- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. Marcel Proust
Visit San Jose
San Jose is the largest city in Northern California – a community that blends the modernity of the Silicon Valley with the charm of the area's Spanish roots. Whether you're traveling with family, for business or for pleasure, you'll find plenty to keep you occupied in one of America's safest cities.
California's Great America
Paramount's Great America, located just north of San Jose, offers some of the best family-oriented fun in the South Bay area. The park is a great place to spend an afternoon, and you'll find a wide range of entertainment from rides and play areas to games and shows. Great America is the home of such rides as the "Demon," the "Drop Zone," and an IMAX theater.
A 23-acre assortment of wild slides, Raging Waters has definite appeal for more mature audiences. You'll find darkened tube slides, a vast 350,000-gallon wave pool, and even a 10-story flume. Little ones aren't left out though - Splash Island Adventure is a fabulous multi-level water playground with water cannons, tunnels, slides and dozens of other fun features.
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
The Children's Museum, a contemporary structure whose purple fade is fairly easy to spot, was designed with three concepts in mind: Community, Connections and Creativity. Indeed, kids and their parents are invited to participate in various interactive exhibits, ranging from technology to the arts. Many of the patrons' favorite exhibit is "WaterWays," an exhibit that teaches about the properties of water and includes a working canal system.
San Jose Museum of Art
This marvelous art museum focuses on contemporary California art. The museum's collection includes paintings, photography, glasswork, and sculptures. Special exhibits by the likes of Dale Chihuly, whose chandeliers adorn the museum's main entranceway, are quite common. The museum also hosts poetry readings, seminars, and opera recitals. Patrons will find jewelry, books, and unique gift items at the Museum Store.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
This multi-domed basilica dates to the 1870s, although it's actually the fifth incarnation of the church. Furthermore, the cathedral basilica stands on the former site of the city's first church, St. Joseph Church, an adobe structure dating to 1803. Inside the building are stunning stained glass windows and a unique pipe organ. Open, airy, and elegant, the cathedral basilica is a lovely place to worship and to marvel at art, history, and architecture.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
If you're entranced by the culture, technology, and philosophy of ancient peoples, you'll definitely want to visit this museum, which boasts one of California's most extensive collections of ancient Egyptian art and artifacts. Tour a replica of a tomb, see a garden of palms and papyrus, and marvel at a few mummies. The museum's planetarium shows films that coincide with the era, seeking to elucidate how people thought and responded to the world in their day.
Tech Museum of Innovation
The noisy Tech Museum of Innovation, located on the Cesar Chavez Plaza, isn't too hard to find for its bright orange exterior tends to capture the eye. This is a great place for kids to be kids and adults to follow suit. Here, you can hop behind the wheel of a remote control Martin or do a test run on the same virtual simulator that the U.S. bobsled team used during their training. Other exhibits include laser technology, robotics, and space exploration.