Ardenwood Historic Farm

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 4504

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Ardenwood Historic Farm - Patterson house

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 (e.g., 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.

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 Farm [PDF]

Entry Fees

April through the Tues. before Thanksgiving:
Tues., Wed. & Sat.--$4/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.

January through March, and the Wed. before Thanksgiving through December:
Tues. through Sun.--$4/adults (18+ years), $3/seniors (62+ year), $2/children (4-17 years), under 4 years - free.

Special Event Entry Fees

$8-$30/adults* (18+ years), $6-$30/seniors* (62+ year), $5-$25/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]

Park Calendar

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

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) website
  • 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 
  • 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 programs [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.

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, see Weddings/Social Events/Business Meetings.

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. More information: 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
("Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Groups programs by reservation.
Open Closed
Thursday & Friday Intermittent
("Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Groups programs by reservation.
Open Open
Saturday Yes
("Nature Nearby" Program Guide).
Open • Patterson House open
• Train is closed
Sunday Yes
("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, and wedding and reception sites. Most of the roads are paved and there are no significant grade changes. 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.

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:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (Today)

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, February 27, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, February 28, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, February 29, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farmyard Story Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Fun With Felting | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
We All Scream For Ice Cream! | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, March 1, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
Rabbit Rendezvous | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
Clothespin Dolls | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, March 5, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, March 6, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, March 7, 2020

8:00 AM  -  9:30 AM
Birds of The Farm | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Birds And Their Beaks | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Brewing On The Farm: A Homebrewing Workshop | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Wild Food | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, March 8, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Fun With Felting | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, March 12, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, March 13, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, March 14, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Preserving Plants | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Stilt Walkers | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, March 15, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Gourmet Popcorn | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Pictures of The Past | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, March 19, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, March 20, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, March 21, 2020

11:00 AM  -  3:00 PM
Sheep Shearing Day | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, March 22, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
Rope Making & Hay Hoisting | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
Clothespin Dolls | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, March 26, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, March 27, 2020

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, March 28, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Birds And Their Beaks | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Stilt Walkers | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, March 29, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Wake Up The Farm | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Gourmet Popcorn | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Pictures of The Past | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, April 2, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, April 3, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, April 4, 2020

10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
Tartan Day Scottish Fair 2020 | Ardenwood | Fremont

10:00 AM  -  5:00 PM
Tartan Day Scottish Fair 2020 | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, April 5, 2020

10:15 AM  -  3:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farmyard Story Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Farmyard Games | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, April 9, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, April 10, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, April 11, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Rabbit Rendezvous | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Preserving Plants | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Clothespin Dolls | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, April 12, 2020

10:15 AM  -  3:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Rabbit Rendezvous | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:00 PM
Hens Lay Eggs | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Farmyard Games | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, April 16, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, April 17, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, April 18, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Fixin' Feed | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  2:33 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Birds And Their Beaks | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Beginning Embroidery | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Victorian Table Top Games | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, April 19, 2020

10:15 AM  -  3:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Farmyard Story Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

2:00 PM  -  3:00 PM
Corn Mosaics | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:45 AM
Toddler Time | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, April 23, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Friday, April 24, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Saturday, April 25, 2020

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Hens Lay Eggs | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
Preserving Plants | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM
Pictures of The Past | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Victorian Table Top Games | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Sunday, April 26, 2020

10:15 AM  -  3:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

10:30 AM  -  11:00 AM
Fixin' Feed | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:00 AM  -  1:00 PM
Cooking In The Country Kitchen | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

11:30 AM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

2:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
Gorgeous Goats | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

Thursday, April 30, 2020

10:15 AM  -  2:30 PM
Ride The Rails-Train Rides | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

1:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
Patterson House Tours | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

3:00 PM  -  3:30 PM
Animal Feeding | Ardenwood Historic Farm | Fremont

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