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Alum Rock Park

Enjoy some time outdoors at one of San Jose’s oldest and prettiest public parks. Just a short drive from downtown, its caves, creeks and wildlife make it feel like a far-off wilderness. 

Alum Rock Park takes its name from nearby rock formations once thought to contain aluminum. This proved untrue, but the name stuck and now defines 291 hectares (720 acres) of woodland, walking trails, picnic areas and creeks.

Choose between scenic woodland and creek-side trails or take the longer options into the hillside. The 2.25-mile (3.6-kilometer) North Rim Trail to Eagle Rock is great for anyone who doesn’t mind trading a steep climb for a good view. From the top you can see much of the Bay Area, but bring a hat and sunscreen as there isn’t much shade. For a milder hike, follow the South Rim Trail’s shaded paths where you’ll see native flora and fauna and catch some stunning views of the creek and surrounding area.

For anyone looking for an easy stroll, the Penitencia Creek Trail is pleasant, easy and dotted with benches and lookout points. Other trails lead to mineral springs, through sycamore groves, and across wood and scrubland. Keep your eyes peeled for deer, squirrels, pumas, bobcats, red-tailed hawks and even rattlesnakes.

Kids will love the playground and Youth Science Institute, where they can get up-close to native animals and explore natural history exhibits. Picnickers looking for a good spot to relax will find tables and barbecue pits all over the park. There are restrooms along most trails, and a visitor center is open for further enquiries.

Alum Rock Park is a great way to discover the Bay Area’s natural beauty without going too far from town. It’s a 20-minute drive from downtown San Jose and is open from Tuesday to Sunday. Buses do service the park from downtown San Jose, but the stop is just over 20 minutes’ walk from the park entrance. You have to pay to park, and a good space can be hard to come by when the park gets busy. The park is less crowded early in the week.


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Lodging Near Alum Rock Park

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Fully Furnished Bedroom in Centrallylocated Lavish Custom Home in Silicon Valley

Fully Furnished Bedroom in Centrallylocated Lavish Custom Home in Silicon Valley

5218 Summit Ave, San Jose
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Jose, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Alum Rock Park, Overfelt Gardens, and Mexican Heritage Plaza. Lake Cunningham Park and Raging Waters are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Spacious & Clean Modern Home, 5 Miles From SAP and San Jose Convention Center

Spacious & Clean Modern Home, 5 Miles From SAP and San Jose Convention Center

3110 White Terrace, San Jose
4.6
of 5, from 14 reviews
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Situated in San Jose, this townhouse accommodation is within 3 mi (5 km) of Overfelt Gardens, Mexican Heritage Plaza, and Alum Rock Park. Lake Cunningham Park is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

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Fully Furnished Executive Home. Traveling Nurses/ Corporate / Short or Long te

1588 Calco Creek Dr, San Jose
4.9
of 5, from 9 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Jose, this vacation home is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Lake Cunningham Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Raging Waters and Mexican Heritage Plaza. Overfelt Gardens and Alum Rock Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Newly Built 2017/ 2 Beds/ 2 Baths

Newly Built 2017/ 2 Beds/ 2 Baths

963 Cadet Pl, San Jose
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in San Jose, this guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Overfelt Gardens, Mexican Heritage Plaza, and Silicon Valley University. San Jose Municipal Golf is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

$80
Alura Inn

Alura Inn

1378 Oakland Rd, San Jose
3.0
of 5, from 1,132 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this motel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from San Jose Municipal Golf and 3 mi (4.8 km) from San Jose State University. Silicon Valley University and Overfelt Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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Urban Suites, Cool People's Home 173

1730 Plaza Sol, San Jose
4.8
of 5, from 5 reviews
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Situated in San Jose, this condo is within 6 mi (10 km) of Silicon Valley University, Great Mall of the Bay Area, and Santa Clara University. California's Great America and San Jose State University are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$98
Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport

Wyndham Garden San Jose Airport

1355 N 4th Street, San Jose
3.5
of 5, from 2,627 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Ideal Silicon Valley hotel with easy access to some of Silicon Valley's well known corporations as well as the Winchester Mystery House, Downtown, and the San Jose Convention Center. San Jose State University and SAP Center are 2 miles (3.21 kilometers) from the hotel.

$135
The Fairmont San Jose

The Fairmont San Jose

170 S Market Street, San Jose
4.4
of 5, from 2,553 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This San Jose hotel, which has hosted four presidents, offers a prime location one block from the convention center; the Tech Museum of Innovation is across the street.