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San Jose, California

Things To Do In San Jose

One of the most bewildering mansions in the world, the Winchester Mystery House has stairways that lead to the ceiling, doors that open into walls, and a profound history of the occult. Designed by the mystifying mind of Sarah Winchester, widow of the well-known rifle manufacturer, the bizarre house and its grounds are now open to guided tours for intrigued visitors.

525 South Winchester Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-247-2101

The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum brings ancient Egypt to downtown San Jose. A variety of artifacts ranging from sarcophagi to religious pieces are all on display to give patrons a glimpse into ancient Egyptian life. The Tomb Tour, one of the most popular exhibits, encompasses composite replicas of various tombs found throughout Egypt, complete with hieroglyph-adorned walls and rooms filled with artifacts.

1660 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95191
Phone: 408-947-3635

Tossing aside the old adage of "look but don't touch," the Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on center that seeks to both entertain and educate. With exhibits that take visitors into the virtual world where they can design a museum or construct a rollercoaster, The Tech is setting the bar for a 2.0 museum revolution.

201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-294-8324

The HP Pavilion at San Jose, formerly known as Compaq Center at San Jose and San Jose Arena is an indoor arena. The arena is also commonly called The Shark Tank or The Tank, both of which come from its primary tenant, the San Jose Sharks.

525 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-287-9200

The fastest game on ice is expertly played by the San Jose Sharks, one of the NHL's elite teams of late. Though they have yet to take home the Stanley Cup in their nearly 30-year history, they continually make the playoffs and send fans cheering from the stands for yet another shot at hockey immortality. Important Information: Sharks Games take place between October 4 and April 5.

Phone: 408-287-7070

Welcome to the Los Gatos Creek Trail and County Park! The Los Gatos Creek Trail offers recreational opportunities for walkers, jogger, bicyclists, skaters, non-motorized scooters, bladers and nature lovers.

1250 Dell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
Phone: 408-356-2729

The Intel Museum, despite its modest size, is an interesting place for adults and children of all ages. At this museum, you can learn a little about the history of both the Intel Corporation and Silicon Valley as a whole, including an interesting exhibit that explains the genesis of a computer chip. The museum store is located across from the museum and carries a nice selection of souvenirs and gift items.

2200 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 408-765-0503

Food & Drink In San Jose

VILLAGE California Bistro and Wine Bar features California inspired cuisine focusing on the bounty of artisan quality seasonal ingredients from the Wine Country to the Central Valley and Pacific waters. The chef creates ever-changing seasonal menus with items that pair with the Wine Spectator award-winning wine list including a selection of small plates for creating your own tasting menu or for simply sharing.

378 Santana Row #1035
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-248-9091

This popular bistro in the Old Masonic building offers excellent Northern Italian cuisine in a beautiful atmosphere. Blond wood floors and Tuscan yellow walls adorn the inside.

1346 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: 408-920-2508

Bill's Cafe wakes up early, serving fresh pastries, juices, omelets and more starting at the crack of dawn. Enjoy a hot cinnamon roll with coffee, or pick from the list of creative and more classic dishes. Breakfast is served all day, but lunch is also offered in the form of sandwiches, soups, salads and more.

2089 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-244-9085

Morton's The Steakhouse, the nation's premier steakhouse group, specializes in classic, hearty fare, serving generous portions of USDA prime aged beef, as well as fresh fish, lobster and chicken entrees. Morton's is famous for its animated signature tableside menu presentation: steaks, whole Maine lobsters and other main course selections, along with fresh vegetables, are presented on a cart rolled to your table, where the server displays and describes each menu item in appetizing and entertaining detail.

177 Park Avenue, Suite 100
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-947-7000

Highlights at this popular Santana Row restaurant include spacious dining areas, an open kitchen with French rotisserie, a bustling bar and oyster display. Accents include a mahogany sunlit bar, revolving door, dining terraces, four private dining rooms and rich brasserie atmosphere.

377 Santana Row, Suite #1100
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-984-3500

Nominated for "Best Tapas in the Bay Area" by Citysearch, Habana Cuba has enchanted diners with its festive, home-style and unforgettable blends of tropical seasonings that will bring you back to Old Havana. Favorites include paella, tostones, sweet plantains, Vaca Frita and slow roasted pork.

238 Race Street
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-998-2822

Il Fornaio means "the baker" in Italian. This award-winning restaurant offers an authentic and unique dining experience. Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game; housemade pastas; pizzas from an oak wood burning oven; fresh salads and housemade soups; a wide variety of desserts; and fresh baked bread made daily from scratch.

302 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: 408-271-3366

High ceilings, geometric brickwork, hanging lights, and gracefully curved dining room create a sleekly intimate atmosphere at this upscale Japanese restaurant and lounge. Along with a sushi bar offering the freshest seasonal seafood in town, Bluefin's lunch and dinner menus offer deliciously prepared starters and entrees from noodles, teriyaki and bento boxes to Kobe beef and premium Japanese Wagyu beef dishes. Numerous varieties of sake, original house-crafted cocktails, and a generous sampling of domestic, Japanese and other wines and beers complete your evening. Just a short walk from the Sharks and other events at the HP Pavillion.

754 The Alameda
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-931-6875

Yankee Pier, a bustling and vibrant seafood house, offers chef Steve Wallin's ocean-fresh seafood from coast to coast. Live Maine lobsters, fresh-shucked oysters, an array of grilled fresh fish, and beer-battered full belly clams are some of the offerings, along with local produce, house-made desserts, a selection of all-American wines and a full bar.

378 Santana Row #1100
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-244-1244

The newest addition to Santana Row, Thea is a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine with highlights from Greece and Turkey. An expansive bar and lounge features creative vodka infusions and a selection of Mediterranean and California wines. Authentic Greek art, a 20-foot olive tree and a stylish contemporary setting complete the experience.

3090 Olsen Drive
San Jose, CA 95128
Phone: 408-260-1444

With Kids In San Jose

A must-visit for any age group, Raging Waters is a water park that provides everything from mile-a-minute thrills to the relaxing undulations of floating along the Lazy River. For the adrenaline junkie, a ride down Blue Thunder/White Lightning will have you grinning down all 60 feet of snaking twists and turns.

2333 South White Road
San Jose, CA 95148
Phone: 408-238-9900