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Best Things To Do in San Jose

Whether you've come for business or not, you'll find a lot to do in your spare time. San Jose hosts a bunch of attractions that don't take too long to enjoy: Burn an hour or two downtown at the San Jose Museum of Art and the Children's Discovery Museum. And if you (and your kids) are itching for a hands-on way to learn about Silicon Valley's computer industry, check out the Tech Museum of Innovation. For a whole day of family fun, head to California's Great America amusement park in nearby Santa Clara. To blow off some steam or eat a good meal, make your way to Santana Row.

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#1
Santana Row Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Where do Silicon Valley tycoons go to spend their money? To Santana Row, a chic shopping development just a short ... read more»

#2
California's Great America
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: As one recent traveler tells Yelp.com, "This is no DisneyLand or Knotts Berry Farm." And he's right: It ... read more»

#3
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: According to its website, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum hosts the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian finds on the West Coast ... read more»

#4
Tech Museum of Innovation
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Tech Museum of Innovation is right at home in San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley. This blue-domed facility ... read more»

#5
San Jose Museum of Art
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The San Jose Art Museum brings a bit of high culture to the downtown area. Its collection focuses on 20th- ... read more»

#6
Children's Discovery Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Like the nearby Tech Museum, the Children's Discovery Museum offers hands-on experiences for kids as well as some interesting ... read more»

#7
Raging Waters
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Need a little fun in the sun? Head to Raging Waters water park, just 15 minutes from downtown. You'll ... read more»

#8
Winchester Mystery House
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Across the street from hip Santana Row, the Winchester Mystery House is both a piece of San Jose history and ... read more»

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