On October 26, 2012Amanda Arnold answered the question:Bringing the brood to San Jose? Here are our picks for the best things do with kids in the city:
1. Great America. Kids of all ages are bound to have a blast at San Jose’s premier theme park. Little ones can have fun buzzing around Planet Snoopy, while others may prefer to lounge in the area’s largest lazy river, Castaway Creek. If high-speed twists and turns are more your style, thrill seekers can give The Grizzly or Flight Deck a whirl.
2. Winchester Mystery House. The mysterious and marvelous Winchester Mystery House is worth adding to your family’s to-do list. Sarah L. Winchester built the beautiful, bizarre Victorian-style home after the death of her child and her husband. The heir of the Winchester rifle fortune spent nearly 38 years building the 160-room mansion, which comes equipped with mazes, strange secret passageways and even a staircase that leads to a ceiling.
3. Gilroy Gardens. With over 40 rides, gardens, exhibits and even its very own railroad, the Gilroy Gardens can be wonderful stop for the wee ones. Tiny tots are sure to get their fill of fun on rides like the Banana Split, the Garlic Twirl and the Strawberry Sundae.
4. The Tech Museum. Since you’re in the heart of Silicon Valley, use your visit as an opportunity to unleash your inner innovator. The Tech Museum has hands on exhibits and IMAX presentations that will help your family uncover the spirit of the Bay Area’s tech scene.
5. Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. If you happen to have kids that are interested in exploring and experimenting, you may want to consider bringing them to this excellent museum. CDM is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country, with 150 exhibits providing kids with an ample opportunity to learn and play.
On October 26, 2012Amanda Arnold answered the question:Here are our picks for the best things to see and do in San Jose:
1. Stroll downtown Los Gatos. This is a wonderfully relaxing way to experience a different side of San Jose and the towns that surround it. Los Gatos has a plethora of local shops perfect for browsing and plenty of restaurants you can stop in for lunch or dinner.
2. Wine Country. Napa and Sonoma tend to get most of the attention when it comes to breathtakingly beautiful wine country, but the Santa Cruz wine region remains a bit of a hidden gem for most tourists — and many locals would love to keep it that way since the lines are shorter, there tends to be less traffic and you rub elbows with fewer wine snobs in the tasting rooms. While the wineries may be a bit farther apart than those in Napa and Sonoma, the drive is lovely and it’s not too far from downtown San Jose by car.
3. Horseback riding. In addition to wine tasting, you may want to experience the Santa Cruz Mountains by horseback. Garrod Farms offers both horseback-riding lessons and easy access to the Cooper Garrod Estate Vineyards, allowing you to kill two birds — exercise and wine tasting — with one stone.
4. Live sporting events. Sports fans will have plenty of live events to choose from throughout the year in San Jose. The NHL’s San Jose Sharks and MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes are probably the area’s best-known teams, but the minor-league baseball San Jose Giants are another outfit worth catching while you’re in town.
5. Live music. The Bay Area is known for a great music scene, and San Jose is no exception. The Mountain Winery is a fantastic venue with awe-inspiring views, while Shoreline Amphitheater is another venue that draws in some fairly impressive bands and performers; it’s also right by Google’s headquarters.