Sunnyvale is located along California Highway 101 and the historic El Camino Real boulevard, bordered by San Jose on its northern end. Beautiful public parks include Baylands Park, which is home to an expansive wetland preserve, and the family-friendly Seven Seas Park. Two impressive golf courses are available for play at the Sunnyvale Golf Course, including an 18-hole championship course.

1. Baylands Park

Baylands Park
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Baylands Park is a 70-acre public park along San Francisco Bay, jointly managed by the City of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara County. The park abuts and overlooks an additional 105-acre seasonal wetland preserve, which provides a habitat for a wide variety of native bay flora and fauna. Visitor activities in the developed portion of the park include children's playgrounds and ample green space for picnics and sports, with picnic and shelter facilities available for day use. Visitors can also pick up the San Francisco Bay Trail within the park, which provides walking and biking opportunities and connects to a 300-mile trail network throughout the Bay Area. Parking fees are required during the summer months. Browse our California weekend getaways guide for more ideas.

999 E Caribbean Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, Phone: 408-730-7506

2. Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum

Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum
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Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum is a regional historical museum operated by the Sunnyvale Historical Society, striving to protect and preserve the region's cultural and social history through a variety of living history and interpretive exhibits. The museum is housed within the replica 1850s Murphy Family Home, which was a home of one of the region's earliest pioneer settlers and was recreated in 2002 following its demolition in 1961. Today, the home and its surrounding Sunnyvale Heritage Park are open to the public year-round for free on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, showcasing artifacts such as a 60-foot mural by artist Ali Pearson depicting the cultural history of the city from its indigenous roots to the present day. Outside, a preserved apricot orchard and barn are also showcased, featuring interpretive exhibits on the Santa Clara Valley's agricultural history.

Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, 570 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, Phone: 408-749-0220

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3. Movement Sunnyvale

Movement Sunnyvale
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Movement Sunnyvale is dedicated to getting you moving – mostly vertically. The gym is primarily a climbing facility where everyone can learn how to do rock climbing. It offers expert tuition and 280 climbing routes spread over 28,000 square feet of climbing walls. There is also on outdoor bouldering area where you can practice your skills. Of course, you have to be reasonably fit and agile to do rock climbing and this is where the fitness studio and yoga studios come in. There are various yoga and fitness classes on offer including gently, hatha and vinyasa. Climbers can also attend classes, private coaching sessions and youth programs.

Movement Sunnyvale, 815 Stewart Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, 408 991 9090

4. Golfland, USA

Golfland, USA
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At Golfland USA in Sunnyvale you can have hours of fun playing not one, but two challenging mini-golf courses designed to offer a fun experience for all ages. The main attraction at this castle-themed putt-putt course is definitely the mini golf courses but the family fun center also has an exciting indoor video games arcade where you can play the most up-to-date games all year round, regardless of the weather. Before or after your and games you can refuel at the Snack Bar which offers family-favorites like pizza, nachos, pretzels, shakes and soft drinks. Group packages are available for birthday parties.

Golfland USA, 855 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, 408 245 8434

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5. Things to Do in Sunnyvale: Starbird

Things to Do in Sunnyvale: Starbird
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Starbird is a reimagined take on traditional fast food joints, serving up classic American-style fare at a drive-up-delivery spot in Sunnyvale. The restaurant, which was established in 2014 and offers four locations throughout Southern California, is the United States' only super-premium fast food restaurant, allowing diners to order food through the restaurant's mobile app and pull up to designated pickup parking spots for quick in-car delivery. From-scratch menu items use high-quality, fresh ingredients, including hand-battered, hand-dipped, small-batch-fried chicken with gluten-free breading. Chicken sandwiches, wraps, and salads are available, along with traditional chicken boxes served with French fries, cole slaw, and an array of dipping sauces. Beverage options include Equator House coffee, Alameda Point craft sodas, and seasonal lemonade and iced tea offerings.

1241 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, Phone: 650-988 - 6630

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6. Seven Seas Park

Seven Seas Park
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Seven Seas Park is a charming neighborhood park in Sunnyvale that offers outdoor recreational activities for visitors of all ages, with a focus on family and children's activities. The newly-constructed park is home to two children's playgrounds divided by age use, which are themed around pirate and aquatic themes and offer safe, shaded play experiences. The younger children's playground features a child-safe sandbox, tunneling features, and musical activities surrounded by a toddler-proof gate, while the older children's playground is home to a complete pirate ship playspace with climbing, jungle gym, and navigation activities. A spray pool offers water jets during the warmer months, and basketball and tennis courts provide recreation for older visitors. The park is also home to a multi-use field that features grassy spaces for picnicking and relaxation.

1010 Morse Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94089, Phone: 408-730-7506

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7. Sunnyvale Golf Course

Sunnyvale Golf Course
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Sunnyvale Golf Course is a premiere golf course in the Bay Area that offers two unique courses to challenge visitors of all ages and skill levels. The facility's par-70 18-hole main golf course was opened in 1969 and features holes spanning lengths of up to 6,255 yards, with unique bunker, water hole, and dog leg elements to challenge golfers. The nine-hole Sunken Gardens course is also available for beginner golfers, with shorter-length holes and a variety of practice facilities to fine-tune skills before play. After play, visitors can dine at the Barrel19 Bistro and Bar, which offers breakfast, lunch, and happy hour service and provides full banquet catering for private special events.

