Guidelet: San Jose Livin - Top 100 Things to Do

A travel guide to San Jose, CA, United States | Target Market: families, teenagers, college students, travelers | A travel guide by: Stockspyder

The heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose has transformed radically since the arrival of the San Jose Sharks and subsequent downtown transformation. Now one of the leading cities in high end shopping and inspired technology, San Jose is completely comfortable being the jewel of the South Bay. Now one of the biggest and fastest growing cities in America, San Jose is the jewel of the Bay Area and offers some of the best dining, drinking and shopping in California.
San Jose Livin - Top 100 Things to Do", a travel guide to San Jose, CA, United States

Summary of points of interest in this travel guide to San Jose, CA, United States


Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

Why visit:

Relive ancient times through the Rosicrucian Museum with displays and hieroglyphics that can provide an extra dimension to your trip to San Jose and the Silicon Valley. Located off of Park Ave, it's just a jump skip and a hop to some of the best eating in the South Bay along The Alameda.

a day,fixed price,check site first option
at 1664 Park Ave.


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Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

San Pedro Square Market

Why visit:

One of the last bastions of Old San Jose before the Sharks transformed downtown, San Pedro Square Market can offer you a taste of the South Bay's finest organics and vegan ingredients.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 87 N San Pedro St


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San Pedro Square Market, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Emma Prusch Farm Park

Why visit:

Perfect for the children in the family, this park is a combination of a small town farm with the big city feel of San Jose. Between Story Road and King, it's best to find parking on the opposite side of 680 if you want to park within the first 30 minutes you arrive.

a day,very cheap,check site first option
at 647 S King Rd


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Emma Prusch Farm Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Why visit:

If you enjoy fabrics and quilts, and even if you don't this museum can really give you a good idea of wide range of societies that are at work in the diverse Silicon Valley. Having a tough time finding parking? Check into the Downtown parking center or simply find a two hour parking lot that won't charge an arm and a leg.

a day,very cheap,check site first option
at 520 S 1st St


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San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

New Almaden Mining Museum

Why visit:

Relive the gold rush and days long past through the mining museum that's recently been renovated through the Santa Clara Municipal Authority. Directly off of Almaden Parkway, there's a lot this small but wonderful gem of the South Bay can offer to any traveler.

a day,fixed price,just show up option
at 21350 Almaden Road, San Jose CA


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New Almaden Mining Museum, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

History Park

Why visit:

As it's namesake suggests, this historic San Jose museum can show you the roots of the once small town in the South Bay of Northern California. Follow along and learn with one of their many tours around the history of Silicon Valley, for a great contrast to how advanced and technological it is today. Want to really get dialed in? Download their app to your phone through the Android or Google store and see times and shows live with reminders and tips for tours.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112


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History Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

The Ranch Golf Club

Why visit:

Getaway to San Jose's remote Ranch Golf Club located off of 101 and close to many other golf ranges in this area, including the Silvercreek Clubs. Enjoy a cold beverage or two and take in a few holes with the guys or enjoy a great dinner at the Clubhouse, complete with a signature grill and lounge. If you are lucky enough, there might be a wedding (or two) you could "accidentally" stumble into.

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at 4601 Hill Top View Ln


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The Ranch Golf Club, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Los Gatos Creek Trail

Why visit:

If you enjoy hiking and the great outdoors, the Los Gatos Creek Trail provides a safe environment where walkers, joggers and adventure types can enjoy the best scenery in Northern California.

a day,free,just show up option
at 1970 Willow St


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Los Gatos Creek Trail, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

City Lights Theater Company

Why visit:

Uniquely hip and with a wide range of plays and theatrical shows, City Lights is a great way to take in some of the local drama flavor without the high cost of the Peninsula theatres. If you are attending a day show or play, make sure to check in downtown to the parking garage if parking situations have you flustered.

a day,night,varies,check site first option
at 529 S 2nd St


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City Lights Theater Company, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Rockbar

Why visit:

Enjoy a local rock band or wait for your favorite local band to headline the Rockbar, where you can enjoy high-tech interactive dinner in front of a live band. When the show is over enjoy a full course meal in the Rockbar restaurant where head cook Gray Rollin will delight you with the best dining this side of 280.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 529 S 2nd St


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Rockbar, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Club Miami

Why visit:

Club Miami has changed names quite a few times over it's stay here on this iconic corner, but for a great time out on the night with bars within earshot you could do a whole lot worse than this club. Because this is on the downtown side of Julian, you are definitely going to want to check into the downtown parking facility. Chances are you'll be calling a cab before the night is over however, with Mission and George's just across the street.

