San Jose is one of the first incorporated cities in California founded as Pueblo de San Jose on November 29, 1777. It is the third largest city in California with 958,789 persons. It is also California’s first civilian settlement and home to 6,600 technology companies. The city is known for its wide variety of recreational, educational, entertainment and cultural activities. It is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bbay close to the Pacific Ocean. It occupies a total area of 180 square miles of which 3.4 square miles is water. San Jose has a great public safety record and is known for its marvelous ethnic diversity and a pleasant climate.
There are four valleys in San Jose: Almaden Valley, Evergreen Valley, Santa Clara Valley and Rural Coyote Valley. The city is divided into downtown, south, north, central west and east San Jose.
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo: It is an outdoor adventure venue located in Kelly Park. Here, children have the opportunity to gaze at the Redwood Lookout and observe Fossa, Madagascar’s top predator. For a family or a school group it is a great place to plan outings as it offers many exciting opportunities at affordable rates. It offers the scope of adventures. It also offers many learning opportunities for children to make discoveries through parallel play and exploration.
Raging Waters: It is located on the grounds of Cunningham Regional Park in San Jose. It is the largest water park in northern California with around 36 slides and attractions. It has exciting water slides, a 350,000 gallon wave pool, and an interactive themed water fort, “The Pirates Cove for Children”. It has many family attractions like Dragon’s Den, Speed Slides, Thunder Rapids, Family Raft Slides, High Extreme Tube Slides, Body Slides, Activity Pool, and Lazy River. Children can also enjoy the Splash Island Adventure, interactive play area, Volcano Fantasea and Kid’s Kingdom.
Guadalupe River Park and Gardens: It is a 3 mile stretch of land running across the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose. It contains a rose garden, jogging trails, and different species of birds. Set up with picnic tables, it is a great place for a day’s outing and a leisure stroll with your family.
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose: It has been ranked as one of the top children’s museums in the USA. Children in the age group of 5-12 years can have fun in Discovery Youth by doing projects in Photoshop, Adobe Premiere elements and Flash Creator. They can also engage with arts and crafts activities in the museum. In Summer of Service, kids from 5th to 10th grade contribute in sites like Sacred Heart Community Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, and Resource Area for teaching. BioSITE allows students to appreciate the importance of the environment. It also conducts field research in Guadalupe Watershed thus taking learning outside of classrooms.
River Glen Park: It is located in the heart of eastern Willow Glen. It is equipped with rest rooms, 11 picnic tables and a BBQ area. Its sports amenities comprise a soccer field, basket ball courts, tennis courts and softball fields.
California’s Great America Theme Park: It is the ultimate theme park for the children, with attractions in the form of live stage shows, exciting rides as well as concerts. Children can have a blast with Nickelodeon TV characters, 10 pulse pounding coasters and wild water rides.
Winchester Mystery House: It is a top draw among San Jose’s numerous attractions. It is a sprawling place with rambling roofs and Tiffany art glass windows. It is loaded with exciting oddities like a staircase that leads to the ceiling and a door that opens the wall. The venue is equipped with three elevators and 47 fireplaces.
Santa Cruz Wharf: It is a sightseeing excursion that stretches all the way into Monterey Bay, and contains fish markets, seafood restaurants and gift shops. It is a perfect place to watch comic sea lions, or enjoy jazz and woodies on the Wharf.
NASA Ames Research Center: It is located on the border of Mountain View and Sunnyvale at the San Francisco Bay. It offers a host of activities to stimulate the interest of school children in science, mathematics and technology. It hosts the civilian, federal, and military agencies, the naval air station, and the Moffett Federal Airfield.
Marijane Hamann Park is a small park with many play areas. Children can also play in Humming Bird Park, Wallenberg Park, Rubino O’connor Park, Watson Park, Roy Avenue Park, Kids Korner, Alum Rock Park, Wilcox Park, Vasona Lake Park, Emma Prusch Farm Park, Rosewalk at Waterford Park, Planetoid Park, Capitol Park, Bernal Historic Ranch Park, Almaden Lake Park, Cahill Park, West Park, Kelley Park, Frank M. Santana Park, Brigadoon Park, Sonora Ave Park, Graystone Park, Orchard Park, Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park, Motorcycle Park, I Park, Riverbend Family Park, Calero Lake Park, Joseph D. Grant Park, Fontana Dog Park, Civic Centre Park etc.
The other attractions include De Saissat Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Mission Santa Clara De Asis, Santa Clara Historic Museum, Intel Museum, South Bay Historical Railroad Society, Triton Museum of Art, Blue & Gold Fleet, Computer History Museum, Coyote Ranch, Lick Observatory, Pier 39, and Roaring Railroads Camp.