Family Fun In San Jose


When it comes to family fun in the Bay Area, San Jose has you covered! The thriving city offers theme parks, zoos, and even a haunted house (well, we can’t actually prove it’s haunted, so you’ll have to see for yourself).

Come experience all the Bay Area fun during your next stay with the little ones. You won’t be disappointed.


Paramount’s Great America Amusement Park

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Experience the most thrilling theme park in the Bay Area, Paramount’s Great America Theme Park, and discover why Great America is the best choice for family adventure. If you like speed and adventure, there’s thrill rides like Flight Deck and Vortex. For the little ones, Carousel Columbia or Barney Oldfield Speedway is great amusement, or check our Planet Snoopy, featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Sally! Fly, whirl, dive, and swoop your day through Planet Snoopy at this famous Bay Area theme park. 

Great America also offers Kidzville, a town bursting with fun for the entire family! With 18 rides and attractions for parents and kids to enjoy together, you won’t know where to start.

And lastly, don’t miss Boomerang Bay for a “splashin’ good time.” This Australian-themed waterpark opens May 25th for the summer season.

Come experience Paramount’s Great America Amusement Park, just 5 miles from our central hotel in San Jose. 


San Jose Raging Watersraging waters san jose

Raging Waters San Jose is Northern California’s largest water park, offering 23-acres and millions of gallons of family fun. This notorious Bay Area waterpark features thrilling high-speed slides and family attractions, like the 350,000-gallon Wave Pool and The Pirate’s Cove, a water fort that your kids’ have only dreamt about.

Raging Waters is an easy 8-minute drive from our San Jose hotel. Come splash in the fun!


Happy Hollow Park & Zoohappy hollow san jose

Round up the kiddos and visit Happy Hollow Park & Zoo in San Jose, a 16-acre zoo and amusementpark nestled right in our backyard. Just renovated in 2010, this Bay Area zoo & theme park offers tons of wildlife fun for the whole family, including jaguars, miniature horses, squirrel monkeys, and so much more!

Experience the puppet theater, visit the animal hospital, or hop on your very own horse atop the carousel! For even more interaction, Happy Hollow Park offers a petting zoo, where kids can pet and feed ponies, sheep, and miniature cows.

Family fun blossoms at Happy Hollow Park. This Bay Area zoo is just 7 miles from San Jose Airport Garden Inn.


Winchester Mystery House

Travel to the Winchester Mystery House, a famous mansion that’s thought to be haunted by ghosts of the people who fell victim to Winchester rifles. Tour & learn about the Victorian house of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. The spirits are said to have directly inspired Sarah as to the way the Winchester House should be built.

Situated less than 5 miles from our San Jose hotel, experience the Winchester Mystery House, where every Friday the 13th the large bell is rung 13 times at 1 o’clock pm in tribute to Winchester. Guests can also take advantage of our special Winchester Mystery House Package


Children’s Discovery Museum

Visit the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, one of the largest museums of its kind in the nation! With 150 interactive exhibits, the San Jose Discovery Museum invites visitors to explore, learn, and enjoy the beautiful world that surrounds them. From learning about the fascinating world of bubbles to the secrets of circles, enrich your kids’ minds with this mind-blowing museum in San Jose.

Don’t miss the Children’s Discovery Museum, less than 4 miles from San Jose Garden Inn.