a night,varies,check site first option
at 177 W Santa Clara St


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Club Miami, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Mission Ale House

Why visit:

Long known to anyone who loves downtown San Jose, Mission Ale House is the bar of choice for a night out on the town. Conveniently placed across the street from Miami Club ( or whatever it's called this week ) Mission can be packed depending on the night. Make sure to park downtown to avoid any needless hassles with police and the downtown cruising laws. As always, make sure to call a cab if you've been drinking, or use a designated driver. Don't be that guy.

a dinner,night,very cheap,just show up option
at 97 E Santa Clara St


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Mission Ale House, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

California Trolley and Railroad Corporation

Why visit:

Across the street from Happy Hollow and nearby the San Jose Giants minor league baseball field, this small park can is great for any child who loves trains. Enjoy from a wide variety of food trucks parked alongside this stretch or one of the many restaurants, or take your child to Happy Hollow afterward to really see them have a good time.

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at 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112


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California Trolley and Railroad Corporation, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Dive Bar

Why visit:

Leave it to Northern California to just call it like it is, because the Dive Bar in San Jose is the epitome of the ultimate dive bar where everyone knows your name and it's almost like home. Don't expect this place to be empty at any time after 12 noon, because of the close proximity to SJSU, there are plenty of people to mingle and meet.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 78 E Santa Clara St


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Dive Bar, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Historic Orchard

Why visit:

This orchard is part of the large multiplex park that includes several different sections dedicated for children of all ages. Rotary Playgarden as well as Greywater Park are integrated in such a way that once you are done enjoying the historic orchard you have plenty of activities to enjoy!

a day,free,just show up option
at Taylor St and Spring St, San Jose, CA 95110-2704


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Historic Orchard, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Brooktree Park

Why visit:

Terrific for children as well as adults, Brooktree is a bit off the beaten path and a bit quieter than the hustle and bustle of downtown San Jose. This park is located just after the 280 / 680 interchange and if you find Brooktree too packed, try heading over to Cataldi Park for some volleyball fun.

a day,free,just show up option
at Brooktree Park


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Brooktree Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Mexican Heritage Plaza

Why visit:

The Heritage Park contains many iconic symbols and nods to the past of San Jose and it's Mexican roots. Famous landmarks like the Quetzacoatl Plumed Serpent as well as Cesar Chavez Memorial Walkway are some of the highlights of this small park.

a day,free,just show up option
at 1700 Alum Rock Ave


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Mexican Heritage Plaza, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Cahalan Park

Why visit:

This local park is located in East San Jose and just off of Santa Teresa Blvd. Great for picnics or sport activities, there's a tennis court and soccer field along with several BBQ pits that make it a great location for the family.

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at Cahalan Park


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Cahalan Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

The Plant Shopping Center

Why visit:

One of the smaller malls in San Jose and Santa Clara, The Plant still has quite a bit to offer to anyone. Guy Fieri's, Famous Dave's and Boiling Crab are just a few places you can get in and feed your face before heading out to shop till you drop.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,free,just show up option
at 2189 Monterey Hwy


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The Plant Shopping Center, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Casino M8trix

Why visit:

Try your hand in a game of luck or just enjoy a dinner at M8trix when Bay 101 is filled across the freeway. This small casino isn't exactly Vegas but when you can't get any play at Bay 101, head over to the trendy M8trix

a night,varies,just show up option
at 1887 Matrix Blvd


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Casino M8trix, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

The Wine Galleria

Why visit:

Wonderfully diverse and with a real taste of Northern California wineries, the Galleria is an upscale gem in the rough for any wine lover. Deep in downtown San Jose, if parking has you down make sure to check into one of the many parking garages for the duration you think you'll be enjoying yourself. Don't overdo it or you'll be leaving your car there for much longer than the designated time slot!

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 377 S 1st St


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The Wine Galleria, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Hellyer Park & Coyote Creek Trail

Why visit:

One of the larger parks and hiking trails on the west side of 101, Hellyer is a sprawling landscape of select hiking trails and ponds that any outdoor lover will enjoy.

a day,free,just show up option
at 995 Hellyer Ave


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Hellyer Park & Coyote Creek Trail, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Britannia Arms

Why visit:

Britannia Arms is one of the signature San Jose pubs, known for the great live shows and lively atmosphere. In great contrast against the sleepy backdrop of Almaden, this bar can be everything you are looking for when you want a drink or just want to throw some darts.

a day,dinner,night,very cheap,just show up option
at 5027 Almaden Expy


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Britannia Arms, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

KALEID Gallery

Why visit:

