3 Facts About Berkeley for Students Taking ESL Courses in California

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Berkeley, California is famous around the world for the University of California (UC) at Berkeley. However, you may be surprised to learn that Berkeley itself is a thriving city with many different neighborhoods, parks, and attractions to explore. Bordered by the San Francisco Bay on one side and the Berkeley Hills on the other side, Berkeley is one of the most beautiful cities in California.

If you’re looking for things to do during your English training, Berkeley offers plenty of options. Here are three facts about Berkeley that make it a fun and fascinating place.

1. Telegraph Avenue Was the Center of 1960s Activism and Just Steps from School

Berkeley is famous across the United States for being a major center of political activism during the 1960s. That tradition of activism has helped make it one of the most progressive cities in the country and a major center for the arts and culture. Telegraph Avenue, which is just one block away from our ESL school in California, was the center of much of that activism.

Today, Telegraph Avenue is still a popular gathering point for students. Along it you’ll find many interesting shops and restaurants. There are also lots of bookstores, so you can buy an English-language book and practice your reading skills at one of the nearby cafes.

2. The Campanile Was Built in 1914, But Some of Its Residents Are Much Older

The Sather Tower—better known as the Campanile—is the most famous landmark in Berkeley. This bell tower was constructed in 1914 and is the third tallest bell-and-clock tower in the world. When it was originally built, it had just 12 bells. Today it houses 61. In fact, the Campanile has so many bells that it has one of the world’s best programs in campanology, which is the study of bells!

The Campanile contains 61 bells and is one of the tallest bell and clock towers in the world

The Campanile contains 61 bells and is one of the tallest bell and clock towers in the world

But the Campanile has more than just bells. It is also home to 20 tons of ancient fossils. The fossils are from the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles and were stored in the Campanile in 1913. While the Campanile was only supposed to be a temporary storage place, its dry interior made it ideal for preserving fossils. So, the fossils have stayed there ever since. While the fossils are closed to the public, you can take an elevator up to the top of the Campanile and enjoy amazing views of the San Francisco Bay.

3. Tilden Park Features 2,000 Acres to Enjoy During Your Intensive English Training

You don’t have to go very far to enjoy nature in Berkeley. Tilden Regional Park, for example, is one of the oldest and best parks in the Bay Area. It’s a great place to go with your friends from your intensive English training if you want to hike trails through 2,000 acres of nearly untouched wilderness.

On these hikes there are many spots offering incredible views of the mountains and the Bay Area, as well as picnic areas. Tilden Park also has a number of surprising attractions, like an antique carousel, a miniature railway, and a botanical garden with rare and endangered plants. There is even a farm where you can feed goats, rabbits, and pigs!

Many spots throughout Berkeley, including Tilden Park, offer great views of the Bay Area

Many spots throughout Berkeley, including Tilden Park, offer great views of the Bay Area

Are you interested in ESL courses in California?

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