San Jose is packed with things for people to do in their leisure time. Whether they'd like to spend a day outdoors in the sun at one of the city’s many parks, or indoors at a museum, the options are endless. With so many attractions drawing visitors every day of the week, it can be difficult to pick just one on any given day. We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular things to see and do in San Jose.
Recommended attractions in San Jose
The Tech Interactive
This science and technology centre offers hands on activities, experimental labs and design challenges that are intended to empower innovation and give visitors a taste of how technology can be brought to life. The Interactive’s IMAX Dome Theatre also provides a one-of-a-kind movie experience with the use of the world’s first laser projector in a domed theatre. This family-friendly Silicon Valley landmark is a must visit for the curious and creative.
San Pedro Square Market
The San Pedro Square Market houses an impressive collection of food vendors offering cuisine from all ends of the earth. It also hosts live music, film showings, book-signings, comedy shows and the odd sports game for visitors to watch. Open every day of the week, this dog-friendly market offers outdoor dining spots from which expats will be entertained while enjoying a meal.
Winchester Mystery House
Built by Sarah Winchester, the heiress of the Winchester Repeating Arms fortune, this beautiful but bizarre Victorian-style mansion is open to the public for guided tours. Mrs Winchester built the house with many odd features, including doors and stairways that lead nowhere, in order to confuse the spirits of the victims lost to the Winchester Rifle that had returned to haunt the house, as she believed. Along with expats having an opportunity to explore the mysterious estate, they can also attend numerous events held there each year.
San Jose Museum of Art
Housing an impressive collection of works from West Coast artists, this museum is extremely popular among art lovers in San Jose. While many of the exhibits showcase Californian artists, art from the Pacific Rim is also gaining traction. Expats can expect to view a wide selection of works using many different styles and mediums.
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Situated in Kelley Park, Happy Hollow is an amusement park and zoo for the whole family to enjoy. It offers thrilling rides, a petting zoo, a puppet theatre and animal exhibits, among other attractions. Those looking for educational fun will discover that the Learning LODGE holds camps and classes that focus on conservation and sustainability. The attraction also contributes to conservation initiatives around the world.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
History buffs in San Jose will enjoy a visit to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum. Built in the architectural style favoured by the Ancient Egyptians, visitors will spend some time fully immersed in their culture. The museum houses the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts in the western US. Shows are also hosted at the museum’s planetarium on the weekends.
►For info about the events and festivals held in the city, see What's On in San Jose
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