Extremely close to San Jose City Hall, KALEID Gallery is one of highlights of San Jose culture with it's small and focused display types. Deep in the heart of downtown and across the street from San Jose State, KALEID has a wide display of Asian fusion art that shows the deeply diverse range of cultures in the South Bay.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 88 S 4th St


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KALEID Gallery, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

South First Billiards

Why visit:

Looking to play some snooky but not sure where the competition ripe? Head down to South First to see where you rank against some of the South Bay's best pool players. Have a drink or two afterwards to lick your wounds or head out for a night on the town by heading up 1st street to Muchos, Miami Club or Mission Ale House.

a night,varies,just show up option
at 420 S 1st St


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South First Billiards, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Guadalupe River Trail

Why visit:

This Trail is easily the best in San Jose and if you dare to travel it's entire length you'll see the very best of what San Jose has to offer. Running through downtown as well as near the Shark Tank and the Guadalupe Carousel, this River Trail can really be challenging to most runners.

a day,free,just show up option
at 420 S 1st St


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Guadalupe River Trail, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

George Page Park

Why visit:

Lots of variety and fun to be had are waiting for you at George Page Park, located off 85 in South San Jose. Quiet neighborhoods and wonderful stretches of play areas and BBQ pits, George Page is great for a day out in the sun.

a day,free,just show up option
at Santa Teresa Blvd


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George Page Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Why visit:

The Institute for Contemporary Art houses many unique and trending art themes and displays, with the best of Silicon Valley displays prominently highlighted. Because the Institute is so close to downtown San Jose, there's so many things to do and enjoy when you've had your fill of culture.

a day,very cheap,check site first option
at 560 S 1st St


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San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

ComedySportz

Why visit:

Great range of improvisation and stand up routines await you at ComedySportz where they love to laugh and you will too. Taking comedy and turning it into a physical activity might not be the most natural thing you've ever heard of, but at this comedy club it works!

a night,varies,check site first option
at 288 S 2nd St


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ComedySportz, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Santa Clara Paintball

Why visit:

Try your luck against your friends in a true game of paintball at the Fairgrounds. Try checking the local paper for discounts or even Groupon for the latest deals if you have more than 5 in your party. Typically you'll pay around $20 dollars for rental and paint fees for a day of fun that you'll be feeling later.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 2542 Monterey Rd.


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Santa Clara Paintball, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Avaya Stadium

Why visit:

Enjoy the only kind of fun tremor with the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium or take in a local soccer tournament. As one would expect from a Silicon Valley facility, there's lots of options to explore if you've got a smartphone or a tablet while attending a soccer game.

a day,night,varies,check site first option
at 1125 Coleman Ave


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Avaya Stadium, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Ayoma LifeSpa at Hotel Valencia

Why visit:

Spoil yourself and get away from anything that even resembles or smells like responsibility with a trip to the sinful Ayoma Lifespa. Variety and wide open treatment selections get you into the right frame of mind and body, and ready to enjoy a night out on the town.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 355 Santana Row


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Ayoma LifeSpa at Hotel Valencia, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Singlebarrel

Why visit:

Expert mixologists and a true Northern California experience in find wines and liquors, Singlebarrel is a great place to drop in for a drink or just a jump off point for the rest of the night. Because it's right outside downtown, there's no limit to where you can go and enjoy your night.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 43 W San Salvador St.


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Singlebarrel, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Plaza de Cesar Chavez

Why visit:

Smack dab in the middle of downtown San Jose, this park is well known for it's Christmas in the Park festivals. Highlighting trees from local schools and youth projects, Christmas in the Park is a must attend for anyone in San Jose near the holidays. Any other time in the year, it's still a fantastic park with water jets and lots of walkways for kids and families to roam.

a day,night,free,just show up option
at Plaza de Cesar Chavez


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Plaza de Cesar Chavez, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Why visit:

Enjoy a main event with Wrestlemania or a ballet at the Convention Center named after the former mayor. Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, there's always something going on, including the yearly Auto Show in San Jose.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 150 W San Carlos St


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San Jose McEnery Convention Center, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Lake Cunningham Park

Why visit:

Perfect for anyone in your family regardless of interest, Lake Cunningham's wide range of activities will have you busy all day. From the skateboarding park to water ski and jet ski activities, if you have a big family chances are this park has exactly what you are looking for to enjoy a day in the sun.

a day,free,just show up option
at Cunningham Ave.


