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Alum Rock Park
Founded in 1872 and one of California’s oldest municipal parks, Alum Rock Park is nestled within a canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range. The Park's 720 acres of natural, rugged beauty, provide visitors with many leisure outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, picnicking, and of course ju…
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is a family-friendly zoo that doubles as an amusement park. Located on sixteen acres, Happy Hollow features many popular features like its carousel, roller coaster, petting zoo, and puppet theatre. Although the rides are enjoyable, visitors will love the animal exhibits just as well. Stroll the gro…
Japanese Friendship Garden
This beautiful and tranquil garden is an expanse of peace in the middle of the city. The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is a living symbol of the “Sister City” relationship between Okayama, Japan and San Jose. It serves as a popular setting for the perfect place for weddings and celebrations, but it best serves San Jose r…
Lake Cunningham Park
Lake Cunningham's acres of open space and 50-acre lake offer something for everyone. One of the park's darlings is a 68,000 square feet, Regional Skate Park (LCRSP) which is the largest skate park in California and features the world's largest cradle, tallest vert wall, and largest full pipe. LCRSP offers a wide variety of …
Almaden Lake Park

Visitors to Almaden Lake Park can enjoy seasonal activities that include fishing and pedal boating along 30 acres of lake and 65 acres of land. Others enjoy a nice family or company picnic and play volleyball, toss horseshoes. Bocce ball courts are also available on a first come first serve basis, you will need to provide y…

Black Mountain Bowman Archery Range
Part of Sana Teresa County Park, this bring your own archery equipment range is open to the public (7) days a week during normal park hours (except for the first Saturday of each month when it is closed for maintenance by the BMB archery club members.) The range is also closed during club sponsored shoots. There are no fees…
Brigadoon Park
With 5.5 acres of park made especially unique courtesy of giant, concrete slides that scale the side of the large hill at the park, Brigadoon is a favorite local gem. Use the cardboard usually at the base of the slides to go faster, if you dare! Picnic and BBQ sites available.
Calabazas Park
Calabazas Park features the largest city-funded BMX course of its kind in the Bay Area and with few rivals in the rest of California. The park and the BMX course are open one hour after sunrise and closes one hour after sunset; however, the course will remain closed if the ground is deemed too wet for usage
Castle Rock State Park
Situated along the Santa Cruz Mountains in Los Gatos, just 20 minutes from San Jose, the hikers paradise of Castle Rock State Park can be found. No matter you r level, this part has a trail for you and the park attracts rock climbers and nature lovers for good reason. Home to various types of flora this park is one of many …
City Hall Peregrine Falcons
Falcon fans from around the globe tune in to San José’s wildest reality show featuring Clara, a rare peregrine falcon who makes her home in a nest box located on top of a ledge on the 18-floor City Hall in San Jose. In spring 2006 it was reported to Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group that two peregrine falcons were pe…
Coyote Creek Trail
The Coyote Creek Trail is one of the longest trail systems extending from the Bay to the City's southern boundary. At this time, you can access a northern portion of the trail system from Highway 237 Bikeway to Montague Expressway. A short downtown portion travels through Selma Olinder Park. The southern portion begins at T…
Downtown San Jose Public Art Walk
Awe inspiring pieces of public work can be found around almost every corner in San Jose, especially downtown. From the airport to the convention center, to City Hall, San Jose State University and throughout the city's core campus, there are a number of amazing public art installations; some are even interactive. Look out f…
Eagle Ridge Golf Club
The public venue's 18 holes were meticulously designed by Ron Fream and David Dale to incorporate the existing movement of the land, frequent natural water features and spectacular views. And like many relatively upscale modern courses, six sets of tee boxes offer plenty of options, making the course range from 7,005 yards …
Emma Prusch Farm Park
This farm and park is home to San José's largest barn where 4H livestock projects are housed; animals vary throughout the year so keep coming back to see what is around. The park also features robust community gardens, a rare historic fruit orchard, and acres of open grass perfect for picnicking, kite flying, games and rela…
Garrod Farms and Stables
Scenic horseback riding just 25 minutes from downtown San Jose in the Saratoga foothills. Enjoy a guided horseback ride through the Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards and the Fremont Older Mid-Peninsula Open Space Preserve on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains facing San Jose. Trails wander through vineyards and oak…
Gilroy Gardens
Gilroy Gardens is a beautiful California amusement park, located just 45 minutes south from downtown San Jose and is the only California theme park with a horticultural theme. Ideal for families with young children and garden lovers, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park features 21 rides, 27 attractions, 6 majestic gardens and …
Guadalupe River Park and Gardens
Take in the fresh air, nature and sunshine at Guadalupe River Park and Gardens buy foot, bike or even Segway. Enjoy nature at its best on the 3 mile stretch of park that winds through the center of the city and up behind Little Italy. Something is always happening at the park, including concerts, 5K runs, classes, and festi…
Hakone Gardens
One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s premier sites and 100 years old, Hakone is one of the oldest Japanese estate, retreat and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Hakone has also been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2013. 18 acres of magnificent beauty is nestled in the verdant hills of Sar…
Hellyer County Park
This 354-acre urban park is located in the heart of Santa Clara County's regional park system with the Coyote Creek meandering through the center. Located within the park is an Olympic-size velodrome. This open air, banked, concrete bicycle racing track is used to stage professional and amateur bicycle events.
Heritage Rose Garden
The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden is an unexpected jewel in the midst of the urban center of the city. A five-acre rose garden containing 3,500 plants and nearly 3,000 varieties of rare roses. "Unknown" or "found" roses are an important component of a heritage rose garden. These are varieties found in old cemeteries, ar…
Montalvo Arts Center
Visit the beautiful grounds at Montalvo Arts Center. Take a hike up the hillside for an amazing view of the valley, or have a picnic on the front lawn. Montalvo presents a diverse array of world-class performers in a variety of musical genres, comedy, theatre, dance, and other performing arts in the beautiful outdoor Lilian…
Municipal Rose Garden
Rolling green lawns and colorful showy blooms highlight the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, named "America's Best Rose Garden." Hardly a day passes when some species is not in full bloom, with more than 3,500 plantings and 189 varieties featured. Early May brings acres of fragrant, majestic roses at arguably their most beau…
Pruneridge Golf Club
Pruneridge Golf Club has long been a favorite spot in the South Bay for a quick nine holes of golf or to practice your swing on the covered and lighted double deck driving range and short game areas.  A full service golf facility dedicated to promoting the game and helping golfers achieve their golfing goals, whether it is …
Raging Waters
Visitors flock to Lake Cunningham to visit Raging Waters, a popular San Jose amusement park. With its water slides and pools, Raging Waters is fun for people of all ages, but it is an extraordinarily family-friendly venue that is the perfect place to bring kids when you're visiting San Jose. Considered the largest water par…
Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course
An executive course, Rancho del Pueblo will entertain and challenge both beginning and advanced players. The course features three lakes, extensive bunkering, with eight par 3’s and one 250-yard par 4. Rancho del Pueblo boasts two sets of tees, with black tees providing a total yardage of 1,418 yards, and Gold tees providin…
San Jose Bike Party
San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time each third Friday of each month. The start up location and route is rotated monthly, announced 24 hours before the party, and each ride is themed! Music, Food Trucks and more await you at the end of your route and crowds of participants join ea…