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The Bone Room
Located in Albany, California, the Bone Room is a shop that specializes in natural sciences. It sells everything from insect fossils, to animals bones, to real human bones.
The Adventure Playground in Berkeley, California has been listed by National Geographic as one of the top 10 playgrounds in the world. This large outdoor playspace has been designed to encourage creativity in children. The park has a "junk yard" like feel, and has plenty of usually designed climbers and activities for children.
Visit a Ghost Town
The Bay Area's most well known Ghost Town is known as "Drawbridge". Over 100 years ago, Drawbridge was a populated town that drew heavy weekend crowds. Over time the town began to smell of sewage, and drew most of it's residents away - all but two residents that is! The two remaining residents refused to leave and threatened to harm anyone who came near. Today Drawbridge simply stands as a ghost town with torn down homes and buildings.
Hayward Japanese Gardens
The Hayward Japanese Gardens are some of the oldest Japanese Gardens in California. Designed by artist Kimio Kimura, the gardens are a great place to relax and enjoy your surroundings. They are also a popular wedding venue.
Jack London Square
Found in Oakland, California, Jack London Square is a combination of dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreational activities. The Square is home to weekly and special events, and daily activities such as kayaking and boating.
Mount Diablo State Park
Mount Diablo State Park consists of over 20, 000 acres of nature, beautiful scenery, and trails. It is the perfect spot for hiking, picnicing, and biking