Palo Alto Duck Pond 2775 Embarcadero Rd., a E end, (650) 617-3156. Daily sunrise-sunset. Free.
Located in a quiet, unpopulated area away from town, this pond is one of the Bay Area’s best spots to see ducks, birds, and the occasional swan. In winter, unusual migrating birds are also seen. Visitors are asked not to feed the birds. A paved path leads around the pond, and an adjacent small airport provides plane-watching fun.
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Across the street, the Baylands Nature Preserve has 15 miles of trails. Bird watching is excellent, but wind surfing and kayaking are also popular. The free-admission Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center has exhibits that orient visitors to the area. During daylight hours, visitors can walk out over the 120-acre salt marsh on an 800-foot-long raised wooden walkway. Naturalist-led walks are scheduled on weekends.
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