After a long day of sitting through meetings in air-conditioned conference rooms, business travelers are usually more than ready for some fresh air and stretching their legs.
Whether you are traveling in a small or large group, Concord offers numerous outdoor activities for all levels, helping to refresh and reenergize any business traveler.
Hit the Links
Looking to play a round or work on your backswing while on the road? Then head to Diablo Creek Golf Course. Grab a bucket of ball for the driving range or schedule a tee time (6 a.m.-6:56 p.m. for 2-4 players per tee time). When you’re ready for refreshments, stop in at Legends, the onsite sports bar & grill, where happy hour, daily food and drink specials and an excellent lineup of live music await.
Take a Hike
For nature-lovers looking for a quick stroll and some fresh air, try Markham Nature Park. The park is open daily from dawn until dusk, and it’s free for visitors. The park’s Tree Walk is a lovely way to spend a hot summer afternoon while viewing 45 different types of trees and hundreds of different flowers, succulents, grasses, bushes and herbs. This impressive space is filled with color and is a beautiful area right in the heart of Concord.
Lace up your walking shoes and hit the pavement on the Contra Costa Canal Trail. This is one of the more popular trails in Concord as it follows a flowing canal and intersects with four parks and numerous hiking trails. Bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians are allowed on this path, so be cautious and respectful of your fellow trail users. The trail is free to use and is accessible during daylight hours.
For a more challenging walk with some of the most spectacular views in the East Bay, look no further than Mount Diablo State Park. While there are several hiking trails, a local favorite is The Grand Loop Trail (also known as the Summit Loop Hike). This 6.5-mile loop gives incredible views of the beautiful region. Be sure to check out the free, downloadable audio tour, so you can get a quick history lesson on the area while you take in the fresh mountain air.
Movies & Music Under the Stars
Concord’s local drive-in movie theater, West Wind Solano Drive-In, makes for a fun, affordable evening outing with various showtimes beginning at 8:50 p.m. Tickets are $7.95 per person and snacks and beverages are available for purchase.
Concord’s outdoor concert and event venue, Concord Pavilion offers the perfect setting for a large group outing. The pavilion’s large, grassy tiers and numerous events throughout the month make it easy for large groups to kick back and relax together. Three different food options and beer and wine are available, so you can catch dinner and enjoy live music all in one spot. Concerts of all genres, comedy shows and more come to the Concord Pavilion, so be sure to check their website for up-to-date information.