Aquatic Park

Berkeley, CA

Aquatic Park, operated by the City of Berkeley, provides a wide range of recreational opportunities, including bird-watching, boating, hiking, and the "Dream Land for Kids" play area, as well as a habitat for bird and aquatic life

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Archived Q&A and Reviews

November 2001

Re: Where's a good place to watch trains go by?

Dreamland, the Robert Leathers playground at Aquatic Park in W Berkeley is a fabulous park which includes a toddler area. It is sandwiched between the train tracks & the water. Go west on Bancroft (a few blocks south of University Ave), past San Pablo, across the train tracks & turn right. It's about a block down, where the road ends in a parking area. mcherman

Go to Aquatic Park in Berkeley (near the freeway/water) for a great view of trains all afternoon long. We just went there for the first time with my partner's daughter who is nuts about trains and she loved it. It 's a fabulous playground and the tracks are only a short distance from the structures (it's a little loud when they go by..). She met her train quota for the month that one afternoon. Freyja

During his train phase, my son loved the playground at Aquatic park - I think it's called Dreamland. It's just west of the train tracks. The trains go by right behind the swings, and are visible from anywhere on the playground. To get there, take Bancroft 'til it ends and then go left until that street ends. Deborah

My son is also train obsessed. Two good spots are the great park along the estuary near University Avenue. Take 4th Street to Bancroft and go west, then turn left for about 1/8 of a mile. There is a wonderful new park with lots of great play structures. The train usually comes by 4 or 5 times while there. Kristi

Trainwatching is especially good at the kid's playground toward the south end of the Aquatic Park. From University Avenue, go south on 6th, then go west (towards the bay) on Bancroft. You'll cross the railroad tracks, and then after a block Bancroft ends at the Aquatic Park. Take a left on Bolivar and go a block or so to the end of it. You'll see a parking area and a big, new playground. It has both a toddler area and a bigger kids area. The train tracks run just to the east of it, separated from the play area by a fence. You can hear the trains coming, and then they go right by the playground -- very exciting Alysson