Ardenwood Historic Farm

Notice
The train at Ardenwood will not be in operation on the following dates in April:
Thu. 12, Fri. 13, Sun. 15  &  Thu. 19, Fri. 20, Sun. 22 &  Thu. 26, Fri. 27, Sun. 29.
Our team is working hard to repair our historic train. It is non-operational at the moment. We are very sorry for any inconvenience and will put out a notification as soon as it is running again. Thank you for your patience!

Park Info

Address:
34600 Ardenwood Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94555

Fees
  Entry Fees
  Parking: No Fee
  Dogs: No Dogs Allowed

Park Hours
Tuesday-Sunday
    10am to 4pm
Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Open Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day

Phone Number:
Toll Free: 888-EBPARKS (888-327-2757), option 3, extension 4503

Maps
> Trail Map
> Map PDF
> Google Map
> Brochure
> Brochure (Spanish)
> Trail Guide

About The Park

George Washington Patterson came west in 1849 to seek his fortune in the goldfields of California. Instead he "struck gold" in the fertile farm fields of southern Alameda County.

This farm was originally owned by the George & Clara Patterson family from the 1850s. It was turned over to the City of Fremont in 1978, and the East Bay Regional Park District has operated the property as a fully functioning, turn-of-the-last-century farm since 1985. A visit here is a journey back to the time of the 1850s Patterson Ranch--a prosperous, 19th-century country estate with a beautiful Victorian mansion and elaborate Victorian Gardens.

The farm still grows the same kind of produce that was grown in the region in the last 100 years, utilizing agricultural practices from the 1870s to the present, demonstrating the transition from horse-powered to horsepower farming. The interpretive staff and volunteers, attired in Victorian clothing, guide guests through the Victorian house, demonstrate farm chores, and explain what life was like in the early 1900s. From December to mid-February monarch butterflies overwinter here.

Since Ardenwood is a working farm, the daily activities change from season to season so no two visits will be exactly alike. Visit our Naturalist Program page for more information and schedules before your next visit.

Ardenwood Historic Farm is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, year round, including Labor Day and Memorial Day. Ardenwood is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For picnic reservations call 1-888-EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757, press option 2. There is no parking fee. Dogs are not allowed in the Ardenwood Historic Farm.

Note: Dogs are not permitted in the park. Modern recreational equipment (i.e. frisbees, footballs, soccer balls), bicycles, balloons, and BBQs are prohibited.

Restoration and operation of the Patterson House Museum is a project of the city of Fremont. Costumed docents conduct house tours (April-mid-November). For information call (510) 791-4196 or visit the City of Fremont's Ardenwood web page.

Ardenwood Bird Checklist

Ardenwood Historic Farm is a refuge for birds that feed, roost, nest or just pass through. Over 99 species have been spotted around the park’s orchards, gardens, fields and groves.
This handy checklist includes seasonal information and abundance on everything from red-shouldered hawks and western bluebirds to Nuttall’s woodpeckers and Allen’s hummingbirds.
Download: A Guide to the Birds of Ardenwood Historic FarmAdobe Acrobat PDF

Produce Stand

Perry's produce stand will not open in 2017. Produce will be available at the NewPark Mall Farmers’ Market and the Pleasanton Farmers’ Market. For more information about the stand or our October Perry Family Pumpkin Patch, please visit J. E. Perry Farms website.

> See and download all of the Ardenwood Interpretive Panels

Entry Fees

April 1, 2017 to November 19, 2017 (spring-fall entry fees):
Tues., Wed. & Sat.--$3/adults (18+ years), $3/seniors (62+ year), $2/children (4-17 years), under 4 years - free.
Thurs., Fri. and Sun.--$6/adults (18+ years), $5/seniors (62+ year), $4/children (4-17 years), under 4 years - free.

Special Event Entry Fees

$8/adults* (18+ years), $6/seniors* (62+ year), $5/children* (4-17 years)
*Special event entry fees may vary. Please call (510) 544-2797 or email awvisit@ebparks.org for updated information.

Wildflower Photo Guide

> Ardenwood  - 1.2 Mb, 8.5 x 11, 11 pp., PDF

Ardenwood Historic Farm is open on Memorial Day & Labor Day.

Park Calendar

Park Features

Some of the park features include the followings:

  • Arden Station and Deer Park Station: Board the farm’s train here. It takes you back more than 100 years to a time when railroads connected the East Bay’s farms to towns and cities. The train is operated by Ardenwood’s Railroad Museum with staff and docents dressed in period costumes. For information, visit the Society for the Preservation of Carter Railroad Resources (SPCRR) websiteLink
  • Victorian Garden: The garden area looks much like it did near the turn of the 20th century.
  • Patterson House: Home to three generations of the Patterson family. It began as George Patterson's bachelor farmhouse built in 1857. The house was expanded with a Queen Anne addition in 1889 as the family, the farm, and their place in East Bay society grew.
  • Farmyard Cafe: Open on weekends serving Mission Coffee, healthy snacks, delicious lunch options and locally made treats and treasures. Birthday Party Catering offered as well. Please contact Lindsey at 510-754-9877 or email: Lindsey@ardenwoodevents.com. Open from 10:00am-4pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • Animal Farms: At Ardenwood, you will see sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, rabbits, goats, and cows.
    Download: Ardenwood Farm Animals  Adobe Acrobat PDF
  • Perry’s Pumpkin Patch: (510) 791-0340
  • Haunted Railroad: Go to Eventbrite.com and type Ardenwood Haunted Railroad into the search bar. Or, buy tickets after 4:30pm on event days.

