Welcome to Walnut Creek
Lots to see, do, and eat in this Bay Area suburb.
Within the San Ramon Valley lies the “Jewel of the East Bay,” Walnut Creek. It is the shipping center for the agriculture produced in neighboring and surrounding areas. This means the area is thriving and it’s easy to see. Nature is prominent in the area and spending a day at the adjacent Mt. Diablo State Park offers locals some of the best views they’ll find in the city. But there’s so much more to love in this city than what can be seen. Experiences await, and living in Walnut Creek puts you in the ideal location to accomplish them all.
What to Love
- Great Shopping
- Diverse selection of neighborhoods
- Amazing food at local restaurants
The suburban Walnut Creek is the place to be if you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors year-round. Hiking trails, fishing, and leisure sports are facets of the community, as evidenced in the large Heather Farms Park. Close proximity to mountains makes winter more tolerable for those who don’t mind the cooler air. Breathtaking views of the Bay Area await! The medical facilities in the area are top-notch, and the public transit is moderately decent. Access to a free bus, downtown trolley, and a BART station make accessing the area easy and seamless.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Walnut Creek has some of the best shopping for high-end products. Nordstrom, White House Black Market, Macy’s, and Tiffany’s are amongst the top retailers. The dining experiences offered are great, regardless of cuisine. Modern casual hangout Pacific Catch will hook you with the first bite. The pacific inspired seafood menu will make you feel right at home in the Bay Area. Cravings for smoked meat don’t ever fade away after you’ve tried the brisket burnt ends at the Southern barbecue restaurant Sauced. For something a little less common in California, find yourself at the Vietnamese locale Vanessa’s Bistro 2. You’ll love their Banh Mi sandwiches.
Things to Do
Whether indoors or outdoors, rain or shine, Walnut Creek has plenty to keep you occupied! Witness live music, theater, and dance performances at the Lesher Center for the Arts Performing Arts Theater. Plays such as Thornton Wilder’s Our Town find a place on the main stage of the theater. The Walnut Creek Farmers Market opens every Sunday. Family-owned farms local to the area have been running the market since 1982. Their effort is to serve the community with the freshest produce they can, in order to promote health and well-being for individuals of all ages. Spend some downtime over the weekend to visit the Diablo Hills Golf Course. Known for being one of the best nine-hole golf courses in Northern California, the course boasts the only par five-hole in the area and uncrowded gameplay.
Locals take full advantage of the nearby 102 acres of Heather Farms Park and its amenities. Kids of all ages will enjoy the playground, baseball field, basketball court, and community center. Adults will love the fishing pond, off-leash dog park, tennis courts, and Iron Horse hiking trail connections. The best event of the summer is the Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival. Vendors, a beer garden, and family-friendly activities sprawl across the park, welcoming more than 60,000 visitors over the course of the festival.
Because of Walnut Creek’s close proximity to other suburbs, there is some school district overlap that occurs. Walnut Creek School District, Acalanes Union High School District, and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District all have great schools in the area. All of the schools offer students a high-quality education without having to venture into the larger cities nearby.
Walnut Heights Elementary School, Grades K- 5
Walnut Acres Elementary School, Grades K- 5
Murwood Elementary School,Grades K- 5
Valle Verde Elementary School,Grades K- 5
Indian Valley Elementary School,Grades K- 5
Bancroft Elementary School,Grades K- 5
Buena Vista Elementary School,Grades K- 5
Parkmead Elementary School,Grades K- 5
Tice Creek, Grades K- 8
Northgate High School, Grades 9-12
Las Lomas High School, Grades 9-12