Concord is a city in the state of California, located about 60 kilometers east of San Francisco. From a wild and undeveloped area when it was first spotted by the Spaniards during the 18th century, it is now one of the largest cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, it has about 130,000 residents.
While most of the wilderness and wide-open grasslands have long gone, Concord has access to some of California’s most popular natural, cultural, and historical attractions. Of course, Concord also has the latest modern attractions that tourists of all ages will enjoy.
1) Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Concord
If you’re going to Concord with your family (or maybe even without) the Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is one of the places you should visit. Located on Waterworld Parkway and run by Six Flags corporation, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is one of the biggest water parks in the Bay Area. However, it’s not open the whole year round. It is usually open from late spring to early fall when the weather in central California is perfect for fun outdoor activities.
Currently, the water park has a total of 25 waterslides. Other attractions include waterfalls, pools, concession stands and a gift shop. It’s the perfect place for families and people of all ages to beat the heat and have glorious fun.
2) Todos Santos Plaza
The park’s name “Todos Santos” (Spanish for “all saints”) is Concord’s former name. It is a large community green space that doubles as a public park and venue for a variety of activities, programs, and performances. These include music concerts, food and wine festivals, carnivals, and holiday celebrations. The park also hosts a farmers’ market every Tuesday.
Todos Santos Plaza is in downtown area between Willow Pass Road and Salvio and Mount Diablo streets. Like many other public parks, Todos Santos Plaza has walking paths, wide grassy lawns, shaded seating areas, a playground and lots of picnic tables. On ordinary days without events, it is a quiet urban oasis, perfect to cool one’s heels after touring around the city.
3) Art Cottage
Spelled as “aRt Cottage,” it is a popular art gallery and studio museum located on Diablo Street in downtown Concord. The gallery was founded by a German immigrant who came to the country during the 1950s.
If you love art, you will enjoy visiting this place and appreciate the vibrant artworks by local Bay Area artists. You can also shop for original art and artisan crafts. Apart from hosting exhibitions, Art Cottage holds a wide variety of art classes for both children and adults. You might as well want to sign up for an available art class to make the most of your visit in Concord.
4) Pixieland Amusement Park
Let your and your kids’ whimsy lead to a park within the beautiful 40-acre Willow Pass Park, the Pixieland Amusement Park. Despite being small, the park is big in fun. The amusement park, which was founded in the 1950s, is also well-maintained. With colorful and fun small-scale rides such as the Dragon Roller Coaster, Red Baron Airplane, Antique Carousel, Tea Cups and Baron Hopper, the amusement park is primarily aimed for younger children. After visiting Pixieland, have a relaxing picnic outside in the Willow Pass Park. Planning for your kid’s birthday party? You may want to take advantage of one the park’s party packages to make your kid’s birthday truly unforgettable and special.
5) Markham Nature Park and Arboretum
Despite being home to some of California’s most populated and chaotic urban areas, Concord and its residents are becoming increasingly interested in preserving the city’s “green spaces.” As a result, Concord has become much greener than ever, with an increasing number of urban oases that offer natural beauty and fresh, clean air for everyone.
It is quite an improvement, compared to over a couple of decades ago when Markham Nature Park and Arboretum came to being. It was founded in the 1980s by a local organization dedicated to protecting the city’s dwindling green spaces for development.
The park has lots of trees, plants, and flowers from all over the country and many parts of the world. Because of its coastal location, it experiences less extreme weather changes compared to typical in inland California.
Concord is a busy city, but it is also a beautiful place to visit for people of all ages. The upkeep of the city is quite admirable, with well-painted homes, commercial buildings, and public structures. Only professional painters can deliver such solid and long-lasting paint finish.
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