Livermore is an old ranch town converted into a modern city with a small, but hip downtown space. While many people visit Livermore’s wine country to taste at one of 50+ wineries in city limits, there are a few select attractions worth sprinkling between those barrel rooms.
First Street Alehouse
This newly expanded and renovated restaurant on the main downtown First Street is by far the most popular place to eat in town. Frequently boasting 1-2 hour waits (no reservations) the beer selection alone is worth the wait. Sit outside and try the unique pear cider and the jalapeño corn chowder, but make sure to take a look inside at one of the world’s largest beer can collection, whose display takes up every wall.
Livermore’s new downtown performing arts center is introduced by a beautiful lawn space, which frequently hosts live music and dancing during the summer. The beautiful theater will host the production The Full Monty weekends through January, and when the show’s over, have some whiskey on tap next door at Sauced.
Take a break from downtown and head into the countryside, to Veterans Park. While Sycamore Grove tends to be a more popular hiking destination, it’s often unbearably dry and teeming with family photographers. Veterans Park sits beneath the old abandoned Veterans hospital in a wooded grove that promises more shade and foliage.
Livermore Rodeo- “World’s Fastest Rodeo”
If you happen to be in town the first two weekends of June, the Livermore Rodeo can’t be beat. Staying true to the town’s original identity, the Rodeo plays host to all kinds of events, including barrel racing and bull riding. Known as the “World’s Fastest Rodeo,” you’ll have a chance to see all the events and head downtown to relax for the evening.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
This Department of Energy laboratory is a high security facility that is host to NIF- the National Ignition Facility. NIF is home to the most powerful laser in the world, and their aim is to achieve fusion, and the promise of clean sustainable energy. Set up a tour ahead of time, and experience one of the most advanced scientific and national security laboratories in the world.