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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 jus…
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 & Regional Skate 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…

Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Noted for its mining activities, Quicksilver County Park is a 135 year-old California landmark area. With more than 4,000 acres, the park attracts hikers and outdoor lovers of all kinds. During the spring, the park is particularly popular for its displays of native wildflowers. People can typically be seen jogging, biking, …
Alviso Marina County Park
Alviso Marina County Park offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay and the amazing wildlife that call it home. Birds of many varieties live in the vast marshes that outline the bay, and are accessible by walking down the multiple boardwalks that lead out into the marsh. Hiking, biking and bird watching are favorite activ…
Backesto Park
Backesto Park, situated in North San Jose, is more than 75 years old. The park derives its name from John Pierre Backesto, a nineteenth century physician. In 1890, his widow, Anne Backesto, donated $30,000 to the City of San Jose in his memory to create the park.  The park boasts a community center, BBQ area, children's pl…
Big Basin Redwoods
As the state's oldest park, Big Basin Redwoods is a stunning setting that attracts visitors throughout the year. The majestic redwood forests are some of the state's most incredible natural attractions. These ancient coastal redwoods demonstrate the longevity this species of trees enjoys. Visitors to the park also find the …
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
Calero Reservoir County Park
Once part of the Pueblo lands of San Jose, this approximate 4,471 acre park is nestled in the eastern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Two distinct areas define this park: Calero reservoir, which offers a host of water-oriented recreational activities, and the adjoining "back country" which reveals to the visitor Cali…
Cannery Row

With its picturesque charm and colorful history, Cannery Row captivates visitors from all over the world. This historic waterfront district on Monterey Bay was made famous by author John Steinbeck. The unique appeal of this fabled street is what makes Cannery Row the most popular vacation destination on California’s Central…

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…
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is one of six wildlife refuges in the San Francisco Bay Area, and offers numerous recreation opportunities from wildlife viewing and weekend interpretive programs to waterfowl hunting and fishing. 

It was founded in 1974 as the first urban National Wildlife Refuge …

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…
Drawbridge (formerly Saline City)

Drawbridge (formerly Saline City) is a ghost town with an abandoned railroad station located at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay. Six miles south of Fremont, the remains of the town are located on Station Island on the Union Pacific Railroad line. Formerly used as a hunting village, it has been a ghost town since 1…

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 by foot, bike or even Segway. Enjoy nature and discover San Jose at its best on the 3 mile "Urban Trail Experience," a stretch of park that winds through the center of the city and up behind Little Italy. Something is always happening at the park…
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.
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Take a day off from sightseeing and visit Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails, which take you through towering redwoods, mixed evergreens, Santa Cruz sand hills, and ponderosa pines. The oldest trees here are 1,800 years old, the talle…
Henry W. Coe State Park
Featuring 23,000 acres of pure wilderness area out of the 87,000 acres total, Henry W. Coe State Park is a nature lover's bucket list destination: rugged hills and variegated valleys, deep canyons and high ridges. Whether you're a seasoned backpacker, mountain biker, equestrian, or hiker, or you prefer the comforts of seren…
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…
Historic Orchard
Historic Orchard is living proof of California's rich bounty. The orchard is home to more than 200 fruit trees ranging from apricots to cherries. Prunes and apples are also on offer here. As an historic center for California's fruit industry, the region continues to produce marvelous fruits. The orchard is also a learning e…
Joseph D. Grant County Park

Welcome to Joseph D. Grant County Park, the largest of Santa Clara County's regional park and recreation areas. This 10,882 acre park includes some of the County's finest open space resources, as well as rich environmental, cultural and recreational assets. The landscape is characteristic of the east foothills of the Santa …

Kelley Park
With its 172 acres, Kelley Park is located on the north side of the city where it is regularly visited by area locals who enjoy its beautiful grounds and nearby attractions like Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. The park is a great place for picnics and other outdoor gatherings. With its picturesque setting, the park is popular pl…
Laine's Baits and Rentals

Laine’s Baits is a family owned business that has been around since the 1950’s. The bait shop was run out of the old barn located behind the Tilden-Laine Victorian down the street from the current location in Alviso. Still family owned, the bait shop has the same feel of a Mom and Pop shop, but has expanded the business to …

Los Gatos Creek Trail
Plenty of scenic beauty and lots of shade are what you'll find along the Los Gatos Creek Trail. This spot is always bustling with individuals out for a day of walking, jogging, skating, bicycling, or roller blading. You'll also find a few non-motorized scooters along the way. Whether you're out for a nature stroll or lookin…
Montalvo Arts Center

A 104-year-old architectural landmark set against the Santa Cruz Mountains, the historic Villa Montalvo is surrounded by exquisite gardens, an arboretum, and miles of hiking trails. Our grounds are open to the public for free! Come take a hike up to Lookout Point for an amazing view of Silicon Valley, engage with outdoor ar…

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was founded in 1984 and is located on the site of a former sardine cannery on Cannery Row. It holds thousands of plants and animals, representing more than 600 species on display. Sea life on exhibit includes stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, sea horses, and numerous other native marine species, wh…

