Visiting Tilden Regional Park

We decided to visit Tilden Regional Park in Berkeley, California. We wanted a day out with the family and somewhere we hadn’t been before. The park had a farm where the kids can look at the animals, but our day at Tilden Park ended up being so much more than just a visit to the farm. We were pleasantly surprised by all there was that this park had to offer.

What we did at Tilden Park?

Since we went with the intention to see The Little Farm, that’s where we headed first. We walked around the farm looking at pigs, cows, horses, sheep, turkeys, ducks and rabbits. If you brought celery and lettuce you could feed the animals. I didn’t realize this so next time I’ll make sure to pack lots.

The Little Farm

The Little Farm was located right next to the Nature Center so we went inside to explore some more. The whole family enjoyed walking through each exhibit. Most were hands-on learning exhibits where we learned about the different animals plus the history of the area.

Nature Center at Tilden Regional Park

With older kids, we walked through the farm and nature center fairly quickly. I knew there were train rides so we went to go find them to add more to our day.

Steam Trains

The little train was a lot of fun for my youngest, my older two won’t admit it, but they enjoyed it too.

Botanical Gardens

On our way in we saw the entrance to the Botanical Gardens and decided to head that way. I’m so glad we did! This was the best part of the day and a wonderful surprise for all of us. The gardens are huge and you can really spend the whole day here.

We hiked all through the various levels of the garden crossing over bridges and finding a small creek. They had a greenhouse at the upper levels where you can look at seedlings and a couple of ponds throughout the garden.

Other Activities

They also had a Carousel which we didn’t go to since the older boys weren’t that interested in it. There are also grassy areas for a full day to picnic near The Little Farm. The park even offers campsites should you want to make a weekend getaway of it. Plus swimming in Lake Anza if going in a warmer season, hiking, biking, and fishing. Lots to do!

5 Tips for Planning your Day at Tilden Regional Park

  • Bring lettuce and celery for the animals at The Little Farm.
  • Pack a picnic lunch, blanket and plan to eat there at their picnic tables or  grassy areas.
  • If traveling with younger ones make sure to visit the Steam Train and Carousel
  • Don’t forget to visit the Botanical Gardens- tons of fun, but not stroller accessible.
  • You can check their Park Calendar here for special events they offer like Bugs and Slugs and many more.

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  • Briana March 28, 2019 at 2:45 pm Reply

    What a great place to visit!! We love hands on exhibits, great pictures!!

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm Reply

      Thank you! Us too!

  • Molly March 28, 2019 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Looks like a great little trip!

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm Reply

      It was!

  • Lisa Manderino March 28, 2019 at 5:19 pm Reply

    This is an awesome post! I love family outings!

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm Reply

      Thank you! Family outings are the best.

  • Heather March 28, 2019 at 6:53 pm Reply

    This looks great!

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:41 pm Reply

      It was a fun day!

  • Missy March 28, 2019 at 10:00 pm Reply

    That sounds like a wonderful place. We enjoy gardens and farms.

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:41 pm Reply

      Us too! The kids enjoy doing these type of excursions.

  • jen March 29, 2019 at 5:18 am Reply

    looks like a fun place

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply

      It was a great time.

  • Amanda Howe March 29, 2019 at 5:39 am Reply

    Looks like a lot of fun! We love connecting with nature.

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply

      We love connecting with nature too!

  • Bri March 29, 2019 at 8:40 am Reply

    How cute is that park!

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:42 pm Reply

      So cute!

  • Shirley March 29, 2019 at 1:42 pm Reply

    I love this! Your pics of happy faces says it all! If I’m ever in the area, I’ll be sure to check it out.

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm Reply

      Yes, a great place to explore!

  • alison netzer March 29, 2019 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Great tips for visiting a lovely park. What a great day out with the family and so fun to do a picnic.

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm Reply

      Yes, next time we go we’re planning to do a picnic. It’s a great spot for it.

  • Vessy Smith March 29, 2019 at 5:34 pm Reply

    What a great park! Love all this nature and The Little Farm! Thanks for sharing…I totally want to check it out! 🙂

    • Kristi Ortiz March 29, 2019 at 5:44 pm Reply

      Your welcome! There’s so much to do here.

  • Life beyond zebra March 29, 2019 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Very cool! I haven’t ventured up to Berkeley yet, I will have to add it on the list and check it out!

  • Tracey Skafidas March 30, 2019 at 1:45 am Reply

    Looks like so much fun, love the animals.

  • Hera March 30, 2019 at 6:00 am Reply

    Cali parks are beautiful, thanks for the helpful tips on what to bring.

  • Julie Gazdecki March 30, 2019 at 7:26 pm Reply

    That walking trail looks so pretty!!

  • Lara March 31, 2019 at 8:24 pm Reply

    That looks like a great day. Good tips. I always forget to bring snacks to feed the wildlife!

  • T.M. Brown April 1, 2019 at 4:40 pm Reply

    Oh, a walk through a botanical garden sounds just perfect right about now!

  • Trisha April 4, 2019 at 10:45 am Reply

    A farm. nature center, AND botanical gardens!?!? Count me in! This sounds like such an awesome place!

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