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San Jose

Known for Live Music, Sports and Dancing

Snap photos of the surrounding mountains and enjoy the sunshine as you learn about innovation in the unofficial capital of Silicon Valley.

How do you get to San Jose?

As a major player in the technology industry, San José is a modern city known for its scientific advances and informative museums. Bring your kids to this family-friendly community in the San Francisco Bay Area with many green spaces and ample opportunities for learning about the future.

San José’s forward-thinking philosophy is encapsulated by its iconic Children’s Discovery Museum. Enter the purple-walled complex for a world of science and technology across numerous exhibits. Let your kids do experiments in the Wonder Cabinet and produce works in the Art Loft. Walk north across the scenic Monopoly in the Park public games area. Consider a picnic on the Guadalupe River.

Nearby is The Tech Museum of Innovation, where kids will learn about internet safety and healthcare advances. Build a robot and review recent inventions. Watch a movie about nature and technology on the huge IMAX screen. Relax in the adjacent Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park year-round on one of San José’s many sunny days.

The city’s strength lies in its blending of urban features with parks and trails. Stroll along Los Gatos Creek Trail and Los Alamitos Creek Trail for excellent views of the mountainous suburbs. Wander along the paths of the stunning San José Municipal Rose Garden to see the elegant fountain amid pretty flowers.

Aside from nature and technology, the city has fascinating stories to tell. Take a guided tour of the eerie Winchester Mystery House to learn about an obsessive and disturbed rifle heiress and her haunted manor. Visit St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica for its acclaimed stained-glass windows and intricate pipe organ. Discover one of the largest collections of Egyptian relics in western North America at the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.

The city is 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of San Francisco in Northern California. Fly to the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport or the San Francisco International Airport. Get around the city by light rail or bus.

San José is a modern, green city at the height of modernity.

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Wonder about the alleged hauntings and other mysteries as you chart the life of a gun magnate’s widow in this unfinished manor.

Watch your kids play with intriguing interactive displays and learn about community, connections and creativity in this acclaimed science museum.

Bring your kids to learn about modern advances and enjoy building your own robot and playing with the interactive displays in this museum’s themed galleries.

San Jose’s premier art institution celebrates West Coast creativity and explores the new frontiers of technology and art.

Travel back to Ancient Egypt and discover artifacts from thousands of years of Egyptian civilization including mummies, hieroglyphs and everyday objects.

Enjoy an afternoon stroll in the Japanese Friendship Garden, drop by the History Park, check out the heritage buildings, or simply relax under a shady tree.

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. 

The perfect blend of amusement park and accredited zoo, this San Jose favorite has been entertaining and educating families since 1961.

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