Visit Mission San Jose (in Fremont)
The mission was restored during the 1980's. It is still used as a church today right next to St. Joseph's Catholic church.
It is part of early Californian History before statehood and there are artifacts dating back to the times of when the land of what is today California was governed by Spain.
Spanish, Mission founders, and other settlers are buried in the grave sites found around here.
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Mission Peak is known to many as probably one of the most underated peaks in the San Francisco Bay Area. On a clear day, from the top, you can see the coast, Mount Diablo, San Jose, and so much more. It is neat to be able to see the East Bay and even the South Bay from this vantage point. The hike is a strenuous climb at times, so it would be wise to wear comfortable hiking shoes. Some people even brought along their walking sticks. There is no water along the climb, so bring your own. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking and it is definitely worth the climb. There is plenty of wildlife along the hike that you can see. There were these beautiful birds that looked like hawks, but were a red color (I am not that familiar with birds so I am not sure). The squirrels were cute, they would freeze when people would walk by so it was easy to get pictures. When I walked by some trees, there were beautiful blue jays. Since I did the hike in the summer, the grass was all yellow and only a few flowers were out. But I have seen pictures of the hike when the grass is green and it is beautiful. The mountain has a few rock formations as well. Most people walk up the trail, but there were a few runners and one biker. I have heard that there are sometimes horseback riders. There were also a couple of hangliders so if you are into that, it is a great place to do it. There is free parking if you go to the lot on Stanford Ave. Before starting the hike, there are maps so you can check which route marker you are at and which trail you want to follow to get to the top. There are a couple benches along the way, but if you find that you want to stop before a bench, there are places to stop and rest. If you are just in the area for a short time, there are probably prettier hikes. But if you spend a lot of time here and want to do something different, this is definitely worth a trip. Take water.
Enjoy a Day in the Park
Fremont's Central Park is not grand by any means, but it is a nice little getaway. No park would be complete without a playground and Central Park has 4. There are three smaller ones and one really big playground. During week days, children have their pick of playground activities, while the weekend is a little more crowded. There is a lot of wildlife in the form of birds and squirrels in Central Park. There are several different types of birds that enjoy hanging out. The ducks and swan like birds are probably the most non-afraid of humans, so you will be able to see them closer. However, there are a lot more options as far as birds are concerned. The birds actually really enjoy hanging out on this little island in the middle of the lake. If you have a dog, you can bring your dog to the dog park there. Central Park offers several sporting/athletic venues including tennis courts, soccer fields, softball fields, a golf driving range, and basketball courts. There are a couple snack bars, but if you choose to bring your own food, there is plenty of picnic space on the grass, or you can reserve an area for a party. The lake has a 2-mile loop around it, so you can enjoy a nice leisurely stroll or a more athletics run/jog around it. There is even a skate park. The park is not gorgeous, but it is very well groomed. There is nothing grand or special about it, but If you want a nice, easy day, definitely check out Fremont's Central Park.
A trip in time...the historic NIles District
The Niles District is an area of Fremont that has a wonderful history and an atmosphere you won't find anywhere else. Unlike slick, gentrified historic districts, the Niles District is still a living community, and the 5 blocks or so of Niles Blvd. includes a biker bar, a head shop and a store selling old automotive parts, along with an eclectic collection of craft and antique stores. The old Niles steam train runs up Niles canyon on weekends, through the area where Charlie Chaplain filmed 'The Tramp'. On Saturday nights you can see silent movies, many of them filmed locally, at the old Edison Theater, and there are parades, street fairs and other events put on by and for the local community every month or so. It's a perfect place to stroll and browse....one drawback, many of the shops are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and the film museum/theater is normally open only on Saturdays.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
forget fremont, go to san...
forget fremont, go to san francisco and down haight street - there's the best cheap pizza spot there. huge slices, huge. then there's the shops and the big lady's legs sticking out of one of the apartments to see.
haight-ashbury was the hippie area way back before i was born and now it's touristy but cool people still live there and the shopping is good anyway.
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