Attractions Historic homes, interactive learning and natural beauty await Palo Alto, Stanford and the surrounding communities offer activities for all ages and interests. For out-of-town visitors, these local attractions top the list of must sees. If you want to know where some of the attractions are located, turn to the map on pages 24 and 25. Baylands Nature Preserve The 1,940-acre preserve is the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area. Wintertime high tides bring bird watchers from around the world, and, in the spring and fall, the preserve is a prime stopover for birds traveling on the Pacific route of their migration flyway. Visitors will also find 15 miles of trails and picnic areas. • East end of Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto; Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, 650-329-2506 • Baylands Nature Preserve Ranger Station, 650-617-3156; cityofpaloalto.org/baylands
Palo Alto Community Child Care Learning, Playing, Growing Together
Palo Alto Community Child Care offers enriching environments and engaging experiences to set children on the best possible path for life and bring peace of mind to their parents.
Infant-Toddler After-School Programs
Summer Camps (K-5th grade)
3990 Ventura Court Palo Alto, CA 94306 Phone: 650-493-2361 Fax: 650-493-0936 www.PACCC.org 6 Fall/Winter 2015 Visitors Guide
Computer History Museum Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history, the Computer History Museum houses one of the largest collections of computing artifacts in the world, including computer hardware, ephemera, photographs, moving images, documents, software and some of the very first computers from the 1940s and 1950s. The museum is open Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission packages range from $12-$40, but children 12 and younger are free. • 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; 650-810-1010; computerhistory.org Filoli Standing for “Fight, Love, Live,” Filoli is a 654-acre historic country estate with a 36,000-square-foot Georgian country house and 16-acre English Renaissance garden. The gardens — made up of terraces, pathways, pools, lawns, foliage, trees and flower beds — are perfectly groomed and ever-changing with the seasons. The gardens are most known for their collection of more than 500 varieties of roses. The gardens and estate are open to visitors from early February through October, with an annual weeklong holiday event after Thanksgiving. Advanced registration is encouraged for docent-led tours and guided nature hikes. Self-guided tours do not require reservation. General admission is charged. • 86 Cañada Road, Woodside; 650-364-8300; filoli.org
The sun sets on long-billed dowitchers, a long-billed curlew and an American avocet in the Baylands Nature Preserve. Photo by Veronica Weber.