San Jose is the third largest city in California and provides plenty of activities for people to enjoy. This San Jose Guide will provide several ways for residents to enjoy a quiet afternoon or fun with the family, whether they are looking for a bit of history or looking for a thrill.
Downtown San Jose is home to the San Jose Museum of Art which has an extensive collection of modern art, mainly focusing on the heritage of the West Coast, but also has national and international works of art. General admission costs around $8, making it a good choice for an inexpensive way to enjoy an afternoon. While in the neighborhood, stop by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, originally the largest library west of the Mississippi. Anyone is able to enjoy the material inside without showing identification, and admission is always free.
Located on Winchester Boulevard, the Winchester Mystery House was home to Sarah Winchester, wife of the famous maker of Winchester guns. Sarah was afraid of retaliation from ghosts of those who were killed by Winchester guns, because a psychic told her she had to keep building on to her house to keep the spirits away. The home is filled with staircases and doors that lead to nowhere and has been featured in many ghost hunter shows.
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is home to more than 4,000 rose bushes of 189 different varieties and is a great choice for those who appreciate the beauty and aroma of roses. On Park Avenue, the Rosicrucian Egyptian and Planetarium provides a unique look into the history of Egypt. With a replica of an Egyptian tomb and authentic collection of artifacts and mummies, this museum is a must-see.
Families and individuals will enjoy the amusement parks located in San Jose. Raging Waters is a local favorite to cool off from the summer heat and provides water rides and slides. California's Great America has many activities for families, including roller coasters, water parks, and live shows.
San Jose provides many fun and budget-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy all year long.