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Crab Cove with it's free concerts. Just around the corner from the Villa Marina Apartments.  See Villa Marina See our floor plans

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. See our floor plans.
Call the Visitor Center for more information: 521-6887.


 Evening concerts 2008:  

July 11 will be the big band style New Morty Show

Aug 8 will be the salsa band Orquesta Borinquem

Extended hours at the Visitor Center information desk plus family activities on the deck make these concerts extra special. See our preview of the new exhibit area coming next year. Bring your blanket or lawn chair; food, and beverages available for purchase. Sponsored by the West Alameda Business Association and EBRPD.

Info: (510) 521-6887

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