San Jose Recreation Ranges from Outdoor Sun to Indoor Ice

By Cary Estes on April 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm EST
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From thrill rides at the California Great America theme park to slap shots at San Jose Sharks hockey games, there is plenty to see and do in San Jose.

Music and More at HP Pavilion
Many of the city’s biggest events take place at the beautiful HP Pavilion, a 20,000-seat, multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility. In addition to the popular Sharks games, the arena regularly plays host to a wide variety of musical acts. During a typical month, the concert lineup at HP might bounce from the Eagles' classic rock to the modern funk of the Black Eyed Peas to Taylor Swift's country pop. For event information, visit www.hppsj.com.

Outdoors: Parks and Trails
With so many warm, sunny days on tap, there also are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. You can cool off at the Raging Waters or Boomerang Bay water parks. Young cyclists can find big air at the Calabazas BMX Park. And there are dozens of parks and hiking trails scattered throughout the region. The primary city park is 156-acre Kelley Park. Features include the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo for children, the peaceful Japanese Friendship Garden, the History Park Museum and the Portuguese Historical Museum.

The Guadalupe River Trail winds through downtown and is a favorite with cyclists, joggers and people who walk to work. A highlight is the Heritage Rose Garden, where more than 3,000 varieties of roses are on wondrous display for the eyes and nose. The 720-acre Alum Rock Park offers a more rugged outdoor adventure close to downtown. Located in a canyon on the eastern edge of town, Alum Rock is the oldest municipal park in California and one of the largest, with miles of trails for biking and horseback riding. The park is the site of many area high school cross-country meets.

Museums and Other Attractions

Exhibits at the Children’s Discovery Museum invite guests to go on self-directed, open-ended explorations. Child magazine ranks the museum as one of the top 10 children’s museums in the nation.

And Silicon Valley would not be complete without the Tech Museum of innovation. Highlights at this technological playground include an IMAX theater and 250 exhibits.

With more than 4,000 artifacts, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum & Planetarium houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on display in western North America. The museum’s design was inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak and features objects from pre-dynastic times through Egypt’s early Islamic era.

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