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Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve

East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA 94306
209-242-6947
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Ranked #5 of 21 Attractions in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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85 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
35 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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New York
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110 reviews 110 reviews
42 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

If you are a photographer and like birds, there is no better place to be than the Palo Alto Baylands in the early spring. The Baylands is on the Pacific flyway and a stop for migrating birds. Over 150 species have been recorded here. To get the great photographs you have to be there at sunrise when the trees are... More

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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

This is a really lovely place where you can walk and really appreciate the surroundings of the Baylands. At quiet times it is incredibly beautiful and peaceful - a place to listen and reflect. The bird life is wonderful. The best times of day to go are sunrise when the birds awaken and sunset when they gather. That said, all... More

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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I live just a few miles away. This is a fantastic place to go get some fresh air (caution, there is a treatment plant near the parking area, that smell goes away quickly as you walk on the path). You can stroll along a flat gravel pathway with runners and cyclists, enjoying the ever-shifting water on the Bay and/or the... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

Short drive from my hotel. Had a great walk and saw lots of birds, including a harrier hawk. Only complaint is that you cannot make a big loop without walking very close to hwy 101 for a mile or so. Other than that, very peaceful.

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