Most of California is celebrating the resumption of business as usual today — including dozens of parks, museums and other attractions listed below — but several attractions remain closed indefinitely:
- Coit Tower, San Francisco
- Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles. Director Ed Krupp said that if the state sticks with plans to ease restrictions Tuesday, the observatory should be able to reopen “well before the end of summer.”
- Bear Gulch and Balconies caves, Pinnacles National Park.
- The Queen Mary closed in early June when the City of Long Beach (which owns the 87-year-old ship) took control back from the company that had been managing it. The city has said that the ship, which has run for decades as a floating hotel, has millions of dollars’ worth of overdue repairs.
Reasons for the continued closures vary widely, but new announcements on their status are expected soon.
The safety of young bats is a factor in Pinnacles’ Bear Gulch Cave. Managers at Hearst Castle and Griffith Observatory have said they’re working to put in place higher health and safety standards in historic structures that get heavy foot traffic, often in enclosed spaces.
Meanwhile, eight other popular California destinations are reopening in the next month — including, in the next two weeks, Pasadena’s Gamble House, downtown L.A.’s Disney Hall and Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.
Most capacity limits are expected to expire as the state moves toward reopening this week. Also, Californians who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will be able to stop wearing face masks in most situations, unless a business or venue decides to keep mask-wearing mandatory.
Visitors should check the linked websites before planning a visit; many destinations will adjust their schedules and offerings in days and weeks to come.
All of California’s national parks are open, but details vary. Some seasonal mountain roads are still closed by snow, but Yosemite’s Tioga Road opened May 27.
Opening soon, by date
Pasadena’s Gamble House, a showcase of Craftsman architecture, resumes interior tours Tuesday.
The Mount Wilson Observatory is reopening Tuesday for guided weekend tours.
Disney Hall in downtown L.A. reopens June 26 with a free concert by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for invited guests and ticket giveaway winners. (The ticket giveaway is open only to people who have been vaccinated.)
The Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood reopens June 26. The tours will be open to families with children 5 and older.
The Exploratorium on San Francisco’s Embarcadero reopens July 1.
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, an open-air venue in Topanga Canyon, will present three plays July 10 through Nov. 7, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Julius Caesar.”
The Hollywood Bowl set five free concerts for healthcare workers, first responders and essential workers, with one more in June, and kicks off a 14-week season beginning July 3. Seating in most sections will require that guests show proof of vaccination.
Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters will run July 7 through Sept. 3. The summer tradition features “living pictures” on an amphitheater stage. Tickets are on sale.
Alcatraz, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is open, though access to some areas is still restricted.
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Big Basin Redwoods State Park, closed after the CZU Lightning Complex Fires, partially reopened May 29.
Bodie State Historic Park is partially open.
Bowers Museum, Santa Ana
The Broad museum, L.A.
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
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park
French Laundry restaurant, Yountville
The Great Park Balloon, Irvine, resumed its tethered 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
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, Los Angeles
Lassen Volcanic National Park is open except for Bumpass Hell Trail.
Maritime Museum of San Diego, including historic bay cruises
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego
Nepenthe restaurant, a Big Sur landmark
The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Yorba Linda
The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena.
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway has resumed daily service.
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
Raging Waters Los Angeles. San Dimas
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, Simi Valley
Redwood National and State Parks
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. Also, the Falls Picnic Area, Big Falls Trail and Vivian Creek Trail in the Forest Falls area reopened.
Santa Monica Pier‘s Pacific Park amusement area has reopened.
Sequoia National Park
Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia
Skirball Cultural Center, Brentwood
The Top of the Mark, the emblematic bar perched atop the InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco hotel on Nob Hill, reopened June 4. It features new appetizer and cocktail menus, along with tastings of caviar, chocolates and organic vodkas.
Yosemite National Park’s Wawona Hotel reopened June 10.
Yosemite National Park is open, but requires advance reservations even for day trips, 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 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 (four miles round trip from Mariposa Grove Welcome Plaza).