Located at the north end of San Jose, Alviso is a neighborhood that was an independent city until 1968. After the 1970s, Alviso was treated like a socioeconomic backwater of Silicon Valley. In 1979, nine acres were added to the National Register of Historic Places, including eleven historic structures. In the early 1980s, floods were devasting to Alviso because it is below sea level. The picturesque character of the town was lost when homes and businesses were destroyed.
With a community of about 2,000 people, Alviso has gone through a development process that brought fire and police protection, drinking water, a library, community center, pool, park, storm drains and street paving. One of the most important attractions is the Alviso Marina County Park that offers fun activities like hiking, biking, bird watching and in general, relaxing time for everyone who is ready to connect with nature. The trails around the ponds have great views of the mountains surrounding the bay. There are picnic areas that make this place even more family-friendly.
Another great attraction is Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the first urban National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States. Dedicated to protecting endangered species and preserving wildlife habitat, this place offers recreational activities for everyone. The Visitor Center, for example, overlooks LaRiviere Marsh and has different exhibits and maps to navigate throughout the trails. The trails are open every day of the week from sunrise to sunset and are very fun to explore!
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