An easy walk to a working farm makes Deer Hollow a prized family outing in the South Bay.
Cows moo, hens cackle, roosters crow -- all on a farm maintained by the city of Mountain View. The farm also features sheep, pigs, gardens, farm implements and a chance to look into the bedroom window of a 19th century farmhouse.
Kid-centric events are staged throughout the year, including summer camps and educational programs.
The route is very basic: Just follow the signs to Deer Hollow from the main parking lot at Rancho San Antonio County Park. It's all flat, perfect for little ones in strollers.
Best time to go: The hike's short enough that it's a true all-year outing.
Keep a close eye your kids so they don't try to sneak into the areas with farm animals.
Do not feed the animals; do not ride bikes in the farmyard.
Contact: (650) 903-6430
Farm hours: Open to the public Tuesday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays).
Driving directions: From I-280 take the Foothill Boulevard exit and go south on Foothill to Cristo Rey Drive (less than a quarter mile). Go right on Cristo Rey for about a mile, veer right around the traffic circle, and turn left into the County Park entrance.