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Rent a Bus in San Jose, California and Explore the Valley of Heart's Delight

Explore the city on a bus rental in San Jose, California

San Jose, California

San Jose is the home of Silicon Valley. Home to more than a million people, it is the third largest city in the state. San Jose is a very rich city because of the technology companies that call the city home. But there are a lot of attractions here that would keep vacationers and visitors occupied so be sure to get a bus rental in San Jose, California to explore the city.

A bus rental in San Jose, California can help you see the city in a convenient, comfortable and luxurious manner.

San Jose is the seat of Santa Clara County and has a lot of attractions that you can visit. Be sure to get a bus rental in San Jose, California to save time. You no longer have to wait for public transportation to come along, and you get to have a luxurious and convenient ride all throughout your vacation. You can have your driver pick you up at the hotel, tour you around town and worry about the traffic and the parking. You just go ahead and enjoy your vacation!

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Raging Waters is the name of water parks that are in three different locations and one of them is in San Jose, California. Raging Waters in San Diego has something for everyone. There are thrill rides for the adults, such as the Barracuda Blaster, Bombs Away, Dragon's Den, Great white Shark, Serpentine Slides and Slide Creek Falls. Then there are the kid friendly Activity Pool, Endless River, Wave Pool and Pirate's Cove. The kids can also have fun at kiddie slides they call the Little Dipper and the Wacky Water Works.

The Jungle Island is an indoors kids play area that has a giant play structure, laser tag facility, bumper cars, arcade games and laser tag.

Arts & Culture

San Jose, Arts & Culture

Architecture and public art. For many years, San Jose has been criticized because of the lack of structures that have significant architecture. In fact, only a few districts and buildings were considered to be architecturally important, including the Hotel Sainte Claire, the Downtown Historic District, and the De Anza Hotel, which is an active hotel that features startling Mission, Spanish Revival and Art Deco architecture. As such, municipal buildings have taken up the task and experimented with different architectural styles. Nevertheless, the city more than makes up for this with its public art. Check out the downtown area with its public art installations and murals. The Mineta Airport expansion is also implementing a program that combines technology and art. Check out Robert Graham's Quetzalcoatl, the Thomas Fallon statue, and Ben Rubin's San Jose Semaphore.

Performing arts. San Diego has several notable performing arts companies. Opera San Jose is a professional opera company that provides free apartments for its resident artists and has come up with several great works such as those in their standard repertory, plus Anna Karenina, The Crucible and Hotel Eden, among others. Catch them perform at the California Theatre, where you can also catch the Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Cinequest Film Festival.

Symphony Silicon Valley is the city's professional symphony orchestra, while Ballet San Jose gives locals and visitors world-class ballet performances including Swan Lake, the Nutcracker and Blue Suede Shoes.

SjDANCEco presents contemporary dance performances that include revivals, works by Jose Limon, and productions that are choreographed by the area's best choreographers.

The San Jose Youth Symphony is an outstanding youth orchestra while San Jose Repertory Theatre is the first resident professional theater company in the city.

Also check out:

  • Broadway San Jose
  • Children's Musical Theater of San Jose
  • City Lights Theatre Company
  • San Jose Stage Company
  • The Tabard Theatre Company

Visual arts. The San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, CA 95113) was founded in the 1960s and has an extensive permanent collection that highlights the art works of West Coast artists, including those of Robert Arneson, Frederick Spratt, Gregory Barsamian, Milton Avery, Deborah Butterfield, Joan Brown, Enrique Chagoya, Jim Campbell, Ron Davis, Dale Chihuly, Roy DeForest, Jay DeFeo, Richard Diebenkorn, Tony Delap, Rupert Garcia, Jim Dine, Oliver Jackson, Philip Guston, Michael McMillen, Manuel Ocampo, Manuel Neri, Deborah Oropallo, Nathan Oliveira, Raymond Saunders, Alan Rath, Wayne Thiebaud, Richard Shaw, William T. Wiley, and Bill Viola.

