Famous San Jose Attractions
When it comes to fun things to do in San Jose, CA for both adults and children, the possibilities are endless. Explore the wonders of technology at the Tech Museum of Innovation. Catch a sporting event or concert at the SAP Center. Get wet and wild at San Jose Raging Waters. Delve deeper into these and other attractions that make San Jose a great place to stay.
Arenas & Theatres
Experience the uniqueness of Opera San José, where singers are groomed for international performing careers. The 1,100-seat auditorium joins the select ranks of the world’s most intimate opera houses. Less than 2 miles away.
Nicknamed the “Shark Tank” in honor of the San Jose Sharks who play their NHL home games there, the SAP Center hosts many specials events. Enjoy concerts with headliners like Billy Joel and Elton John, professional boxing, and kid-friendly shows, such as Disney on Ice.
For nearly three decades, the San Jose Repertory Theater has been entertaining audiences throughout the Bay Area with an intoxicating blend of contemporary and classic dramas and comedies. Seven mainstage productions are mounted each year.
At Broadway San Jose, see the magic of Broadway Musical Theatre right here in Northern California’s Silicon Valley. As part of the Nederlander Family, the Silicon Valley is directly linked to New York Broadway, making it easy for San Jose guests to also experience Broadway Theatre! These Broadway shows include Shrek, Cats, West Side Story, In The Heights, and Beauty & the Best, offering a little magic for everyone.
Enjoy a concert or sporting event at San Jose State University’s Event Center, a multi-million dollar complex comprising a multi-functional arena and fitness center. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the SJSU Event Center is only 8 minutes from the San Jose Airport Garden Inn.
Family Fun in San Jose
The top water park in the Bay Area, 23-acre San Jose Raging Waters draws young and old alike. Discover more than 20 slides and attractions, including the high-speed Dragon’s Den and Shotgun Falls, plus the family-friendly 350,000-gallon Wave Pool.
Situated just a few miles away in Santa Clara, CA, California’s Great America is jam-packed with thrill rides and family rides galore. It’s also where you’ll get a rare opportunity to see Nickelodeon TV characters live and in person. If that’s not enough, the Australian-themed Boomerang Bay Beach Club beckons with non-stop water-filled adventures. Be sure to get the details on our Great America Package.
The former home of rifle heiress Sarah Winchester has to be seen to be believed. It’s a 160-room Victorian mansion that was built starting in 1884 and was continually added on to during the next 40 years. Architectural oddities include staircases that lead nowhere, windows that are built into the floor, and doors that open onto blank walls. Be sure to get the details on our Mystery House Package.
Family-friendly fun and education is at the heart of the Children’s Discovery Museum. There are more than 150 interactive hands-on exhibits plus games, programs, and classes. Enjoy a big day with the little ones in the very big (52,000-square-foot) purple building.
More Local Attractions
San Jose State University. Visit San Jose State University during your next stay with us! Whether you’re a prospective student or visiting a student, SJSU is famous for being the founding campus of the California State University system and is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast of the United States. We’re just 8 minutes away from the downtown campus, so choose San Jose Airport Garden Inn as your San Jose State hotel.
San Jose Museum of Art. Delight in a singular downtown San Jose cultural experience. The San Jose Museum of Art is a first-class repository of 20th century art, including paintings, photography, and sculptures. Relax with a treat at the museum café and take home a souvenir from the museum store.
Great Mall of the Bay Area. Attention shoppers! The Great Mall of the Bay Area in nearby Milpitas features name-brand stores that range from Gap Outlet, Old Navy, and Calvin Klein to Neiman Marcus Last Call, Victoria’s Secret, and Tommy Hilfiger. Take a break from retail therapy and enjoy a game of Lunar Golf or catch a movie at the Century Theatres’ 20-plex. Great meals also abound at the Great Mall, from specialty foods to sit-down restaurants like Fresh Choice.
Bay 101. Whatever time of day or night, you can get in on the gaming action at Bay 101. Discover 40 tables where you can play all types of card games, from Texas Hold ‘Em and Omaha to 21st Century Blackjack and Pai Gow. Savor fine food and drink at Sutter’s Broiler, Bay 101′s sports bar and restaurant.
Tech Museum of Innovation. Immerse yourself in all things technological at the Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose. You’ll have one heck of a hands-on experience as you encounter an immense amount of intriguing interactive exhibits that shine a light on how technology works and how it affects the way we play.
San Jose Events
Plan your San Jose trip around our seasonal events or festivals. You may have to stay an extra day just to see it all!