605 Macara Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, Phone: 408-738-3666

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8. Things to Do in Sunnyvale: Dishdash

Things to Do in Sunnyvale: Dishdash
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Dishdash is a high-quality Middle Eastern restaurant in Sunnyvale that was opened to the public in 2001 by Emad Ibrahim and Nadiah Mshasha. The restaurant serves up a variety of traditional dishes from countries throughout the Middle East, served with unique contemporary twists. All high-quality meats served are sourced sustainably, with produce sourced from local farmers and producers. Diners can order large maza platters to share, which feature traditional Middle Eastern dips and appetizers such as hummus, babaghanoush, tabbouleh, and falafel, or choose from entrees such as shakshuka, makloubeh, or a variety of kebab platters. Outdoor patio seating is offered during the warmer months.

190 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Phone: 408-774-1889

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9. Falafel STOP, Sunnyvale, California

Falafel STOP, Sunnyvale, California
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Falafel STOP is a walk-up outdoor kiosk serving up a variety of quick-casual Mediterranean delights available in generous portions for modest prices. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of vegetarian entrees, including falafel and sabich pitas and hummus plates served in several unique ways, such as Israeli-style hummus salads and masabacha topped with garbanzo beans and tomatoes. Meat pitas and plates are also served, allowing diners to choose from shawarma, pargieyot, schnitzel, and kebab options. Side dishes and desserts include majadra, Greek salads, and Israeli-style Bavarian cream desserts. Outdoor picnic tables are offered for dining, though visitors are welcome to take their orders to go.

1325 Sunnyvale Saratoga Rd, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, Phone: 408-735-7182, (website link)

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10. St. John's Bar and Grill, Sunnyvale, California

St. John's Bar and Grill, Sunnyvale, California
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St. John's Bar and Grill is one of Silicon Valley's premiere burger joints, serving the Sunnyvale area for more than four decades. The casual dining pub and grill is best known for its delicious ?-pound burgers, including unique menu options such as nuclear-hot cheeseburgers, jalapeno burgers, guaco bacon burgers, and pineapple teriyaki burgers. For healthier dining, all burgers can also be prepared as turkey burgers or veggie burgers for no additional upcharge. The restaurant also serves up Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, charbroiled chicken sandwiches, and a variety of pub-style appetizers. Microbrewery selections are available on draft, with large-screen HDTVs playing major sporting events throughout the day.

510 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, Phone: 408-738-8515

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11. Things to Do in Sunnyvale: The Lace Museum

Things to Do in Sunnyvale: The Lace Museum
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The Lace Museum is a unique museum in Sunnyvale that is dedicated to the art and history of lacemaking, showcasing more than 10,000 pieces of historic and contemporary lacework spanning back as far as the 18th century. The museum was originally founded in 1976 as an effort to preserve historic methods of lacemaking and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1981. Today, the American Alliance of Museums-accredited facility is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays during the afternoon hours, with additional extended evening hours on the third Friday of each month. New major exhibitions are showcased every four months, with a wide variety of lacemaking courses and workshops available to the public throughout the year for artisans of all ages and skill levels.

552 S Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, Phone: 408-730-4695, (website link)

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12. Joshua Hendy Iron Works Museum

Joshua Hendy Iron Works Museum
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In 1856 Joshua Hendy established the Hendy Machine Works in San Francisco. The company went on to produce all kinds of iron goods and was one of the largest iron manufacturers in the city. After the catastrophic earthquake and fire of 1906, the company was moved to its present location in Sunnyvale. Today the building has been converted into a museum which showcases the large-scale iron products which were manufactured there, including a large number of ship engines, rocket and torpedo launchers and other essential items used during WWII. Guided tours are available by appointment (only US citizens over the age of 10 years may visit).

Joshua Hendy Iron Works Museum, Hendy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94087, 408 735 2020

13. Omescape

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Omescape offers a deeply immersive experience that you and your friends/family will want to do over and over again. There are 8 unique and exciting themed escape rooms to choose from, including the 90 minute Midnight in Hong Kong game in which 6-12 players split into two teams and play against each other. Smaller groups of 2 to 6 players can choose a chef themed room called Undercooked, cat-themed Kingdom of Cat-tastrophy, or The Apartment Next Door, which is played mostly in the dark and is only suitable for players over the age of 16.

Omescape, 1135 E. Arques Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, 408 459 8818

14. Faultline Brewing Company

Faultline Brewing Company
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Faultline Brewing Company is conveniently located in the heart of Silicon Valley where it has become a popular meeting place for locals and visitors. The wood and glass interiors of the brewery and restaurant are modern and edgy with a slight industrial feel – the perfect place to meet up with friends to enjoy great beer and delicious food. There is also an outside beer garden which is perfect for the summer. The brewery produces a core selection of 4 flagship brews which include Kolsch, Hefeweizen, FSB and Gold Rush Ale. In addition, there is a rotating selection of other beers as well as wines, spirits and cocktails. The food menu is extensive with great choices for all tastes.

Faultline Brewing Company, 1235 Oakmead Pkwy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, 408 736 2739

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