Park Activities

Naturalist Programs

Through Ardenwood's educational programs, visitors can see and participate in many activities common to a turn-of-last-century farm. Weekdays, naturalists provide programs for school classes and other groups by reservation. Call (510) 544-2797 for information.

Download: School and Group Reservation Form for Naturalist programsAdobe Acrobat PDF

Non-reservation weekend programs include the planting, tending and harvesting of Ardenwood's organic crops, farm chore demonstrations, and hands-on experiences for the whole family.

Special Events

Special events include an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration, Harvest Festival in October, special music concerts, recreations of Victorian social events, and more. To see a list of upcoming special events, visit the Registration, Facilities and Permits website to browse programs or register online.

Download: Ardenwood Special Events FlyerAdobe Acrobat PDF

Ardenwood Farm Docents

Share your enthusiasm for history! We're looking for people who want to learn to cook on a wood stove, demonstrate antique farm machinery, and teach historic crafts such as spinning, weaving, and toy making. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help our staff create a welcoming atmosphere for schoolchildren and families. Our next docent training date is TBD. Call (510) 544-3285 or email Docents.Ardenwood@ebparks.org for an application and details.

Weddings and Picnics

For more information, please see our Weddings/Social Events/Business Meetings page.

The Pool Site is open for weddings and special events. This gorgeous space is cradled by mature redwood trees, soft wisteria draping the dance floor arbor and bistro string lights hanging overhead to create a magical reception venue. Please contact Lindsey Caravelli at (510) 754-9877 or Lindsey@ardenwoodevents.com. For more information visit Ardenwood Events.

Activity Schedule: April to November

Day of the Week Naturalist Programs Grounds, Gardens, & Farm Animals Patterson House Tours & Train Ride
Tuesday & Wednesday Intermittent
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Groups programs by reservation.
Open Closed
Thursday & Friday Intermittent
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Groups programs by reservation.
Open Open
Saturday Yes
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Open Patterson House open
Sunday Yes
(See: "Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Open Open
Ardenwood Historic Farm is closed on Mondays (except Memorial Day & Labor Day).

ADA accessibility iconPark Accessibility

The majority of facilities in Ardenwood are wheelchair accessible: Patterson House, Hay Barn, Train Ride, Granary, Cafe, restrooms, Produce Stand, and wedding and reception sites. Most of the roads are paved and there is no significant grade changes. Click HERE for public transit information.

To Reach The Park

From I-880 in Fremont, take the Decoto Road/Dumbarton Bridge/Highway 84 exit. Go west on Highway 84 toward the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the Ardenwood/Newark Blvd. exit and turn right (north) onto Ardenwood Blvd. The park entrance is ahead, on the right.

Public transportation: Take AC Transit buses #232 or #264 on weekdays and #332 on weekends from Union City BART to the bus stop on Newark Boulevard under the freeway. To return, the bus stop is on Newark Boulevard just south of the freeway in front of the shopping center.

Click HERE for more public transit information or call 511 (TDD (hearing impaired line)/TTY: 1-800-448-9790) to confirm transit information.

Transit & Trails: Ardenwood Historic Farm (transit, biking, and walking directions)

Map

Maps are available at most of the bulletin boards at trailheads in the park, or you can print your own.

Click the map image below to see an enlarged version.
Trail Map

Events:

Sunday, April 22, 2018 (Today)

8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
Garden Birds

10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
Ardenwood Volunteer Fair

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Meet The Chickens

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Thursday, April 26, 2018

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, April 27, 2018

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, April 28, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Kids

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Pressing Plants

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
Beginning Embroidery

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Farmyard Games

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Sunday, April 29, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
Little Lambs

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Beautiful Trees

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time

Thursday, May 3, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, May 4, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, May 5, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Garden Chores For Kids

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
We All Scream For Ice Cream!

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Wax: It's The Bees Knees!

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Sunday, May 6, 2018

8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
Birds In The Garden

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
Corn Mosaics

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Thursday, May 10, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, May 11, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, May 12, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
The Itsy Bitsy Spider...

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
Corn Mosaics

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Sunday, May 13, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
Mother's Day On The Farm

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Victorian Table Top Games

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time

Thursday, May 17, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, May 18, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, May 19, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Garden Chores For Kids

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
We All Scream For Ice Cream!

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Wax: It's The Bees Knees!

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Sunday, May 20, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Barnyard Buddies

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
Farmyard Story Time

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Beautiful Trees

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Thursday, May 24, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, May 25, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, May 26, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
The Itsy Bitsy Spider...

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
Rabbit Rendezvous

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Stilt Walkers

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Sunday, May 27, 2018

8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
Birds In The Garden

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Garden Chores For Kids

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
We All Scream For Ice Cream!

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Victorian Table Top Games

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Monday, May 28, 2018

10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
Memorial Day Free Day

Thursday, May 31, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, June 1, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, June 2, 2018

10:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
Katie Train Activities Day

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Wonderful Wool

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  1:30 PM
Rabbit Rendezvous

1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
Old Fashioned Butter Makin'

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Sunday, June 3, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Barnyard Buddies

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Wax: It's The Bees Knees!

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM
Beginning Embroidery

2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
Learn The Ropes

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time

Thursday, June 7, 2018

10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
Farmyard Docent Training

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, June 8, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, June 9, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Garden Chores For Kids

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Victorian Table Top Games

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Sunday, June 10, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm

11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
Old Fashioned Butter Makin'

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Hay Harvesting

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Thursday, June 14, 2018

10:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
Farmyard Docent Training

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Friday, June 15, 2018

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding

Saturday, June 16, 2018

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farm Chores For Kids

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