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Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

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Address: East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone Number: 209-242-6947
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Do not miss this amazing Preserve

We have now visited this Preserve twice, once parking and visiting at the Interpretive Center and then going for a walk around the circumference. We did not realize this would be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
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48 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We have now visited this Preserve twice, once parking and visiting at the Interpretive Center and then going for a walk around the circumference. We did not realize this would be so far with quite a bit being alongside the main road so next time we parked at the San Antonio parking area and walked out from there. It was... More 

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Southern Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We stopped here twice. It is worth the visit but the nature center is only open a couple of days a week. The only draw back is the general aviation airport next door. We enjoyed lots of birding opportunities.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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98 reviews 98 reviews
67 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We came here for hiking, but I wouldn’t really call it hiking. It was more like a nice stroll. The path was wide and totally flat, and perfect for a day in which I was feeling pretty weak and sleep-deprived (having taken a cross-country flight that morning). Lots of wetland plants and birds, generally very pleasant, and a good way... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

When you drive out to the end of Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto, you will pass a small airport on the left and just a bit further is the old original swimming pool that is now the duck pond. You can see the old tiles from the swimming pool installed a long time ago. Just a bit further is the... More 

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United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Close to Google and other Silicon Valley icons. Easy drive from Menlo Park with parking by the Duck Pond or by the cafe. Several easy flat walks right out to on the salt marsh or by the bayside. Watch the executive planes come and go from the small landing sites or switch the varied birdlife. We've seen hummingbirds, egrets, burrowing... More 

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newport beach, ca
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204 reviews 204 reviews
85 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

There are several trails on which to take a walk but some most of them come pretty close to roads or the 101. If you are in the city and just want to take an outdoor walk, worth stopping but not worth a special visit.

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Helena, Montana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Many visits over the years. Palo Alto can afford NPS level expertise and it shows! If you are into biology, check it out.

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Palo Alto
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Nice flat walk, dogs allowed on leash, great for little kids on bikes (flat & no cars), fun outdoor art installations, plentiful bird watching.

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Menlo Park, California
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139 reviews 139 reviews
35 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The Baylands are a fairly expansive area that provide excellent paths, and if you keep your eyes open you get to see some really cool stuff. Like baby geese trying to learn to fly and making a big splash as they loose flight. The Palo Alto airport also has some cool planes landing regularly, like old bi-wing planes for example.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We first came here bird watching over thirty years ago. It is still a great place and really hasn't changed over all those years. The only disappointment this time was that the burrowing owls have disappeared from the Palo Airport on the side of the preserve. Still one of the best places to get up close views of Stilts and... More 

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