4 Things to Explore and Discover in Tilden Park in Berkeley
Californians living in Hercules apartments or other residences in the Berkeley community are in luck because they are just a hop, skip, and jump away from Tilden Park. This is the ideal getaway for families and friends to visit because it’s just a simple trip over the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. From there, you head into the Berkeley Hills, and awaiting you will be a 2000 acre playground known as Tilden Park that actually has something for everyone to do.
This park is a member of the East Bay Regional Parks system, and it is huge to say the least, so you’ll never have any trouble finding anything to do while you’re here. In fact, you’ll wish you had more time, so you might as well plan your next visit to the area soon so you can explore another section of this beautiful landscape.
With that said, we will discuss and discover some of the exciting things you’ll get to see and do when you visit by yourself, with your family, or maybe even take your friends and coworkers along on this ecstatic journey into the enchanting countryside.
Tilden Park Little Farm and Nature Area
The Little Farm in Tilden Park is an excellent place for families to visit because it’s one of the top destinations in the bay area, and it’s been a family-friendly location for all to visit since 1955. If you love farm animals of all kinds, including ducks, cows, chickens, sheep, goats, rabbits, and geese, then you’re absolutely going to have a blast seeing these creatures at the farm in living color.
If you’ve never been to a farm like this, you’re definitely going to enjoy the experience because they want you to have an outstanding time. In fact, the people in charge of the farm encourage guests to bring celery and lettuce – but no other food – to feed the animals while visiting. Not only will you get to feed these gorgeous creatures, you’ll also have an opportunity to pet them and make them feel special. In turn, they will make you and your loved ones feel absolutely amazing and much more connected to nature as well.
The Nature Area in Tilden Park is nothing to sneeze at either. As a matter of fact, it is the highest trafficked area of all 2000 acres, which means that many people are going to be spending the day here as they enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful natural preserve.
While visiting the Nature Area, you can spend time at the Little Farm, take a moment to learn something in the Environmental Education Center, and best of all, you can take the family to the playground, the picnic areas, the campgrounds, and feel free to roam the hiking trails all day long. This natural setting is here for everyone to enjoy and to fully take advantage of, so we highly recommend doing so at your earliest convenience.
The Merry-Go-Round in Tilden Park
Tilden Park is also famous for its historic and joyful merry-go-round. Most people have a tendency to stop at the merry-go-round as soon as they enter the park, because it’s such a big attraction and the kids definitely seem to love it. So you might as well let your children start off their day on the right foot by making a beeline to the merry-go-round as soon as you step foot in Tilden Park.
The great thing about this merry-go-round is it’s inside a large domed building, and since this carousel is actually more than 100 years old, it’s basically an antique even though they keep it in beautiful, tiptop condition. In fact, they first brought this merry-go-round into the park in the 1940s, so it has a rich and storied history in the area.
If you’re going with a group, you can get a discount by purchasing seven tickets at a time for $15. Otherwise you’ll have to pay three dollars per ticket for each participant looking to go on the ride. Since the gorgeous lights, the beautiful hand carved animals, and the boisterous band organ creates such a magical experience, you will not want to miss the merry-go-round because it really is a sight to behold and it’s a fun experience for children and adults of all ages.
The Steam Trains in Tilden Park
The Redwood Valley Railway is a hidden gem located on the south end of Tilden Park, and if you like to see beautiful miniature steam trains in all of their glory, then you’ll definitely want to visit this stunning attraction. The beauty of this little railroad is that it winds its way through all of the gorgeous redwood trees in the area, and it’s an authentic and detailed reproduction of real steam trains, plus the kids get to ride around on them and it makes for a fun way to experience the park in all of its glory.
When you ride on the steam train, you are definitely going to have the time of your life, because it’s not just a quick trip around the park. In fact, the ride lasts 12 minutes in all, and it’s inexpensive to buy tickets since they are only three dollars. If you’re going with a group of five, you can pay $12 for those tickets, which is a three dollar discount.
Are you ever going to have an opportunity to ride through the redwood forest on a steam train again? The odds are very slim, so you might as well make the most of this opportunity while it presents itself.
Other Exciting Family Activities to Experience in Tilden Park
Besides all of the wonderful things mentioned earlier, there’s plenty more to do when visiting the 2000 acre piece of land known as Tilden Park. As mentioned earlier, you’ll never be able to explore the entire area in one visit, so it’s not even worth it to try. Just pick a couple of things you’d like to do and then take action and do them with family members and friends.
If you’re in the mood, you can visit the Botanical Garden because it truly is another treasure in this beautiful place. And it’s free for all to enter, so you’ll have an opportunity to explore 10 acres of lovely land with little bridges, creeks, winding trails, stone stairs, and other interesting pathways. It’s truly a sight to behold and it’s a great place to go if you’re looking to get back to nature for the first time in a while.
There’s also Lake Anza to consider. This striking lake is the ideal location for those looking to go swimming, fishing, or you may even want to take in a round of golf. There is more than 40 miles worth of trails, so it’s a great place for equestrians, cyclists, and hikers too. You can hit balls on the driving range, play 18 holes, or fish and swim to your heart’s desire.
Hercules Apartments Are Minutes Away from Tilden Park
Residents of Aventine are in luck because they are so close to Tilden Park, the beautiful natural wonderland. Besides that, the apartments in this gorgeous location truly have some of the best features including bay windows, wood style vinyl plank flooring, modern cabinetry, in-home air-conditioning, walk-in closets, and so much more.
On the other hand, if amenities are more your thing, they are also in plentiful supply because this dazzling community abode was designed with comfort and convenience in mind. So the state-of-the-art facilities include a clubroom terrace, a library, a fitness studio, a pet parlor, a lobby lounge, and so much more. So if you’re looking to upgrade your lifestyle, you’ll feel like you’ve died and gone to luxury heaven the moment you move into the jaw dropping apartments at Aventine.