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Located right next to the picturesque Professorville neighborhood, the Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo has been a reliable source of family fun since 1934, when it was established as the first children's museum west of the Mississippi. The zoo houses around 200 species of animals, including snakes, reptiles, tortoises, sharks, raccoons, bats, a red-tailed hawk and two bobcats. A total of 14 hands-on museum exhibits are designed to educate children about physics, earth science and math. It is also a popular destination for field trips and birthday parties.
The Elizabeth Gamble Garden is a 2.5-acre (one hectare) property that includes a historic Victorian home, carriage house, tea house, a gazebo, and formal and demonstration gardens. The garden is home to fruit trees, a herb garden, several varieties of irises, perennials, roses, wisterias and a Mediterranean garden. If you come at just the right time of year, you may even see the garden at the peak of its cherry blossom season! Home gardening classes taught by master gardeners are offered throughout the year, and tours are available for groups of eight or more who call in advance; the property is also a popular site for weddings and wedding receptions. Admission is free to the public every day during daylight hours, though the office is only open during weekdays.
This quaint Tudor-style house was home to the iconic entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Computer, Steve Jobs. Jobs led a quiet family life in this sleepy Palo Alto suburban neighborhood where his children went to school. It was here that the beloved tech mogul passed away surrounded by his wife and children in 2011. Steve Jobs' house has ever since become somewhat of a tourist attraction for visitors who are inspired by or otherwise interested in the amazing life lived by one of the world's greatest innovators.
The Hewlett-Packard Garage at 367 Addison Avenue is California Historical Landmark No. 976 and was dedicated as "the birthplace of Silicon Valley" in 1989. The garage was the workshop of Stanford classmates Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, who rented the garage, shed and adjacent house as the site of their new business, which was founded in 1939. The business was started with a capital of USD538, including their used Sears Craftsman drill press. The audio oscillator was Hewlett-Packard's first product and was developed in this garage. The company soon outgrew the garage and moved to a larger location, but the garage remains an inspiration for inventors everywhere. It was restored to its original condition in 2005 by Hewlett-Packard, and though no public tours of the garage's interiors are offered, visitors can see the exterior of this garage and look at its historical landmark plaque.