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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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Great for a hike

Great place to walk and hike with beautiful views of the bay. Lots of birds to see as well. Very easy to find and park.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great place to walk and hike with beautiful views of the bay. Lots of birds to see as well. Very easy to find and park.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This beautiful Nature reserve gives you the opportunity to experience the wilderness closest to Palo Alto . The golden rolling grass fields , the lake and the trails provides the chance to be in the midst of nature while still being in city of the Silicon Valley . Good place for families with kids - there are water birds ,... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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12 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Good interpre3tive center, and the walks that jut out to the baylands allows you to view the fauna and fowl, and natural plants like saw grass, etc.

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Redwood City, California
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12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

In silicon valley it is rare to find an estuary just off the freeway with the diversity of birdlife you will find here. Bike, Hike or run this scenic area, and don't miss the visitor center. It is adjacent to what was once the Palo Alto Dump.

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Palo Alto, California
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

depending on the time of the year you may see foxes or flocks of pelicans who take up residency in the summer as well as many other creatures.. artistic types like to go there to paint.

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Everett, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 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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