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Lake Cunningham Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

CinéArts Santana Row

Why visit:

Enjoy a movie at the upscale Santana Row with a cinema that's supercharged with some of the latest tech and amenities. When you are done with your flick, you can venture out and explore the trendy mall or even cross the street to Valley Fair Mall.

a day,night,varies,just show up option
at 3088 Olsen Dr


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CinéArts Santana Row, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Hedley Club

Why visit:

For the discerning patron, Hedley Club has an intoxicating mix of elegant design and the full service and atmosphere of any popular bar. Located in the historic Hotel De Anza, it's possible you could be rubbing elbows with some famous people. It's a great way to spend a late Friday night on the town, so make sure to pick a yellow tab for parking through the underground structure if you want to hail a cab for the ride home.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 233 W Santa Clara St


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Hedley Club, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Flickinger Park

Why visit:

Multiple basketball courts and three separate playground arenas for kids of all ages, Flickinger is located on the west side of 680 and is nearby Berryessa and Hostetter Blvd. Make sure to find parking on the Four Oaks side of the park, where there's multiple lots for picnics and bathroom access.

a day,free,just show up option
at Flickinger Park


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Flickinger Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Straits

Why visit:

High end Asian fusion eating and part nightclub, Straits is a popular hangout spot in the upscale Santana Row strip across the street from Valley Fair. Enjoy your dinner and cocktails and then head out on a night of adventure in South San Jose.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 333 Santana Row #1100


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Straits, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Club Sportiva - San Francisco and Silicon Valley

Why visit:

Take the wheel behind some of the most sophisticated and high end sports cars in the world at Club Sportiva. You can rent these vehicles for a chance to flex your style through Santana Row or try your luck on the back end of Highway 101.

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at 521 Charcot Ave Ste 237


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Club Sportiva - San Francisco and Silicon Valley, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI)

Why visit:

Check in with friends or family for a great way to spend the day with amazing hands-on displays that allow you to make your own creations. Nearby downtown on the east side of San Jose, BAGI is a ton of fun with lots of value for any adventurer.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 401 E Taylor St Ste 115


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Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI), a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Castle Rock Climbing School

Why visit:

Indoor climbing fun awaits at Castle Rock, located off Capitol Expressway opposite the auto mall. Instructors are there to help you and your group navigate the vertical challenges at this climbing school. Must visit for any family with teens or adolescents with lots of energy!

a day,varies,check site first option
at 3248 Shadow Springs Pl, San Jose, CA


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Castle Rock Climbing School, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Raging Waters

Why visit:

Raging Waters is great fun way to beat the heat during the hot summer days for any family or even if you are solo. Across Lake Cunningham and the skate park, this waterpark has a wide range of slides and pools including an incredible whirlpool that's a must ride.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 2333 S White Rd


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Raging Waters, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

ANNO DOMINI Gallery

Why visit:

Latino based art themes and heavy inspirational art pieces separate the Anno Domini Gallery from the typical big city art studio. Hidden gem is a good way to describe this small hall, so make sure to check the downtown parking structure on S 2nd street to help you with the insane parking conditions.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 366 S 1st St


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ANNO DOMINI Gallery, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Oakridge Mall

Why visit:

Nestled in South San Jose, Oakridge is a quiet departure from the hustle and bustle of downtown living and shopping. While the selection here isn't as great as Valley Fair, there's still a nice food court and quite a few outlet shops that make this mall a desirable location.

a day,lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at Santa Teresa Blvd


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Oakridge Mall, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

San Jose Improv

Why visit:

Home of some of the most famous comedians from California, The Improv is a fun, lighthearted dining experience that will leave you smiling. Friendly staff and lots of comedic variety ensures you enjoy your dinner and your entertainment at the same time.

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at 62 S. Second Street, San Jose, CA 95113


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San Jose Improv, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Jungle Island

Why visit:

Give the kids in the family a nice outlet to spend some energy and burn off some great San Jose eating at the Jungle Island, a jumphouse arcade combined facility that's full of fun no matter how old you are.

a day,lunch,varies,just show up option
at 5401 Camden Ave


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Jungle Island, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Golfland Emerald Hills

Why visit:

Much nicer than the Milpitas Golfland, this mini golf range is down the street from Almaden Plaza Mall. Water rides and lots of miniature golf fun can do a lot for a nice way to enjoy your day outdoors.

