San Jose and Silicon Valley is the booming tech industry located in the bay area of California. One of the richest areas in the United States with an average income of over $105,000. Currently it is the third largest high-tech center in the United States behind New York and Washington. Some of the most successful and wealthiest companies were started here in the Silicon Valley. You wouldn’t have Facebook, Google, eBay Cisco Systems or Yahoo if it wasn’t for this region. That being said, the amount of hotspots and things to do here are endless.
Downtown San Jose offers a wide variety of things for you to do, especially with the kids. The Children’s Discovery Museum is a great start. Kids can explore exhibits where everything is hands on. Kids can participate in the Science Lab, have story time, do arts and crafts or just play. Their food court provides healthy food for you and your family. Downtown also is home to many fabulous restaurants. Arcadia offers eclectic dining in a hip atmosphere. Stay overnight at the ritzy Fairmont Hotel. Their lobby is very popular for enjoying cocktails and many celebrities who are in town stay at this hotel. The Tech Museum of Innovation is far more than just a museum. They have hundreds of hands on, interactive exhibits. From space exploration, to Kaiser Permanente’s wearable technology and health monitoring exhibit, to biotechnology this is the museum you can’t miss seeing.
Take in a Shark’s game or a concert at the HP Pavilion Arena. They also host the circus and Disney On Ice. Take in a football game at the new 49er Levi Stadium in Santa Clara. The museum inside the arena presented by Sony, showcases artifacts and anecdotes from all five of the Super Bowl victories. Levi’s stadium also is home to all of the hottest concerts.
Great America is an amazing amusement park close to the area. There are rides and attractions for all ages. In the summertime your family will enjoy their huge water park. The Bass Pro Shop recently opened and has become a huge attraction to residents. It isn’t just a place to buy hunting and fishing gear. They have an amazing aquarium and fish feeding section, a restaurant called The Fish Bowl, and 12 bowling lanes!
The Winchester Mystery House is an old home you can tour with 160 rooms including 40 bedrooms, 476 doorways and 13 bathrooms. It was a home to a wealthy widow Sarah L. Winchester who’s ghost is still believed to haunt the home. Visitors that have taken the tour have said to experience strange oddities. The DeAnza Planetarium is known to be the most modern Planetarium in the world. Over 35,000 community members, including students from pre-school through high school attend these shows and events they provide every year. The Rose Garden is a beautiful site to behold. With rolling green lawns and colorful flowers. There are more than 3,500 plantings and 189 different varieties. Set on 5 1/2 acres, this is the most attractive of it’s kind in the world.