Baylands Park Picnic Policies
Baylands Park site map
Located on the beautiful San Francisco Bay, Baylands Park provides over seventy acres of developed parkland offering active recreation, pathways and picnic areas for families and large groups. Baylands Park has a Naturalist theme which is enhanced by the many acres of native grasses, open meadows and wonderful vistas. An additional 105 acres of seasonal wetlands is protected as a Wetlands Preserve providing habitat for plants and wildlife. Baylands Park is a successful joint venture between Santa Clara County which owns the property and the City of Sunnyvale which manages and maintains the Park.
Baylands Park offers a variety of playgrounds and play structures for toddlers and small children. In addition, there are many acres of open grassy meadows for enjoyment or miles of trails for recreational activities.
Bay Trail Connected
On September 20, 2010 the San Francisco Bay Trail connection from Sunnyvale to Mountain View was completed. The Bay Trail is composed of many smaller trails, such as the Stevens Creek and Shoreline trails, and runs intermittently along the edge of the San Francisco and San Pablo bays. Once completed, the trail will cover about 500 miles of open space around the Bay -- about 300 of those 500 miles have already been completed.
To reach the Sunnyvale portion of the Bay Trail, the closest access is at the Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant. The Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant is located on Borregas Avenue and Carl Road, just off Caribbean Drive, between Lawrence Expressway and Mathilda Avenue. This trail head has a bathroom, water fountain, and plenty of free parking. Here is a map of the new South Bay section of the Bay Trail -- New Section of Bay Trail.
Fees and Information
The park gate is open every day from 8 a.m. to one half hour after sunset. During the off-season of November through February there are no parking fees. From March through October there is a single car entry fee of $6.00. For buses the fee is $20.
A $25 seasonal pass is available for frequent visitors. The season pass is valid only at Sunnyvale Baylands Park (Santa Clara County Park season passes are not valid). We encourage carpooling and there is no charge for pedestrians or bicycles.
To protect wildlife, pets are not allowed in the park. Balloons and kites are not allowed, as pieces can endanger wildlife in the nature areas. Group picnic facilities are Reservable April through October. Reservations are accepted 6 months in advance.
All group picnic sites have extra-large barbecue grills, electricity and water, layout tables, shade structures (10x10 or smaller only), and cans & bottles recycling containers.
Sites for Rent
Baylands Grove Amphitheater, $70 per day
Available for group presentations, ceremonies, music and a wide array of events.
Lawn seating can accommodate up to 300 people
Picnic Sites - See pricing below
Four small group picnic areas each seat from 65 to 130.
$85 per 65-person picnic site
Two large group picnic areas each seat up to 325.
$425 for large group picnic area
Family Groups Picnic Sites
Eleven family picnic sites have two picnic tables each and are available on a first-come first-served basis.
A large grassy field provides an area for all types of active recreation.
Four different play areas for children provide many opportunities for fun and exploration.
The Discovery Play Area will catch your child's imagination. This creative playground is wheelchair-accessible. Play features include climbing structures, see-saw snake, spring toys, sand terraces and talk tubes. Young paleontologists can find fossil imprints and follow dinosaur tracks. Three smaller play areas feature swings, a climbing net and a play town.