5 Beautiful Outdoor Places Near Pleasanton to Visit this Spring

There is something special about the spring, when the weather warms and the outdoors beckon.

It’s a great time to get outdoors and discover what our region has to offer – and if you love escaping to Mother Nature, the area around Pleasanton has a LOT to offer.

Here are our five suggestions for places near Pleasanton where you can get a great taste of the outdoors:

1) Cull Canyon Regional Park

If you like to escape to the outdoors now and then, it’s hard to beat Cull Canyon Regional Park. Located in Castro Valley, this park has great trails and a fantastic swim lagoon that your kids will love – and it is staffed with lifeguards for their safety!

Many locals consider this an overlooked gem, so keep this secret between us, okay?

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2) Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

You can’t escape to the outdoors in Pleasanton without keeping the Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park in mind! You’ll find it off Foothill Road, and you’ll be quickly taken in by the massive 5,000-plus acres of gorgeous natural land in this sprawling park.

There is lots of room to roam thanks to the extensive hiking trails, and if you’re really want to go on an adventure, the park links to 150 miles of interconnected trails in the Interpark Regional Trails system that winds through the region.

3) Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area

Think you have to take a long journey to experience some lovely Mother Nature? Think again. You won’t have to travel far to enjoy this outdoor experience.

Found at 2500 Stanley Boulevard, if you love fishing, boating, trails, or just relaxing on a beach, you’ll enjoy Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area. It’s most popular during the summer months, but is just as fun to visit in the autumn.

4) Sunol Regional Wilderness

There are parks and then there is Sunol. This place is BIG. If you like to get completely immersed in Mother Nature when you go for a hike, look no further than this massive, expansive park. Located off Geary Road, this park is close to 7,000 acres of pastoral hills, herds of grazing cattle, and stunning vistas. It’s enough to take your breath away.

 

5) Del Valle Regional Park

Del Valle Regional Park is great because it packs a lot into its 4,400 acres, so no matter what you’re into when it comes to the outdoors, you’ll find it here.

This park features a five-mile long lake and many miles worth of hiking paths, plus a resort area, swimming lakes, picnic grounds, horseback riding, and lots more. It’s easy to spend a whole day here (and then some).

9 Great Spots in Pleasanton to Eat With the Family this Spring

You want to know the real reason why Pleasanton is such a pleasant place to be? Because we have so many amazing places to eat!

When you want to get out with the family or some friends this autumn, here are 10 of our favorites that should make your list of places to go for a bite:

Jim’s Country Style Restaurant
5400 Sunol Blvd #1

This is one of the best breakfast spots in town. You’ll get big portions of food done like grandma used to make. The French toast is fantastic, and the omelets are a local favorite. The great service is just a bonus.

Hap’s Original Steak’s & Seafood
122 Neal St

Save Hap’s for when you’re looking for a classy night out. You’ll get amazing steak, a fantastic atmosphere, top shelf seafood, a good wine selection, and much more. Come here to treat the family or impress your date!

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Sweet Tomatoes
4501 Hopyard Rd.

Sweet Tomatoes is ideal if you tend to eat vegetarian or mostly vegetarian. At this salad buffet restaurant you can find just about anything you can imagine, and it’s very affordable. Feel free to indulge here without guilt!

Gay Nineties Pizza Co.
288 Main St

You don’t need to go to Chicago or New York to get good pizza. This is the best pie in the Tri-Valley. You can get traditional pizza, specialty pies, extra-thick crust upon request, and more. This place is a pizza lover’s paradise!

Alberto’s Cantina
435 Main Street

Everyone loves Mexican night! Alberto’s has great drinks, good outdoor seating for when the weather is nice, and tasty authentic food that the entire family will enjoy.

De La Torre’s Trattoria
6025 W Las Positas Blvd

Getting great Italian at an affordable price is always a treat. Enjoy a glass of wine and a calm atmosphere here. From calamari to their many excellent pasta dishes, all with hand-crafted sauces, this is the place to go when you want a taste of the classics.

Barone’s Restaurant
475 St John St

Mixing together great American style food with live entertainment always makes for a good night. Young and old alike enjoy the festive, social atmosphere here. They have a great wine list and good food, too. Great place for a night out with friends!

Sato Japanese Cuisine
3015 Hopyard Rd

Maybe the freshest seafood in Pleasanton, with sushi so good you won’t believe you’re in the suburbs.  They easily stack up to the best places in the city. Even better? The service is great!

