Silicon Valley is just an area nestled between San Francisco and San Jose. I always wonder what kind of place is Silicon Valley. I know many people interested in technology head to Silicon Valley from all around the world.
There are actually tech tour where you can visit some of the world famous company here. Most of the graduates who work here are from the top university such as Stanford University, which is also located in Silicon Valley.
During my tech tour in Silicon Valley, I found out Googleplex is one of my favorite and the most visitor friendly in Silicon Valley. These are the top things you should experience while in Googleplex playground.
1. Hop on to the Google colorful bike
First thing that caught my attention at Googleplex Campus is the multi-colored bicycles that staffs & visitors use to get around this 12 acre campus. Please note there is a speed limit at all time, no speeding. No locks on these bikes and possibly hundreds of them all over Googleplex.
If you have friends who work in Googleplex, then you will be lucky enough to access to their work place and experience their work life in Google. If you don’t know anyone from google, you are still allow to visit this 12 acre google playground with the google bikes.
2. Google Cafe
If you are accompanied by a google employee, you will be able to taste some of the great food from the Google Cafe menu for free. Those googlers are serve 3 meals a day for free plus free snacks and drinks.
3. Tyrannosaurs Rex skeleton
One of the icon at Googleplex courtyard is the T-rex skeleton, a real size beast.
4. Sand Volleyball Court
If there are players in the sand volleyball court, you are welcome to join them.
5. Sun bathing at the Google Organic Garden
These are actually organic vegetables, the below is swiss chard but I have also found some garlic sprout and spice.
6. Crossfit Gym
There are few gyms, one of them is the outdoor gym for crossfit, you see equipment for kettle bells, dumbells, med balls, rings, pull up bar.
7. Google Android Statues Park
Both adults and kids love this place, hugging and posing pictures with these google android statues such as – Lollipop, Donut, Cupcake, Kitkat and gingerbread man.
Google use these sweets to name their code for Google Android operating systems; v1.5 – Cupcake, v4.4 – Kitkat, v5.0 Lollipop and many more.
8. Check out three big trees near Google Android Lawn Statues.
9. Visiting Google Merchandising Store
If you are google fan or Larry Page’s fan, you may want to get your google souvenirs here. Cups & t-shirts,
You can spot everything here with google theme colors, even the resting chair in the fitting room has the iconic google theme colors.
10. Google Giant Park
Final thoughts :
This is one of the mind blowing campus and a dream place to work. If you intend to explore Silicon Valley, then Googelplex at Mountain View is one of the must visit attractions when you do your tech touring. Go check out the google electric car & google self-driving car somewhere at the campus too!
You may like other tech tour in Silicon Valley :
- Stanford University at Palo Alto California
- Computer History Museum
- Facebook HQ -check in at the big thumb up signboard
- Apple HQ one infinite loop
- HP Birthplace – HP Garage