Things To Do

Wooden gate to the Tao House courtyard.
Entrance to the Eugene O'Neill Tao House courtyard. NPS photo.
 
O'Neill historic casual photo closeup

America's Greatest Playwright

Read about O'Neill's life, trials, tribulations, and development into one of America's greatest playwrights.

Books in library

History and Culture

Learn more about the life of Eugene O'Neill at the Tao House in Danville, California.

Shuttle bus stop in Danville

Directons and Transportation

Directions to the shuttle stop in Danville, California.

 

Ranger Guided Tours

The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site must be accessed through a private, gated road owned by a community of neighboring residents. Guided tours of Tao House are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at either 10:00 am or 2:00 pm by advance reservation only. Tours are free and include transportation to/from the park. Please allow 2 hours for your visit. We suggest you contact us at least two weeks in advance to schedule your tour. Same day reservations are sometimes available.

Park Days and Hours:

Monday: Park Closed
Tuesday: Park Closed
Wednesday: Park Open for Reserved Guided Tours at 10 AM & 2 PM
Thursday: Park Open for Reserved Guided Tours at 10 AM & 2 PM
Friday: Park Open for Reserved Guided Tours at 10 AM & 2 PM
Saturday: No reservations needed (see below). Park Open for Self-Guided Tours at 10:15 AM, 12:15 PM & 2:15 PM.
Sunday: Park Open for Reserved Guided Tours at 10 AM & 2 PM
Holidays: Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

How to Reserve Your Tour:

Email is our preferred method for reservations. Please send us an email with the dates and times that you would like to tour the site, as well as your phone number. A staff memember will get back to you soon.

Reservation Line: (925) 838-0249

Self-Guided Tours On Saturdays

No reservations are required for self-guided tours on Saturday. Shuttles leave from downtown Danville at 10:15 AM, 12:15 PM and 2:15 PM on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow 1.5 hours for your visit. Shuttles depart from The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Avenue, Danville, California 94526. If one is walking up local public roads, or sauntering through Las Trampas on Saturday to visit Tao house, please be here before 3:00 PM.

Outdoor Activities

In addition to Tao House, there are a number of other features on the site that are preserved from Eugene O'Neill's home. Directly adjacent to the home is the courtyard area, with planted gardens and historic pathways. Outside the courtyard there are historic walking paths, one of which leads to the swimming pool that O'Neill used for his afternoon swims. Historic Black walnut and almond orchards are on site also. Across from the house is the 19th century barn, which is the only structure remaining from the original owners. This barn has been rehabilitated now and serves as a performance venue where, in collaboration with the Eugene O'Neill Foundation, plays are presented at different times of the year. Information about performances can be found on their website at www.eugeneoneill.org. At the far end of the site is a grave marker for Blemie, the O'Neill families' beloved Dalmatian, for whom he wrote a very touching last will and testament.

Besides the various structures and features of the site, the location above the San Ramon valley provides a glimpse into the sense of seclusion and serenity that Eugene O'Neill was looking for.

The 13-acre grounds of the site are accessible from hiking and mountain biking trails in the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. This area and the park itself are excellent for wildlife and bird watching.

Last updated: August 9, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Eugene O'Neill NHS
P.O. Box 280

Danville, CA 94526

Phone:

(925) 838-0249 x6320

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