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Five-K Walk of Davis History

Davis, United States

Experience hosted by Serena

2.5 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We begin and end at Central Park, home of the Saturday morning Farmers' Market and the Hattie Weber Museum of local Davis history and heritage. We will walk and talk a 5K: stops include the Bicycle Hall of Fame, train depot, Putah Creek and the Native American Contemplation Garden, the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, historical markers including original olive and fig trees from the Davis and Chiles families, the Silo of the University Farm, and more.

Learn about the major influences that have shaped Davis: Putah Creek and early inhabitants, the californios and land grants, agriculture/husbandry, the railroad, and the university farm. We will also have the opportunity to see more recent history in development projects and public art along the way.

All these places are publicly available for you to visit any time, and yet their rich history is not often heard. When you take time to examine the footprints of the Patwins, rancheros, settlers, fur trappers, judges, artists, administrators, and students who walked in the space over decades and centuries before you, Davis will take on new meaning.
Other things to note
We WILL be walking ~3.2 mi., so please wear comfy shoes, dress in layers, and bring water. The walk usually takes 2 hours. If you need to shorten it or need to be somewhere after, let me know in advance so I can accommodate you. We meet at Central Park in front of the Hattie Weber Museum on C St.
We begin and end at Central Park, home of the Saturday morning Farmers' Market and the Hattie Weber Museum of local Davis history and heritage. We will walk and talk a 5K: stops include the Bicycle Hall of Fame, train depot, Putah Creek and the Native American Contemplation Garden, the Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, historical markers including original olive and fig trees from the Davis and Chiles families, the Silo of the University Farm,…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Bottled water available for guests
From $9
/ person
Sat, May 15
$9 per person
6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
$9 per person
Sat, May 15
$9 per person
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
$9 per person
Sat, May 15
$9 per person
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
$9 per person

Meet your host, Serena

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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I came to Davis for my doctorate over 10 years ago, and fell in love with the city, both past and present. As an academic researcher, genealogist, and local history lover, I've put together a historical walking tour of Davis because so many people spend time in places whose past is hidden right there in plain sight. Spending 90 minutes with the history enhances any other Davis experience.
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Where you'll be

Hattie Weber Museum
Central Park
Bicycle Hall of Fame
The Davisville Train Depot (Union Pacific Railroad)
Aggie Village
Site of the Jerome C. and Mary Chiles Homestead
Peter J. Shields Library
Emil Mrak Hall
The University Silo
Unitrans Depot
Putah Creek
Native American Contemplative Garden
The Mondavi Center for Performing Arts
UC Davis Arboretum

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 13 reviews.

Karen
May 2021
This tour is perfect for anyone interested in Davis history & great exercise too. Serena knows her history well. We basically got a personalized tour because it was just me & my husband. We walk every morning for an 1.5 hours so it was perfect timing & length. It was awesome to end it at the Davis Farmers Market! Very convenient as we picked up some veggies at one vendor, Pachamama coffee & pastries at Ciocolat! Yummylicious! I highly recommend this tour. We are local Sacramentans & did not know exactly a lot of history behind Davis town. Learned something new today! Serena is an amazing tour guide. You won’t be disappointed. Great value as well & don’t forget to tip.
This tour is perfect for anyone interested in Davis history & great exercise too. Serena knows her history well. We basically got a personalized tour because it was just me & my hu…
Vei
May 2021
Serena was amazing. She really knows the roots of Davis!! It’s amazing how some of us walk these cities and not know the history behind it. Really good information to learn for a localist or tourist.
Jessica
April 2021
What a great way to spend the afternoon. My teenager and I live in Davis and we both learned a lot. Highly recommended.
Nils
January 2021
Serena is a wealth of information. I would highly recommend this walking tour to anyone interested in learning about the history of Davis.
Elizabeth
December 2020
Serena narrated our walk with charming stories of the history of downtown Davis and the college Campus. Everything was perfect - starting with her timely arrival at the clearly designated meet up location. Parking was easy, the restrooms at the park were open, it was a beautiful fall afternoon, and there was a craft fair being held - so we spent a few minutes there before meeting up on time with Serena. The walk was easy and on paved and even paths and sidewalks. Our highlight was walking along the outdoor UC Davis Arboretum while Serena explained the history of the Putah Native People and the environmental habitats. Serena is knowledgeable about people, places, environment, and languages. Walking downtown Davis with Serena was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Serena narrated our walk with charming stories of the history of downtown Davis and the college Campus. Everything was perfect - starting with her timely arrival at the clearly de…
Mido
October 2020
It was lovely to walk around downtown Davis with a history enthusiastist. Highly recommend if you like to walk and know more about the history of the town.

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  • Sat, May 15
    6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    $9 per person
  • Sat, May 15
    9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    $9 per person
  • Sat, May 15
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    $9 per person
  • Sat, May 15
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    $9 per person
  • Sun, May 16
    6:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    $9 per person
  • Sun, May 16
    9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    $9 per person
  • Sun, May 16
    11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    $9 per person
  • Sun, May 16
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    $9 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Walking shoes