Altamont Raceway Park
17001 Midway Rd., Tracy, California; Tel. 925.606.0274
Home to several NASCAR divisional events throughout the racing season, Altamont Raceway Park also hosts smaller races every Saturday. The track at Altamont was constructed in the 1930s and changed to its current banked oval configuration in 1963. The current owners bought Altamont Raceway Park in 1994 and undertook many renovations and upgrades, including bringing back a full season of quality car racing, making Altamont Raceway Park a premier venue in California for avid race fans.
For musical history buffs, the Altamont Raceway Park was the site of the infamous December 9th, 1969 concert that was deemed the Woodstock West. The Rolling Stones arranged the free concert to mark the end of their North American tour and to get footage for their concert documentary "Gimme Shelter." However, the concert ended in the tragic deaths of four people and is generally thought of as signaling the end of '60s counterculture mentalities of free love, peace and political awareness, opening the door for the harder '70s movements that favored partying over politics.
2400 Kitty Hawk Rd., Livermore, California; Tel. 925.447.7275
A sprawling family fun center in Livermore, Boomers is perfect for birthday celebrations or just a fun filled day. Boomers has a state of the art game room arcade inside for the video game geek in all of us, a lazer tag facility for the more adventurous and a café. Outside at Boomers is a summer fun destination with bumper boats, an 18-hole miniature golf course and real high speed go kart racing to satisfy the need for speed.
Campo di Bocce
175 E. Vineyard Avenue, Livermore CA; Tel. 925.249.9800
A unique and exciting place for dining and playing bocce ball, Campo di Bocce in Livermore is incredibly popular for all occasions. Friends and families can get together and enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine, a few cocktails from the full bar and, of course, a few rounds of bocce ball on the first-class courts.
Greenville Rd., Livermore, California; Tels. 925.443.6686 or 209.833.1375
A premier motocross track that's open to the public, Club Moto in Livermore holds dirt track motorcycle races—usually three times a week—with daring bikers flying over jumps, burms and banks in their quest for the finish line. Also, on the first Saturday of every month, Club Moto holds a free beginner riding class—taught by pro-rider Terry Bostard—which is geared toward riders that have experience on dirt bikes but have not spent much time on motocross tracks. Riding the course at Club Moto requires the purchase of a membership pass, available for just the day or for an entire year of white knuckle motocross riding.
Del Valle Regional Park
7000 Del Valle Rd., Livermore, California; Tel. 510.636.1684
Set deep in a valley with a five mile lake as its centerpiece, Del Valle Regional Park is a scenic 3,997-acre park for hiking, horseback riding, swimming and camping. The hiking trails are particularly good, with 28 miles of beautiful backcountry trails. There are two separate swimming beaches at Del Valle and a variety of boats—from paddle and fishing boats to motorboats—available for rental. Any sized boat may be launched at the public boat ramp. The Del Valle family campground consists of 150 sites, 21 of them having water and sewage hookups and all served by a centrally located bathroom and shower facilities.
2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton, California; Tel. 510.562.7275. For waterslides: Tel. 925.829.6230
Shadow Cliffs Park is a haven during the sweltering Central Valley summer months, with facilities for swimming, fishing, picnics and waterslides. The park covers 296 acres and includes an 80-acre lake and a four-flume waterslide. Fishing at Shadow Cliffs is excellent: the East Bay Regional Park District stocks the lake with trout and catfish. However, only electric motored boats are allowed on the lake—no gas powered vehicles are permitted. Reservations can be made for picnics and special events (such as family reunions) by calling the EBRPD.
—Livermore attraction reviews by Ryan Osterbeck
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