Quality Inn & Suites At NASA Ames
5 Fairchild Drive
Mountain View, CA 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.
Named after a Mexican gold miner, Don Jesus Ramos, who settled in California, the Ramos Park is one of the many public parks in the city. This green expanse is a perfect space to laze around with a book or enjoy sports with your kids or friends. It features amenities like playground, basketball hoop, picnic spots, BBQ facilities and benches too.
Spread over 21.4 acres (8.66 hectares) in Southern Palo Alto, the Mitchell Park was established in 1957. This beautiful park provides a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Named for J. Pearce Mitchell, a Palo Alto city councilman, the park was designed by Robert Royston. As such, Mitchell Park offers a volley of recreational activities and facilities like horseshoe pits, handball courts, jogging paths, picnic spots, playgrounds and much more. Apart from this, there's a dog park where your furry friends can retreat to. All in all, Mitchell Park makes for a fun day out for the entire family.
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.
One of the biggest parks in the city of Palo Alto, Greer Park is a place that is good for some fresh air. One can enjoy some recreational sports at this park, with basketball courts, soccer and softball fields and baseball diamonds in the park premises, along with a skateboard park. Kids and families will like to spend time at the playground, or picnic areas, some with barbecue pits as well. They also have a fenced area for dogs.
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.
The EcoCenter is managed by the Environmental Volunteers, a non-profit institution that spreads awareness about science and nature among the general public. Acting as the headquarters of this organization, the EcoCenter has been constructed using non-toxic and recycled material, green design principles and eco-friendly practices. This center has interactive exhibits and touchscreen displays through which visitors can learn about climate change, the sky and earth. It conducts tours of the building to educate visitors about sustainable methods of construction and maintenance and also conducts numerous summer camps, classroom and school programs. Boasting of some of the best educational activities in Palo Alto for kids and adults alike, the themes covered include bird watching, hiking, programs and lectures on nature art and natural sciences as well as research training in which visitors generate data that actually helps scientists. Nature lovers can also volunteer at this center or donate money to support its endeavors.
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.