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at 976 Blossom Hill Rd


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Golfland Emerald Hills, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Center for Beethoven Studies

Why visit:

Located on the SJSU campus, the Ira F Brilliant center is built around the works of Beethoven and is a must visit for anyone who loves music. Boasting a huge collection of personal artifacts and documents from the late brilliant composer, the Center is also located near downtown San Jose.

a day,very cheap,check site first option
at 150 E San Fernando St


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Center for Beethoven Studies, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

Why visit:

The Discovery Museum is chock full of fun ways for your kids to interact with nature and physics, as well as cultural and environmental issues. Depending on the time of year and displays available, there's lots of things that are customized for specific age ranges. Skip the expensive parking lot across the street and pay for 2 hours down the street near South Almaden. You'll thank me for it later.

a day,very cheap,check site first option
at 180 Woz Way


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Children

Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill

Why visit:

Backyard grill fused with a tropical Caribbean flavor, Back A Yard is located off of Market Street and is a great dinner locale. You can walk through downtown and hop through the many bars or simply go for a late night stroll after your dinner.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 80 N. Market St.


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Back A Yard Caribbean American Grill, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub

Why visit:

For a great taste of barbeque and grilled meats, try Firehouse for a deep oven cooked soul food with your choice of cocktails to match. Perfect for birthday dinners or business event, Firehouse isn't No. 1 without a reason.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 69 N San Pedro St


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Firehouse No. 1 Gastropub, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Claw Shack

Why visit:

Southern hospitality and creole soul food that won't burn your tongue off, Claw Shack has lots of seafood choices including a delicious gumbo dish that should not be missed.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 1696 Berryessa Rd


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Claw Shack, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

San Pedro Square Bistro & Wine

Why visit:

As Quiet and secluded as you can possibly get in downtown San Jose, the Bistro & Wine has select cheeses and wines for the discerning patron or wine connoisseur.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 20 N Almaden Ave


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San Pedro Square Bistro & Wine, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Kyusu Burmese Cuisine

Why visit:

This small Burmese grill is one of the best places to eat in West San Jose and it can get extremely busy, especially on a Friday. Try their aroma chicken or the large samosas, as well as prata.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 1312 Saratoga Ave


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Kyusu Burmese Cuisine, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

3-3-3

Why visit:

A homegrown company that used to be known as Small Time Cooks, this food truck chain is great eating on wheels. Try a variety of their curry dishes or lamb tacos for a terrific way to expand your palate.

a lunch,very cheap,just show up option
at Great Mall Dr.


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3-3-3, a tour attraction in Milpitas United States

Sweet Mango

Why visit:

Great for dinner as well as lunch, this Burmese restaurant is nestled deep in Willow Glen and is loved by residents who know good cooking when they see it.

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at 1040 Willow St


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Sweet Mango, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Little Chef Counter

Why visit:

Chicken and waffles or Duck confrit, there's something odd and quirky about the dishes here that works on many levels. Located downtown, there's plenty to do after you're done with your dinner.

a lunch,dinner,very cheap,just show up option
at 87 N San Pedro St


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Little Chef Counter, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Aerial Tumbling and Acrobatics

Why visit:

Kids love to tumble and roll, and they can do plenty of both at Aerial Tumbling and Acrobatics, located outside Blossom Hill. Nearby highway 85, make sure to check in before the afternoon traffic and congestion begins to set in. Unless you like that sort of thing.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 87 N San Pedro St


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Aerial Tumbling and Acrobatics, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Paper Plane

Why visit:

Anyone that's been to the Singlebarrel will realize many of the bartenders, but that's not bad at all because these guys are awesome mixologists. Hang out with your wild side and bar hop throughout downtown but Paper Plane has to be one of your stops. Call a cab from W Julian or have a designated driver when drinking, and always check into the 2nd street garage for cheap overnight parking with security.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 72 S 1st St


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Paper Plane, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Original Gravity Public House

Why visit:

Two stretch bars serving over 30 beers apiece, if you love beer and all things hops head down to Original Gravity for a friendly and laid back bar with a Silicon Valley feel. The great thing about downtown San Jose and the bars is the high level of service that's always presented, and this pub definitely does not lack in this department. Have a question about a drink or want to try a new beer? Just ask and you just might be surprised!

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 66 S 1st St


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Original Gravity Public House, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

55 South

Why visit:

Laid back with a comfortable ambience, 55 South is great for groups whether you are bar-hopping or having dinner with friends. There's quite a few choices when it comes to the dishes here, I'd recommend the 55 Burger myself.

a dinner,night,very cheap,varies,just show up option
at 55 S 1st St


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55 South, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

SmokeEaters

Why visit:

Formerly known as Cluck U Chicken, Smokeeaters carries on the tradition of hot spicy wings that will light your hair on fire. Located near San Jose State University, you can choose from a variety of spices for your wings or fries, and if you dare to take the 911 challenge make sure to have some milk and bread at the ready! Parking can get dicey around this area, as it can be anywhere around SJSU so when all else fails head to San Pedro or 2nd Street for an easy resolution to your problem.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 29 S 3rd St


