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Best Outdoor Activities in San Jose

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Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark

The 68,000-square foot (6317.40-square meter) Lake Cunningham Regional Skatepark boasts of many features including one of the tallest vert walls, as well as one of the largest cradles and full pipes in the world. It is also one of the biggest parks in California for BMX racing and skateboarding. It provides rentals of biking and skateboarding equipment and conducts private as well as group lessons for beginners, amateurs and experts, irrespective of age. This park also offers camping facilities and packages for celebrating birthdays. In between sports activities, stroll to the nearby Cunningham Lake for a few moments of tranquility.

San Jose, CA, United States
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Alum Rock Park

Established in 1872, the Alum Rock Park is by far the oldest municipal-operated urban park in all of California. Located at a distance of just 7.72 kilometers (4.80 miles) from the heart of San Jose's urban surroundings, this oasis of greenery is clasped on the slopes of Diablo Range's verdant valleys. Spanning nearly 720 acres (291.37 hectares), the park's grounds are traversed by the roads and trails of Alum Rock Falls, Calaveras Fault, and Sierra, making every corner of its protected lands accessible for off-roading enthusiasts and avid hikers. The park is dotted with classical wood-carved trail signs that add a rustic vibe to your overall outdoor experience. Wildlife includes red-tailed hawk, Cooper's hawk, turkey vulture, black-tailed deer, mountain lions.

San Jose, CA, United States
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Almaden Lake Park

Almaden Lake Park is where San Jose residents come to bike, hike, fish and relax their days away. Located over 65 acres, the lake is expansive enough for an endless amount of personal space, ensuring plenty of space to accommodate a wide range of activities. The park has bocce ball courts, volleyball nets and even horseshoe facilities. For those that want to be closer to the water, fishing and pedal boating are allowed. There is a concession stand open on a seasonal basis that features light snacks and refreshing beverages. For a scenic, tranquil setting and plenty of activity options, it doesn't get much better than a day at Almaden Lake Park.

San Jose, CA, United States
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Calabazas Park

Calabazas Park is located in the western extreme of San Jose, close to Cupertino. It is always bustling with adults and children enjoying sports and outdoor activities and it attracts a few tourists as well. It has free entry and a parking lot, although the latter is not very large. It offers two playgrounds for different age groups of children, picnic spots and barbecue pits. It also permits visitors to play soccer, volleyball, basketball and softball, and has a BMX track and horseshoe pits. This park is open from sunrise to a little after sunset, call the official tourism center of San Jose for more information.

San Jose, CA, United States
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Los Gatos Creek Trail

The Los Gatos Creek Trail meanders along the Los Gatos Creek, starting from Downtown San Jose, traversing San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood and the city of Campbell and terminating at Downtown Los Gatos. This 9.7 mile (15.61-kilometer) trail passes through bouts of woods and wilderness, and important landmarks like the Los Gatos Creek County Park and the Vasona Lake County Park. It provides a connecting link between three cities and is always filled with cyclists, walkers, joggers and bikers enjoying its lush natural beauty. Do not miss this must-visit attraction in San Jose, whether you seek to exercise amidst nature or walk hand in hand with your loved one.

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