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Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

2500 Stanley Blvd., Pleasanton, CA
925-846-3000
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Ranked #8 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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Pleasanton, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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220 reviews 220 reviews
128 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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Northern CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Great place for families and kids of all ages and pets. Parking fee of $6. Picnic/bbq area, hiking, very busy in summers. The slides are great but need lot of maintenance and have a separate fee.

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Pleasanton, CA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you are looking for the waterslides at Shadow Cliffs, good luck. They are closed indefinitely. Although there are plenty of hiking trails, picnic tables, and a very nice lake to spend the day at. The lake is definitley the place to be when the temperatures reach over 100F degreees. You can fish, cayak, and use small boats on the... More

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Pleasanton, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Shadow Cliffs is a great regional park with a large lake for swimming, boating, and fishing and good trails for hiking. There is a large picnic area with a concession stand, but it gets very busy in the summer and holidays, especially. Dogs are welcome and can swim in an area of the park separate from the people swimming area... More

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