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is a rare kind of art museum founded in 1977 and features textiles and quilts from all over the world, while the Triton Museum of Art combines art and local history exhibits.

Other galleries and art museums you can go to include:

  • Art Smart
  • Kaleid Gallery
  • Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
  • San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
  • ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network

Museums. The Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose has been named by Child Magazine as one of the top children's museums in the country, while the London Observer named it as one of the top science centers the world over. It was opened in 1990. See the top-notch exhibit here. Then there is the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum where you could learn more about ancient Egypt. There is also a planetarium on site. Meanwhile, the Japanese American Museum of San Jose was first established in the 1980s and now has several artifacts related to the Japanese American farmers in the area.

Other museums you can go to:

  • Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum
  • Ng Shing Gung Museum
  • San Jose Fire Museum

Festivals. San Jose Jazz Festival happens yearly and features more than 80 performances on 10 stages. Also check out the Zero One San Jose, which focuses on new and emerging innovative artists, the San Jose Viva Fest – Mexican Heritage and Mariachi Festival, which gives tribute to Mexican heritage.

Other events and festivals you can go to include:

  • Christmas in the Park
  • San Jose Pride Festival
  • San Jose's Obon Festival
  • Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade

Restaurants & Shopping

San Jose, Restaurants & Shopping

San Jose Flea Market was first opened in 1960. It has become the biggest open air market in the country attracting more than four million visitors a year.

You can also check out the area's shopping malls such as Westfield Oakridge, Grand Century Shopping Mall, Santana Row, Eastridge, Westfield Valley Fair. Or you can stroll down the many shops you can find downtown where you can get beauty salons, dry cleaning, clothing boutiques, health care, and flowers.

Dining. SJ Omogari Korean Restaurant (San Jose, CA 95112) has the best Korean food in San Diego, while Ca Mau Restaurant, Vung Tau Restaurant, Thien Long Vietnamese Restaurant, and Pho Kim Long Restaurant give you the best Vietnamese. Gombei Japanese Restaurant offer the best Japanese fare and Arcadia has the best steaks. Craving for Thai? Check out the Siam Fine Thai Cuisine!

Other restaurants you can visit:

  • Hunan Taste Restaurant
  • Kaita Restaurant
  • Le Papillon
  • Ma's Restaurant
  • Minato Japanese Restaurant
  • Mizu Sushi Bar & Grill
  • Okayama Japanese Restaurant
  • Paesano Ristorante Italiano
  • Sweet Mango
  • Walia Ethiopian Cuisine
  • Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

San Jose, Golf Courses & Sports Venues

SAP Center at San Jose is an indoor arena where the San Jose Sharks play, while the San Jose Giants and the San Jose State University Spartans baseball team play their home games at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. The rest of the San Jose State University Spartans play their games at the Spartan Stadium.

Meanwhile the San Jose Earthquakes play at the Buck Shaw stadium while the Real San Jose play at Yerba Buena High School.

Golf. Then there are the golf courses where you can tee off:

  • Almaden Golf & Country Club
  • Cinnabar Hills Golf Club
  • Golf Club At Boulder Ridge
  • Los Lagos Golf Course
  • Rancho Del Pueblo Golf Course
  • San Jose Country Club
  • San Jose Municipal Golf Course
  • Santa Teresa Golf Club
  • Silver Creek Valley Country Club
  • The Ranch Golf Club
  • Villages Golf & Country Club

Historical Sites & Landmarks

There are several important landmarks in the city. These include parks, churches, museums, buildings and homes. Check out these truly San Josean landmarks:

