Quality Inn & Suites At NASA Ames
5 Fairchild Drive
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: (650) 934-0155
Fax: (650) 968-9562
5 Fairchild Drive, Mountain View, CA, US, 94043
- Phone: (650) 934-0155
- Fax: (650) 968-9562
Eagle Park and Pool is a popular place in downtown Mountain View. It features picnic spots, restrooms, athletic fields, a playground and many benches. Their well maintained pool is open for recreational swimming as well as for a lap swim. Lessons are also conducted during summers.
If you're at the golf course at Moffett Field and you spot a GI, or other military personnel golfing, get used to it; Moffett Field Golf Course happens to be a army favorite. This field golf course has 18 holes, and you will get to see lakes and other water hazards here. Rental carts are available for those who just decided to tee off after checking the environs. Metal spikes are tolerated but not encouraged. Head to this Santa Clara county golf course for some real challenge.
Adjacent to San Francisco Bay, Shoreline Golf Links is an 18-hole, championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II and Associates. Part of Shoreline at Mountain View, a 750-acre regional open space area; Shoreline Golf Links features four sets of tees, 16 acres of fresh water lakes, practice facilities, Michaels Restaurant and a fully-stocked pro shop.
Shoreline Park encompasses the Shoreline Lake and offers expansive hills, the artificial lake and a golf course with 18 holes. Gusty winds in the area make Shoreline a popular location for windsurfers and kite-flyers. Hikers, walkers and bikers will find miles of winding natural and artificial trails to explore. It also houses the Shoreline Aquatic Cente which offers visitors facilities like kayaking, sailing, boating, canoeing and windsurfing. This park is also home to an amphitheater, a café and a Victorian house.
Winter Lodge is the only permanent outdoor ice skating rink west of the Sierras and has been open since 1956. Open from September to April, the skating rink is a great holiday destination or weekend activity for kids and adults alike. There is one mid-sized outdoor rink and another, smaller rink indoors. Come by during the day for all-ages skating or come by at night for adults-only skating (perfect for a date). Inside the lodge, fireplaces and a hot chocolate vending machine provide a warm welcome to visitors. Skating lessons are also available.
Hoover Park has something for everyone: large grassy areas, two children's playgrounds, a baseball field, tennis and handball courts, basketball courts, a picnic area and a dog run. One of the unique features of the park is the dry creek bed where an artificial creek once flowed but was drained due to the drought of 1976. The park is a perfect place for your little ones to play around while you sit down with a good book and soak in the nature under the cool shades of the trees. If you own a dog this would be a great place to find new friends for your pet. Restrooms are also available so are pooper-scoopers.
Byxbee Park is a great place to spend a few hours away from the city. What was once a landfill is now an urban park filled with various modern concrete sculptures. It's also a great place to ride bikes along the trails, go birdwatching, or watch the windsurfers.
Palo Alto Airport is a small general aviation airport where locals fly their privately-owned planes in and out. One 2443-foot (745-meter) asphalt runway is available. There is also a car rental counter. Note that no commercial planes fly here.
The Baylands Nature Preserve is known for its birdwatching and is considered one of the best birdwatching areas on the West Coast, offering both tidal and fresh water habitats. This park boasts of a total of 1940 acres (785 hectares) of swampland, which is the largest tract of undisturbed swampland remaining in the Bay Area, and 15 miles (24 kilometers) of trails. Besides birdwatching, visitors can also enjoy canoeing, kayaking or windsurfing in the ponds and lakes. Educational signs have been put up in place to educate visitors about natural habitats. Kids will love Baylands too as it is home to the Palo Alto Duck Pond and the trails too vary in difficulty levels. This park is open daily from 8a till sunset.
Ponderosa Park provides 9 acres (3.64 hectares) of space for playing various sports, holding picnics and barbecue parties. It is divided into many areas such as three picnic zones, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, a multipurpose field and a children's playing zone. Kids can entertain themselves by playing on the numerous slides and rides, whilst adults have a shot at one of the games or simply lounge on the picnic sites enjoying the beautiful scenery. This park also provides clean restrooms and offers park buildings that can be rented for events.
If you love to bike, try one of Undiscovered Country's bike tours, ranging in length from a single weekend to over a week. Riders can explore various regions and terrains of the beautiful Northern Californian landscape, including wine country, the Pacific coast, redwood forests, mountains and deserts. Professional, custom-fitted road bikes are provided for your use.
Located right next to the picturesque Professorville neighborhood, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo has been a reliable source of family fun since 1934, when it was established as the first children's museum west of the Mississippi. The zoo houses around 200 species of animals, including snakes, reptiles, tortoises, sharks, raccoons, bats, a red-tailed hawk and two bobcats. A total of 14 hands-on museum exhibits are designed to educate children about physics, earth science and math. It is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties.