Santa Clara Activities

TripWhat's travel guide to Santa Clara; our list of the best attractions, including San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Municipal Rose Garden and Fry's Electronics.
  • The best activities in Santa Clara: San Francisco 49ers

    San Francisco 49ers

    The local NFL team plays at Candlestick Park [3] which overlooks Candlestick Cove. Go cheer them on!
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  • San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

    San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

    Naglee Ave & Dana Ave
    8AM to half hour past sunset. free. San José's 5 1/2–acre Municipal Rose Garden, once a prune orchard, draws thousands of visitors each year. The Garden is exclusively devoted to shrubs of the rose family and features over 4,000 rose shrubs with 189 varieties represented. Hybrid–teas comprise 75 percent of the plantings.
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  • Fry's Electronics

    Fry's Electronics

    550 E. Brokaw Rd
    Offering the best selection in town for consumer electronics and gadgetry, this particular Fry's branch is unique for its Mayan-themed architecture and decor. It's one of several Fry's stores in the bay area.
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  • California's Great America

    California's Great America

    Nestled among the office buildings is one of the Bay Area's largest amusement parks. Open seasonally. Yes, from their cubicles they can hear you screaming on the roller coasters.
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  • Valley Fair

    Valley Fair

    2855 Stevens Creek Blvd
    One of the largest shopping malls in Northern California, Valley Fair has over 250 stores and several restaurants. Valley fair has gone under tremendous renovations within the last few years making it bigger and more modern.
    Rose Garden eat nearby
  • Santa Clara Vanguard

    Santa Clara Vanguard

    Shows are seasonal, and the group tours across the country during the summer.
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  • San Jose Earthquakes

    San Jose Earthquakes

    After losing their soccer team to Houston, the Earthquakes have resumed play as an expansion team after being on "hiatus" for the 2006-07 seasons of Major League Soccer. The "Quakes" currently play at Santa Clara University's Buck Shaw Stadium, as well as in Oakland at the Oakland Coliseum for larger games. A new stadium is planned for 2014.
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  • Santana Row

    Santana Row

    368 Santana Row
    A "European-style" village of shops, restaurants, and high-priced condos, with hotels and great nightlife. There's a year-round farmer's market on Sundays, and during the summer bands play free outdoor music every weekend. Santana row has become a hang-out spot for San Jose's residents. Even without the shopping, the numerous restaurants, bakeries, cafe's and central garden this is a place to spend an entire day relaxing. Although it has become a mecca of designers, there are also affordable shops ad eateries. Stores like anthropogie, J. crew, and surf shops bring people in of all ages for all different reason. Santana row's development has had a huge impact on the San Jose landscape and economy.
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  • Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium

    Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium

    1664 Park Ave
    M-F 9AM-5PM, S-Su 11AM-6PM. $9 general admission, $7 seniors/students, $5 children 5-10, free for children under 5. This museum of Ancient Egypt features exhibits funded by the Rosicrucian Order, who have secured artifacts from archaeologists working in the area since the 1920s. Take a tour through a detailed replica of an Egyptian tomb and browse their collection of authentic mummies and artifacts.
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  • Intel Museum

    Intel Museum

    2200 Mission Blvd
    Open Weekdays 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Free admission. Learn a bit of local and technological history, and see what it takes to enter a cleanroom. Allow 1-2 hours.
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  • Triton Museum of Art

    Triton Museum of Art

    1505 Warburton Ave
    Open daily except Mondays. The museum offers a variety of rotating exhibits. Admission to the museum is free; selected classes and special events may require a fee.
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  • Heritage Rose Garden

    Heritage Rose Garden

    Spring St and Taylor St
    half an hour before dawn to half an hour after dusk. free. This garden, initially planted by volunteers in 1995, has a collection of almost 4,000 plants of more than 3,000 rose varieties.
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  • Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History

    Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History

    This museum occupies the historical Santa Clara railway depot building near the Santa Clara Caltrain station. It features a variety of historical railroad artifacts and elaborate model railroads at HO and N scales. It is open to the public Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.
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  • Agnews Historic Cemetery and Museum

    1250 Hope Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    Phone for appointment.. Opened in 2010, the museum honors people that worked and lived at the Agnews State Hospital and later Agnews Developmental Center from 1888 to 2009 with artifacts and photos and a viewing area for the restored cemetery.
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  • de Saisset Museum

    open Tues - Sun 11:00 - 4:00
    The museum combines rotating exhibitions with a permanent collection of works by Ernest de Saisset, a 19th century Santa Clara student who studied painting in Paris. Note: The museum is often closed between exhibitions, so call ahead or check the website for open dates.t
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  • Santa Clara University

    500 El Camino Real
    If driving, be aware of campus parking restrictions.
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  • Santa Clara Players

    1511 Warburton Ave
    This local, volunteer drama group stages three to four shows per year. Consult their website for shows, dates, and times.
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  • California's Great America

    4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara
    June-August. $25-50. With roller coasters, thrill rides, children's attractions, the Boomerang Bay water park, and Vegas-style live shows, this huge theme park is fun for the whole family.
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  • Agnews Developmental Center

    4030-4070 Lafayette Street
    The Agnews Historic Park preserves three buildings from the old California Hospital for the Chronic Insane. Founded in 1889, the facility's original buildings collapsed in the "San Francisco Earthquake" of 1906, killing 117 people. The new buildings, including the still-standing auditorium, clock tower and superintendent's residence, are good examples of early twentieth century Mediterranean Revival architecture, heavily influenced by the Arts and Crafts style. The new buildings represented a more modern attitude toward the mentally ill. The smaller buildings with larger windows were designed to comfort and stimulate the mentally ill, rather than imprison them. The state of California moved the last few hundred residents out in the mid 1990's, and sold the campus to Sun Microsystems, who promised to preserve the grounds and buildings, and make the auditorium and executive mansion available for public events. Unfortunately, you cannot get inside to see the very impressive interiors of the buildings, unless you've got a Sun employee badge or are lucky enough to slip in during a meeting or public event. Neither tours nor docents seem to be available. You can visit a small shelter that has public restrooms, as well as historic photographs and information about the hospital.
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  • Winchester Mystery House

    525 South Winchester Blvd
    Tours daily 9AM-7PM. Check their website for a current schedule.. Mansion Tour: $26, Behind-The-Scenes Tour: $23, Grand Estate Tour (combined) $31 (discounted rates for seniors and children). The legend is that Sarah Winchester, Winchester Rifle heiress, was afraid of being cursed by the ghosts of those who had been killed by Winchester guns. She thought that as long as construction continued, the ghosts would be kept at bay. Construction did continue (for 38 years!), resulting in a fantastic house full of mazes, stairs that go nowhere and other odd architecture. Beware: visitors have reported seeing paranormal objects in the house, and the only way you can confirm their claims is to see them yourself!
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  • Harriss-Lass Historic Museum

    1889 Market St
    Open Sa-Su only, 12PM to 4PM. This 19th century farmhouse has been restored and converted to a museum of local history, complete with many of the original furnishings. opening hours may be subject to volunteer docent availability.
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  • Opera San Jose

    2149 Paragon Drive
    San Jose's resident opera company performs on a restored 1920s vaudeville stage and features some of the most accomplished young voices in the country.
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  • Point Fermin Lighthouse and Park

    807 Paseo Del Mar
    Free; donations are requested. This lighthouse, built in 1874, can be seen seven days a week from the park surrounding it. Tours of the interior are given every hour during operating hours. No longer in active use, the lighthouse has a fascinating history, including usage as a military lookout post during WWII. The highlight of the tour is a climb to the lighthouse tower. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children less than 40 inches in height may not be admitted to the tower.
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  • Moon Zooom

    1630 W San Carlos St
    Stashed inside a converted home, this is San Jose's one-stop shop for your vintage clothing and costume desires. Explore racks and racks of retro styles from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
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  • Silicon Valley Ski & Snowboard Festival

    Silicon Valley Ski & Snowboard Festival

    Santa Clara Convention Center5001 Great America Pkwy
    Silicon Valley is the southern region of the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California, in the United States. The region, whose name derives from the Santa Clara Valley in which it is centered, is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations as well as thousands of small startups. The term originally referred to the region's large number of silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but eventually came to refer to all the high-tech businesses in the area; it is now generally used as a metonym for the American high-tech sector. Despite the development of other high-tech economic centers throughout the United States and the world, Silicon Valley continues to be the leading hub for high-tech innovation and development, accounting for one-third of all of the venture capital investment in the United States. Geographically, the Silicon Valley encompasses all of the Santa Clara Valley including the city of San Jose, the southern Peninsula Valley, and the southern East Bay. However, with the rapid growth of technology jobs in the San Francisco Metropolitan area, the traditional boundaries of Silicon Valley have expanded North to include the rest of San Mateo County, San Francisco County as well as parts of Marin County.
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  • HP Pavilion

    HP Pavilion

    525 W Santa Clara St
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