Outdoors is in!
San Jose, also known as the Capital of Silicon Valley, boasts of an average 300 days of sunshine in a year. That makes it a go-to city for outdoor fun. Surrounded by the picturesque Santa Cruz hills, the city turns into a riot of colours in spring when the city’s numerous parks and gardens bloom. Noteworthy parks include the earthy but fantastic Emma Prusch Farm Park and the enigmatic Japanese Friendship Garden.
San Jose is rich in adventure, thanks to 57 miles of meandering trails scattered in the parks within the city as well as the hills. Or you can pack a picnic and head to Lake Cunningham Park for a spot of fishing or boating.
Art and culture
San Jose is also rich in art and history. Art buffs will enjoy visiting the Villa Montalvo and the Museum of Art while the culturally inclined will enjoy the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
San Jose for kids
If you have kids, summer is the best time to visit San Jose. They’ll have the time of their lives at the Raging Waters Amusement Park and the Happy Hollow Zoo. If they prefer some indoors fun, the Children’s Discovery Museum and the Tech Museum of Innovation make for great destinations.
Shopping and dining galore
San Jose prides itself on being a city that enthusiastically welcomes people from different cultural backgrounds and nationalities. This trait is reflected markedly in the wide variety of cuisines and restaurants here – from middle-eastern Falafel’s Drive-in and Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant to the classic French Le Papillion.
Adventurous visitors can always hire a car and set out to explore fascinating destinations in the neighbouring counties of San Jose including mountains, beaches and natural wonders.
This is a city on the move and that synergy makes this an exciting destination for people of all ages and interests.
Photos by Jim Watkins Photography