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Bidwell Park

The heart of Chico is arguably Bidwell Park. This park is named for the town’s founders, Annie and John Bidwell, who subsequently bequeathed this land to the city at the start of the 20th Century. Today this park, one of the largest municipal parks in the country, spans over 3,618 acres and stretches over 11 miles. The park had two distinct areas, Upper and Lower Park. The Lower Park is more developed, housing paved roads, sports facilities, playgrounds, etc. The Upper Park is less manicured and more “wild” making it popular for hiking, mountain biking and trail riding.

Bidwell Park features a The Chico Creek Nature Center, several playgrounds including a Children’s Park, a public golf course, swimming pools, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, and picnic areas, just to name a few of the amenities. The extensive trails that stretch from the Lower Park up into the Chico Creek Canyon that defines much of the Upper Park is popular for hiking, horseback riding and biking. Skaters and joggers often frequent the paved roads in the Lower Park.

Chico Creek runs down from the canyon and through the whole of the park. In Upper Park many find natural water holes, while the less adventurous chose to take a dip in the “Five Mile” or “One Mile” areas that are dammed off in the summer months to create public swimming pools. And a brave some even challenge the chilly waters of the One Mile annually on New Years Day with a polar bear swim. If you’re into nature this is one Chico gem not to be missed.

Phone: (530)895-4972

Website: http://www.bidwellpark.org/
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Bidwell Mansion Tour 

Chico was founded in the late 1800’s by John and Annie Bidwell. Their home, located near downtown, is one of several historical homes of the era that has been preserved and restored. The Bidwell Mansion is a museum and tours are available taking you back in time to when Chico was nothing more than a pioneer town.

Hours of Operation: Wed – Fri 12 pm to 5 pm, Sat & Sun 10 am to 5 pm.

Tours & Tickets: Every hour on the hour, lasting approximately 50 minutes, $2 US. Group tours also available, call for a reservation.

Phone: 530-895-6144

Address: 525 The Esplanade

Directions: Located just across the creek from downtown Chico on the Chico State campus.

Website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=460
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Teaz Me: Tea Bar and Asian Cafe

Teaz Me is the newest addition to the burgeoning Chico coffee house scene, but with a new twist. It’s an Asian-inspired Tea House from the owners of the ever-popular Bidwell Perk. Don’t come looking for coffee here, but fear not, you’ll still be able to satisfy your caffeine addiction here. Featuring a menu of tea drinks all types and ways and in more flavors that though possible, you’ll be sure to enjoy this new spin on the coffee scene. Order your tea chilled, blended or perhaps steamed, and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous add pearls. Their Asian-fusion menu offers healthy portions for all your snacking desires – from rice bowls to sushi. Take your tea to go or sit back and sip in the colorful atmosphere. Teaz Me takes the art of drinking tea to a whole new level.

Prices: less than US$10

Phone: 530-895-8100

Address: 250 Vallombrosa, Chico, CA 95928

Website: www.teaz-me.com

Other Contact: Fax: 530-895-8110
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