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Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve
Ranked #7 of 41 things to do in Palo Alto
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

The Baylands are a fairly expansive area that provide excellent paths, and if you keep your eyes open you get to see some really cool stuff.

Like baby geese trying to learn to fly and making a big splash as they loose flight. The Palo Alto airport also has some cool planes landing regularly, like old bi-wing planes for example.

Thank Hunter L
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

We first came here bird watching over thirty years ago. It is still a great place and really hasn't changed over all those years. The only disappointment this time was that the burrowing owls have disappeared from the Palo Airport on the side of the preserve. Still one of the best places to get up close views of Stilts and Avocets.

Thank Geoff S
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

If you are a photographer and like birds, there is no better place to be than the Palo Alto Baylands in the early spring. The Baylands is on the Pacific flyway and a stop for migrating birds. Over 150 species have been recorded here.
To get the great photographs you have to be there at sunrise when the trees are a hive of activity -- night herons building nests, snowy egrets preening their feathers and puffing themselves up as part of their mating rituals, hummingbirds, waders, etc. There is even a male pheasant who likes to hang out at the ranger's station. By 10 o'clock most of the activity is gone. Then you can go for a walk along the Bay or watch wind surfers; there are a number of short hikes of differing lengths that you can follow. A short walk along a wooden boardwalk from the Lucy Evans Interpretive Center will take you to the edge of the bay where, on a clear day, you can see San Francisco in the distance.

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Reviewed 22 November 2013

This is a really lovely place where you can walk and really appreciate the surroundings of the Baylands. At quiet times it is incredibly beautiful and peaceful - a place to listen and reflect. The bird life is wonderful. The best times of day to go are sunrise when the birds awaken and sunset when they gather. That said, all times of day are worthwhile. The pathway is easy walking. Essentials are comfortable shoes, camera and binoculars.

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Reviewed 1 November 2013

I live just a few miles away. This is a fantastic place to go get some fresh air (caution, there is a treatment plant near the parking area, that smell goes away quickly as you walk on the path). You can stroll along a flat gravel pathway with runners and cyclists, enjoying the ever-shifting water on the Bay and/or the birds that use the large calm waters of the park as resting/breeding grounds. A delightful slice of nature, less than two minutes from highway 101.

Thank SandcruiserX
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