Children's Discovery Museum has two floors worth of exhibits and activities, including a history of bubbles, face painting and all sorts of things to keep children busy and thinking. The museum is a giant structure straddling the Guadalupe River Park, so picnics are common for visitors. It is located right on the light rail station, which makes public transportation a snap. The museum offers facilities for birthday parties and special events for all sizes of groups, from small gatherings of 10 to large groups of 1000.
Tombs, mummies and all sorts of ancient Egyptian artifacts await you at Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium, one of the tourist favorites of San Jose. This place is located in the beautiful Rosicrucian Park, with palm trees and Egyptian-style buildings everywhere. The museum itself contains an extensive array of artifacts, jewelry and displays of Egyptian antiquity. The tour in the cavernous tomb below the museum is especially replete with information and entertainment. Through the displays, you will get an in-depth look at the nature of life in ancient Egypt.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is located in East San Jose's Kelley Park, near the Japanese Friendship Garden. Happy Hollow is a perfect place to take the kids for a day out as it includes a zoo with all kinds of animals like jaguars, capybaras and monkeys. Happy Hollow is not just a zoo; it also features a park with rides like a carousel and a roller coaster, a petting zoo, shopping, and play structures. Happy Hollow also has a puppet theater, an animal hospital, and offers classes, programs and summer camps for kids.
With over 200 interactive, hi-tech exhibits, The Tech Museum of Innovation is unlike any other museum in the country. It is housed in a huge complex that stands out from all the other buildings in the heart of Downtown San Jose. Its unique Silicon Valley location is fitting given its technological nature and hands-on displays. Learn about communication networks, new frontiers in science, lasers, Silicon Valley inventions, biotechnology, and other cutting edge technologies that influence the world. The museum also includes a 360-degree IMAX theater.
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.
Sarah Winchester was heir to the Winchester repeating rifle fortune, and she was convinced that the spirits of all those killed with that gun were haunting her. So she moved from New Haven, Connecticut to San Jose to construct her dream home. To confuse the restless spirits, she constructed one of the oddest houses ever built and kept construction in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year until the day of her death. The Victorian-style labyrinth that resulted features a door on the second floor that opens onto thin air, and others that open onto walls and stairs and corridors that lead to dead ends. It features 160 rooms and only 110 can be explored. Don't miss this intriguing attraction when in town.
Once you get past the grand arch of the San Pedro Square entrance, you will find yourself in the famous restaurant area of Downtown San Jose. Foodies will delight at this square which offers them a mind-boggling range of cuisines, cafe-bars and fine dining restaurants to choose from. People watching becomes a past time at cafes which offer sidewalk seating. Art galleries and theaters thrive in the downtown area and attract tourists and crowds every single day of the week.
The San Jose Downtown Historical District is one of the most monumental districts in the entire California. It is prominently designated as a U.S. Historic District and carries immense significance. Today, the district is a perfect getaway for holidays and promises a luxurious trip with superior dining facilities, luxurious accommodations, stellar nightlife avenues, art sites and much more. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This attractive little art space celebrates the contributions of Latinos to the visual and literary arts. It offers a fascinating look at the important part Latino arts play in the so-called mainstream culture. Every year, high profile artists join with local talents to produce events that address issues in the Latino community. The participants are heavily involved in art education for youth. Also on the premises is a neat little store filled with Hispanic art, figurines and more.
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is one of the world's oldest quilt museums and features revolving exhibitions from all over the world. It looks small from the outside, but once you get in, there is plenty of wonderful things to see. Exhibits have included exquisite examples of Amish, Shaker and Hawaiian quilting as well as striking works by contemporary craftsmen. Their staff is well versed in quilt lore and can answer any of your questions or recommend books for any further research you might want to do.