The city of Palo Alto has well defined the concept of Historic and Architectural Districts, in this matter the city has preserved its valuable heritage of Palo Alto. A distinct set of architectural and historic characteristics are of great value to the community. Two such areas are designed: The Ramona Street Architectural District, a commercial area, and Professorville Historic District, a residential area.
The Palo Alto area offers things to do for all ages and interests. A trip to the Stanford University campus is the highlight for most visitors, where attractions include Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center, Rodin Sculpture Garden and a central campus bustling with activity.
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View offers a low-key view of the development of Silicon Valley. But surrounding Stanford are plenty of other places worth visiting. Although not open to the public, the original (and restored) garage where David Packard and Bill Hewlett started Hewlett-Packard can be seen from the street.
For kids to enjoy, the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo, the small Museum of American Heritage in downtown Palo Alto, the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, and Great America, an amusement park located about 10 minutes south of Palo Alto on Highway 101 in Santa Clara. Or for a fun family activity between October and April, go ice skating at the Winter Lodge, an outdoor rink in the Midtown Palo Alto shopping district. Art lovers have many galleries around town or the Palo Alto Art Center, a popular venue for Bay Area and local artists.
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