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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Arrillaga Recreation complex is an important sports center covering about 75,000 square feet (6967 square meters), reserved for Stanford University students and staff. Arrillaga Family Sports Center (AFSC) is part of this center and offers discounts to the faculty, alumni and students of Stanford University. Guests are also admitted at slightly higher rates. It provides amenities such as lockers, showers, cardio machines, basketball and squash courts. Check their website for the hours at which the showers and lockers are made available.
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.
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.
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.
Named for the radio-telescope used for research by Stanford University, the Stanford Dish is an approximately four-mile (6.4 kilometer) paved asphalt loop that is an excellent place to walk or jog. Gently rolling hills and grazing cows add interest to the scenery. Beware, though: In the summer months, the weather can be quite hot and there is no shade or drinking fountain along the trail. Although open all year, the open timings vary from season to season, check the website or call ahead.
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.
Edith Johnson Park offers an outdoor oasis in a densely populated downtown area. The place is perfect to sit on a mattress and read a good book, chit chat with friends and watch the day go by. It has plenty of attractions: a children's playground, basketball hoop, community garden, picnic tables, a volleyball sand pit. The park is also home to a wide concrete slide that both kids and adults will love. Be sure to bring a piece of old cardboard for the slide! The park has little somethings for every person.
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.