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PARK INFO

Address
34600 Ardenwood Blvd. Fremont, CA 94555
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Phone Number
(510) 544-2797
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4504

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Park Hours
Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00am to 4:00pm, Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, Open Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day

Park Events
>Upcoming Events
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4th of July 2014 - Winners
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Parking Fee
None

Entry Fee
See entry fee


Dog Fee
No dogs allowed

Grazing Information
Grazing in the Parks


Group Picnic Reservations
1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2

Naturalist Programs
510-544-2797
Browse programs online

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For Educators
Plan a field trip to this park

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- Crossword Puzzles
- Farm Life
- Laundry; 19th Century
- Scavenger Hunts
- Seeds of Change

Emergency Number
911

EBRPD Headquarters
1-888-EBPARKS or
1-888-327-2757

Park Update

Ardenwood Receives Award
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We’re proud to announce that Ardenwood has received the Gold Daisy Award! The park was voted the 2014 “Best Place for Outdoor Fun” in Fremont, Union City and Newark. Stop by and see why!

Take a Stroll Through History
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From the area's first inhabitants to the Patterson family, you can explore the farm's history, gardens and grounds with Ardenwood's new tour booklet. You can discover the park's history and meet the farm animals on this enjoy easy ½ mile stroll. You can pick up your free tour booklet at the Train Station or download a copy HERE Acrobat PDF Icon - Pagelet

For information concerning all of Ardenwood's naturalist programs click here or please call:
(510) 544-2797
or Email: awvisit@ebparks.org

Ardenwood Historic Farm


 

Christmas at Ardenwood

Saturday & Sunday December 6 & 7, 10:00am- 4:00pm
Celebrate the holiday Victorian style! Visit Father Christmas and the beautiful Patterson House, find the Yule log, listen to live music, enjoy a puppet show, and create a Christmas craft. Fee: $6/adults, $5/seniors (62+ yrs.), $4/children (4-17 yrs.), children 3 yrs. & under are free. For further information, call (510) 544-2797.
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About The Park

George Washington Patterson came west in 1849 to seek his fortune in the goldfields of California. Instead he "struck gold" in the fertile farm fields of southern Alameda County.

This farm was originally owned by the George & Clara Patterson family from the 1850s. It was turned over to the City of Fremont in 1978, and the East Bay Regional Park District has operated the property as a fully functioning, turn-of-the-last-century farm since 1985. A visit here is a journey back to the time of the 1850s Patterson Ranch--a prosperous, 19th-century country estate with a beautiful Victorian mansion and elaborate Victorian Gardens.

The farm still grows the same kind of produce that was grown in the region in the last 100 years, utilizing agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower farming. The interpretive staff and volunteers, attired in Victorian clothing, guide guests through the Victorian house, demonstrate farm chores, and explain what life was like in the early 1900s. From December to mid-February monarch butterflies overwinter here.

Submit Your Photos to the EBRPD Photo Pool

Since Ardenwood is a working farm, the daily activities change from season to season so no two visits will be exactly alike. Visit our Naturalist Program page for more information and schedules before your next visit.
Ardenwood Historic Farm is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, year round, including Labor Day and Memorial Day. Ardenwood is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For picnic reservations call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. There is no parking fee. Dogs are not allowed in the Ardenwood Historic Farm.

Restoration and operation of the Patterson House Museum is a project of the city of Fremont. Costumed docents conduct house tours (April-mid-November). For information call (510) 791-4196 or visit the City of Fremont's Ardenwood web page.

Ardenwood Bird Checklist

Ardenwood Historic Farm is a refuge for birds that feed, roost, nest or just pass through. Over 99 species have been spotted around the park’s orchards, gardens, fields and groves.
This handy checklist includes seasonal information and abundance on everything from red-shouldered hawks and western bluebirds to Nuttall’s woodpeckers and Allen’s hummingbirds.
Download: A Guide to the Birds of Ardenwood Historic Farm Adobe Acrobat PDF 

Produce Stand

Fresh picked organic vegetables are sold just inside the main gate. The stand is open daily from late May through October. For information, visit J. E. Perry Farms website.

> See and download all of the Ardenwood Interpretive Panels

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Entry Fee

April 1, 2014 to November 24, 2014 (spring-fall entry fees):
Tues., Wed. & Sat.--$3/adults (18+ years), $3/seniors (62+ year), $2/children (4-17 years), under 4 years - free.
Thurs., Fri. and Sun.--$6/adults (18+ years), $5/seniors (62+ year), $4/children (4-17 years), under 4 years - free.

November 25, 2014 to March 31, 2015 (winter entry fees):
Tuesday-Sunday--$3 adults, $2 children (4-17 years) , Under 4 years - free.

