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I Love Mountain View
ILoveMV.org is the official Visitors Center for the city of Mountain View. It highlights all kinds of fabulous things-to-do in our community and shines a spot light on interesting people, new start-ups, and other important things like… where to get the best slice of pizza or martini, how to hire a day-worker for the afternoon, and how to be a community volunteer.
Center for the Performing Arts – Intelligently designed with state-of-the-art technology, this venue is perfectly suited for its goal of hosting a comprehensive performing arts program for a culturally diverse community. It hosts performances by many arts organizations throughout the year, including those of its home companies, TheatreWorks and Peninsula Youth Theatre. It has three distinct performing spaces. These are MainStage, which has a 600-seat auditorium; SecondStage, a more intimate 200-seat theater; and ParkStage, an outdoor amphitheatre that accomodates an audience of 300 with lawn seating.
Computer History Museum - Experience one of the world’s largest collections of computing artifacts. Our exhibits allow you to explore the computer revolution and its impact on the human experience.
NASA Exploration Center – The NASA Ames Exploration Center, where visitors can experience NASA technology and missions first hand, recently added a number of fresh and exciting exhibits. Located at the main gate to NASA Ames at Moffett Field just off US 101, the Exploration Center has welcomed more than 150,000 visitors since it opened at the beginning of 2004 and has inspired tens of thousands of schoolchildren to become the next generation of space explorers. The facility is open to the public at no charge.
Exhibit hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and weekends, 12 noon – 4 p.m. We are closed Mondays and Federal Holidays. School and other groups are welcome but please call ahead if you plan to bring a group of more than 15. Open at no charge.
Rengstorff House – The Rengstorff House, Mountain View’s oldest home, is one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture on the West Coast.
Rengstorff House is a 12-room, 3,955 square foot house with 10-foot ceilings on the second story and 11-foot ceilings on the first floor. Fully restored in 1991, the Rengstorff House features a Victorian Italianate design with a hip roof, a central gable crowned by a widow’s walk, front portico and symmetrical room layout. Beautifully furnished by a community-based organization known as the Friends of ‘R’ House, the home features ornate brass chandeliers, Victorian plaster rosettes, push-button light switches, Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper designs, and Eastlake furniture. We welcome you to come by for a visit!
Public tours are available three days a week. On non-public tour days, the home is available for rent. In addition to weddings and events, the home was recently updated to include wireless internet access, making meetings and business presentations a snap in modern times! Public Tour Hours Sundays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays 11 am to 5 pm. Check our Events Calendar to find out when our public events are scheduled.
Shoreline Golf Links – Located adjacent to San Francisco Bay in the City of Mountain View, California, Shoreline Golf Links is an eighteen-hole, championship-level golf course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones II and Associates and constructed in 1982-1983, the course is part of Shoreline at Mountain View, a 750 acre regional open space area. The course is open for play 364 days a year, closing only on December 25. Rates vary by day and time of day. Tee time reservations may be made by calling our automated system at 650-903-GOLF (4653).
Shoreline Regional Wildlife Area – Shoreline at Mountain View is our community’s 750-acre wildlife and recreation area open for members of the public to explore and enjoy. The Shoreline Division is responsible for operation, protection and enhancement of environmental areas within Shoreline, as well as rental of the historic Rengstorff House, management of commercial restaurant and sailing lake leases and oversight of the City-wide Park Ranger Program.
Shoreline features: a 50-acre small boat sailing lake operated by Silicon Shores; an 18-hole golf course; Michaels clubhouse and banquet facilities; the historic Rengstorff House; irrigated meadowlands; wildlife and habitat areas, a self-guided interpretive sign system; environmental docent-led tours program and eight miles of paved trails. Extensive wetlands include two tidal marshes, two sloughs, a seasonal marsh and storm retention basin, two creeks and five irrigation reservoirs on the golf course. Passive recreational activity opportunities include jogging, walking, bird watching, kite flying and sailing.
Downtown Mountain View is the “heartbeat” of the city. This vibrant and active center offers restaurants, shops, theater, sidewalk cafes, and the civic center. Downtown Mountain View is known for its activities– festivals, including the Chamber’s Annual Art & Wine Festival, parades, cultural events, the weekly farmer’s’ market, free concerts and a variety of unique celebrations throughout the year. Thousands of people each year come to downtown Mountain View to enjoy the events, and the character of downtown keeps them coming back. Castro Street is the functional and symbolic center of downtown. It is a “townscape,” with pedestrian-scaled street spaces, well defined by attractive buildings and beautiful landscaping. The city comes alive at night when the lights shine from the trees lining the sidewalks and diners stroll from restaurants to cafes, ice-cream shops, bookstores or pubs.
The City’s Downtown Committee, made up of business owners and representatives from the downtown neighborhood, school district, Central Business Association, and Chamber of Commerce, continually focuses on maintaining high standards for the downtown and ensuring that the area grows as a shopping and dining destination. Downtown Mountain View has been recognized as one of the most successful redevelopment efforts in the region.
Mountain View has encouraged multi-use developments which have resulted in downtown residential units near transit and services. Residents of downtown, as well as daytime workers, frequent the many restaurants and retail establishments. The transit center offers train, light rail, and bus service into and out of downtown. The Centennial Plaza at the corner of Castro Street and Evelyn Avenue includes a train station designed in the style of the 1888 Southern Pacific train station once located in this spot. The building has a bicycle shelter and an automatic teller machine making it convenient for the thousands of commuters coming to and from Mountain View each day.
Down the street, visitors will find City Hall, the Center for the Performing Arts, the Library and the Chamber of Commerce– all of which surround beautiful Pioneer Park.
Please visit Downtown Mountain View to experience its unique character and charm.