Bring the Family on a Trip to San Jose

Travel by  Ariana Smith 19 January 2019

Family Trip

San Jose is considered the capital of Silicon Valley to most and is the ideal destination for outdoor activities, world-class shopping, and exquisite dining options. San Jose is more than just a city of tech startups. There’s plenty of fun things to see and do for the entire family. It’s home of the SAP Center which is referred to as the “Shark Tank” by the diehard San Jose Sharks hockey team fans. Explore some of these attractions the next time you’re visiting the Bay.

Children’s Discovery Museum

With community support, the Children’s Discovery Museum is able to create new innovative educational experiences for children. Since opening in 1990, their mission is to inspire curiosity, creativity, and lifelong learning. Over 10 million people have visited the museum to explore, test, prod, crank, and tinker with the 150 different interactive exhibits.

Pedro’s Restaurant And Cantina

What once started as a twelve-table restaurant in 1972, now seats 325 on the main floor. Pedro’s offers a unique selection of authentic Mexican cuisine. The upstairs loft has four separate private rooms and the Cantina, and three patios are the perfect areas to enjoy award-winning margaritas. Holiday gatherings, cocktail parties, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, and rehearsal dinners are held at Pedro’s Restaurant and Cantina all year-round.

Rok Steakhouse & Grill

Rok Steakhouse is a unique bistro and sports bar all in one place. It’s the hippest spot in town to go to for steak served on a volcanic rock for ultimate flavor. Rok offers excellent happy hour specials daily from 2 to 7 p.m., a rewards program, and outdoor dining on the patio. Enjoy handcrafted beers, specialty cocktails and delicious appetizers from the bar. Locals love coming to Roks before and after the San Jose Shark’s game at SAP Center. Start with the baked crab dib and finish with a beautiful 8-ounce filet mignon.

California’s Great America

Spend all day enjoying family fun with live shows, concerts, ground-breaking roller coasters, fireworks display, and amusement park food at California’s Great America. In the summer, kids and adults love Boomerang Bay Water Park for its wave pools, water slides, and lazy river. Other favorites include the Rip Roaring Rapids and Whitewater Falls, the 4D journey through space with characters from Mass Effect video games. The PEANUTS gang frequently visits the Planet Snoopy area to entertain the little ones.

The Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is a historic landmark in San Jose. The house is believed to be haunted and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Recently, the story was made into a movie starring Helen Mirren. Tickets are available for the garden, mansion, and behind the scenes tours. During Friday the 13th and Halloween, you can brave the Flashlight Tour if you dare.

Best Place To Stay

Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley

There are hundreds of hotels near Silicon Valley but the Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley is unprecedented. The rooms are thoughtfully designed to help make your stay more comfortable. The 164-room hotel features an omelet bar, outdoor pool and hot tub, complimentary shuttle service, 24-hour fitness center, and two restaurants. There are 2,500 square feet of space to host an event or business meeting with modern audiovisual equipment.

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Ariana Smith

Ariana Smith is a freelancer content writer and enthusiastic blogger. She is a regular contributor at The Daily Notes.

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