Places to See

Walnut Creek has many wonderful places to visit. Here are a variety of choices, some provided by the City of Walnut Creek, and others by our non-profit community partners. To learn more, click on any of the links below:

Lesher Center for the Arts

The City's performing and visual arts center offers an array of entertainment choices in its three theaters. Check the website to find out what's on stage!

Bedford Gallery

The gallery, located in the Lesher Center for the Arts, offers such events as "Art Mornings" and docent tours. Watch for openings of new shows.

Lindsay Wildlife Experience

Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 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.

Shadelands Ranch Museum

Built by early Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman, this 1903 redwood-framed house is a showcase for numerous historical artifacts, many of which belonged to the Pennimans. It also houses a rich archive of Contra Costa and Walnut Creek history in its collections of old newspapers, photographs and government records. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and belongs to the City, but is operated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society.

Borges Ranch

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 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Borges Ranch is also a ranger station. 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 1899, houses a visitor center with historical displays of the turn-of-the-century.

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.

The Gardens at Heather Farm

The Gardens at Heather Farm embrace a six-acre hillside adjoining Heather Farm Park. Twenty-three demonstration gardens serve as a living classroom for children and adult programs, while showcasing landscape styles and plants adapted to our Mediterranean climate. The building and grounds can be rented for events.

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.