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San Jose, California Tourist Attractions

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Whether you're in San Jose for technology or culture, you'll find a good clutch of things to see on your afternoon off. For an introduction to what makes Silicon Valley tick, try the Tech Museum of Innovation, an uber-tech, hands-on educational facility.

Winchester Mystery House is among California’s most famous residences. The spooky story of a wealthy widow who believed only eternal construction could fend off death has attracted people to the house for decades. The quirky tour of the 160-room Victorian mansion showcases features such as superfluous staircases and Sarah Winchester’s fascination with the number 13.

Paramount’s Great America is the area’s premiere theme park, just a few miles from downtown San Jose. The park offers thrill rides, a water park, and movie-themed attractions.

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in downtown San Jose is a beautifully restored 19th century cathedral.

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in the western United States, in a building inspired by Egyptian temples.

Other parks and tourist attractions to consider in the San Jose area are listed below. Click on any name for more information.

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  • 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara
  • Amusement Park
  • 408-988-1776

California's Great America California's Great America is Northern California's best choice for family fun and adventure. Thrill rides that take your breath away, family rides for everyone, KidZville for the little ones, live shows, and the Boomerang Bay water park all provide smiles day-in and day-out.

  • 4498 E Highway 140, Merced
  • Museum
  • 209-383-1912

  • 300 Grant St, Campbell
  • Historical Site
  • 408-866-2119

  • San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose
  • Performing Arts
  • 408-453-7108

  • State Parks
  • 415-435-1915

In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island State Park, offering spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands, and Mount Tamalpais. The park is accessible only by ferry.The island is alive with history. Three thousand years ago, it was a fishing and hunting site for C...

  • State Parks
  • 831-338-8866

Año Nuevo State Park preserves and protects a substantial area on the western slope of the central Coast Range inland from Año Nuevo Point. The property contains a diversity of plant communities, including old growth forest, freshwater marsh, red alder riparian forest and knobcone pine forest. Its f...

  • 26th and R Street, Merced
  • Zoos - Game Park
  • 209-385-6840

  • Hwy 84 Ardenwood Blvd, Fremont
  • Art Gallery-Museum
  • 510-796-0663

  • 539 Alma Street, Palo Alto
  • Art Gallery-Museum
  • 650-566-1381

  • 19 N 2nd St Ste 102, San Jose
  • Art Gallery-Museum
  • 408-277-2785

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