Mountain View residents are rarely at a loss for things to do and get involved in. This city of approximately 74,000 situated in the heart of Silicon Valley is perfectly suited for a busy life with plenty of exciting activities within a short drive in any direction. One of the shortest drives is to the city’s own Shoreline Park. Officially dedicated in 1983, the site was purchased by the City of Mountain View in 1968 with the goal of building a recreational facility, which would have required building up the land 20 feet to avoid flooding. The cost was deemed too high, so in order to solve the problem while getting some return on investment, the site was turned into a landfill, accepting garbage from San Francisco.
Watersports and more
The park’s centerpiece is Shoreline Lake, a 50-acre artificial lake, on whose eastern shore lies the Shoreline Aquatic Center. Here both children and adults can enjoy water-themed activities of all kinds including:
• Three levels of sailing lessons with a 14-foot Capri dinghy • A racing club • Three levels of windsurfing classes • Two levels of kayaking classes • Paddleboarding and paddleboarding yoga • Summer camps featuring kayaking, windsurfing, paddleboarding, sailing and more • Equipment and vessel rentals
Traipse through nature
For those who prefer movement on land, there are miles of trails, both paved and unpaved, with some being part of the popular San Francisco Bay Trail. These are ideal for cyclists, runners and walkers. The trails connect with Stevens Creek on the east side of the park and the Baylands Nature Preserve of Palo Alto on the west side.
Golfers can spend a relaxing day navigating an 18-hole links-style golf course, practicing on a driving range and checking out what’s new in the pro shop.
Lots of music
Great times are always in store at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, an outdoor events venue with seating for 29,000 and an additional capacity of 16,000 on the lawn. Acts and festivals that have graced the stage include The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, All That! Music and More Festival, Crue Fest 2, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Ozzfest and Rock the Bells.
Breakfast and lunch is served
Regardless of how active or inactive you are at the park, when you get hungry, there’s the perfect destination: The Shoreline Café. It’s open weekdays for breakfast and lunch and weekends for brunch. An eclectic menu will satisfy just about any taste. Also available are specially made picnic baskets with chocolate strawberries, fresh fruit, cheese, Italian panini, wine and champagne.
Learn more at the Shoreline Aquatic Center and Café website.