10 Things to Do for Under $10 in Berkeley, CA

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There is no shortage of things to do in California's Bay Area. If you are lucky enough to be visiting or traveling to Berkeley, California, here are just ten of the things that you can find to do on a budget!

  1. UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley – Known to feature some of the most diverse plant collections in the country, the Botanical Garden at Berkeley has been around since the late 1800s. Garden hours are typically 9am to 5pm. The Botanical Garden admission is generally $10, but they also offer discount pricing to students.
  2. Tilden Regional Park/Little Farm – Tilden Regional Park is one of the areas oldest parks. Whether you want to visit a trail, bike ride, or just relax, Tilden is a great location. Access to the adjoining lake is only $2.50 but visiting the park is free. Make sure to also visit "Little Farm," the park's free zoo, where you can greet and feed the zoo animals!
  3. La Pena Cultural Center – La Pena is a non-profit performing area in Berkeley. It serves as an artistic gathering place and theater. You can also visit the Café de la Peña restaurant and experience award winning Chilean food.  Many events are offered at no cost, but the center does accept donations.
  4. Cesar Chavez Park – The park sits on about 90 acres in Northwest Berkeley and part of the Berkeley Marina, where most visitors come to fish or to catch the views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. Cesar Chavez Park is also notable for its yearly kite festival. The strong winds coming off of San Francisco Bay make the park a great destination for kite flyers. Access to the park is free.
  5. The Campanile (Sather Tower) – The Campanile opened in 1914 and stands at 314 feet (95.7 meters). Campanile is Italian for Bell Tower, and this tower's bells play daily concerts at 7:50am, noon, and 6pm. Make sure to visit Sundays at 2pm for an even longer concert. The tower also has an elevator, which you can ride to the top for the observation deck. Admission to the Campanile is $3.
  6. Berkeley Art Museum – The museum is affiliated with the University of California Berkeley and features rotating exhibits in addition to its own collection of more than 14,000 pieces. The admission is $10, but students only pay $7.
  7. Berkeley Rose Garden – This free rose garden is home to over 250 varieties of roses and has striking views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. The Berkeley Rose Garden was completed in 1937 and since then has welcomed visitors from all over the world.
  8. Pyramid Brewery & Alehouse – The brewhouse offers seasonal, limited edition as well as its exclusive Alehouse Amber Ale. They have free tours, which are open to all ages and at the end there is a free beer-tasting. You are welcome to enjoy their root beer if you are under 21 years old.
  9. Takara Sake USA Tasting Room and Sake Museum – Like its name suggests, Takara is a sake house in Berkeley. It is notable however for its tasting room and museum. The $5 sake tasting is an incredible deal, and then you are welcome to learn about sake production and see historical sake artifacts in the museum.
  10. Games of Berkeley – A well known game shop that hosts a free board game night every Tuesday. You are also welcome to browse their extensive collections of games, figurines, and puzzles any other time. Be sure to check out their calendar for other events.
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