Things to Do in Palo Alto

A myriad of interesting attractions await your arrival in Palo Alto, California. You can immerse yourself in the dazzling Rodin bronze sculptures at the Cantor Arts Center, indulge in the ultimate shopping experience at the Stanford Shopping Center, and even catch a Stanford University football, baseball or basketball game courtesy of the Stanford Cardinal. Tour Stanford University and explore stores galore on University Avenue when you visit Palo Alto.
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Stanford University at Palo Alto

Stanford University

One of the world's most respected institutions of higher learning, Stanford University, which also features a world-class medical center, sits on an impressive 8,000-acre campus.
Stanford Shopping Center, California

Stanford Shopping Center

Anchored by classic department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Macy’s, Stanford Shopping Center features over 140 retailers and restaurants.
California University Avenue

University Avenue

Delight in a multitude of marvelous shopping, dining, and entertainment options on University Avenue in the heart of Downtown Palo Alto, California.
Stanford Dish of California

Stanford Dish

The Dish is a popular recreational area for hiking and jogging and is open to the public from approximately sunrise to sunset throughout the year. A scenic paved trail loops around this iconic radio telescope & attracts hikers & joggers.
  400 Reservoir Rd, Stanford, California 94305
Filoli in Woodside, California


Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource.
  86 Canada Rd, Woodside, California 94062
Cantor Arts Center at California

Cantor Arts Center & Rodin Sculpture Garden

Discover the largest collection of Rodin bronze sculptures outside of the city of Paris at the Cantor Arts Center, located at Stanford University.
Palo Alto Frank Lloyd Wright Hanna House

Frank Lloyd Wright Hanna House

Take a tour of Hanna House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1936 for Stanford University professor Paul Hanna and his wife Jean.
Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden

Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden

There are so many ways to enjoy Gamble Garden—from the big moments to the small. It’s a place to share a first kiss – as well as the first kiss of married life. Children see the magic of growing plants, and would-be gardeners of all stripes learn from our Master Gardeners and horticultural reference library. Plan a visit with the whole family, or just take your lunch break in the Garden to get back a few moments of the day.
Shoreline Amphitheatre of Mountain View

Shoreline Amphitheatre

Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater located in Mountain View, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The venue has a capacity of 22,500, with 6,500 reserved seats and 16,000 general admission on the lawn. When the parking lot is utilized for festival stages, the total capacity of the venue can reach 30,000.