Monday, June 2, 2014

Oak Meadows Park - Children Love This Place!

The Gazebo is popular for weddings and other events.

If you want to picnic in an area that children will love, you couldn't choose a better place than Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos, CA. It has a huge grass field, a great playground, an antique carousel, two small passenger trains, and access to the Los Gatos Creek!

Our family spent a relaxing afternoon there during Memorial Day Weekend. We were actually on our way to the Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk and thought we'd experiment with a late afternoon start. Eerrrnnnttt! (apply loud buzzer sound here), traffic was backed up before the on ramp to 17, so we took the Blossom Hill Road exit (off of 17), turned right on University, parked on the side of the road and walked to Oak Meadow Park. Then we made our way to the Los Gatos Creek - a short walk on the other side of the park railroad tracks - set up our chairs, and enjoyed a nice picnic with the resident waterfowl.

A hot day but nice in the shade.

I'd just told my daughter that he only wanted food and wouldn't bite, then he nipped my toe!

Look but don't approach - parent geese will hiss and charge!

Napping Dad
The 1/3 scale trains, one steam and one diesel, of the Billy Jones Wildcat Railroad are a big hit with young kids and train aficionados. The one mile route takes passengers from a corner of Oak Meadow Park, on a bridge across the Los Gatos Creek and over to neighboring Vasona Park.

Crossing the Creek on Diesel #3502

Tickets can be bought by the train station in Oak Meadow Park
Next to the train station is a restored antique carousel with wooden horses that were originally made in England and Germany! Tickets are also sold near the train station.

The Carousel was made in England for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.
Parents of young children may want to picnic on the green next to the playground. Your children will love climbing on the restored air force jet and fire trucks.

The T-33A "Shooting Star" originally served as a trainer in the Korean War.

 I highly recommend Oak Meadow Park for a relaxing and inexpensive outing. It's a friendly place - my husband and I once brought our banjo and fiddle and no one seemed to mind. ;-)

If you go: Directions
Tickets to the train and carousel are $2.00 each. The schedule can be found here.

Coming up: June 14th - Flapjacks and Railroad Tracks!

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