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Local Area of UC Merced

Downtown Merced

Downtown Main Street has a little bit of something for everyone. The day offers local favorites for breakfast and brunch including the Cinema Café and Toni’s Courtyard Café & Bakery. The night provides a warm and fun environment to catch a movie, see a play, grab a bite to eat, go to the club, an art exhibit and much more…

Local Attractions

Founded in 1855 Merced County has housed a multitude of historical events. One such event was the establishment of Merced’s first County Courthouse built in 1875, which has now been turned into a historic museum. Do you want to support local businesses? Check out “The original” Merced Certified Farmer’s Market and Flea Market. Click here to see more of what Merced has to offer.

Natural Attractions

Merced is known as the gateway to the Yosemite National Park where families and friends can find a plethora of activities to do. Discover the Central Valley and other recreational parks such as the Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Big Sur, and Lake Tahoe.


Merced is in the heart of all the main attractions that California has to offer. Both San Francisco and in Monterey Bay, are just 2.5 hour drive from Merced and with Merced’s Regional Airport, you are a quick flight to any major city such as  Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Diego. The Amtrak is another affordable option to travel up and down the state of California. Don’t feel like driving to Yosemite? Check out the YARTS bus line, available on campus and throughout the county.