Which California attractions are reopening now?
Here’s a look at when more than 65 California visitor destinations are reopening, including the Norton Simon Museum, the Getty Center and the Broad museum in coming days.
Beyond museums, the list includes parks, theme parks, campgrounds and other attractions, dozens of them already open. Check the linked websites before planning a visit; many destinations have shortened their hours or reduced their offerings (or both).
All of California’s national parks are open but details vary. For instance, some seasonal mountain roads are still closed by snow, but Yosemite’s Tioga Road opened to bicycles May 21-23, with car access to follow sometime soon after.
Opening soon, by date
The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena reopened to the public Thursday, following preview days for members May 15-17.
The Broad museum, L.A., reopens May 26.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, reopens May 26.
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The Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. reopens June 3.
Top of the Mark, an iconic San Francisco bar on the penthouse level of the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, will resume “modified operation” in June.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, an open-air venue in Topanga Canyon, will present a summer season of three plays July 10 through Nov. 7, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Julius Caesar,” with ticket sales beginning June 1. The venue is also presenting an afternoon concert by singer-songwriter on June 6.
The Hollywood Bowl has set five free concerts for health care workers, first responders and essential workers in May and June, and kicks off a 14-week season beginning July 3. Seating in most sections will required that guests show proof of vaccination.
Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters will run nightly July 7 through Sept. 3. The summer tradition features “living pictures” on an amphitheater stage. Tickets are on sale.
The Pantages Theater in Hollywood said it will resume the run of “Hamilton” on Oct. 12.
Alcatraz, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is open, though access to some areas is still restricted.
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
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Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive opened May 2.
Bodie State Historic Park, Bodie, is open, but automobile access is blocked by snow in winter months.
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
Buena Vista Cafe, San Francisco
California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
California African American Museum, Los Angeles
California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento. Weekend 45-minute train rides are open; walk-through train cars and children’s area remain closed.
Channel Islands National Park
Cold Spring Tavern, outside Santa Barbara, has reopened for dining but no live music yet.
De Young Museum, San Francisco
Death Valley National Park
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Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park opened April 30.
French Laundry restaurant, Yountville
The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades.
The Great Park Balloon, Irvine, resumed flights May 6. The Great Park’s visitor center is open, as its sports complex (for participants, not observers) and the Great Park Gallery. The carousel, under renovations, is expected to reopen in fall.
Highway 1, which has been closed for repairs between southern Monterey County and Big Sur since late January, reopened April 23. With that option open, Southern Californians regain a scenic coastal route to Big Sur and points farther north.
Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino is partially open, including select galleries, many gardens, store and cafe
Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles
Joshua Tree National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, Los Angeles
Lassen Volcanic National Park is open, but its Park Highway is partially closed by winter snows.
Legoland California Resort, in Carlsbad, reopened April 15, including Sea Life aquarium and Chima Water Park. On May 27, the park opens a new area, The Lego Movie World, with six rides and attractions on 2 acres. Reservations are required.
Maritime Museum of San Diego, including historic bay cruises
Monterey Bay Aquarium opened to the public Saturday.
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
The Napa Valley Wine Train, which visits wineries between Napa and St. Helena, resumed operations May 17.
Nepenthe restaurant, a Big Sur landmark
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley, reopened May 15.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway resumed daily service Monday after several months of running Thursday-Sunday.
Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, a restaurant and bar near Joshua Tree, is open indoors and out. Live music is limited.
Pinnacles National Park
Redwood National Park
The Downtown San Luis Obispo Thursday Farmers’ Market returned May 6 at reduced size with tighter restrictions.
Sacramento History Museum and Old Sacramento Underground Tours
San Gorgonio Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest. Parts of the wilderness within Sand to Snow National Monument have reopened, including South Fork, Lost Creek, Aspen Grove and Fish Creek trailheads. Some interior trails remain closed. Also, the Falls Picnic Area, Big Falls Trail and Vivian Creek Trail in the Forest Falls area reopened too.
Santa Barbara Mission, including self-guided tours
Santa Monica Pier‘s Pacific Park amusement area has reopened, but its merry-go-round remains closed.
Sequoia National Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
Trout season in the Eastern Sierra
Yosemite National Park is open, but requires advance reservations even for day trips, May 21 through Sept. 30. The park’s Upper, Lower and North Pines, Camp 4, Wawona, Bridalveil Creek and Tuolumne Meadows campgrounds will be open for the summer, advance reservations required for all. The Ahwahnee, Curry Village and the Yosemite Valley lodge are open too, with some restrictions. There’s no shuttle bus service. Also, visitors in cars won’t be able to reach the towering sequoias of Mariposa Grove, which was closed to traffic after a January wind storm. But you can hike or bike to the trees on the Washburn Trail (4 miles, round trip from Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza).
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad that takes visitors on rides through Sierra National Forest, starting in Fish Camp near the south entrance to the national park.
Bear Gulch and Balconies caves at Pinnacles National Park
Big Basin Redwoods State Park closed because of the CZU Lightning Complex Fires.
Coit Tower, San Francisco
Exploratorium, San Francisco
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles remains closed. Director Ed Krupp said that if the state sticks with plans to ease restrictions on June 15, the observatory should be able to reopen “well before the end of summer.”
Hearst Castle, San Simeon
Medieval Times, the Buena Park dinner theater that features horses and jousting.
Though state officials on April 28 loosened pandemic restrictions so that water parks can theoretically open at much-limited capacity, Raging Waters Los Angeles in San Dimas remained closed indefinitely as of Thursday.
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