Mount Hermon Adventures
Mount Hermon Adventures has grown immensely since it began and has become an internationally recognized provider of adventure experiences and team development programs. They now operate the world-famous Redwood Canopy Tours, multiple aerial adventure courses, intentional Team Building programs, and provide Mount Hermon over…
Mount Umunhum
Mount Umunhum, in the Sierra Azul range, is one of the highest peaks in the Santa Cruz Mountains at an elevation of 3,486 feet.  From its spectacular summit, visitors can experience 360-degree views from the Pacific Ocean all the way to the Sierra Nevada. This Open Space destination also offers a rich nature experience that…
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…
Natural Bridges State Beach
Natural Bridges State Beach is open to the public all year long and is staffed full-time during Monarch butterfly season in the fall. This park and beach is an excellent vantage point for viewing shore birds, migrating whales, as well as seals and otters playing offshore. Further along the beach, public access tidepools off…
New Almaden
Nestled in a canyon eleven miles south of San Jose between the Pueblo Hills and the spurs of the Santa Cruz Mountains sits the tiny village of New Almaden, the once world famous quicksilver mining community that evolved on Jose Reyes Berreyesa's Rancho San Vicente during the early 1850s. This National Historic Landmark dist…
Ohana Board Shop
On the front store window of the Ohana Board Shop, it reads, "Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind. Ohana means connection, community. Ohana Board Shop is where you’ll find both." Ohana Board Shop was created by husband and wife team, Arun and Anne-Michelle Frances in 2005. It was built on Arun's childh…
O'Neill Yacht Charters (OYC)

Come aboard the 65' Team O'Neill catamaran and experience an adventure on the beautiful waters of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Cruise along the picturesque coastline, taking in such sights as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz Wharf, multiple lighthouses and beautiful beaches. Check out the surfers at…

Overfelt Gardens & Chinese Cultural Garden
32-acres of winding paths circle around three dry ponds, a garden, a picnic area, and Mildred Overfelt's old dairy farmhouse at Overfelt Gardens Park in East San Jose. Grab a book at the Educational Park Branch Library at the park's edge and spend an afternoon reading at one of the many benches situated throughout the park.…
Penetencia Park
This 163 acre linear park and regional trail incorporates parklands and open space from a number of agencies including Santa Clara County, the City of San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley Water District. This four-mile trail begins at Penetencia Park on Maybury and North Jackson Road (next to Commodore Park and the Berryessa…
Plaza de Cesar Chavez (Cesar Chavez Park)
The Plaza de Caesar Chavez is situated on more than two acres in downtown San Jose. It is a popular place to hang out as it is located near museums such as the Tech Museum of Innovation and the illustrious San Jose Museum of Art. The park regularly attracts visitors with its musical performances and festivals. A stroll thro…
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…
Rancho San Antonio State Park
Featuring 3,988 acres of open space, Rancho San Antonio State Park offers 24 miles of trails for hikers, as well as dedicated trails for bikers and equestrians. The park is handicap accessible, and features two main areas. The South Meadow is a large, informal play space with rough grass, and is nearby the staging area freq…
Reid-Hillview Airport

Reid–Hillview Airport is located on the eastern side of San Jose, owned and operated by Santa Clara County. The county manages 145 hangars, 52 shelters, and 173 open tie-downs on the airport. Reid–Hillview is a general aviation airport; there is no scheduled airline service. As with most general aviation airports, air chart…

Roaring Camp Railroads
Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain as conductors narrate the history of Roaring Camp, the railroad and the forest. In the 1880s, narrow-gauge steam locomotives were used to haul giant redwood logs out of the mountains. Roaring Camp's steam…
Rotary PlayGarden
The Rotary PlayGarden provides an inclusive place to play for all children and their families, with a focus on children with special needs. The design incorporates standard play elements and adds adaptive swings, a wheelchair-accessible merry go round, kinetic art, sensory experiences, and much more. The stunning six-millio…
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…
San Jose Brew Bike
San Jose Brew Bike is a 15-passenger, pedal powered, party cycle that rolls to different breweries and bars in Downtown San Jose, CA. Operating since 2016, San Jose Brew Bike is one of the most unique ways to experience the ever-growing restaurant and bar scene. San Jose Brew Bike is a great way to celebrate birthdays, bach…
Santa Teresa Park

Santa Teresa County Park is located in the Santa Teresa Hills ten miles south of downtown San Jose. This diverse 1,673 acre park, rich in history, offers spectacular views from its over 17 miles of trails above the Almaden and Santa Clara Valleys for equestrian, hiking and bicycle use. The secluded upland valleys of the par…

Sierra Azul Preserve

Just south of the Town of Los Gatos, on the east side of the Lexington Reservoir, sits the Sierra Azul Mountain range, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's southernmost open space preserve. Translated Sierra Azul means "Blue Range." Encompassing more than 18,000 acres, this is the district's largest Preserve. Sie…

Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve
The Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve in the Eastern foothills of Santa Clara County offers sweeping views of the Valley and the opportunity to stroll through diverse landscapes including oak woodlands, rolling grassland, and chaparral communities. Perched above Alum Rock Park, the area provides watershed protection for Peni…
Veggielution
Veggielution is a six-acre community farm where people can enjoy nature and connect with each other through the fun of food and farming. Spend a day in the warm sun volunteering in the garden to harvest fresh produce for neighbors in the South Bay that need it most. Or, stop by the Farm Stand to pick up some farm fresh vegg…