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San Jose is located within the vicinity of San Francisco Bay area along the coastal Route 101 section and it’s a popular stop when looking for places to visit along the California Coast.
Whether you are planning a road trip along the California Coast or are spending a relaxing vacation, San Jose California boasts great weather, plenty of green areas and a lively nightlife.
If you decide to visit and are looking for cool places to visit in San Jose, the city also boasts many interesting attractions, museums and landmarks that you can explore such as the famous Silicon Valley.
Other top places to visit in San Jose include:
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
Plaza de Cesar Chavez (pictured) is one of the best places to visit in San Jose California to soak in a bit of culture, hang out with friends or take a stroll along with the family.
During the summer months, the park features many free outdoor concerts and other fun events like ‘Christmas in the Park’, Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon and the San Jose Jazz Festival in August.
Children’s Discovery Museum
The Children’s museum is around 10 minutes walk from Plaza de Cesar Chavez and if you’re traveling with the family, this museum is one of the places to visit in San Jose California.
At the museum, the kids and even adults will have a cracking time doing tons of activities, checking out exhibits and interactive areas like the corn husk doll area and the water play area where kids can make bubble art.
The Tech Museum
The Tech Museum is another cool attraction near Plaza de Cesar where the whole family can visit for a fun day out checking out interesting exhibits.
You also learn about technology at the museum and can enjoy more science hands on activities like designing your own rollercoaster ride simulation and toy cars demonstrations.
San Jose Museum of Art
If you’re visiting the Tech Museum, you may also add a visit to the San Jose Museum of Art since it’s just a block down the road.
The museum of art is one of the few free things to do in San Jose and it’s worth checking out to see interesting art exhibitions and 21st century art works.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is one of the best museums in California and a must-see place in San Jose because of the amazing and genuine collection on Egyptian artifacts on display.
Even, if you think you may not be interested, the Egyptian museum is great attraction to visit in San Jose with kids to spend a fun and educational afternoon together.
Schurra's Candy Factory
The Schurra's Candy Factory is just a 20 minute walk west of J Lohr Wines, and it’s another fun place to visit in San Jose where everyone can have a great time buying fresh and yummy candies, truffles and chocolates.
San Jose Performing Arts Center
If you’re looking for cultural things to do in the evening, the San Jose Performing Center, just across the Crowne Plaza Hotel, is a great place to catch dance performances, musicals and cultural shows like “Legally Blonde” and “Burn The Floor”
San Jose Market Center
The San Jose Market Center is located across the road from the Rose Heritage Garden and it is a great place to visit in San Jose to enjoy a bit of shopping and enjoy a meal out.
San Jose Japantown
Japantown is another of the places to visit in San Jose California to soak in more culture, taste traditional Japanese foods, explore a more diverse shopping experience and enjoy live music.
There are also regular fun family events in Japantown like Samurai sword exhibits and festivals such as the Nikkei Matsuri festival in May and the Spirit of Japan Festival in early October.
If you’re a wine lover and fancy doing some wine tasting while in San Jose CA, the Artisan Wine Depot in Mountain View, and J Lohr Wines in downtown San Jose are two great places to taste all kinds of varieties of wine, though if you're looking for free tastings head to J Lohr Wines.
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