Fremont, California, USA, holds the title of being the fourth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is also the largest suburb in the metropolis area. It has the advantage of being the closest East Bay city to the world famous Silicon Valley which is one major reason people have chosen to make Fremont their home. Also, Fremont is home to the largest population of Afghan Americans in the United States, which is why you can see many Afghani stores and restaurants while driving around Fremont. So, if you ever find yourself in the Silicon Valley, be sure to stop in Fremont and check out these 5 things to do and see:
1. Central Park and Lake Elizabeth
This is one of my favorite parks to walk in. I lived in Fremont for many years and I used to love seeing the geese walking around and the kids playing at one of the three playgrounds. I loved walking around the lake while my husband biked or jogged. My kids have enjoyed many hours at the playgrounds.
Weather permitting, you can rent a paddle boat or even fish in the lake. Lake Elizabeth and Central Park were dedicated to Fremont’s sister city, Elizabeth, Australia, which is where the lake got its name from. Many different types of birds can be spotted at the park since most live on Duck Island, located in the center of the lake. It is a sight to see.
Last, but not least, the Aqua Adventure water park, which is also located in this park, is open in the summer.
Lake Elizabeth and Central Park
Address: 40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538
Opening Hours: Always open
Contact: +1 (510) 790 5541
Website: Central Park
2. Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Mission Peak Regional Preserve is a public park that overlooks the Silicon Valley. It is located in the neighborhood of Mission, up a hill, which you can drive to and has parking. However, it is quite busy, so finding a parking space is sometimes not that easy.
The park is popular with local hikers, cyclists and sightseers from the Bay Area, as well as many tourists. The climb to the peak is great for hiking and there are breathtaking views along the many trails. The view from the top is truly worth the long hike since you can see Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, and Fremont. I used to love walking here and taking in the beautiful sights. Mostly adults come here, but I have also seen elderly people, children, horses and dogs. You can also bike on the trails if you prefer.
Mission Peak Regional Preserve
Address: 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA
Access: Park and then walk up to the park entrance from Stanford Avenue
Website: Mission Peak Regional Preserve
3. Niles Main Street
We spent an enjoyable hour in the Historic Niles District near #Fremont, California after we dropped off our pieces for the #olivehydegallery holiday sale this coming weekend. Coffee, beautiful weather and unexpected sights made our short field trip totally charming. @devoutcoffee #nilesdistrict #trains #espresso #antiques #fremont #lavenderlemoncookies #yum
What a lot of people do not know about Niles Main Street, is that is the original Hollywood, in terms of moviemaking. Lots of cowboy adventures were filmed through Niles Canyon and along the main streets of Niles. Charlie Chaplin was one of the many famous actors to have worked here. It is now a shopping area and a not to be missed tourist spot. There is a museum in the area, where you can see movie memorabilia.
Another thing about this place is that it was also the location of the California Nursery. The nursery was the largest in California and had the largest rose plantation in the state.
Niles Main Street
Address: Ca-238, Fremont, CA 94536
4. Old Mission San Jose
Old Mission San José, located in the mission district of Fremont, is a Spanish mission, founded by Father Fermin Francisco de Lasuen on June 11, 1797. It is the fourteenth mission founded in the state of California and worth the time to visit. It has a gift shop, church and museum, where you can watch a film about the site and its history.
One point of interest features a fourth grade school assignment, which was to create a replica mission. The kids who were lucky enough, have their replicas on display at the Fremont Main Library.
Old Mission San Jose
Address: 43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont, CA
Price: The admission fee for the self-guided tour is 5 USD per adult and 3 USD per student.
Opening Hours: The Mission Church and Museum is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm (Closed: New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Access: The Mission is located at the intersection of Washington Blvd. and Mission Blvd, at 43300 Mission Blvd.
Contact: +1 (510) 657 1797
Website: Old Mission San Jose
5. Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge
The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (DESFBNWR) is a United States National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont that is one of six wildlife refuges in the San Francisco Bay area. Most of the refuge is located along the Dumbarton Bridge, in Fremont which is why you will see people walking or biking here when you cross Dumbarton Bridge. It is also a great place to hike or walk with the family as are any of the other parks in Fremont.
All kinds of wildlife can be spotted on the trail. There is a place with an exhibit for tourists to read about this exciting place.
Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 1 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA
Contact: +1 (510) 745 8695
A last note
Fremont is a rapidly growing city, due its proximity to the Silicon Valley. It is home to many diverse cultures and offers a wide variety of things to do. You will find many different stores and restaurants, featuring various cultures all around town. I previously lived in Fremont and loved being there since I could find all kinds of food to eat and diverse ingredients to cook with.
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