Exploring In Albany, California

Photo of Lauren Harsma
9 February 2017

Albany exudes a certain sixties flair that’s impossible to resist. Neon signage and flat-faced houses pressed up on Albany Hill Park are good indicators of the unique character of the city. Take a trip to the East Bay and check out these charming locales.

Bone Room

Dimly-lit and filled with fossils, you may feel that you’ve stepped into the world of Indiana Jones on entering Bone Room. The walls are hung with shadowboxed moths and butterflies, pinned in mid-flight; taxidermy creatures stand guard over jars of pale animal bones; fully-constructed skeletons goad you on towards books and build-your-own kits. Founded by herpetologist and natural history buff Ron Cauble, the Bone Room has been a haven for natural history nerds for nearly two decades.

Address and telephone number: The Bone Room, 1573 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707, +1 510-526-5252


Bone Room 1 © Lauren Harsma/Flickr


Bone Room 2 © Lauren Harsma/Flickr

Schmidt’s Pub

Pub, American, Pub Grub, Coffee, Beer, Wine
Schmidt’s Pub 2
Schmidt’s Pub 2 | © Lauren Harsma/Flickr
The sign outside proclaims, simply, “PUB,” but Schmidt’s Tobacco & Trading Company offers much more than pints and pitchers. The front patio is your uncle’s back porch, scattered with plastic lawn chairs and Christmas lights and a pair of picnic tables. The interior is reminiscent of a village pub in Yorkshire – a fireplace, battered board games, gents reading newspapers. Over a glass case displaying dozens of pipes, you’ll be handed your Guinness or Old Speckled Hen. On your way to your seat, take a look at the impressive display of tobacco on offer.
Schmidt’s Pub 1 © Lauren Harsma/Flickr
Schmidt’s Pub 2 © Lauren Harsma/Flickr

Albany Aquarium

An aquarium supply store that could double as a miniature museum, Albany Aquarium on San Pablo is a wonder. With a wall of glowing tanks filled with all manner of anemone, crustaceans and cephalopods, you’ll feel emerged in an underwater grotto from the start. In addition to a vast variety of water creatures, the shop offers a lush assembly of plants with which to furnish your favorite fish tank.

Address and telephone number: Albany Aquarium, 818 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706, +1 510-525-1166


Albany Aquarium © Lauren Harsma/Flickr

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