3901 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 493-2760
Fax: (650) 494-7833
3901 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA, US, 94306
- Phone: (650) 493-2760
- Fax: (650) 494-7833
This long and narrow 13.8-acre (5.5-hectare) park is located between Barron and Matadero avenues. This park was originally the property of Stanford physicist Cornelis Bol, from whom it acquires its name, and it once served as a pasture for donkeys. Even today, you can see and play with the remaining two donkeys on Sundays and special visit days. It is a nice place to go for a run or to take along children, who will appreciate this unique playground.
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.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church was founded in 1948 and completed in 1957. It is a traditional church with an equally traditional and impressive organ. This church performs a lot of community service and reaches out to the poor and the needy near Palo Alto and abroad. Everyone is invited to join the adult education programs that strive to help people understand God and God's words. Kids have a special service on Sundays. The sanctuary, chapel, and other rooms are open and available to the community for organizing various activities. Check out the Song of the Soul service on Sundays.
The Elizabeth Gamble Garden is a 2.5-acre (one hectare) property that includes a historic Victorian home, carriage house, tea house, a gazebo, and formal and demonstration gardens. The garden is home to fruit trees, a herb garden, several varieties of irises, perennials, roses, wisterias and a Mediterranean garden. If you come at just the right time of year, you may even see the garden at the peak of its cherry blossom season! Home gardening classes taught by master gardeners are offered throughout the year, and tours are available for groups of eight or more who call in advance; the property is also a popular site for weddings and wedding receptions. Admission is free to the public every day during daylight hours, though the office is only open during weekdays.
Hanna House is a masterpiece designed in 1936 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Stanford professor Paul Hanna and his wife. The unique thing about this building is that there are no right angles in its construction - its unusual hexagonal design earned it the nickname of the "Honeycomb House." The property was gifted to Stanford University in 1975. It was used to house four university provosts until the 1989 earthquake, which caused severe damage that was hard to repair because of its unique geometry. Hanna House is now a public attraction and can be visited on certain days each month. The site is open every other Saturday and Sunday, please check the website for specific days and hours.
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.
Stanford University was founded in 1891; however, professors were only allowed to lease land on Stanford property, not purchase it. As a result, in 1889 land was subdivided to allow professors to build their homes on private property that was purchased inexpensively; the subdivision of this land, subsequent to Stanford's founding, led to the creation of the city of Palo Alto. Many houses in Professorville are characterized by gambrel roofs and brown shingles; be sure to check out Professor Angell's home at 1005 Bryant Street, and the "Sunbonnet House" designed by Bernard Maybeck at 1061 Bryant Street. Three blocks of Kingsley Avenue are populated with majestic Dutch Colonial homes, such as physics professor Ferando Sanford's home at 450 Kingsley Avenue with a Queen Anne tower and Palladian window designed by Chicago architect Frank McMurray. The neighborhood houses diverse architectural styles, ranging from Colonial Revival to Craftsman. It's an excellent neighborhood for a scenic walk; you can also meander to the nearby downtown district to enjoy lunch, or check out the giant oak and play structures at adjacent Heritage Park.
As the name suggests, Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden has paved the way for sustainable gardening. Opened to visitors since 2011, it is a joint venture between the City and Acterra, a voluntary group. The striking features of this park include native plants are grown here, special soil, environment ideal for birds and insects, and stress on conservation of sources like water and energy. Truly, the Lucie Stern Demonstration Garden with its beautiful landscape represents a lovely yet eco-friendly space.
Located on the Stanford University campus, Hoover Tower offers a small museum at its base and excellent views of the Bay Area at the top at an extremely reasonable price. Visit the museum and then take an elevator ride to the top while a guide tells tidbits of trivia about the tower's history. At 285 feet (87 meters) tall, the tower is a must-visit attraction. Be sure to check out the carillon of 48 bells housed at the top of the tower. Stanford students get in free with ID!
Memorial Auditorium is located at the prestigious Stanford University. In memory for all those students and faculty members who died during World War I, the hall is also known as the Memorial Hall or MemAud, colloquially. The hall was built through contributions by the students and was designed by Bakewell and Brown. The building has an arch at the entrance as well as on the sides, among other university standard structural designs. The hall has room to accommodate around 1700 audience members, and also holds the Pigott Theater. The auditorium stages a number of the university gatherings and has also played host to dignitaries such as former Vice President Al Gore. For more information, please contact the venue.
The Fountain at the Stanford University Bookstore is a great meeting place for both students and visitors to the campus. Located directly in front of the student bookstore, the fountain is always surrounded by lively coeds, faculty discussing their courses and general activity. Some students even jump in the fountain to cool off on hot days or on a dare from a classmate. Whether you choose to play in it or eat, talk, drink and read around it, the fountain is a great place to lounge around.
The Hewlett-Packard Garage at 367 Addison Avenue is California Historical Landmark No. 976 and was dedicated as "the birthplace of Silicon Valley" in 1989. The garage was the workshop of Stanford classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, who rented the garage, shed and adjacent house as the site of their new business, which was founded in 1939. The business was started with a capital of USD538, including their used Sears Craftsman drill press. The audio oscillator was Hewlett-Packard's first product and was developed in this garage. The company soon outgrew the garage and moved to a larger location, but the garage remains an inspiration for inventors everywhere. It was restored to its original condition in 2005 by Hewlett-Packard, and though no public tours of the garage's interiors are offered, visitors can see the exterior of this garage and look at its historical landmark plaque.