Things to Do in Concord, CA
Like any community, there are plenty of great things to do in Concord, CA. Sometimes these events, attractions and restaurants are well known, while other times it takes a well-trained eye or local guide to introduce you to them. If you are looking for more variety, the more populous cities in California are certain to accommodate your desires of activities.
Rocco Biale comes from a long line of Italian restaurateurs‚ so it’s no surprise he opened his own restaurant – Rocco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria – in Walnut Creek in 1999. “My family has been in the restaurant and bar business since the 1930s‚ and my dad and uncle both owned restaurants in San Francisco‚” Biale says. “After my dad and uncle passed away‚ I took a lifetime of knowledge and resources and decided to work for myself. It was in my blood.”
The Markham Regional Arboretum Society began in 1981 with a small group of people who loved gardens‚ and those dedicated plant lovers have turned 16 acres of land in Concord into a thriving arboretum. Future plans call for the addition of a rose garden‚ gazebo‚ herb garden and international garden. Visitors can stroll the paths at the arboretum‚ located at the south end of La Vista Avenue. The public can also purchase flowers and plants‚ including unusual varieties such as goldfish plants‚ dwarf papyrus‚ fountain butterfly bushes and shining tea trees.
Mount Diablo State Park boasts some of the best views in the San Francisco Bay area. “Our visitor center is really popular because it’s at the top of Mount Diablo’s 3‚849-foot summit and has the best views around‚” says Dan Stefanisko‚ supervising ranger at Mount Diablo State Park. “It also has a variety of displays‚ ranging from Native Americans to the animals you might see in the park.” Those animals include deer‚ coyote‚ raccoons‚ lizards‚ snakes‚ birds and even hairy tarantulas. But never fear – though the spiders look menacing‚ they rarely bite.
One of the best things about living in Concord‚ residents will tell you‚ is its convenient location. In almost no time‚ you can be sipping wine in Napa Valley‚ shopping in San Francisco or zooming down the ski slopes in the Sierras. “My wife and son and I often hop in the car and go to Napa and Sonoma valleys‚” says Ron Wetter‚ community and government relations manager for Kaiser Permanente‚ a not-for-profit‚ managed care organization based in Oakland‚ Calif. “Both are great wine regions with quaint towns‚ so it’s a no-brainer.”
Concord’s Community Youth Center is more than a place for kids to practice sports such as boxing‚ gym nastics‚ dance and tae kwon do. It’s also a place where kids learn core values such as discipline‚ respect‚ integrity and teamwork. “The mission of the Community Youth Center is to build good solid kids with good values‚” says Execu tive Director Dennis Costanza. “We believe a balance of sports and aca demics is a perfect model for building better people.”