Attractions & Theme Parks
If you like your theme parks high on action and low on pretension and merchandising, check out Great America in neighboring Santa Clara, just a few miles from downtown San Jose. The 100-acre theme park packs heart-pounding rides, speeding roller coasters, stage shows, and Boomerang Bay, an Australian-themed water park. Back in San Jose, Northern California's largest water world, Raging Waters, offers 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun and attractions, including thrilling high-speed slides, and family attractions like the 350,000-gallon Wave Pool and The Pirate's Cove - an interactive themed water fort.
You won’t find the usual suspects of syrupy sweet theme parks which treat you like an ATM machine here. But we do have lots of fun, action and value-packed parks nearby such as Great Adventure, Raging Waters and Gilroy Gardens. And we’ve got other family friendly gems such as the Tech Museum of Innovation. And no one else has the seriously weird and cool Winchester Mystery House do they? So if you want to get down with your inner child, we’ve got you covered; in fact, San Jose was ranked as one of the top three places to grow up in America (U.S. News & World Report – August 2009)
Voted one of the best places to grow up in America, San Jose gives your inner child various places to roam free, from action-packed theme parks to weird and wonderful museums.