Patterson House will be closed November 18, 2014 to April 2, 2015
Train and Blacksmith shop will be closed November 25, 2014 to April 2, 2015.

Special Event Entry Fee

$8/adults* (18+ years), $6/seniors* (62+ year), $5/children* (4-17 years)
*Special event entry fees may vary. Please call (510) 544-2797 or email awvisit@ebparks.org for updated information.

Ardenwood Historic Farm is open on Memorial Day & Labor Day.

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Park Features

Some of the park features include the followings:

  • Arden Station and Deer Park Station: Board the horse-drawn train here. The ride takes kids more than 100 years back in time on a ride into the park with docents dressed in period costumes. For information, visit the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR) websiteLink .
  • Victorian Garden: The garden area looks much like it did near the turn of the 20th century.
  • Patterson House: Home to three generations of the Patterson family. It began as George Patterson's bachelor farmhouse built in 1857. The house was expanded with a Queen Anne addition in 1889 as the family, the farm, and their place in East Bay society grew.
  • Animal Farms: At Ardenwood, you will see sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats, and cows.
    Download: Ardenwood Farm Animals (760 kB, 2pp) Adobe Acrobat PDF

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Park Activities

Naturalist Programs

Through Ardenwood's educational programs, visitors can see and participate in many activities common to a turn-of-last-century farm. Weekdays, naturalists provide programs for school classes and other groups by reservation. Call (510) 544-2797 for information.

Download: School and Group Reservation Form for Naturalist programs Adobe Acrobat PDF

Non-reservation weekend programs include the planting, tending and harvesting of Ardenwood's organic crops, farm chore demonstrations, and hands-on experiences for the whole family.

Special Events

Special events include an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration, Harvest Festival in October, special music concerts, recreations of Victorian social events, and Ardenwood's Victorian Christmas in December and more. To see a list of upcoming special events, visit the Registration, Facilities and Permits website to browse programs or register online.

Ardenwood Farm Docents

Share your enthusiasm for history! We're looking for people who want to learn to cook on a wood stove, demonstrate antique farm machinery, and teach historic crafts such as spinning, weaving, and toy making. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help our staff create a welcoming atmosphere for schoolchildren and families. Our next docent training will be held in the spring. Call (510) 544-3284 or email jscimeca@ebparks.org for an application and details.

Weddings and Picnics

For more information, please see our Weddings/Social Events/Business Meetings page. 

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Note: Dogs are not permitted in the park. Modern recreational equipment (i.e. frisbees, footballs, soccer balls), bicycles, balloons, and BBQs are prohibited.

Activity Schedule: April 1 to November 23

Day
of
the Week
Naturalist Programs

GROUNDS, GARDENS
& FARM ANIMALS 

patterson
House Tours & 
Train Ride

Tuesday & Wednesday Intermittent
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Groups programs by reservation.
Open Closed
Thursday & Friday   Intermittent
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Groups programs by reservation.
Open Open
Saturday Yes
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Open Patterson House open.
Train ride closed except for “Saturday Rail Adventure” on April 19, May 17, June 21 and July 19
Sunday  Yes
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide). 
 Open Open
Ardenwood Historic Farm is closed on Mondays (except Memorial Day & Labor Day).

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ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

The majority of facilities in Ardenwood are wheelchair accessible: Patterson House, Hay Barn, Blacksmith Shop, Train Ride, Granary, Café, restrooms, Produce Stand, and wedding and reception sites. Most of the roads are paved and there is no significant grade changes. Click here for public transit information.

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To Reach The Park

From I-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto Road/Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84 exit. Go west on Highway 84 toward the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the Ardenwood/Newark Blvd. exit and turn right (north) onto Ardenwood Blvd. The park entrance is ahead, on the right.

Public transportation: Take AC Transit buses #232 or #264 on weekdays and
#332 on weekends from Union City BART to the bus stop on Newark Boulevard
under the freeway. To return, the bus stop is on Newark Boulevard just
south of the freeway in front of the shopping center.

Click here for more public transit information or call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790) to confirm transit information.

Transit & Trails: Ardenwood Historic Farm (transit, biking, and walking directions)

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Trail Map

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When the enlarged version of the map opens click on the 'Full Expand' icon in the lower right hand corner of the map to see the 'Actual Size' map.

 

'Full Expand' icon > Full Expand

When the 'Actual Size' map is viewable, you can 'Click-Hold and Drag' the mouse button (left on a PC) to reposition the map, as desired.

'Single-Click' on the 'Enlarged' or 'Actual Size' map to return to the park page.


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