Berkeley Marina Pier - read more
One day, while driving around Berkeley, we noticed a sign to the Berkeley Marina Pier. Since we had some time and also had our sneakers, we decided to take a look. What we found is worth a visit!
The Berkeley Marina Pier was built in 1926. It was originally 3.5 miles long. Today only about 3/4 of a mile is accessible to pedestrians who want a lovely walk with fabulous views of San Francisco, Berkeley, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.
Walking out to the end of the pier made me feel almost as if I were walking on the water. It was about 4 pm on a beautiful, but slightly hazy afternoon. A few people were fishing, a few jogging, a few families with children just having a relaxing time. A serene setting. I wonder how serene it is on the weekend? Perhaps we will get back on a clear weekend day.
Plenty of parking is available at the Marina parking area. We found two handicapped spaces close to the pier. There are others farther away.
The pier itself is flat concrete, but the cracks, holes, etc. (seemingly from a lack of upkeep), make it a bit of a challenge. Even with these caveats I believe it is worth a visit, if only for the views. You don't have to walk to the end to get the views. You can even remain in your car, just park facing the water and enjoy.
A small concession stand at the beginning of the pier offers drinks and snacks.
Although there is a restroom I would not recommend using it if you have other options.
Take note that there are no benches. If you want to sit you need to bring your own seat, as many of the fishermen had.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue's website, www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Marina/Home, when planning a visit, to ""know before you go.""