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Crab Cove. Just around the corner from the Villa Marina Apartments.  See Villa Marina

Crab Cove is just around the corner from Villa Marina.  Evening concerts in the summer, year-round tidepools.  Learn about the marine ecosystem.  Or just stroll and relax.

At Crab Cove you can listen to a free concert, learn about the bay, or just stroll and relax.

See live undersea creatures or travel back in time to Alameda's colorful past, all under the same roof at the Park District's Crab Cove Visitor Center at Crown Beach in Alameda. These entertaining educational opportunities all have a serious purpose - to increase public understanding of the environmental importance of San Francisco Bay and ocean ecosystems in general. There is strong emphasis on the interdependence of marine life and shore life and on the urgency of preserving the marine and estuarine environment.

Dedicated to interpreting relationships between people and the earth's marine environment, this center attracts visitors from all over the Bay Area.

A focal point for this educational effort is the Visitor Center's Old Wharf Classroom. There, in a picturesque setting, you can learn about such topics as shoreline wildlife and the food chains that sustain all living creatures.

Education continues just outside the center, where Crab Cove itself, at the foot of McKay Avenue, has been designated the first California estuarine marine reserve. Its mud flat and rocky shore area are an important wildlife habitat. A special ramp allows wheelchair users to explore the tide pools. 

 The center is open Wednesdays through Sundays, March through November, and all facilities are accessible to the disabled.

Crab Cove Visitor Center is located just around the corner from the Villa Marina Apartments. Phone 521-6887.


 Evening concerts:  

June 8, 5:30-7:30  “Aja Vu” Rock band features the sound of Steely Dan

July 13, 5:30-7:30  “Herb” a tribute to Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass

August 10, 5:30-7:30 “Sun Kings” songs of the Beattles 

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Enjoy extended hours at the Crab Cove Visitor Center and family activities on the deck. Food and drink available for purchase. 

Info: (510) 521-6887

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