Spread across some 8,180 acres and situated in the northwestern Silicon Valley, Stanford University of Stanford, California ranks amongst the most prestigious colleges in America – and across the globe, for that matter. Of course, with the mention of any significant academic institution comes the consideration of reputable social and after-school life – one of the many factors prospective university students take under advisement when planning their graduate-to-beyond education journey. Fortunately for Stanford, there exists plenty to do and see, ranging from the conservative and humble to the let-your-hair-down rambunctious.
The Pioneer Saloon, located at 2925 Woodside Road in neighboring Woodside, CA, offers live music, beers and shots and maybe even spot a movie star, rock star or billionaire. The Stanford Theatre, located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, shows classic films on the big screen and on that charm alone deserves a spot on this list. Often referred to as a “living tribute to many of the greatest films ever made,” the Stanford wows with a throwback ambience and architecture, classic theatrical posters and even a Wurlitzer organ, all reminders that this was Palo Alto’s centerpiece of entertainment since 1925.
On the corner of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, also in Palo Alto, is a massive grass and recreational area known as the Palo Alto/Stanford Community Playing Fields. Here, two sprawling soccer fields are drenched in plenty of light for any type of activity, along with plenty of parking. The Stanford Athletics Shop at 269 Galvez Street in Stanford carries a boatload of Stanford apparel, and is actually an offshoot of the school’s campus bookstore; a relatively small size for a retail shop and an attentive staff have made this a favorite of Stanford fans as well as its student body.
Sunken Diamond baseball stadium sits on Nelson Road in Stanford, playing host to an array of college baseball matchups. One of the most appealing draws of the venue is the way in which its positioning tends to put spectators “much closer to the action” than most pro baseball stadiums, leading to its reputation of being one of the most adored venues in the Bay Area to watch a game.
From out-of-the-park home runs to classic cinema shown amidst a backdrop of legendary charm, these attractions are merely scratching the surface of what the Stanford University surrounding area has in store.
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