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Best Outdoor Activities in Palo Alto

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Byxbee Park

Byxbee Park is a great place to spend a few hours away from the city. What was once a landfill is now an urban park filled with various modern concrete sculptures. It's also a great place to ride bikes along the trails, go birdwatching, or watch the windsurfers.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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EcoCenter

The EcoCenter is managed by the Environmental Volunteers, a non-profit institution that spreads awareness about science and nature among the general public. Acting as the headquarters of this organization, the EcoCenter has been constructed using non-toxic and recycled material, green design principles and eco-friendly practices. This center has interactive exhibits and touchscreen displays through which visitors can learn about climate change, the sky and earth. It conducts tours of the building to educate visitors about sustainable methods of construction and maintenance and also conducts numerous summer camps, classroom and school programs. Boasting of some of the best educational activities in Palo Alto for kids and adults alike, the themes covered include bird watching, hiking, programs and lectures on nature art and natural sciences as well as research training in which visitors generate data that actually helps scientists. Nature lovers can also volunteer at this center or donate money to support its endeavors.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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Baylands Nature Preserve

The Baylands Nature Preserve is known for its birdwatching and is considered one of the best birdwatching areas on the West Coast, offering both tidal and fresh water habitats. This park boasts of a total of 1940 acres (785 hectares) of swampland, which is the largest tract of undisturbed swampland remaining in the Bay Area, and 15 miles (24 kilometers) of trails. Besides birdwatching, visitors can also enjoy canoeing, kayaking or windsurfing in the ponds and lakes. Educational signs have been put up in place to educate visitors about natural habitats. Kids will love Baylands too as it is home to the Palo Alto Duck Pond and the trails too vary in difficulty levels. This park is open daily from 8a till sunset.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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Stanford University Golf Course

The Stanford University Golf Course began operation on January 1, 1930 and has ever since been the course of choice for students, alumni, faculty as well as eminent golfers in the United States of America. The likes of Tiger Woods, one of the topmost golfers in the world, as well as Bob Rosburg, Mickey Wright, Notah Begay III, Anne Quast-Sander, Walter Driver and Sandy Tatum have practised their game here. It proudly takes its place among the top golf courses in the world and offers an 18-holed course replete with pristine greens surrounded by thick foliage. At times you might even spot a deer while playing here. The course is covered in a beautiful glory by snow during winters. It boasts of its own teams, offers memberships and conducts tournaments, and the fees are lower for faculty, alumni and students of Stanford University. It also houses the Coupa Cafe that provides magnificent views of the course and can be hired for private functions.

Stanford, CA, United States
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Enid Pearson-Arastradero Preserve

A fabulous mix of undulating savanna grassland and evergreen forests, Enid Pearson-Arastradero Preserve teems with wildlife and natural bounty. Hugging the Arastradero Lake, the grassy knolls and hills make way for forested areas and nature trails. Much favored among bikers and hikers, most of the trails in the park are open through the year. Mountain lions, bobcats and deer are found aplenty here, so are many species of birds that flock around its pristine water bodies.

Palo Alto, CA, United States
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