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  • The Alviso doors overlooking the San Francisco Bay
  • The historic Bayside Canning Company buidling
  • The Alviso doors overlooking the San Francisco Bay
  • A trail wrapping around the bay at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
  • Salt Ponds in Alviso at low tide
  • Kayaks available for rent outside of Laine's Baits and Rentals shop
  • Welcome to Alviso sign

Alviso

The historic bayside neighborhood transports visitors to the decades before San Jose earned its reputation as the Capital of Silicon Valley. Alviso once served as San Jose’s port city and the now closed Bayside Canning Company (once the 3rd largest cannery in the US) serves as a reminder of that history.

abandoned old canning facility

 

Beyond Alviso’s Historic District, exploration awaits at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, the first urban wildlife refuge in the United States. The refuge includes 30,000 acres of open bay, salt ponds, salt marsh, mudflats and a ghost town. The ghost town Drawbridge is accessible via the Union Pacific Railroad Tracks and beckons many curious travelers.

the bay

 

Shove away from land and float through the reeds on a kayak from Laine’s Baits and Rentals, enjoying the marsh birds and narrow waterways that connect into the San Francisco Bay.

canoes

Local Favorites

Bait shop

Laine's Baits and Rentals

Rent a kayak and learn of the town's history.

Mexican Dish

Rosita's De Basilio Deli & Market

The place to go for homecooked mole!

Abandoned buildings at Drawbridge

Drawbridge (formerly Saline City)

Where only the curious travelers venture.