Livermore, California, United States is the most populous city in the Tri-Valley. There are many vineyards in this city. I love going to visit this city since it has a newly renovated downtown area. There are nice water fountains and benches to sit on. It is very serene and I felt right at home here. As I walked around I noticed signs for upcoming events downtown. There is lots to do here like shopping, dining or just strolling around. If you would rather be indoors, there is a 10-screen cinema as well as a performing arts center.
Livermore is also home to two renowned science and technology centers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. This small town is a technological hub, which is great since it is not too far from the world famous Silicon Valley. The community of Livermore is what one would call an academically engaged community. Livermore has become an important part of the Bay Area due to the fact that it successfully competes in the global market thanks to its research, technology and innovation resources. Vineyards, parks and rich historical attractions are awaiting you in Livermore. So, check out these best things to do.
1. Wente Vineyards
Did you know that Wente Vineyards is a winery that is registered as a California Historical Landmark? That is not all. It also holds the title of being “the oldest continuously operating, family owned winery in the United States.” While visiting this beautiful winery you can taste the wine, eat at the gourmet restaurant, enjoy a round of golf at the golf course or just relax and enjoy the view from the golf club.
I love this place due to its peaceful atmosphere and scenic views. Just siting outside on a pleasant day is soothing to me. It is no wonder that people choose to host events, such as weddings here.
Address: 5565 Tesla Rd, Livermore, CA 94550
Contact: +1 9254562300
Website: Wente Vineyards
2. Discovery Center
The Discovery Center in Livermore is located just outside the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory gates and is free of charge. It offers a number of interactive learning displays, which are great educational lessons for kids. This place is so fun and kids as well as adults really enjoy it, especially those who love science. My family and I love to go here and check out the exciting exhibits. We spend hours here and the best part is that it is close to our house in San Ramon.
Address: 7000 East Ave, Livermore, CA 94550
Price: Free of charge.
Opening Hours: The Discovery Center is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm
Access: It is off Greenville Rd. about 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) S. of I-580 at the East Gate entrance
Contact: +1 9254233272
Website: Discovery Center
3. Concannon Vineyard
This beautiful vineyard was established in 1883 by James Concannon. This 132 years of family winemaking makes it America’s oldest, ongoing winery under the same family label and stewardship. An interesting fact about the Concannon Vineyard is that it was one of the first vineyards in California to become certified sustainable. This vineyard has also been honored as a California Registered Historical Landmark for its great California wine making history. Last, but not least, the vineyard was given the honor of a USA Today Travel, 2014 “Wine Country Holiday Destination” ranking, as well as a place in IntoWine’s 2014 “Top 25 Most Awesome Tasting Rooms in California.”
Address: 4590 Tesla Road, Livermore, CA 94550
Price: Cost: 30 USD Guest; 5 USD Member (Minimum: Parties of up to 8 guests)
Opening Hours: Open 11 am to 4:30 pm daily
Duration: Minimum 1 hour
Contact: +1 8002589866 or +1 9254562505
Website: Concannon Vineyard
4. Ravenswood Historical Site
Ravenswood Historical Site is a lovely 1885-era Victorian country estate with a beautiful backdrop of gardens, with palm trees and a gazebo, which can be reserved for special occasions. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since it is known as a State of California Historical Point of Interest as well as a City of Livermore Historic Preservation Landmark Site. The site used to be a summer home for the Buckley family from 1885 to 1920. Free tours of the site by docents in historical costumes are offered on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. It is certainly something to check out.
Ravenswood Historical Site
Address: 2647 Arroyo Road, Livermore, CA
Price: Tours are free of charge and are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month
Opening Hours: Tours are from noon - 4pm
Contact: +1 9253735700
Website: Ravenswood Historical Site
5. Sycamore Grove Park
A great park for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding which offers both paved and unpaved trails. There are great views of the valley from this park. That is why it is so nice to have a picnic here. Since Sycamore Grove Park was originally the Olivina Winery, the ruins of the winery are still visible. Also visible are the wildlife such as deer, that reside in the park. There are also ducks, frogs and butterflies to just name a few of the creatures that have been spotted. Go and see which animals you can find!
Sycamore Grove Park
Address: 1051 Wetmore Road, Livermore, CA
Price: 7 USD per vehicle or by annual permit
Opening Hours: 7am - 6:30pm Daily
Contact: +1 9259602400
Website: Sycamore Grove Park
Livermore: It is not just about the vineyards
I love to visit Livermore, especially the newly revised downtown area. It is only about 20 miles (32 km) from my house, so I enjoy going here to shop, eat, relax or just stroll. I always feel welcome and safe here. It is a cute and inviting town that everyone should definitely visit at least once.
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