Know someplace worth going to? Tell us about them in the comments!
 

14 Facts You May Not Know About Pleasanton, CA

You already know that Pleasanton, CA is a fantastic place to live. You know that it’s a great place to shop and work (and to see your dentist). You know it’s a fantastic town in which to have a good time.

But we bet at least a few of these quirky facts are things you DIDN’T know about our amazing community.

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1) The town was meant to be named after Union army cavalry Major General Alfred Pleasonton, with two O’s, but a U.S. Postal Service employee made a typo and Pleasanton was born!

2) Pleasanton was preceded by a town called Alisal, known as "The Most Desperate Town in the West." In 1894, it became part of Pleasanton.

3) The town was once home to Phoebe Apperson Hearst, mother of William Randolph Hearst, the media magnate who was spoofed in Orson Welles’ film classic “Citizen Kane.”

4) The highest recorded temperature in Pleasanton history was an astounding 115 degrees, recorded in September of 1950.

5) The space occupied by Comerica Bank at 600 Main Street had previously been a hardware store for over 100 years. It closed its doors in 2004.

6) George Hearst, U.S. Senator and father of William Randolph Hearst, once planned to locate a race horse farm here.

7) In 2009, Newsmax named Pleasanton one of the Top 25 “Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns” in the United States.

8) The top employer in Pleasanton is Kaiser Permanente, a managed care consortium that employs nearly 4,000 people in the region.

9) The Pleasanton Fairgrounds Racetrack at Alameda County Fairgrounds is the oldest horse racing track in the United States.

10) Registered voters in town are almost evenly split, 32.1% registered as Republicans, 38.4% as Democrats. The remaining are Decline to State.

11) The crossroads of I-580 and I-680 actually mirror the crossroads of Native American trade routes in the region, but this was not discovered until the 20th Century.

12) Both of Pleasanton’s two high schools have been ranked among the top 400 high schools in the nation by Newsweek.

13) Pleasanton has three sister cities: Blairgowrie and Rattray, Scotland, UK; Canada Fergus, Canada; and Mexico Tulancingo, Mexico. And yes, “sister cities” is an actual political and diplomatic designation.

14) The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department has the Centennial Light, the world’s longest lasting light bulb, at 4550 East Avenue in Livermore. It has been lit for an astonishing 113 years.

We’ve always enjoyed being located here, but knowing this facts makes us even happier to call Pleasanton home.

5 Famous Faces Who Hail From Pleasanton

Pleasanton is home to many things. Great people. Beautiful parks. Friendly local businesses. Great restaurants. And much more.

What you might not realize is that it is also home to some incredibly talented celebrities. Here are five you may not realize are (or were at one time) your neighbor:

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John Madden, sports broadcaster

There are few names in sports bigger than John Madden’s. He is a living legend, the Babe Ruth of broadcasting, and a man so recognizable he could be carved onto Mt. Rushmore.

He retired from broadcasting in 2009, but his name is still known to new generations of sports fans thanks to the Madden series of video games, which are some of the most popular in the world.

Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert

Though born in New York, the creator of the hit comic strip Dilbert made his way to California fairly early in his career.

It was here in California that he started working the office jobs that inspired his comic strip, which is about the frustrations of an affable office worker named (you guessed it) Dilbert.

Gabrielle Union, actress

Actress Gabrielle Union is known for roles in movies like Bad Boys II, Cadillac Records, and Top Five, among many others, but here in town we like to think of her as a local girl who made good and became a fantastic talent.

Union was born in Nebraska, but moved to Pleasanton with her family at a young age.

Paula Creamer, professional golfer

Born in Mountain View and moving to Pleasanton at an early age, Paula Creamer is just 29 but has already made her mark on the world of professional golf.

She was one of the best amateurs ever to play the sport, now she’s a decorated pro. Creamer has been ranked as high as #2 in the world, won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open, and has won a dozen other tournaments and counting.

David Garibaldi, drummer

David Garibaldi’s work with the highly influential Tower of Power has helped make him, and the group, legends in the world of music.

Their hits like “So Very Hard to Go” are still beloved today, and Garibaldi himself is a highly decorated musician. Not only are his instructional videos some of the most popular out there, he is also a 2012 Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame Inductee.

Even more impressive? This only scratches the surface. We just didn’t have room to include everybody!