San Jose, Historical Sites & Landmarks
  • Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, which is a huge active Catholic basilica in the city that is a California Historical Landmark and is registered on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in the 1870s and was the fifth to be built on the same site.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, which was opened in 2003, and is the biggest library building in the western part of the country.
  • Mexican Heritage Plaza
  • Lick Observatory, which is operated by the University of California and is the first permanently occupied observatory in the country. Apart from the astronomy observations you could do, you could also admire its Classical Revival architecture.
  • Hayes Mansion, which was designed by George Page and which features a Mediterranean Revival style.
  • San Jose Improv, which is the oldest theater in the city.
  • Japantown San Jose, where you could find several cultural attractions such as the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, San Jose Taiko, and the Shuei-do Manju Shop, as well as several Japanese restaurants, churches and businesses.
  • Circle of Palms Plaza, which is the site of the state's first capital. You still can find the state seal enclosed by palm trees here.
  • San Jose City Hall, which has a Postmodern architecture that was designed by Richard Meier. It was opened in 2005.
  • Oak Hill Memorial Park, which is the final resting place of several congressmen, sports stars, politicians and other famous personalities, being the oldest secular cemetery in the state.
  • History Park at Kelley Park, which is a museum where you can learn more about life in the 1900s. The park resembles a small US town during that era and has exhibits such as a dentist's office, a doctor's office, a fruit barn and a livery stable among others. It also has the San Jose Electric Light Tower, the Portuguese Historical Museum, California Trolley and Railroad Corporation, the Leonard and David McKay Gallery, the Southern Pacific 1215 Locomotive, the Paulson house, and the Hellenic Heritage Museum.

There are other sites that are listed on the National Register of historic Places, so get on a bus rental in San Jose, California and visit:

  • Arthur Monroe Free House
  • Ashworth-Remillard House
  • Capt. James A. Hamilton House
  • Dohrmann Building
  • East San Jose Carnegie Library
  • Ernest & Emily Renzel House
  • First Unitarian Church of San Jose
  • Hensley Historic District
  • Hotel Montgomery
  • Leib Carriage House
  • Luis Maria Peralta Adobe
  • Moir Building
  • Roberto-Sunol Adobe
  • Roma Bakery
  • Ross House
  • San Jose Downtown Historic District
  • Southern Pacific Depot
  • Spillman Engineering 3-Abreast Carousel
  • St. James Square Historic District
  • Troy Laundry
  • Twohy Building
  • We and Our Neighbors Clubhouse

Parks & Outdoor Activities

San Jose, Parks & Outdoor Activities

There are close to 16,000 acres of parks and green spaces within San Jose. That includes a portion of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. San Jose also has Alum Rock Park, which is the oldest park in the city.

Plaza de César Chávez is a state landmark and is a 2.2-acre park where you could find the Plumed Serpent, a statue created by Robert Graham. It is where several music, arts and crafts, food and cultural festivals are held. This is also where you could find the city's official Christmas tree. There are several open-air stages and water fountains about here, too.

Other parks in the city include:

  • Almaden Quicksilver County Park, which has more than 4,100 acres of space that includes former mercury mines.
  • Emma Prusch Farm Park, which has close to 44 acres of space and illustrates the area's agricultural past. You could find the largest 4-H barn here, along with community gardens, demonstration gardens, lawns, a rare-fruit orchard, and picnic areas.
  • Kelley Park, which has a lot of facilities including a zoo, a garden, and the Portuguese Historical Museum.
  • Martial Cottle Park
  • Overfelt Gardens
  • Rosicrucian Park
  • San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, which has more than 5 acres of rose bushes.

Zoos & Aquariums

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo is only 16 acres but it houses more than 150 animals and has a puppet theater, an animal hospital, an education center, rides and play structures for kids and toddlers, a roller coaster, and a carousel.

Other Points of Interest

San Jose, Other Points of Interest

If you love a good spook, then San Jose does not disappoint. It has the Winchester Mystery House, which is rumored to be haunted by several entities. The mansion was built by Sarah Winchester, the widow of William Wirt Winchester, who was a gun magnate.

Sarah was convinced that their family was haunted by the ghost of those who died by Winchester rifles. To appease these spirits, she built the mansion. She would do so until it has expanded to more than seven stories. The house has several traps for spirits and long staircases that ended nowhere. There are also a lot of references to the number 13 and spider webs.

You will also want to go to the Tech Museum of Innovation. The science museum features the latest in the world of technology and science including exhibits on genetics, customization, space exploration, and energy efficiency.

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