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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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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Fri 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Brilliant place to walk

Sincerely fresh air and sunshine, myriad birds, and trails easy to walk and so interesting too. This area takes you immediately out of clogged freeways, business and anything to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Buffalo NY
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Everett, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We were excited to go on an easy hike really close to home, but it ended up being a disappointment. It smelled bad, and the boardwalk was closed because it is falling apart.

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Buffalo NY
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Sincerely fresh air and sunshine, myriad birds, and trails easy to walk and so interesting too. This area takes you immediately out of clogged freeways, business and anything to do with the "rat race." We walked about three very comfortable miles enjoying the wetlands, fauna, flora and fresh air. This place is SO worth your time for a personal time... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
3 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I love that this place is so close by, with free parking, and is great for walking/running. I highly recommend it for doing a "walking meeting" with another friend.

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Austin
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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Nice, mostly flat trails on the bay. There are several trail options of various lengths to choose from. Lots of bird watching opportunities on the hike.

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The Woodlands
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This was a beautiful area that did not disappoint from a birding and trail system perspective but the proximity to the airport and landfill made for a very noisy time in this otherwise peaceful setting. Be sure to arrive early to maximize the number of birds. Unfortunately the nature center was closed so I was unable to gain more knowledge... More 

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Redwood City, CA
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Palo Alto Baylands is one of my favorite places for a walk year round. The trails are either packed earth or gravel, so you may get your shoes muddy in the rainy season. Dogs on leash are welcome, as are bicyclists. Pick up (or print) a trail map before you go. Bird watching is great all year long, and you... More 

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richmond va.
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

ok for a walk but not great. near airport and really not much to see on our visit. During the right times of year may be good for birding, Parking is convenient and free.

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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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41 helpful votes 41 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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