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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 22 attractions in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Palo Alto
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
34 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
39 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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397 reviews 397 reviews
96 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
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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Palo Alto, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

From downtown Palo Alto, the heart of silicone valley, you can drive a short distance and find yourself in a place where you hear yourself thinking, while birds call you name! Wear comfy shoes, and be prepared for a nice walk. My favorite time is one hour before the sunset when birds gather and celebrate the sunset, I guess. Directions:... More

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South Pasadena, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

A quiet coastal place good for a walk, or jog. My dog (they have to be on leashes) had fun playing hide-and-seek with the gophers. If you windsurf, this windy point is a good choice judging by the dozen or so surfers out there in the late afternoon.

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This nature preserve offers a special opportunity to walk out into the bay wetlands on an elevated walkway. High tide or low tide any time you will see an amazing assortment of wildlife. The visitor center, while rarely open, has many displays and pictures of wildlife, ecology, history, etc,. Even if not open it is worth a visit to see... More

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