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SmokeEaters, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Wicked Chicken

Why visit:

After Cluck U Chicken or Smokeeaters as it's now known as moved from across Santa Clara University, Wicken Chicken is a fun place that carries on The Alameda tradition. If you are heading here on a weekend or Friday night, taking a cab might be best considering the proximity to 82.

a dinner,night,very cheap,just show up option
at 2565 The Alameda


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Wicked Chicken, a tour attraction in Santa Clara United States

4th Street Bowl

Why visit:

Located near the Atrium, 4th Street Bowl is a fun time for everyone in your family because it's not just a bowling alley. Hang out in the sports bar or try your luck at offending everyone in the building with some wild karaoke, if you have a large group head here early to have your pick of lanes.

a day,night,very cheap,just show up option
at 1441 N 4th St


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4th Street Bowl, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

The Studio Climbing & Fitness

Why visit:

Explore a creative and abstract landscape at The Studio Climbing by climbing up and over structures that you've never seen before. Wild varieties of difficulty can get your heartrate up if you dare to challenge them, and several beginner ranges for those that just want to get their feet wet.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 396 E San Salvador St


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The Studio Climbing & Fitness, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Paint Nite

Why visit:

Express your creative side and paint with a group of friends or even plan your next party at Paint Nite. You just might surprise yourself at how much fun you'll have at a paint studio that serves alcohol and you just might love painting when you are done.

a night,varies,just show up option
at 420 S 1st St


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Paint Nite, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Nor Cal Laser Tag

Why visit:

Take down your best friends or battle out your grudgematch at Norcal Laser Tag, where mobile laser combat is the ultimate party fun. Combining elements of wide open ranges as well as close quarters combay, Norcal has the thrilling sense of battle if you want to seek it.

a day,night,varies,just show up option
at 2542 Monterey Hwy


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Nor Cal Laser Tag, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Monopoly in the Park

Why visit:

Walk along the Guadalupe River and enjoy Discovery Meadow and Monopoly in the Park, as part of the renovation project that's completely transformed downtown San Jose. Hang out and enjoy a picnic or head across the street to the carousel and the Shark Tank.

a day,lunch,very cheap,just show up option
at 330 W San Carlos St


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Monopoly in the Park, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Sharks Ice at San Jose

Why visit:

Take your entire family skating at Sharks Ice with some of the best staffs in the South Bay. Located nearby Happy Hollow Park, Sharks Ice is tons of fun for beginners as well as expert skaters. Take in the pro shop and make sure to ask for a skating buddy if you aren't feeling up to snuff!

a day,night,very cheap,just show up option
at 1500 S 10th St


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Sharks Ice at San Jose, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Real Escape Game SJ

Why visit:

Challenge yourself through a maze of complex puzzles and rewarding mental mountains to climb at Real Escape where you must use your wits to escape to safety. Visit here to start the night off or even to end it if you've been out in downtown San Jose, and see how long it takes for you to find your way tout.

a day,very cheap,just show up option
at 777 N 1st St Ste 740


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Real Escape Game SJ, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Japanese Friendship Garden

Why visit:

This small park has a lot to offer for families with children because of it's proximity to Happy Hollow. In fact if you are heading to Happy Hollow for a day of fun, try parking further down on Senter Road to visit the koi ponds or the pink blossom trees. It's not a far walk for children over the age of 4 and the it will be that much more rewarding when you arrive for a day of fun with Danny the Dinosaur.

a day,free,just show up option
at 1388-1498 Senter Rd


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Japanese Friendship Garden, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Cinebar

Why visit:

Dive bars don't get any better than Cinebar, but if you want parking or a quiet time another bar might be a better choice. Cinebar is always packed, especially on the weekends and it's a bit of a hike to the main stretch of downtown where most of the bars are.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 69 E San Fernando St


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Cinebar, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Blush Raw Bar Lounge

Why visit:

When you want fresh seafood and sushi that defies tradition and gives you new flavors to enjoy, Blush Raw Bar and Lounge can fill your appetite. Located in San Pedro Square, there's so many places to eat and drink it's enough to make your head spin; and that's before you've had a drink!

