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.
The fun never stops at the California Theatre. This huge venue hosts annual events, theater performances, music concerts and even competitions. Past events include the Library of Congress "Song of America" Tour with Thomas Hampson, the International Russian Music Piano Competition, and a San Jose Youth Symphony performance. The venue used to be a FOX movie theater and it has a top-notch sound system and comfortable seats. See the website for further details.
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.
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.
Peralta Adobe & Fallon House Historic Site is made up of two different buildings. One is the oldest address in San Jose, the latter is the home built by a former mayor in the late 19th Century. See what life was like in the 1900s and get a rich dose of fascinating local history. This site also contains an excellent bookstore. Tours are available by appointment only.
The Sabatino Memorial Family Resource Center adds a touch of Italian culture to the neighborhood. Known for its iconic shows and events, this is where one can catch some entertaining Italian-inspired cultural events. While it might not be the best known venue in the city, its popularity on the indie scene is growing as larger crowds walk in for a taste of the unexplored. Featuring plays, concerts, festivals, workshops and other community events, the venue does well to creatively portray a foreign culture.
Crawling for three miles alongside the Guadalupe River and harnessing Highway 87, this unique natural environment contains a rose garden, jogging trails, several species of birds and lots of picnic tables. Nestled in a particularly scenic spot in the South Bay, it is a great place for a day's outing or a slow leisurely walk. Improvements are ongoing and when it is finally completed, it will be a spectacular place for everyone in the family.
Arena Green is part of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens in San Jose. The Los Gatos Creek and Guadalupe River cross their river paths near Arena Green, making this waters-meet a famous attraction for tourists. Kids can enjoy on the colorful carousel and swing around jungle gyms and slides on the playground.
The McEnery Park is a breath of fresh air and is located right in the heart of San Jose. It is divided by the Guadalupe River and as a result, offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy a family picnic by the water or to relax with your favorite book to the sounds of the flowing river. Two playgrounds and long winding trails within the park ensure there's something for everyone at this beautiful green haven.