California reopening calendar: theme parks, museums, venues

Plotting a California trip? Be warned that because of pandemic worries, many places have yet to reopen.

Here’s a look at when more than 60 of this state’s top visitor destinations are reopening, including parks, theme parks, museums, campgrounds and other leading attractions. 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. Travelers should check individuals sites for up-to-date information. All but six of California’s 280 state parks are open, but many of their campgrounds are not, so you’ll need to check individually.

Also, details on 40 California museums, including many not on this list, are available here. Details on California theme parks are here.

Opening soon, by date

Pinocchio and Tinker Bell greet guests at Disneyland.

Pinocchio and Tinker Bell greet Disneyland guests on Feb. 27, 2020, shortly before the pandemic shut down the park.

(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Musso & Frank Grill, an iconic Hollywood restaurant, reopens Thursday and is accepting reservations.

The Great Park Balloon, Irvine, is to resume flights Thursday. 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.

The Downtown San Luis Obispo Thursday Farmers’ Market returns Thursday.

Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park reopens Thursdayfor season-pass holders, May 21 to the public.

Monterey Bay Aquarium opens to the public May 15, with members’ hours beginning May 1.

Bartender Graham Miller serves up a martini at  Musso & Frank.

Bartender Graham Miller serves up a classic Musso & Frank Martini in 2019.

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena reopens to the public May 20, with preview days for members Mary 15-17.

The Napa Valley Wine Train, which visits wineries between Napa and St. Helena, is expected to resume limited operations May 24.

The Broad museum, L.A., reopens May 26.

The Getty Center in Brentwood “will likely open in late May,” officials say.

At Sequoia National Park’s Crystal Cave, rangers hope to begin tours over Memorial Day (May 31) weekend. Tickets go on sale May 1 at

The Museum of Contemporary Art in L.A. opens June 3.

Leaders of the Old Globe theater in San Diego’s Balboa Park have said they hope to schedule events “as early as the first week of June” in the Globe’s open-air Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.

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.

Tickets went on sale May 3 for the Pageant of the Masters, which will run nightly July 7 through Sept. 3. The Laguna Beach summer tradition features “living pictures” on an amphitheater stage.

The Hollywood Bowl on May 11 will announce details of a 14-week season that begins in July.

The Pantages Theater in Hollywood said it will resume productions of “Hamilton” on Oct. 12.

Open now

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

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.

A boat goes past a cliff with a lighthouse.

Anacapa Island, part of Channel Islands National Park, features a lighthouse completed in 1932.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

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 opened April 30.

French Laundry restaurant, Yountville

The Getty Villa in Pacific Palisades.

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

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park, Lompoc

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 several rides, restaurants and other attractions.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Maritime Museum of San Diego, including historic bay cruises

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Nepenthe restaurant, a Big Sur landmark

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Palm Springs Art Museum

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

Sacramento History Museum and Old Sacramento Underground Tours

A ship is covered in lights in San Diego.

Star of India, San Diego Maritime Museum, Harbor Drive, San Diego.

(Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times)

San Diego Zoo

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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 Maritime Museum

Santa Barbara Mission, including self-guided tours

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Santa Barbara Wine Country

Santa Catalina Island

Santa Monica Pier‘s Pacific Park amusement area has reopened, but its merry-go-round remains closed.

Sequoia National Park

Aerial view of Six Flags Magic Mountain and the Dive Devil ride.

This 2020 aerial view shows Six Flags Magic Mountain, closed because of the pandemic, with a hawk perched atop the blue tracks of the Dive Devil ride.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia

Trout season in the Eastern Sierra

Universal Studios Hollywood

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. Mariposa Grove remains closed because of storm damage.

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.

Closed indefinitely

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, Los Angeles

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle in San Simeon.

The Roman Pool at Hearst Castle remains off-limits to visitors.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

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 Monday afternoon.

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