San Jose is a bayside city that has two rivers running through it. Its abundance of natural waterways creates many opportunities for outdoor fun. Many other activities take place outdoors in the pleasant California weather. From San Jose concerts to festivals and tours, there are several things to do outside in the city.
Walk, bike, hike or stroll along the Guadalupe River Trail. The 11.3-mile trail is a mixed of paved and unpaved trails that wind with the river through San Jose. This trail's location makes it convenient, and it offers several restrooms and parking outlets. The trail is also close to many restaurants and other outdoor attractions. Start on the trail and end with a nice meal or another activity located along the river route.
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is often called the most beautiful place in the city. Take a self-guided tour through the 5.5-acre garden, which has over 4,000 rose shrubs. View the beautiful roses. About 75 percent of the rose varieties are hybrid tea roses that offer a beautiful mix of color and fragrance. Visit the gardens on a warm day in spring to see the roses at their peak. Many people go to the gardens to smell the rosy fragrance in addition to all the vibrant colors.
Any local looking for a good time on a sunny day can find it at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in the Paseo area. Unlike many other San Jose parks, the 2.2-acre Plaza de Cesar Chavez is a frequent staging area for many outdoor activities. From festivals to San Jose concerts, food shows and an open-air theater, there is plenty to keep anyone occupied at the plaza.
The outdoor options for filling a day are plentiful in San Jose. If the idea of a San Jose concert under the stars is not enough, take a hike along a scenic trail or go smell the roses. It isn't hard to find something to do.