continue to develop its collection of water-conserving plants for the education and enjoyment of the public.” Plan a visit to this wonderful place, where not only can you feel relaxed and in awe of the design of the entire garden but through their educational programs you and your family – including little ones – can learn about the wonderful world of plants.
This is the former ranch of an early pioneer, Frank Borges, that today houses Walnut Creek’s Shell Ridge Open Space activities. The complex includes a blacksmith shop and boasts farm equipment displays that are a great way to learn about life as it was in the early 20th century Walnut Creek. This ranch is also home to goats, sheep, chicken, pigs and cattle. If you feel the need to get away form the city, then pack your picnic basket, load up your family and enjoy a wonderful time relaxing on the ranch.
Walnut Creek on Ice
Opening date is November 15, so look for your pair of skates and get ready for another great skating season. Thanks to all the wonderful sponsors, everyone can enjoy a great time on the ice all the way until January 12, 2014. If you are looking for ice skating lessons for your little ones, look no further. The Holiday Ice Skating Academy offers once a week group lessons for everyone ages 5 and up.
If you are ready for a round of golf than spend your day at Boundary Oak and try yourself on 18 holes.
A local businessman, Alexander Lindsay, founded Lindsay Wildlife Museum. He started teaching neighborhood kids about nature in the 1950′s and soon it became evident that the city needed a year-round place for people to go visit, learn about and help the thousands of orphan and injured wild animals. This museum is a must see for everyone who enjoys the wild.