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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton, CA
925-846-3000
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Ranked #7 of 12 Attractions in Pleasanton
Type: Water Parks, Parks
Activities: Swimming, Picnicking, Hiking, Fishing
Description: A public water park with slides, a picnic area, hiking, fishing, swimming and fun for the family.
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San Jose, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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1,227 reviews 1,227 reviews
772 attraction reviews
845 helpful votes 845 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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278 reviews 278 reviews
171 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 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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Pleasanton, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The water slides have been closed. This park still offers paddle boat rentals and stocks the lake with fish (check at the ranger kiosk). You can walk/bike in for free, but the only parking is paid parking (and no street parking around it). It has a busy summer season with group picnics and events. Hopefully in the future there will... More

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