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 100 N Almaden Ave, #160


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Blush Raw Bar Lounge, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Rockin' Jump

Why visit:

Trampolines on the walls, on the floors and on every single panel give you and your group a fun, safe outlet in which to jump and enjoy yourselves. Rental includes a set of spiffy yellow and green socks that help you scale the walls and mats, make sure to bring your own water to avoid the pricey machines.

a day,night,varies,check site first option
at 100 N Almaden Ave, #160


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Rockin

SJ Omogari Korean Restaurant

Why visit:

Fresh cut ribs and South Korean style BBQ meats await you at Omogari restaurant. Wash down the meats and Korean side dishes with a Golden Harvest OB lager and walk through Japantown and stop by a karaoke bar to embarrass yourself.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 154 Jackson St


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SJ Omogari Korean Restaurant, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

The Blank Club

Why visit:

Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, the Blank Club is one large dance floor that's incredibly intimate and very red. Great prices on cocktails and clean bathrooms for once, this club is a great time for dancing or to enjoy a live show. Check their website for times and talents.

a night,varies,check site first option
at 44 S Almaden Ave


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The Blank Club, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

7 Stars Bar and Grill

Why visit:

For a taste of the home town flavor and a true South Bay bar, 7 stars has you covered with a full bar and karaoke lounge. Parking can be tough in this area, so make sure to check a taxi or park at San Jose City College and hoof it!

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 398 S Bascom Ave


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7 Stars Bar and Grill, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

The Old Wagon Saloon & Grill

Why visit:

Cheap prices and the "Olde Wagon" beer mug that looks more like a horse trough than something humans drink out of, this downtown bar and grille is a great night starter before taking in a fun filled night. Close to the Shark Tank and located along N San Pedro, there's always something to do or see here.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 73 N San Pedro St


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The Old Wagon Saloon & Grill, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant

Why visit:

Live DJ's dish the latest music and tunes and a wide display of televisions makes sure you don't miss a thing. Formerly Cuccini's the SP2 bar and restaurant is yet another diamond downtown where you can enjoy the best in cocktails and South Bay eating.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 72 N Almaden Ave


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SP2 Communal Bar + Restaurant, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Henry's Hi-Life

Why visit:

Storied and a cornerstone of the downtown transformation, Henry's is one of the best kept secrets in San Jose. Enjoy a variety of dishes cooked in their brick oven, and enjoy a drink from the bar. Don't be surprised to see a hockey player hang out here, and if you are trying to make it in here after a Sharks game get there early.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 301 W Saint John St


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Henry

Silver Creek Sportsplex

Why visit:

Nestled along Coyote Road deep in the hills of Silver Creek is a high tech multiplex built around hockey and soccer given the proximity of the San Jose Sharks and Earthquakes. Check in and enjoy an active day indoors or take in a junior hockey game or soccer tournament.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 800 Embedded Way


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Silver Creek Sportsplex, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Palace BBQ Buffet

Why visit:

Not quite as popular as it once was, Palace is still the reining King of all you can eat Korean BBQ. If you are hungry and have a hankering for meat, head on over to Koreatown and check out Palace's wide range of marinated chicken, beef and pork. Make sure to bring a change of clothes if you have plans afterwards, you can emerge from this place smelling like meat and smoke.

a lunch,dinner,very cheap,just show up option
at 1092 E El Camino Real


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Palace BBQ Buffet, a tour attraction in Sunnyvale United States

Ice Center

Why visit:

Cheaper than Sharks Ice but still every bit as nice a facility, the Ice Center was where the Sharks used to practice before building their own facilities. Multiple rinks and lots of junior hockey to enjoy, the Ice Center has flexible open skate times as well as curling competitions that anyone can enjoy.

a day,night,very cheap,just show up option
at 10123 N Wolfe Rd


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Ice Center, a tour attraction in Cupertino United States

Sabrecats Arena Football

Why visit:

One of the league's powerhouses, the San Jose Sabrecats is a vertical game of football played indoors and with an exhilarating and brisk pace. If you are attending a game, avoid the Shark Tank parking lots and find parking alongside the back of the arena near the monitored parking lots for a much cheaper rate.

a day,night option
at 525 W. Santa Clara Street


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Sabrecats Arena Football, a tour attraction in Cupertino United States

Vino Vino

Why visit:

More wine cellar and lounge than a standard bar, Vino Vino is fine South Bay dining and wine that's part of downtown San Jose. Very laid back and assuring atmosphere lend a friendly hand with great service and a smile.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 87 N San Pedro St Ste 105


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Vino Vino, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

Why visit:

Part petting zoo and amusement park, Happy Hollow has a wide range of activities for any age child. Whether you want to check out the large petting zoo area with a custom sand pit for unearthing dinosaur bones, or ride any of the rides from the carousel or the roller coaster, there's something for you to do at Happy Hollow. Parking can get dicey here, especially at the main parking lot. Instead drive down Senter to park further down the street for a cheaper parking rate, and plus you can enjoy the Japanese Friendship Garden on the walk up to the park and zoo.

