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Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park
Beautiful Bidwell Mansion was the home of Chicoâ€™s founder, John Bidwell and his wife, Annie. The Bidwells entertained many historical figures in their Italian-style home located adjacent to California State University Chico near downtown Chico. Guided tours of the restored three-story Victorian mansion are available Tuesday through Sunday. For info call (530) 895-6144.
The second largest municipal park in the country (after Central Park, NY): 3,750 acres of land along the banks of Big Chico Creek. The creek rushes down from the Sierra Nevada before it runs through several miles of Bidwell Park. The park contains an 18-hole golf course, baseball fields, swimming holes, and a children’s playground, plus roads and trails for jogging, hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding.
Butte College is a fully accredited, two-year community college serving Butte and Glenn counties. The 940-acre campus located south of Chico is the largest in California and one of the most attractive. Nearly 13,000 students enroll each semester. Options include approximately 50 career and four-year transfer programs.
Butte County Pioneer Museum
The museum’s treasures include Chinese artifacts, the grand old clock from Bidwell Bar, a large Native American basket and arrowhead collection, a needle made from a gold nugget, a hat collection, and 49′er relics. Located on Montgomery Street in Oroville. Call (530) 538-2415 for more information or visit them online.
California State University, Chico
CSU, Chico, located in a beautiful arboretum setting along Big Chico Creek, is a four-year university serving 15,000 students. The university boasts a distinguished faculty of 800 that includes award-winning scholars, artists, and researchers in almost every major field of study.
For more information, visit CSU, Chico’s web site.
Chico Art Center
Located in the renovated old Chico railroad depot, the Chico Art Center has ongoing visual art displays featuring California artists. The center also offers classes, lectures, and workshops.Â For more information, call (530) 895-8726. http://www.chicoartcenter.com/
Chico Creek Nature Center
Chico Creek Nature Center is the interpretive center for Bidwell Park. Programs feature nature walks and a Live-Animal/Living History Museum designed to encourage responsible interaction with the environment. Call 891-4671 for more information, or visit their World Wide Web site.
Housed in the distinctive old Carnegie Library adjacent to CSU Chico, the Chico Museum offers rotating historic exhibits and a permanent exhibit bringing Chico’s history to life. (530) 891-4336.
Downtown Chico City Plaza
Designated as a park site in 1872, the plaza is a favorite place for lunch and people watching. In the summer the gazebo serves as a stage for free musical concerts on Friday evenings. The concert schedule is available at the Chamber of Commerce right across the street.
The Farmer’s Market, a long-time Chico tradition, features fresh fruit, produce, flowers and more year-round. Check out the Farmer’s Market web site for more information.
Gold Nugget Museum
Learn about the early history of Paradise at this fascinating museum featuring dolls, minerals, guns, mining artifacts, and a Native American exhibit. The museum was built from the profits of the local Gold Nugget Days held each April and commemorates the 1859 discovery of a 54-pound gold nugget, the largest ever found in North America. (530) 872-8722.
Historic Walking Tours of Downtown Chico
Historic Walking Tours of Downtown Chico are being offered daily. They last one hour and cost . Catherine Beeghly, a guide at Bidwell Mansion and long-time Chico reporter, is your leader. Call 345-8020 or e-mail Catherine for reservations today.
Honey Run Covered Bridge
One of the few covered bridges left in California and the only tri-span bridge in the United States, Honey Run Covered Bridge is located in beautiful Butte Creek Canyon just outside of Chico.
Orient & Flume Art Glass Studio
Tours are available to view the world-famous Orient and Flume glass artwork being created. Call (530) 893-0373 for information or visit their website.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Sample the brewery’s award-winning ales and enjoy fine dining in Sierra Nevada’s taproom and restaurant. Tours are available. (530) 345-2739. Visit their website.
Silver Dollar Fairgrounds & Speedway
Events featured most months, including dirt track racing and the Silver Dollar Fair. (530) 891-6535.
Built in 1883, the Stansbury House is a classic example of Italianate Victorian architecture. Located on the corner of Fifth and Salem streets, this historic house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.