San Jose Things to Do

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  • 1. Winchester Mystery House

    Its most famous landmark is the Winchester Mystery House , 525 S Winchester Blvd, just off I-280 near Hwy-17 ($12.95-22.95; daily 9am-5pm, until 7pm June-Sept). Sarah Winchester, heiress to the...

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  • 2. Santa Clara Mission

    Mission Santa Clara de Asis was established in 1777 as the 8th of California's 21 Spanish Missions. By 1779 flooding threatened the religious center, so it was temporarily moved to higher ground, then...

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  • 3. Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

    This beautiful museum and park are in the middle of San Jose, yet when you're there it's easy to forget everything except the ancient architecture and artifacts which are close enough to touch. Walk...

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  • 4. Tech Museum of Innovation

    Chock-full of unique hands-on exhibits, this cosmopolitan museum in the heart of downtown San Jose singularly focuses on how technology functions and is changing every aspect of the way we work, live,...

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  • 5. Japantown

    Japantown San José has been here since about 1890, and plays an important part in San José area history. Japanese Americans were highly involved in agriculture and commerce in the city's earlier...

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  • 6. Downtown San Jose

    Downtown San Jose has a lot to offer from historic sites such as the adobes to various multinational corporations like Adobe. San Pedro Square is the most popular concentration of bars and...

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  • 7. Santana Row

    When Santana Row first opened a few years ago I wasn't very interested in going there. I was cynical about a new, "fake" downtown being created to look like a nice, European style pedestrian area...

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  • 8. Hakone Japanese Gardens

    Hakone is a wonderful place to visit, for its beautiful gardens, architecture and as an oasis of calm. It's the oldest Japanese and Asian estate gardens in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1915,...

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  • 9. San Jose Museum of Art

    This museum is worth looking into for its varied exhibitions. I've seen some interesting things here, which often, but not always, include California or West Coast tendencies. For example, a recent...

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  • 10. San Jose State University

    San Jose State University is located right in the heart of downtown San Jose. Give yourself an hour or two to stroll the grounds. This is a beautiful campus with a spanish flair in its archecture...

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  • 11. San Pedro Square

    Behind the old-fashioned archway marking the entrance to San Pedro Square you will find one of the oldest areas of San Jose. Today this compact spot is home to numerous bars and restaurants, but the...

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  • 12. HP Pavilion

    The HP Pavilion, also known as the "Shark Tank" is not really a pavilion...it has walls and ice, more like a hockey arena. Plus, this so-called pavilion even has seats, some 17,000 of them, unlike...

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  • 13. Soledad Mission

    Heading South on Highway 101 from San Jose, about 30 miles down the road, is a beautiful historic mission in Soledad. This mission includes beautiful craftwork of religious significance. It is in a...

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  • 14. Heritage Rose Garden

    The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden is a 5 acre garden located in the Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. The rose garden is a unique circular design with six triangular sections each containing a...

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  • 15. Downtown Los Gatos

    * and catch a movie at Los Gatos Cinemas @ 41 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos, 95030, (408) 395-0203; * and have a great Italian dinner at Cafe Marcella @ 368 Village Ln, Los Gatos, 95030, (408)...

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  • 16. Municipal Rose Garden

    The Municipal Rose Garden is a beautiful five acre garden situated in one of San Jose's nicer residential neighborhoods. For over 70 years this garden has been a favorite place for city residents and...

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  • 17. Farmers Market

    There are several good farmers' markets in the San Jose area. One takes place on Fridays right in downtown. It's not the biggest market, but a nice service to the commuters who work downtown as well...

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  • 18. San Jose Basilica

    Having been founded by the Spanish in the 18th century, the area that is now the City of San Jose had a strong religious presence. A small adobe church was established in the village and dedicated to...

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  • 19. Piralta Adobe

    Peralta Adobe was built around 1797 and is the only remaining structure from the original Spanish settlement at San Jose--called El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe. Located in the heart of San Jose,...

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  • 20. Guadalupe River Park

    The Guadalupe River Park stretches along the west side of downtown all the way up to the airport in neighboring Santa Clara. It is a brilliant use of land for flood control and public use. The area...

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  • 21. Alum Rock Park

    A natural, rugged getaway lies just minutes from downtown San Jose in 720-acre Alum Rock Park, San Jose's first and largest park. Visitors can enjoy many leisure activities, including bicycling,...

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  • 22. Downtown Campbell

    The suburban sprawl that identifies the San Francisco Bay area, and especially the south bay, has interesting pockets that once were individual towns. After WW11 development spread and these small...

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  • 23. California Theater

    The fabulous California Theatre, originally built in 1927, was beautifully restored and re-opened in September 2004. It has been transformed into not only a major performing arts center as well as...

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  • 24. Summary of travel ideas

    In this tip I am collecting ideas of what I can do when returning to San Jose soon. Surfing the net I found some ideas:Historic Parc ind...

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  • 25. Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

    Located in south San Jose not far from Spartan Stadium, the Happy Hollow Zoo is a nice place to take the kids. It's been around for a while, and is a well run...

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