Set in the middle of Silicon Valley, San Jose has perfect weather and plenty of work opportunities. It is also a city that frequently makes the list of happiest places in the U.S. to work and live. With museums, gardens, and other attractions, San Jose is a great place for a family vacation. Here are the top five San Jose attractions.

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California’s Great America

If your kids love theme parks, then plan to spend a day at California’s Great America. With roller coasters, kiddie rides, fireworks and live shows, your family is sure to have a memorable day. Every year, the park introduces new rides and it has a renowned water park. If you’ll be in San Jose in October, then participate in the park’s special Halloween Haunt. Enjoy the amusement park treats and wear your comfiest shoes because you have plenty of ground to cover at California’s Great America.

San Jose Municipal Rose Garden

Make sure that your family spends some time in nature by taking them to see the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. With bright, splendid blooms and rolling green lawns, you’ll be the envy of your social media peers. The garden has more than 3,500 plantings in addition to 189 different varieties of plant life, giving you and your family the chance to learn. If you need some down time, this is a good place to find it. Close by in San Jose, there are plenty of family-friendly accommodations like the Hyatt House San Jose/Silicon Valley. Both rooms and suites are available, so you can choose what works best for you and your family.

Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum

This San Jose museum features the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on display in the western part of the United States. View the replica of King Tut’s tomb, and learn how the Egyptians created mummies. To make the experience more immersive, the museum offers an Expedition Passport that you can have stamped as you pass through each section. Your kids will love making sure that they got to see everything.

Children’s Discovery Museum

Teaching and engaging children for years, the Children’s Discovery Museum is an experience that your kids will love. The museum facilitates hands-on learning that includes transforming soapy water into huge bubbles, pretending to shop and work at a kid-size grocery store, and sending balls through various waterways. After a day at the museum, everyone will surely be hungry. Head to popular local restaurants like the Rok Steakhouse & Grill where you can get steak, pork chops, or a salad or try Birk’s Restaurant. There, they serve seafood and tasty sandwiches.

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House is a popular tourist attraction. This 160-room mansion is filled with maze-like halls, secret passageways and twisting stairways. Originally, the home belonged to Sara Winchester, the heir of the Winchester Rifle fortune. She believed that the victims of her husband’s rifles wanted revenge. To thwart the spirits, she constructed a home meant to obstruct them. Within the 160 rooms, you’ll come across things like upside-down columns, fake doors and false windows. The rumors claim that the home is indeed haunted. Come see for yourself.


San Jose is a family destination, one with interesting museums, theme parks and great places to stay. It is also a place with quality accommodations and memorable places to eat. Treat your family to an unforgettable trip to San Jose.