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San Jose Attractions

You'll soon discover why travelers adore San Jose. Whatever your interests or age, there are tons of attractions and experiences to throw yourself into. Book your flights and hotel, get your suitcase packed and prepare to explore this vibrant metropolis.

If you're ready to explore San Jose, join a few of the top tours & day trips on offer, and let a friendly expert show you some of the most popular tourist attractions. Offering free cancellations and no added fees, our 38 fun activities in San Jose are also worth a look.

Things to Do in San Jose with Kids

There are loads of outstanding experiences in San Jose that the entire gang will get a buzz out of. These are a few of the most popular family friendly experiences in the area.

Free Things to Do in San Jose

There's no need to endlessly reach for your wallet in San Jose. The following won't cost a cent.

ART-TECH Silicon Valley Institute of Art & Technology - Round up the entire family and set out on an interesting adventure through history with one another.

Silicon Valley U.S. Patent & Trademark Office - Be inspired by the originality and design of this impressive example of modernistic architecture.

Peralta Adobe and Fallon House Historic Site - If you're fascinated by bygone eras, this is one attraction you really shouldn't miss.

San Pedro Square - Hang out for a while in this thriving area and imagine life as a local resident.

Adobe Corporate Headquarters - Spend some time here and discover the importance of this place to the community.

St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica - Do some soul searching or just savor the serene atmosphere at this religious site.

Coyote Creek Parkway Path - Contemplate the stark contrast between the urban jungle and nature's beauty at this special place.

Saint James Park - Rejuvenate your body, mind and soul by spending a little time with Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of San Jose

South San Jose

Travelers choose South San Jose for its ample dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Blossom Hill Station (VTA) or Snell Station and check out top sights like Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.


Downtown San Jose

Known for its fascinating museums and great live music, there's plenty to explore in Downtown San Jose. You can visit top attractions like SAP Center at San Jose and San Jose Museum of Art, and jump on the metro at San Fernando Station or Convention Center Station to see more of the city.


North San Jose

If you're spending time in North San Jose, check out sights like Samsung Semiconductor Inc or San Jose Municipal Golf and hop on the metro to see more the city at Cisco Station or Baypointe Station.

East San Jose

If you're spending time in East San Jose, check out sights like Raging Waters or Lake Cunningham Park and hop on the metro to see more the city at Alum Rock Station or McKee Station.

West San Jose

West San Jose might not have many top sights, but Winchester Mystery House and Santana Row Shopping Center are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Willow Glen

When in Willow Glen and the surrounding area, you'll want to check out sights like The Pruneyard Shopping Center or SAP Center at San Jose and hop on the metro to see more the city at Bascom Station or Fruitdale Station.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in San Jose on a sunny day?

Enjoy the nice weather (and give your legs a stretch as well) with some of these outdoor experiences:

What to do in San Jose on a rainy day?

If it's really coming down out there, have a go at a Spa-Quality On Demand Massage - Silicon Valley or a San Francisco Airport Same Day Luggage Services.

What is San Jose famous for?

Winchester Mystery House lives up to its reputation as a landmark you simply can't miss.

What should I not miss in San Jose?

You simply can't go home without ticking off the following list of incredible attractions:

  • SAP Center at San Jose
  • San Jose Convention Center
  • San Jose State University
  • Childrens Discovery Museum

Are there cheap things to do in San Jose?

Have fun without hurting your hip pocket with a City Scavenger Hunts by Operation City Quest of California or an Urban Adventure Quest - San Jose.

What can you do in San Jose for free?

You'll hardly have time to grab your wallet out of your pocket with so many fantastic free attractions:

  • Westfield Valley Fair Shopping Mall
  • Kelley Park
  • Santana Row Shopping Center
  • Cisco Systems Corporate Headquarters