Palo Alto Online Database last updated: Monday, May 6, 2013.|
:Places to tour
Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road, Menlo Park. Allied Arts has Spanish Colonial-style buildings in a garden setting with fountains and flower-lined walkways, studio artists, paintings, pottery, sculpture and woodwork, in a garden setting. Profits donated to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Call 650-322-2405.
CuriOdyssey (formerly Coyote Point Museum)
1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo. Family activities including hands-on, interactive displays; outdoor wildlife habitats; and a walk-through aviary and more than 50 live species of animals. Daily river otter and fox feedings. Call 650-342-7755.
Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Woodside. Founded in 1979, the program hosts national and international artists for month-long residencies. The property is home to a collection of outdoor sculptures. Tours April-October, with reservations required. Call 650-747-1250.
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. A 2.5-acre estate with gardens and 1902 Georgian Revival house, built for Edwin Percy Gamble, son of Procter & Gamble founder. Self-guided tours and admission free. Formal, woodland and demonstration gardens. Docent tours for groups of eight or more by reservation. Call 650-329-1356 during office hours, weekdays 9 a.m.-noon.
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86 Canada Road, Woodside. A 654-acre historic country estate with a 43-room mansion and 16 acres of English Renaissance garden. Open early February through October, except for the annual week-long holiday event scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving. Hours: Docent-led tours and guided nature hikes by advance reservation only. Self-guided tours do not require reservation.. Call 650-364-8300.
3160 Porter Drive, Stanford. Docent-led tours of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, based on hexagonal module. Reservations required, Children must be at least 12 years old. Call 650-725-8352.
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve (Stanford)
Sand Hill Road, Woodside. Docent-led educational tours of biological field station. Tour season is Oct. 1-May 31. Pets are not permitted. Reservations required and tours scheduled on an individual basis. Call 650-851-6813.
Menlo Park Science Center (U.S. Geological Survey )
345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park . Three stops with 20- to 30-minute presentations on earthquakes, rocks and minerals, library services and historic topographic maps and aerial photography. Group tours available by appointment. Call 650-329-4356.
SLAC National Accelerator Lab
2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park . Tours include an overview of particle physics research conducted at SLAC, a view of the giant detectors required to observe subatomic particles, and a peek at its linac, housed in the world's longest building. Free tours. Advanced reservations are required. Call 650-926-3300.
Stanford Memorial Church
450 Serra Mall, Stanford. Rebuilt after the 1989 earthquake, the non-sectarian Memorial Church dominates the Main Quadrangle. Originally built in 1903, the church features mosaic Biblical scenes as well as New Testament stained-glass windows, four organs and a dome. Hours: Docent tours; special tours for groups.. Call 650-723-1762.
Stanford University Campus
295 Galvez St., Stanford. Free one-hour tours of campus are conducted daily by student guides. Tours depart from the Visitor Center and are free for groups of nine or fewer. Larger groups must call for reservations. Private tours and golf-cart tours can be arranged for a fee. See also Museums and Collections section for information on Cantor Arts Center, Hoover Institution and Hoover Tower, Rodin Sculpture Garden and Stanford New Guinea Sculpture Garden. Call 650-723-2560 (Visitor Information Services).
Stanford University ‘s Hoover Tower
434 Galvez Mall, Stanford. The tower is one of three buildings that make up the Hoover Institution, dedicated to the study of 20th-century war, revolution and peace. The tower's observation deck offers a sweeping view of the Midpeninsula. Informal tours. Call 650-723-1754.
Sunset Magazine and Gardens
80 Willow Road, Menlo Park. Gardens designed by landscape architect Thomas Church represent distinct Western climate zones and showcase plants for each region: Central and Northern California, the Southwest and the Northwest. The gardens display many seasonal plants, as well as a coast live oak called the Old Man. Test garden where Sunset plants and plans for upcoming coverage in the magazine. Call Groups of 10 or more should call ahead for reservations at 650-321-3600 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m..
3300 Tripp Road, Woodside. Built in 1854 by Dr. R.O. Tripp as a country store, it also served as a post office and community center until 1909. The store has been restored to its 1800s appearance and offers hands-on displays and an educational slide show available to pre-arranged groups. Free admission. It is operated by the San Mateo County Historical Association. Tours available. Call 650-851-7615.