The 10 Best Things to Do in Palo Alto, United States

January 29, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

Palo Alto in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Universities & Schools. Discover best things to do in Palo Alto with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Palo Alto

1. Stanford University

450 Serra Mall, Palo Alto, CA 94305-2004 +1 650-723-2300
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Stanford University

Breeding ground for Silicon Valley businesses. The founders of Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, and Sun Microsystems all passed through the doors of this institution.

Reviewed By Andrea F

Wonderful campus, easy and relaxing to walk around. I went up in the Hoover Tower, where you can see the entire campus! It was beautiful and pleasant!

2. Kepler's Books

1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349 +1 650-324-4321
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
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5 based on 32 reviews

Kepler's Books

Reviewed By barn10 - california

Its great to come into a bookstore with a great variety. I highly recommend this wonderful bookstore.

3. Computer History Museum

1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043-1311 +1 650-810-1010
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 659 reviews

Computer History Museum

Reviewed By D P - Wellington, New Zealand

Massive space upstairs perfect for meetings and conferences as they have many large spaces. The food was fantastic and the building modern. Looked briefly downstairs on the museum and it looked to be very interesting and informative if you’re technoor technology inclined.

4. Rodin Sculpture Garden

Museum Way, Cantor Arts Museum,, Stanford University, Stanford, CA +1 650-723-4177
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Rodin Sculpture Garden

Reviewed By EricaDH - Royal Oak, Michigan

This was a short stop on our way to San Jowe. The garden is wonderful. It is clean & family freindly. The adjacent parking lots are free in the summer do look online. We took about 25 minutes to view everything and read the descriptions. Many of the larger sculptures are larger versions of parts of the "Gates of Hell" Installation. They also have sculptures of the Burghars of Calais. Wonderful history of art that is a cceasable to the public.

Thank you Standford!

5. Cantor Arts Center

Lomita Dr. and Museum Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA +1 650-723-4177
Excellent
72%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 426 reviews

Cantor Arts Center

The Center presents a wide selection of art in 24 galleries, plus outdoor gardens, courtyards, and terraces. The Center's collection spans 5000 years and ranges from ancient China to the 21st century.

Reviewed By K E

We visited the Cantor mainly to see the Rodin exhibit, but also enjoyed the exhibition of oriental pottery. The museum is easy to navigate and admission is free. The Rodin exhibit includes models and smaller works inside, with the full-scale pieces in the garden a la Musee Rodin. It is quite a nice collection that gives you a good feel for Rodin’s body of work. After enjoying the exhibits we had a late lunch at the museum’s Cool Cafe, which features a nice variety of house made soups, fresh salads and sandwiches. Parking (paid) is available adjacent to the museum.

6. Allied Arts Guild

75 Arbor Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025-5398 +1 650-322-2405
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Allied Arts Guild

Reviewed By Marcia K - Palo Alto, California

I love this theater although it apparently is in danger of closing. It has old time charm and beautiful frescos on the walls. Afternoon movies are a bargain at $7 (Monday-Thursdays before 6 pm). Lots of artsie movies show here but also some main stream. Parking can be a challenge but worth it.

7. Anderson Collection at Stanford University

314 Lomita Dr, Stanford, CA 94305-5006 +1 650-721-6055
Excellent
60%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 34 reviews

Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Reviewed By Brad G - Portland, Oregon

WOW. What a treat. This is an amazing collection that changes on a regular basis. Large, modern art is wonderfully displayed in new building custom built to house the collection.

Don't miss the short video about the Anderson's. It's at 5 - 7 min. long and very interesting and informative.

I will try to go every time I'm in the Palo Alto area - it's that good.

If you do not appreciate or enjoy modern art - this is would not be for you. If you do enjoy modern art this is a MUST SEE collection.

8. The Stanford Theatre

221 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1712 +1 650-324-3700
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 91 reviews

The Stanford Theatre

Reviewed By John M - Lyon, France

The Stanford Theater is a classical independent movie theater, located on University avenue, Palo Alto, which did show all kinds of movies until it was restored and transformed into a classic Hollywood movie theater in 1989 by David Packard, who aimed to bringing back the movie-going experience of Hollywood's Golden Age, which includes a live organ recital at the beginning and end of the films. “The magic of the movies depends on a larger-than-life image and the shared reactions of a large audience”. Ticket prices are reasonable compared to other theaters but the schedule changes quite rapidly - you can see different films and old favorites every 3-4 days. The theater has a stunning entrance and was built in the 1920s as a movie palace styled in neoclassical Persian and Moorish architecture. Simply an oasis of style and calm amid the bustle of modern life – I just wish the popcorn could be banned – both smelly and noisy!!

9. Pace Art and Technology

300 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025-5239 +1 650-462-1368
Excellent
68%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Pace Art and Technology

Reviewed By asbowers - Palo Alto, California

took some teenagers here a few days ago and couldn't get them out. they were so engaged trying to figure out how things work. I would have liked to know that as well...

10. The Stanford Shopping Center

680 Stanford Shopping Ctr, Palo Alto, CA 94304-1400 +1 650-617-8200
The Stanford Shopping Center

Reviewed By Kerry D - San Francisco, California

We used to shop at the Stanford Shopping Center...when it was quite unique, smaller and had fewer chains. It is much more upscale and you see lots of families slogging through the mall...parking can be a pain.

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