Pleasanton, California, United States, is a prosperous suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its location is approximately 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Oakland.
In both 2005 and 2007, Pleasanton was declared the wealthiest middle-sized city in the United States by the Census Bureau. In 2014, Pleasanton was ranked fourth by USA Today in its list of America’s 50 best cities to live in. It also achieved number 63 in Money’s list of “The Best Places to Live” in 2010. It was named one of “Americans’ Top Hometown Spots” in the United States in 2009 by Forbes Magazine. And last, but not least, in 2013, Pleasanton was named the third wealthiest city in terms of earnings in the United States by NerdWallet.
It is a small town that has a lot of culture and is a place that draws you in with its charm and beauty.
So, head over to Pleasanton and check these places out:
1. Downtown Pleasanton
Main Street in Pleasanton is one of my favorite places to eat, stroll and shop, even if it is just window shopping. It has a quiet and characteristic downtown with plenty of places to shop and eat, alone or with friends and family. Since there are homes as well as businesses here, those that live here enjoy a short walk to the many shops and restaurants. This is especially true when there is an event like the July 4th Fireworks.
There is also a nice creek in downtown Pleasanton. I used to love to walk by it since it was so soothing and peaceful. Many years ago I worked in Pleasanton. I was so close to downtown that I would love to drive around downtown and grab a bite to eat during my lunch break.
Address: Main St., Pleasanton, CA
2. Museum on Main
This historic museum, which is located downtown, was built in 1914 and has many artifacts that are proudly displayed to show the history of this cute town. The building where the museum currently resides used to be the Old Town Hall, the Police Department and, best of all, the first free library in Pleasanton.
Museum on Main
Address: 603 Main St., Pleasanton, CA
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays
Access: Located on Main St in Downtown Pleasanton
Contact: +1 (925) 462-2766
3. Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
The grass is always greener where you water it-feed what you have and watch it flourish. 🐸🍀🌿🌳🌵🌲When we're down, it's common to always want what's on the other side. Yet while we wallow in desire of all possibilities, we lose sight of what is in front of us. If we focus our energy on what we have, and make sure we are watering and fertilizing our own grass, we will reap the benefits and be more content with the abundance we already possess. #lifelessons #hikingadventures #reflect
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park is a park that overlooks the city of Pleasanton. I love hiking here with my family. It is a bit steep, but it is worth the effort since the views all around will take your breath away. It is hard to resist stopping to see all the beautiful sites and it is also great exercise. Go hike and see the scenic views.
Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park
Address: Foothill Road, Pleasanton, CA
Opening Hours Park/Gate Hours: Jan 1 - Feb 13: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Feb 14 - March 12: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. March 13 - Nov. 5: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm. Nov 6 - Dec 3: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Contact: +1 (510) 544-3030
4. Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area
This is a regional park that has a lake that was once a gravel pit. The lake is now a sandy beach, where people enjoy swimming, water slides, fishing, recreational boating and picnics with friends and family. A piece of bad news is that recently the famous water slides have been removed since they are to be replaced by an Interpretive Center that will be coming soon. It is great for kids and education, though.
Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreational Area
Address 2500 Stanley Boulevard, Pleasanton, CA 94566
Price Parking Fee: 6 USD per vehicle. 5 USD per trailered vehicle. Buses: 25 USD per bus. Dog Fee: 2 USD per dog.
Opening Hours: Park/Gate Hours: Nov - Feb: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm March - April: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. May - Labor Day (Sept) 6:00am - 9:00 pm. After Labor Day (Sept) - Oct: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm. Park Curfew: 10:00 pm - 5:00 am
Access: Park Entrances: Shadow Cliffs Main Entrance and Vineyard Staging Area
Contact: +1 (510) 544-3230
5. Ruby Hill Winery
California is famous for its many vineyards. This one is in the Ruby Hill area, which is a gated community up a hill. I do not drink, but I know that wine tasting is fun and something to be done when you see a vineyard. All the vineyards I have seen are beautiful to look at and this winery is no different. The vineyard has an exciting two-hour wine tasting tour called the Mello Cielo Vineyard Experience. Not only do you get to see the vineyard, but also the winery production facilities as well as sample wine on a unique bus that was made exclusively for this tour.
Ruby Hill Winery
Address: 400 Vineyard Avenue, Pleasanton, CA
Opening Hours: Open Daily from 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Duration: 2 hours + if you take the Mello Cielo Vineyard Experience Tour.
Contact: +1 (925) 931-9463
6. Pleasanton Farmers Market
Pleasanton hosts a Farmers Market downtown, all year long. The locals shop here for their fruits and vegetables, honey, nuts, plants, eggs, jams and baked goods. Organic food, meat, poultry and seafood are also offered at reasonable prices. Concerts are held here as well.
Pleasanton Farmers Market
Address: Main & W. Angela Street Pleasanton, CA 94566
Opening Hours: Year round Sat: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Pleasanton is a small but up and coming place. I especially love downtown Pleasanton since I feel safe and welcome here. You will feel the same anywhere you go in Pleasanton.
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