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The Alviso Adobe Community Park of Pleasanton is a special location that tells California's history since the earliest times. This restored interpretive park shows the history of the Amador Valley, offered a rare insight into the past – from its origins in the native Americans to the days when the Spanish ranchos operated cattle herds on the original Rancho Santa Rita 12 000 acres, during an era of common milk industry from the first to middle of the 20th century and eventually as a community park.


Things To Do:


  • Hiking - Take a tour of the Milking Barn Visitor Center on the following trails!

    • Augustin Bernal Park 

    • Callipe Preserve Trail 

    • Castleridge Trailhead (EBRPD) 

    • Marilyn Murphy Kane Trail 

    • The Preserve and Moller Ranch Trails

  • Explore History and Nature

    • Outdoor Exploration: The wildlife is in surprising locations all around us. Please bear in mind to respect. For a pair of binoculars, check out a pair at the Milking Barn Visitor Center from the park staff. 

    • Backpacks for exploration: Take a trip back and forth by exploring the backpacks of the visitor center in the Milking Barn to discover a park. Full of treasures and fun for the entire family. 

    • Go on Scavenger Hunt!

  • Hands-on Activities 

    • Children 'Corner: Children and parents can explore and borrow books, puzzles and games from this Milking Barn visitor center area. We may invite you to visit outdoor areas if a program and / or field trip is underway.

    • Milking Fiona: Take a tour of our educational fiberglass cow, Fiona, and try milking your side.

    • Horses and Wooden Cattle: Exercise your lazy skills on our timber cows.

  • Interpretative Offerings

    • Naturalist Programs: Accompany the naturalist on an interpretive and/or informative walk all year long. Sign up at

    • Free Historic Tours: Learn about history with realistic activities and stories. Accessible at 12 p.m. every third weekend of every month. At 15.00 p.m. For more information, see Programs / Special Events.

    • Self-Guided Tour: Learn about history in our digital tour app like never before. Download STQRY at your own pace to start exploring Alviso Adobe Community Park.

  • Picnic Areas

    • Enjoy a picnic on site in the park. The north end of the park and beyond the Milking Barn picnic tables. Overlooking the Diablo Mountain and the Amador Valley.

  • Photography

    • Take photos at our park. Before arriving, please look at our guidelines.

  • Exhibits

    • Milking Barn Visitor Center: Learn about Amador Valley's natural and cultural history in the re-created Milking Barn Museum with its historical exhibits, items, and live displays of animals.

    • Adobe: Visit the historical Adobe built during the Spanish-Mexican Rancho period in 1854 and discover what life was like in Meadowlark Dairy, the 20th century.

    • Bunkhouse: Hide from the dairy workers' recreated living areas who worked in the Meadowlark Dairy on site.

Pleasanton, California has so many amazing sites to see.  Here’s a brief list you should check out on your next visit: 

  • Agustin Bernal Park

  • Pleasanton's Museum on Main

  • Alviso Adobe Community Park 

  • Flavortown 

  • Ravenswood Historical Site 

  • Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park

  • Pleasanton Downtown Association

  • Lighthouse Baptist Church

  • Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation

All of these wonderful parks are located just a short distance from our location in Dublin, California at 6483 Sierra Lane Suite 106.

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