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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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1:00 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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Buffalo NY
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104 reviews 104 reviews
21 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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
30 helpful votes 30 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
72 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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
40 helpful votes 40 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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