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  Places to See

Walnut Creek has a wealth of interesting places to visit, many sponsored by community non-profits such as those listed below:

The Gardens at Heather Farm
The Gardens at Heather Farm encompass a six-acre hillside adjoining Heather Farm Park. Twenty-three demonstration gardens serve as a living classroom for children and adult programs, while showcasing landscape styles and plants adapted to our Mediterranean climate. The building and grounds can be rented for events. 1540 Marchbanks Drive. Call 925-947-1678 or visit www.gardenshf.org

Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a unique natural history and environmental education center where live, wild animals are just inches away. Visitors can listen to the cry of a red tailed hawk, go eye-to-eye with a gray fox and watch a bald eagle eat lunch. More than 50 species of live, non-releasable, native California animals are on exhibit. 1931 First Avenue. Call 925-935-1978 or visit www.wildlife-museum.org

Ruth Bancroft Garden
Hundreds of varieties of cacti and succulents are displayed in the garden planted by Ruth Bancroft, whose late husband's family had established a fruit farm in the Ygnacio Valley over 100 years ago. Tours must be scheduled in advance. Phone: 925-944-9352. Website: www.ruthbancroftgarden.org

Shadelands Ranch Historical Musem
Built by early Walnut Creek pioneer Hiram Penniman, this 1903 redwood-framed house at 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road is a showcase for numerous historical artifacts, many of which belonged to the Pennimans. It also houses a rich archive of Contra Costa and Walnut Creek history in its collections of old newspapers, photographs and government records. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and belongs to the City, but is operated by the Walnut Creek Historical Society. Call 925-935-7871. Webiste: walnutcreekhistory.info

Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society
The Walnut Creek Model Railroad Society's Diablo Valley Lines is a permanent, 1,800-square-foot model train layout in a large brown building leased by the City. The impressive HO-scale train set has more than 4,300 feet of laid track on over 175,000 individual ties and more than 340 turnouts. Public viewing areas surround the entire layout and can accommodate up to 150 people an hour. 2751 Buena Vista Avenue. Hours are limited! Phone: 925-937-1888 or visit www.wcmrs.org