a day,varies,check site first option
at 1300 Senter Rd


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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages

Why visit:

Indoor batting cages for kids of multiple age groups, the South Bay Sports Batting Cages are fun if your little slugger wants to get some BP in or if you are having fun with a group of friends.

a day,varies,just show up option
at 995 E Santa Clara St


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South Bay Sports Training & Batting Cages, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Jack Fischer Park

Why visit:

There's so much to enjoy at Jack Fischer, you can easily gauge how popular it is from how busy it is almost year round. Lots of separated park sections as well as a dedicated water area, this park can offer a lot that some amusement or entertainment places do not.

a day,free,just show up option
at 1449 Abbott Ave


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Jack Fischer Park, a tour attraction in Campbell United States

Falafel's Drive-In

Why visit:

For a different and unique lunch check into Falafel's for a drive thru experience that's almost guaranteed to be packed so make sure to get here early. Try any of their large falafel plate or hummus dishes, and don't forget to get here early. It's that good.

a lunch,dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 2301 Stevens Creek Blvd


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Falafel

The Counter

Why visit:

Located in swanky Santana Row, The Counter offers upscale burgers at prices that are usually found in much smaller locations. Because of the location, you can enjoy the shopping at the Row or cross the street to Valley Fair Mall.

a day,lunch,dinner,very cheap,just show up option
at 3055 Olin Ave


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The Counter, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

The Boiling Crab

Why visit:

There's two locations within San Jose, but both are bound to be ridiculously packed so make sure to take it to go or get there early enough so that you aren't waiting too long. Seafood and cajun spicy dishes can make sure you leave The Boiling Crab full and happy.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 1631 E Capitol Expy, Ste 101


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The Boiling Crab, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Yard House

Why visit:

One of the popular bars in California, The Yard House is known for their full yard or half yards of beer served in a very cool and long glass. Serving the traditional American fare, Yard House is located inside Santana Row so there's no lack of things or shops to take in.

a dinner,night,varies,just show up option
at 300 Santana Row #101


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Yard House, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Cha Cha Sushi

Why visit:

Located inside the Fairgrounds, Cha Cha Sushi is a San Jose classic and loved by almost every sushi fan in the South Bay. Lots of variety and the most interesting combinations of seafood and imaginative names and flavors await you at Cha Cha.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 547 W Capitol Expy


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Cha Cha Sushi, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Pho Kim Long

Why visit:

It's not just soup.. it's pho the traditional Vietnamese dish that's so popular in San Jose it can be hard to find the right restaurant. When in doubt however, head over to Pho Kim Long where San Jose residents have loved their soup for years.

a lunch,dinner,varies,just show up option
at 2082 N Capitol Ave


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Pho Kim Long, a tour attraction in San Jose United States

Great America Fireworks

Why visit:

Enjoy a night of fireworks or take the family through the iconic park and enjoy the many rides and attractions. Great America has changed a great deal since the arrival of Levi's Stadium but for best results you still want the South end parking lot. Many rides have also been updated and geared towards the more wilder and stunt driven roller coasters, and don't forget about the Lagoon!

a day,varies,just show up option
at California's Great America


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Great America Fireworks, a tour attraction in Santa Clara United States

San Jose Sharks

Why visit:

Where it all started for San Jose, the Sharks call the Tank the SAP Center now but for many fans it's still the Shark Tank. As the focal point of the downtown renovation, the San Jose Sharks have been one of the most consistently successful franchises in Bay Area history. Enjoy a meal at George's Grill or have a drink in the luxurious Club before taking in a thrilling NHL game or event.

a night option
at 525 W. Santa Clara Street


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San Jose Sharks, a tour attraction in Santa Clara United States

Levi's Stadium

Why visit:

Easily one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in America, Levi's stadium is home to the San Francisco 49ers and perfect for any sports fan. You can use your tablet or smart phone to order your meal, have it delivered to your seat as well as get real time information about the game and players that aren't shown on the broadcasts. This stadium also uses solar panels to help power itself, building on the theme of minimizing your carbon footprint in the socially responsible Bay Area.

a day,night,varies,check option
at 4900 Marie P Debartolo Way


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Levi

Rootstock Wine Bar

Why visit:

Not truly a full service bar but for wine and cheese lovers, Rootstock has some of the finest South Bay selections available. Now that the 49ers play here, the wine and cheese crowd doesn't always mean you are living on the peninsula!

a day,lunch,very cheap,just show up option
at 4900 Marie P Debartolo Way


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Rootstock Wine Bar, a tour attraction in Los Gatos United States

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