10 Best Things to Do in Concord, CA
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Located northeast of San Francisco, Concord is a welcoming city with a bustling downtown area, a burgeoning arts and food scene and beautiful surrounding landscapes of mountains, valleys, and vineyards. Conveniently located near to San Francisco and the world-renowned wine country, Concord has an array of attractions and activities to enjoy, including the Briones Regional Park, which boasts breathtaking views of the Diablo Valley, and the Diablo Foothills Regional Park which has several excellent hiking and mountain trails. The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve features grasslands, pepper trees, and lilies, and the Iron Horse Regional Trail connects Concord to the city of Pleasanton.

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» Markham Nature Park and Arboretum

Markham Nature Park and Arboretum
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The Markham Regional Arboretum is a natural arboretum is a beautiful botanical garden on La Vista Avenue that is still a work in progress with most of the site still in a natural state. Founded in 1981 by the Markham Regional Arboretum Society, the arboretum offers a tranquil haven in which to escape the hustle and bustle of the city with unique and unusual trees, shrubs, and plants from all around the world. With much of the vegetation only slightly tamed and still in its natural state, the gardens thrive in the marine-influenced climate which boasts hot days and cool nights in the summer, with cold, frosty nights in the winter time. The shade-dappled Galindo Creek flows through the gardens, which are open from dawn till dusk, 365-days a year.

1202 La Vista Ave, Concord, CA 94521, Phone: 925-681-2968

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» Todos Santos Plaza

Todos Santos Plaza
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The Todos Santos Plaza is a large community green space that is used for local celebrations, concerts, carnivals and festivals, as well as space for people to relax. Dedicated in 1869, by its pioneer founders Don Fernando Pacheco, Don Salvio Pacheco, and Don Francisco Galindo, the plaza was originally the town square of the 20-block town of Todos Santos, which went on to become known as Concord. Bordered by Grant Street, Willow Pass Road, Salvio Street, and Mount Diablo Street, the plaza features a children’s playground, a variety of restaurants, cafés and shops, as well as trees, flowers and picnic tables with benches. The plaza's most popular event is the Farmer’s Market which is held every Tuesday and brings the plaza alive with music, and shoppers browsing and buying the array of fresh produces and delicious homemade fare.

2175 Willow Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94520, Phone: 925-671-2489

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» Contra Costa Canal Trail

Contra Costa Canal Trail
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Meandering along the Contra Costa Canal through central Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa Canal Trail is a paved multi-use, whole-access trail in the Park District system that is popular with bikers, runners and equestrians. The trail was created through a cooperative effort by the Bureau of Reclamation, the Contra Costa Water District, and the Park District, and provides a safe off-road corridor that connects Concord with Pleasant Hill, Martinez, and Walnut Creek. The horseshoe-shaped path also connects to several regional trails, including the Briones-to-Mt. Diablo Trail, the California State Riding and Hiking Trail, and the Iron Horse Trail and offers access to commercial areas, schools, and public transportation.

301 North San Carlos Drive, Pleasant Hill, California 94523, Phone: 510-733-6991

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» Pixieland

© Pixieland

Pixieland is a whimsical amusement park that features a wide range of fun activities and rides for kids. Located on Olivera Road, the theme park has an array of carnival rides for young kids, including an antique carousel, Tea Cups, Frog Hopper, Red Baron Airplanes, Dragon Roller Coaster, and the Pixieland Express. The amusement park also offers spaces that can be rented for private parties and birthday celebrations, and a café serving all kinds of children-friendly fare such as burgers, fries, hot dogs, sandwiches, and milkshakes.

2740 E Olivera Rd, Concord, CA 94519, Phone: 925-676-9612

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» Concord Pavilion

Concord Pavilion
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Concord Pavilion is a community amphitheater with a capacity for up to 12,500 people which is owned and operated by the City of Concord and Live Nation. Formerly known as Sleep Train Pavilion and Chronicle Pavilion, the Concord Pavilion was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and landscape architect Peter Walker. Opened in 1975, it has hosted a wide variety of amateur and professional musical acts over the past decades and still continues to do so today for concerts, high school graduations, and local community events such as the Battle of the Bands, and the annual Jazz Festival.

2000 Kirker Pass Rd, Concord, CA 94521

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» Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
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The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is dedicated the 320 Americans that were killed in the Port Chicago disaster in 1944 when two ships which were being loaded with guns and ammunition for the troops fighting in the Pacific blew up. The explosion occurred at Port Chicago Naval Magazine 40 miles east of San Francisco and was the largest disaster on home soil during World War II. Located on Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO), the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is an active base and public access to the memorial is only through reserved ranger-guided tours on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays.

Concord, CA 94520, Phone: 925-228-8860

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» Shiva Murugan Temple

Shiva Murugan Temple
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Established in 1957 in San Francisco, California, Shiva Murugan Temple was first traditional Hindu temple erected in the USA. Originally called the Palanisami Temple, the temple was founded by American-born Hindu monk, Sivaya Subramuniya Swami to better serve the Hindu community, which, due to rapid growth, was moved to its current location in Concord. In addition to the idol of Shiva, which is the temple’s main deity, other deities were added such as Durga, Lord Ganesha, and Navagraha deities. The temple features traditional and beautiful Rajagopuram, a separate sanctum for Shiva, and a large area for worshipping and several programs are offered, including Pradakshina and Pragaram.

1803 2nd St, Concord, CA 94519, Phone: 925-827-0127

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» Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord
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Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord is a large water park that features a variety of water-based rides, slides, and swimming pools. Owned by EPR Properties and operated by Six Flags, the theme park is open May through October and boasts a wide variety of rides from family and kids rides to thrilling adrenalin rushing rides. Favorite rides include the Hurricane Slide Complex, The Big Kahuna, Dragon Falls, Diablo Falls, and Cliffhanger, and the park also has several food concession stands, and souvenir shops. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord is open all day on the weekends in season.

1950 Waterworld Pkwy, Concord, CA 94520

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» Galindo House and Gardens

Galindo House and Gardens
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The Don Francisco Galindo House, known locally as the Galindo House and Gardens, is a beautifully preserved 19th-century house that dates back to 1856. Built by Francisco Galindo and his wife, Maria Dolores Manuela, the house is one of the few remaining Victorian ranch houses in Contra Costa County. Today, the house is surrounded by 1.5 acres of manicured gardens and grounds and stands as a house museum open to the public to explore highlighting the life and times of the Galindo family and how they lived back in the late 1800s. The Concord Historical Society manages the museum and offers guided docent-led tours on Sunday afternoons by appointment only.

1721 Amador Avenue, Concord, CA 94520, Phone: 925-827-3380

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» Diggers Diner

Diggers Diner
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Diggers Diner is a family-friendly diner on Farm Bureau Road that serves a menu of all-American cuisine in a relaxed, laid-back setting. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the café-style diner is renowned for its burgers, which are made with prime beef, an array of toppings and fresh buns. Other favorites on the menu include hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, wraps, and hearty breakfasts of eggs, bacon, hash browns, and grits, along with milkshakes and sweet treats. Diggers Diner in Concord is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Saturday, and offers online ordering services.

1895 Farm Bureau Rd, Concord, CA 94519, Phone: 925-825-8958

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10 Best Things to Do in Concord, California