What’s Are The Fun Places for Kids In and Near San Jose?
In San Jose, Santa Clara and nearby
The Children’s Discovery Museum in downtown San Jose can’t be beat, especially on a too warm, too cold, or too rainy day! It is a hands on, fun place for kids. One of the most popular items is a stagecoach which kids can climb into. Warning to parents: the acoustics could be better and sometimes it’s overly loud in there.
California’s Great America in Santa Clara. Suitable for all ages but teens will like this best! This park does offer some water play areas and some little kid areas (but it’s expensive for that). Shows in air conditioned theaters will be welcome on warm days. Check out the Wow Card (or VIP Pass if you want to park close) if you’ll be back again in the same season.
List of Attractions Throughout Santa Clara County and Beyond
Gilroy (south of San Jose)
Gilroy Gardens (formerly Bonfante Gardens)Want to make a bigger trip of it to The Garlic Capital of the World? Gilroy offers great shopping to dress up those kids (or yourself)! . And maybe when that’s all done, do some wine tasting. If you can take a tour, the kids may not even get bored. List of wineries (and breweries) in and near Gilroy. And lastly, don’t forget the Garlic Festival! It happens in late July every year. Yes, it’s hot. Yes, they do really serve Garlic Ice Cream. You need to try it at least once! The Gilroy Garlic Festival – information, recipes, calendar, fun stuff for kids.
>Over “The Hill” – Mountains, Santa Cruz & Monterey Areas
The Mystery Spot (in the Santa Cruz Mountains)
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSummertime: free concerts on Friday evenings!
And, of course, all the fabulous beaches at the Monterey Bay! Capitola is especially nice with shops and restaurants next to the lovely beach. Something for everyone.
A fun way to trek to the beach & boardwalk is to park and ride – on a narrow gauge train ride through the beautiful redwood forest! Or just take a train ride through the trees. It’s a trip back in time to our logging days in the 1880’s and I highly recommend it. Roaring Camp & Big Trees
Well worth the 90 minute drive from San Jose to Pacific Grove: The Monterey Bay Aquarium
On The San Francisco Peninsula
Kids love airplanes, and they’ll love the Hiller Airplane Museum in San Carlos. The Hiller Aviation Museum
Six Flaggs Discovery Kingdom Theme Park offers rides and animal interactions. Not open late – a daytime venue. This can be a fun stop on the way to Wine Country, Sacramento or Tahoe.
Please also see Kid Friendly Restaurants in Los Gatos on the Live in Los Gatos Blog.