For such a big city, San Jose can give off a bit of a sleepy vibe to newcomers who don’t know where to start. But how can you blame them? San Jose is surrounded by some pretty famous attractions, including a little place called San Francisco. And fun in the sun just seems to make more sense on the beaches of Santa Cruz and Monterey. So what’s a homeowner to do?
Well, have no fear. It’s not all work and no play in the Capital of Silicon Valley. But if you really want to know what this city has to offer, then you’ll have to stick around. Here’s a guide to help you through.
Use the kids.
Technology and exhibits of all sorts entertain the younger bunch in Downtown San Jose. They’ll love the Children’s Discovery Museum where they can learn and explore the world around them. And at The Tech Museum of Innovation, galleries, programs and movies inspire the whole family. What’s better? You can make a day of it! Both attractions are easily accessible by public transportation and a short walking distance from one another.
Eat. A lot.
If eating is your idea of fun-which is often the case for so many—then boy, do you have options! Leave the kids or bring them along to enjoy the eclectic tastes of San Jose. Throughout the city, traditional and cultural fares represent the diversity unique to this area. Indulge in happy hour and dinner dates at San Pedro Square Market, or try new restaurants by big-name chefs at The Plant. Whatever your plans, you’ll never be at a loss when it comes to dining out in San Jose.
So now that you’re full, let’s bring on the entertainment! The needs of Broadway fans, art enthusiasts, music lovers, and sports fanatics are all met in convenient San Jose. It’s easy to catch a show at the Center for Performing Arts where the likes of Cats, Mamma Mia and Beauty and The Beast have all been featured. And local artists enjoy the spotlight on South First Fridays when galleries are free of charge. Whether you’re listening to a variety of musical stylings at the weeklong San Jose Jazz Festival, or cheering on local NHL hockey team, the San Jose Sharks, finding fun in this city is always within reach.
Still Not Having Fun? Try this.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Winchester Mystery House
San Jose Repertory Theatre
San Jose Museum of Art
Begin your next adventure here, and see for yourself why San Jose is worth your stay.
-By Dan Pfister
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