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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton, CA
925-846-3000
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Pleasanton
Type: Parks, Water Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming, Picnicking, Hiking, Fishing
Owner description: A public water park with slides, a picnic area, hiking, fishing, swimming and fun for the family.
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Type: Parks, Water Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Swimming, Picnicking, Hiking, Fishing
Owner description: A public water park with slides, a picnic area, hiking, fishing, swimming and fun for the family.

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San Joaquin Valley, California, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Met up with a cherished friend for lunch in Livermore, and my bro told me of this place, so we decided to go take a walk along the lake. Nice surroundings, natural shore and easy path. There was also convenient seating along the trail. There were many species of indigenous birds, and I swear, a minor bird. I think people... More 

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San Jose, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We were at Shadow Cliffs for the See Jane Run Sprint Triathlon. While we waited on the different legs we walked most of the park. It is a great mixed use facility. Good for walking, biking, jet-skis, picnics, etc. Pretty spacious with lots of parking.

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Pleasanton, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Shadow Cliffs is a neighborhood favorite for a good 2 mile loop hike. Dogs love to swim in the back lake on a hot day, actually almost any day! Perfect off-leash walking for well socialized dogs. Swimming lake and picnic park also on site though the water can be iffy depending on the migrating geese using it as their pit... More 

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Fremont, California
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1,763 reviews 1,763 reviews
1,100 attraction reviews
1,038 helpful votes 1,038 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is a nice East Bay Regional Park with a swimming beach; although with the drought the water level is a bit low, people were wading and swimming in late August. There are delightful picnic tables that are throughout the park; some of these tables are lakeside. These are our favorite, but one must come early to get those on... More 

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Pleasanton, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Perfect for little ones to enjoy a "safe" beach, fun for teens to go fishing, easy little boat rental, and the kids like the snack bar. We go to the back entrance off Vineyard to let the dogs run free and swim in the back lakes.

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Westminster
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Nice area for boating & fishing & picnicking & hiking. Wish there were more picnic shelters, and tough to invite a crowd with $6 parking fee.

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Pleasanton, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

With the different paths leading around the quarry lakes, you can choose a more flat or a more hilly terrain, and if you bring your dog on a hot day and they enjoy swimming, there is a great little dog beach area for them to run in and out.

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Danville, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I like this little escape which is close to home. Good spot for a long walk, a nice swim, boating, and i can walk my dog in the little hills. But, I did like it years ago when the water slides were operative. They look like something out of a horror movie right now - good photo op.

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Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I'm sure when this place had water slides and other things it was worth the money. However $6 is too much to wander around an empty parking lot and some small trails.

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Pleasanton, California
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204 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

Yes, the water slides are gone for good. Yes, the place still offers boat rentals and there is a swimming area for the hot season. However, there is one literally hidden side of the area which is rarely mentioned. If you look south (the other way from Stanley boulevard), there is a road going on top of a ridge blocking... More 

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