Thousands visit this park each year to view the beautiful varieties of roses in a profusion of colors and types. A resplendent sight to behold, the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden also includes a few fountains and a reflecting pool, making it a great spot for a quiet stroll even if you aren't a rose aficionado. Take a look at the map of the place, which lists the names of all the varieties of roses, some of which are rare kinds.
This urban farm covers an impressive 47 acres (19.02 hectares). It has school tours, orchards, a barnyard, picnic areas and places to fly kites. It is a great place to bring kids, especially if they like animals as there are numerous breeds of rabbits, chickens, geese and ducks for them to befriend. The property was originally given to the city of San Jose with the intent that it be used as an agricultural learning center, and in this respect, it succeeds admirably. Admission is free.
This huge, multi-domed church was originally built in 1877 and was restored to its original splendor in 1990. This is actually the fifth location of the parish seat; the first was built in 1803. The present structure is a monumental building. Incredible stained glass work renders the sanctuary into a lovely, almost mystical space when the sun causes the colors to play across the walls, pews and floor. Masses are held in Spanish and English.
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.
Montgomery Theater has been the home of the San Jose Children's Musical Theater for many years. It is right in the middle of downtown San Jose and is within walking distance of all major hotels and restaurants, making it convenient for visitors as well as locals who want to grab a bite before or after the show. Built in the style of a Spanish mission, this elegant theater is connected to the City National Civic. Credit card acceptance varies by show.
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.
The San Jose Fire Museum features artifacts dating back to 1810 with fire hoses, ladders, hooks, fire engines, etc. You shall find here equipment, tools and uniforms of fire fighters. The objects of the fire department reflect the history of San Jose Fire Department.
Corinthian Event Center or Corinthian Grand Ballroom as it is also known is a magnificent downtown San Jose facility. This 1924 neoclassic, grand dame will usher you in with its expansive granite steps, huge urns and towering columns. Its elegant foyer will charm you with its engraved wooden beam ceiling and exquisite chandelier. But it is the regal ballroom that is the star of this already alluring building. Its intricately designed massive wood-beam ceiling with alternate blue glass panes and gold leaf panels, large, unique wrought iron and glass light fixtures, and festively decorated palm trees add to the romance of this place. It also features a etched stone proscenium stage and granite balcony. Their skilled staff will make sure that any occasion is made memorable for you. It is no wonder that it is among the most preferred wedding destinations in the city and an esteemed venue for various other functions.
Part of the legendary comedy club chain, the Improv in San Jose plays host to a variety of up-and-coming comedians as well as well-known and established funny men and women. Conveniently located in downtown San Jose, the club is within walking distance from the city's best restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. The establishment itself boasts a full bar and also serves bar food favorites such as mozzarella sticks and buffalo wings with bleu cheese dressing. Main courses include various types of tasty burgers, pasta dishes, and even prime rib. Please check their website for current schedule.
Japanese-Americans have a long history in Santa Clara Valley and this place is dedicated to preserving these traditions. Exhibits, collections, workshops, lectures and other special events take place here, all centering on the prominence of the Japanese-American peoples of the area. Several resource materials are also available, including books, videos and CDs. Established in 1987, the museum is smack in the middle of Japan town. Stop in and see some incredible photo collections.
The San Jose State University Theatre is situated in Hugh Gillis Hall. Host to a number of plays and events, many of the university's activities are held here. This place is usually buzzing with activities and events taking place. Meetings, forums and other business talks and gatherings are also organized.