Served by I-880 (Nimitz Fwy) and I-680, Fremont is now the fourth most populous city in the San Francisco Bay Area, and the largest suburb in the metropolis. It is the closest Alameda County city to Silicon Valley. Rail service is provided by BART and the Altamont Commuter Express. AC Transit provides local bus service throughout the community.
Shopping, dining and entertainment is plentiful throughout Fremont. The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is a film museum on the former site of the Essanay Studios where Broncho Billy and Charlie Chaplin made films in the 1910s. It shows silent films weekly. Ardenwood is a regional historic landmark in Fremont. Open in 1985 to the general public, the entire park includes a farm, a large forest and a mansion now called the Patterson House, which was first constructed in 1857 by the farm’s original owner, George Washington Patterson. Fremont Centerville Farmers Market is open all year round on Saturdays from 9-1pm. The market is located in the heart of Fremont next to the historic Centerville Train Depot at Bonde Way and Fremont Boulevard.
Fremont is home to the main campus of Ohlone Community College. The Fremont Unified School District is proud of its 29 elementary schools, five middle schools, and five high schools.
Parks and Recreation
Mission Peak is a 2,517-foot (767 m) mountain summit that makes up the northern third of the Mission Ridge, along with Mount Allison and Monument Peak, attracting large crowds of Fremont locals. Winner of the Reader’s Choice award for best park 2010, Fremont’s Central Park is a 450-acre park on Paseo Padre Parkway at Stevenson Boulevard, and is easily accessible from both I-880 and I-680. Lake Elizabeth, is an 83-acre man-made lake that serves as a scenic picture for the residents who come to picnic, play sports, or explore. The northeastern side of the park consists of the large Fremont Park Golf Course. Aqua Adventures water park has two open and two enclosed forty-foot water slides, a three-foot-deep lazy river that surrounds the complex, and a splash zone with water features such as jets and sprays. Also in the park, there is a 25-yard utility pool with five lanes for swimming.