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Best Tourist Spots to Visit in San Jose

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From historic buildings to parks, museums and gardens, San Jose is the venue for numerous tourist attractions which will charm and captivate you, from the open air history museum in Kelley Park to the 160 room Winchester Mystery House, the Chinese Temple and Bakesto Park, to name a few.

Open Air Art Museum in Kelley Park

Open Air Art Museum
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Historical buildings from all over San Jose have been come together in the open air history museum located in the southeastern part of the Kelley Park city center. The main piece here is the reproduction of the 237 feet high Electric Light Tower originally constructed in 1881. Other buildings include the 1888 Chinese temple and the Pacific Hotel, The Trolley restoration barn and a nearby park.

Contact Details:
 History San Jose, 1650 Senter Road
San Jose, CA 95112
Telephone: 408.287.2290

Winchester Mystery House

This is a 160 room Victorian mansion with massive hallways 

and a staircase located west of Central San Hose. Over 3 decades were spent in constructing this mansion and its creator Sarah Winchester did so as she claimed spirits of people killed by Winchesters during the war told her to.

Contact Details:
Address: 525 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128, United States

Telephone Number: 1 408-247-2101

Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm


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This is a state of the art gallery which showcases the work of emerging artists from Latin regions. It is located in Bay Area and has an open mic performance, hip hop shows and other live music performances. Its visual art exhibits are extremely interesting and appealing as well. For the art lover, this is the perfect place to visit.
Contact Details:
510 S 1st St, San Jose, CA 95113, United States

Telephone: 1 408-998-2783

Bakesto Park

For the park where you can play a wide number of games from Bocce to tennis, baseball and soccer, San Jose’ s Bakesto Park is the best place to go. Located on North 13th Street at San Jose, this is the stronghold of Italian immigrants and their families where picnics and games abound. With traditional oyster shell surface, this park was renovated over a decade ago. They were first constructed in 1920s.

Contact Details:
13th Street & Empire Street, San Jose, CA 95113, United States
Telephone: 1 408-794-7275

Tech Museum of Innovation

This is located in S. Market Street in San Jose. This museum can be contacted at 1 408.294.8324 and it is open Monday to Sunday from 10 am in the morning to 5 pm in the evening. The Tech is located in downtown San Jose and its original location in 1990 was San Carlos Street. The Tech has fascinating educational displays and folks from all over Silicon Valley love to visit this museum for its powerful exhibits. The museum is cosmopolitan and focused on technology and how it changes people’s lives. It showcases the impact of advanced technologies on human life. The Tech is a 132,000 square feet structure with 4 main theme galleries, the IMAX Hackworth Dome Theater, educational center for laboratories and workshops and a trendy cafe as well as a retail store. This is one of the most well known and popular tourist destinations in California.

Contact Details:
The Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Telephone: 1-408-294-8324

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose 

This famous museum remains open from 10 am to 5 pm Mondays to Saturdays and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sundays. The Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose meets the educational requirements of children through its interactive exhibits and displays. The museum focuses on the 3 Cs- Connections, Community and Creativity. Through its educational displays, children can make connections between people and cultures with enduring themes. Having received over 5 million visitors since its opening in 1990, this 52,000 square feet facility is ideal for educational growth and a center for creativity.

Contact Details:
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
Telephone: 408-298-5437
Website: www.cdm.org/

Lick Observatory

This is located at 7281 Mt Hamilton Rd, San Jose , CA 95122 and the contact number is 1 408.274.5061.  You can observe the most beautiful sights of San Francisco Bay from San Jose’s Lick Observatory. Started in 1888 by well known philanthropist James Lick, this amazing observatory and its astronomy applications are unique.

Contact Details
UC Observatorie,University of California
1156 High Street,Santa Cruz, CA 95064
Telephone: 408-238-9619

Art Museum at Los Gatos

Located at 4, Tait Avenue in Los Gatos, this art museum can be contacted at (408) 354-2646. This museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm. 
It works to integrate communities through interpretation of regional and natural histories and applications of fine arts in a bold and individualistic way.

Contact Details:
Address -  75 Church St, Los Gatos, CA 95030, United States

Bonfante Gardens 

For the best golf and games, you should visit Bonfante Garden located on Hecker Pass Road.The contact number is (408) 840-7171. You will have an amazing time if you are fond of sports and an outdoor person.
Contact Details:
Address:3050 Hecker Pass Highway, CA 95020, US
Telephone: 1 408-840-7100


Located on 1450 Great Mall Drive at Milpitas, the contact information for this amusement park is 4082306863. This park has everything from inflatable  jumpers and sliders to an arcade area and a game zone for the most thrilling rides. Monday to Saturday, this amusement park remains open from 9 in the morning to the 
night and it is also open on Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm.

Contact Details:
1450 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas, CA 95035

Middlebrook Gardens 

Contact number is 1 408.292.9993. This garden is the creation of the non profit California Native Garden Foundation which provides educational grants as well. Classes and workshops are held in this garden on water wise gardening and designing a native garden as well as native edibles. Grants are given to schools, museums and colleges as well as public spaces for installation and maintenance of gardens

California Native Garden Foundation’s Middlebrook Gardens  is located at 76, Race Street in San Jose and the 
contact number is 1 408.292.9993. This garden is the creation of the non profit California Native Garden Foundation which provides educational grants as well. Classes and workshops are held in this garden on water wise gardening and designing a native garden as well as native edibles. Grants are given to schools, museums and colleges as well as public spaces for installation and maintenance of gardens.

Contact Details:
76 Race Street, San Jose, CA 95126, California 
Telephone: (408) 292-9993

Circle of Palms

This is located in S.Market Street San Jose and the contact number is 1 408.291.0525. Located in downtown San Hose, this is the location of California Historical Marker 461, which is the first state capital site of this state. A ring of palm trees encircles this historical marker located close to the Silicon Valley Financial Center, Fairmont San Jose Hotel and San Jose Museum of Art.

Contact Details:
127 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, United States
Telephone: 1 408-535-3500

Cupertino Memorial Park

Cupertino Memorial Park
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This is a 28 acre park which is perfect for family picnics and games. Adjacent to the Senior Center and the Cupertino Sports Center, this spacious park is the right choice for adventures and fun. 

Contact Details:
10185 N Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States
Telephone: 1 408-777-3110

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