Walnut Creek Activities
The gallery, located in the Regional Center for the Arts, offers such events as "Art Mornings," a program for 4th-6th graders, and docent tours. Watch for openings of new shows.
Borges Ranch / Shell Ridge Open Space
The former ranch of early Walnut Creek pioneer Frank Borges is today the home base of Walnut Creek's Shell Ridge Open Space activities. It, too, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Borges Ranch is a ranger station and home for Open Space Ranger Ron White and his family. An Environmental/Living History Program is offered at the ranch for school-aged children, college and civic groups to provide a hands-on ranching experience Tuesday through Thursday. Group tours, large group picnicking and overnight camping are by reservation only; call 925-943-5860.
The original Borges family home, built in 1891, houses a visitor center with historical displays of the turn-of-the-century. Admission is free every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. and the first Sunday of the month from noon to 4 p.m. Donations are appreciated.
Boundary Oak Golf Course
This 18-hole municipal course overlooks Walnut Creek from a hilltop vantage point. This 160-acre recreational facility opened in 1969.
Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts
The City's performing and visual arts center, opened in October 1990, houses the 800-seat Hofmann Theatre, the 300-seat Margaret Lesher Theatre, the 130-seat Knight Foundation Stage 3 theatre, the Bedford Gallery, offices and rehearsal space.
Heather Farm Park
An amazing 100+ acre park featuring an enormous and incredible play area for kids of all ages, baseball fields, basketball courts, skate park, swim center, fishing pond, tennis courts, soccer field, and volleyball court. There are picnic areas, off-leash dog park, nature center, par course and a lake. There is free parking and well-maintained restrooms.
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, located in Larkey Park, displays live native California wildlife in its Exhibit Hall and operates a nationally-recognized wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center. A pet education program, hands-on activities, children's discovery room, and a wide array of classes, trips and tours offer children and adult a variety of ways to connect to the natural world. The Lindsay Wildlife Museum Store carries books, nature games, bird feeders, and other items.
Ruth Bancroft Garden
Hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents are displayed in the garden planted by Ruth Bancroft, whose late husband's family had established a fruit farm in the Ygnacio Valley over 100 years ago. Tours must be scheduled in advance.
Shadelands Ranch Historical Museum
Sugarloaf Open Space
This 177-acre bank of open space land in the southern portion of Walnut Creek affords visitors eye-popping ridgeline views, nearly three miles of scenic trails and one of the few remaining walnut orchards in the area. Picnic areas and restroom facilities are provided, as are facilities for the handicapped.
The Gardens at Heather Farm
Site of extensive demonstration gardens teaching gardening techniques in a Zone 14 climate. The Gardens at Heather Farm is home to 700 individual members and 43 garden clubs. A large meeting room is available for rental.
Walnut Creek Equestrian Center
Horse lovers of all ages will enjoy a visit to the Walnut Creek Equestrian Center, a 6-acre riding and training facility owned by the City and operated by a private organization. The center has two rings: a 150' by 300' Olympic-size ring available only to Equestrian Center members, and a 50' by 75' ring open daily, free of charge to 2016 arena members.
Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society
The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society's Diablo Valley Lines is a permanent, 1,800-square-foot model train layout in a large brown building leased by the City. The impressive HO-scale train set has more than 4,300 feet of laid track on over 175,000 individual ties and more than 340 turnouts. Public viewing areas surround the entire layout and can accommodate up to 150 people an hour. The club's annual Fall Show is held over the weekend in November.