About San Jose

by SmarterTravel Staff
San Jose's Cesar Chavez Park (photo: SJCVB)

In the heart of the Silicon Valley, San Jose is home to more than six thousand technology companies. Unsurprisingly, the city hosts countless business travelers, but many don't realize that San Jose has plenty of family offerings as well.

With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year and 150 parks and gardens, San Jose provides many chances to escape the office. Evening performing arts offerings such as the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, and Symphony Silicon Valley keep any trip—business or leisure—entertaining. And, as sprawling as San Jose is, its downtown is appealingly walkable, with tree-lined streets dotted with restaurants and shops.

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As the nation's tenth largest city, San Jose is home to a lot of families. Consequently, locals and visitors with children will find a huge number of attractions geared towards them. Kids can make art, play with kinetic sculptures, and find their way through a miniature working city at the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose. The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium houses the West Coast's largest collection of Egyptian artifacts. Families can get hands-on with science and technology at the Tech Museum of Innovation; or wander through the past at History Park, with its 27 original and replica homes, running trolleys, and a cafe. And, they will find thrills at the spooky Winchester Mystery House or nearby at California's Great America theme park.

Flights to San Jose are abundant. San Jose International Airport is just minutes from downtown, and San Francisco International Airport is also nearby.

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