Martinez's downtown area has always been an enigma. It's the seat of the county, has a colorful history of city government, has a developed downtown area that has its ups and downs, and features the Marina Waterfront Park as a scenic place to do a lot of fun stuff that sometimes seems to be hidden in plain sight. This is one of the locations near Martinez to go for a lunch-time stroll as well.
The Waterfront Park is a sprawling district with big, spacious areas. It's bordered by regional parks in the bay area. The park has recently been revamped, so it is practically a new park. It's all fun to go and be appreciated by everybody. A LOT of tree issues have occurred; branches of all sizes have recently fallen, with many trees only falling over. Do not park under any palms, a word to the wise.
There is a fantastic bocce pavilion in this park, with several courts, an amphitheater, a marina and a fishing pier, as well as miles of shoreline hiking. Just across the tracks from historic Martinez, playgrounds, ball fields, and a welcoming environment - birthplace of joltin 'Joe and a station on the Pony Express.
A quiet spot to stroll is Martinez Regional Shoreline Waterfront Park. With diverse wildlife and habitats, it has a strong trail system. There are signs describing nature, history and paths in the areas. At low tide, the smells of brackish salt water, the rustling of marsh grasses and cool breezes flowing from the Carquinez Strait / Suisun Point Channel are mesmerizing. In a good portion of the park, dogs are not permitted, only in one specific designated area and only on paved paths. Not the ones on gravel. As are the large oil tankers supplying Shell, the trains are very busy. You can walk out onto the wharf quickly. The views are fantastic. You will like to go early in the morning before anything gets busy, it's cool and crisp all the time. Wear strong shoes and enjoy yourself.
Directions: Turn right on Joe Di Maggio Drive, turn west on Ferry Lane, then left on North Court Lane. On the right, Waterfront Park is situated.
This amazing landmark in Martinez, California is located near some other must-see places of interest:
- John Muir House
- John Muir National Historic Site
- Martinez Gun Club
- Radke Martinez Regional Shoreline Park
- Mount Wanda
- Hidden Lakes Park
- Rankin Park
- Suisun Bay
All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1261 Locust Street in Walnut Creek California! Stop by for a visit anytime!