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Top Things To Do In San Jose

Whether you’re a foodie, nature enthusiast, artist, or techie, there’s adventure for everyone in San Jose. The Silicon Valley is surrounded by parks and outdoor recreation areas, including several paths on the Los Gatos Creek Trail. San Jose’s vibrant downtown is bursting with culture and houses both the Tech Museum of Innovation and the San Jose Museum of Art. Discover the quirky side of the city with a movie at the Retro Dome, a giant game of Monopoly in the Park, or a fancy drink at one of San Jose’s many speakeasies.

Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Bay Area Discovery Museum
Visit for Two, Four, or Six to Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sausalito
4.8
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$31.90 $29.90
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Museum Visit for Two or Four with Poster at The Beat Museum (Up to 61% Off)
Museum Visit for Two or Four with Poster at The Beat Museum (Up to 61% Off)
San Francisco
4.6
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$31.00 $12.00
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Individual or Family Membership, or Admission for Two Adults at Museum of Craft and Design (Up to 48% Off)
Individual or Family Membership, or Admission for Two Adults at Museum of Craft and Design (Up to 48% Off)
San Francisco
4.0
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$16.00 $8.25
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One Individual Membership
90-Minute San Francisco Night Tour for One Child or Adult from Skyline Sightseeing (Up to 14% Off)
90-Minute San Francisco Night Tour for One Child or Adult from Skyline Sightseeing (Up to 14% Off)
San Francisco
3.9
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$24.99 $24.00
90-Minute San Francisco Night Tour for One Adult (Ages 12+)
One- or Two-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Pass for One Child or Adult from Skyline Sightseeing (Up to 16% Off)
One- or Two-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Pass for One Child or Adult from Skyline Sightseeing (Up to 16% Off)
San Francisco
3.9
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$41.99 $35.00
16% discount_off
One-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour Pass for One Child (Ages 5–11)
General Admission at California Academy of Sciences
General Admission at California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco
4.7
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$33.89
One Youth (ages 3-17), Student, or Senior (ages 65+) General-Admission Ticket
Admission for One, Two, or Four to Contemporary Jewish Museum (Up to 39% Off)
Admission for One, Two, or Four to Contemporary Jewish Museum (Up to 39% Off)
San Francisco
4.3
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$16.00 $14.00
12% discount_off
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Computer History Museum Visit for Two with Optional T-Shirts, or a Visit for Four or Six (Up to 50% Off)
Computer History Museum Visit for Two with Optional T-Shirts, or a Visit for Four or Six (Up to 50% Off)
Mountain View
4.8
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$35.00 $17.50
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Wine Tasting at Domenico Winery + Osteria (Up to 37% Off). Five Options Available.
Wine Tasting at Domenico Winery + Osteria (Up to 37% Off). Five Options Available.
San Carlos
4.7
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$30.00 $19.00
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Wine Tasting for Two (Five Wines per Tasting)

San Jose is bustling with life, culture, historic neighborhoods, and unique museums. The culinary scene is also to die for. Diners can find cuisine from all over the world, including Somalian, Morrocan, and Cambodian restaurants. Some of the best places to visit near San Jose, CA include:

  • The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, a unique cultural experience
  • Willow Glen, a neighborhood full of shops and restaurants with a small-town feel
  • The Great America amusement park, just a short drive from downtown San Jose
  • The Tech Museum of Innovation, an excellent adventure for families
  • Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, a restaurant with a superb dining experience

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Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 50% Off)
Murder-Mystery Dinner for One or Two at The Murder Mystery Co. (Up to 50% Off)
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4.1
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$60.00 $29.99
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A 2-Hour Murder Mystery Dinner for Two
Two or Four General-Admission Tickets to Thursday–Sunday Show at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club (Up to $55.20 Off)
Two or Four General-Admission Tickets to Thursday–Sunday Show at Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club (Up to $55.20 Off)
Sunnyvale
$97.20 $42.00
56% discount_off
Two General-Admission Tickets to One Thursday–Sunday Show
1,000+ bought
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
Chris Mitchell Virtual Jazz Concert (Through August 1)
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$19.98 $10.00
49% discount_off
Through 08/01/20: One General-Admission Ticket to Any Virtual Show with a Digital Download of the album I Found Forever
40+ bought
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
"One Woman Sex and the City: A Parody of Love, Friendship, and Shoes" Through July 31
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$19.95 $12.00
39% discount_off
Through 07/31/20: One Viewing
10+ bought
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
Gaylarious Virtual LGBT Stand-Up Comedy Show (June 25–August 20)
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$10.00 $5.00
50% discount_off
06/25/20 at 9 p.m. ET: One General-Admission Ticket
10+ bought
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
Livestream Name that Tune, Dueling Pianos, or Piano Bar Bingo (Through August 29)
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$5.00
Name that Tune
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Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
Virtual Stand-Up: Comedy's Best Kept Secret Tour 2020 featuring Dan Frigolette (May 22–July 31)
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$41.49 $6.00
85% discount_off
7/17/20 at 12 a.m. EST: One General-Admission Ticket
1 bought
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
Jazz Age Jeopardy: Virtual Interactive Murder Mystery Experience
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$275.00
Through 07/31/2020: Admission to Virtual Show for Up to 10 People
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Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
Chippendales@Home! Virtual Party
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$200.00 $150.00
25% discount_off
30-Minute Party for Up to 9 Guests + Souvenir Video
1 bought

With so many museums, parks, and outdoor activities, it’s easy to find fun for the whole family around San Jose. Whether you’re raising an animal lover or a gamer, there’s plenty of activities to help nurture your little one’s favorite hobby. Family-friendly things to do include:

  • Visiting the Children’s Discovery Museum for a scientific adventure
  • Hanging out with wild animals at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
  • Hitting Nickel City Family Entertainment Center for some arcade fun
  • Playing an exciting game of laser tag at Laser Quest
  • Learning about the rustic world of farming at Deer Hollow Farm

When the temperature starts to rise, museums and indoor workshops are our refuge. San Jose has plenty of indoor art galleries, spas, and performances. San Jose’s best indoor activities include:

  • Taking some time for reflection at WORKS art gallery
  • Visiting the Lick Observatory for both city and star gazing, day or night
  • Taking a workshop or attend a lecture at NUMUNew Museum Los Gatos
  • Treating yourself to a well-earned pampering at Silver Sea Day Spa
  • Checking out a play or performance at the Montgomery Theater

As one of the largest cities in the state, San Jose has enough restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries to last a lifetime. That said, consider working a few of these local favorites into your routine. Exciting activities near San Jose include:

  • Catching the newest flicks at CineArts Santana Row
  • Getting your puzzle on with a Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt
  • Snacking on your favorite sandwich at Freshly Baked Eatery
  • Sitting down with a flight of beers at Faultline Brewery
  • Taking out some pins at 4th Street Bowl 

San Jose’s nightlife is both vibrant and diverse. With craft breweries, karaoke bars, and dance clubs, you’re sure to find an engaging evening experience for everyone in your group. Nighttime activities near San Jose include:

  • Discovering your new favorite comedian at ComedySportz club
  • Sipping one of Paper Plane’s signature, uniquely named cocktails
  • Dancing the night away at San Jose’s OPAL nightclub
  • Choosing from more than 100 craft beers at Yard House
  • Grabbing a drink at District, a wine, whiskey, and cocktail bar downtown