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Historic Niles at Fremont

Historic Niles

Fremont, California, 94536
Category: Activities
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Historic Niles District in Fremont

Established in the 1850′s as a junction point of the Southern Pacific Railroad lines from Oakland to San Jose, Historic Niles is a charming town in the city of Fremont with antique stores and collective, crafts shops, cafes and an old silent movie theater. This quaint shopping district is the home of the one of the first West Coast motion picture companies, Essanay Studio, and the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, honoring the site Charlie Chaplin filmed five silent movies in the early 1910s. Enjoy fun weekend excursions on the Niles Canyon Railway and the annual Antique Fair.


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  • Niles Antique Fair and Flea Market
  • Wildflower Art, Garden & Quilt Show
  • Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights
  • Charlie Chaplin Day in June
  • Niles Town Plaza Celebration


  • Shopping
  • Dining
  • Sightseeing
  • Train Rides
  • Exhibits & Films


Old Town Niles offers a historic shopping district with antique, arts, crafts and jewelry stores. Stroll down Niles Boulevard from F Street to J Street and stop at the Turquoise Shop, selling Native American jewelry, art, pottery, and baskets, Les Belles Antiques, Tyme for Tea & Company, Bite and Browse, an antique collective with 31 dealers, and Needle to the Groove, a cool vinyl record store. Spanning downtown, the Annual Antique Fair and Flea Market features 200 vendors with antiques, arts, crafts, collectibles, and local food on the last Sunday in August.

Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is the former site of Essanay Studios – one of the first motion picture studios on the West Coast and where Broncho Billy and Charlie Chaplin made their famous silent films in the 1910s. The museum honors this pioneering movie studio, the world’s first movie cowboy, and Charlie Chaplin - the most celebrated film comedian of early films. The museum houses artifacts, posters, books and photographs that depict the early days of Niles and presents Saturday night screenings of early 20th-century silent films, many made locally.


  • What are the best places to eat?

    Historic Niles is a charming town with casual dining spots and cafe’s, including Nile Café, Bronco Billy’s Pizza Place, Tacos Negris and Cici’s Italian Ristorante. Stop by local favorites like The Vine, featuring fresh California food, craft beer and mind-blowing wines, and a pet-friendly patio.
  • What are some places of interest in Niles?

    Historic Niles offers many exciting attractions including the Niles Depot Museum, which showcases the early railroads of Fremont, and the Niles Canyon Railway, which offers weekend excursions on its collection of historic locomotives and the Train of Lights. Explore Sinn Pond, a favorite dog walking spot in Niles with long trails and grassy areas, and the Alameda Creek Regional Trail, which runs west for 12 miles from the mouth of Niles Canyon in the Niles District to San Francisco Bay.

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