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Things To Do in Santa Clara, San Jose, and Silicon Valley California

Santa Clara, California Attractions

Explore Santa Clara attractions and exciting things to do in San Jose, California and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Santa Clara is home to leading businesses headquarters, exciting recreation at championship golf courses, world-class shopping, award-winning wineries, and acclaimed universities.

Nearby downtown San Jose offers the sophisticated pleasures of world-class museums, top-notch gourmet restaurants and entertainment at HP Pavilion.



December 2014 Silicon Valley Events

  • SHARKS VS. FLYERS - SAP Center Tuesday December 2, 2014. More details.
  • SHARKS VS. BRUINS - SAP Center Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:30 PM. More details.
  • SCU Presents "Choreographer's Gallery" - Louis B. Mayer Theatre at Santa Clara University December 4 - 5, 2014. More details.
  • Annual Holiday Tree Lighting - Civic Center Park at City Hall December 5, 2014.
  • NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball - Santa Clara University vs. UC Davis - Leavey Center on campus of Santa Clara University December 5, 2014. More details.
  • Pac-12 Football Championship Game - Oregon vs. Arizona - Levi's Stadium December 5, 2014. More details.
  • SCU Presents Concert Choir & Chamber Singers - "Festival of Lights" - Santa Clara Mission Church December 5, 2014. More details.
  • INTEL EXTREME MASTERS - SAP Center December 6 - 7, 2014. More details.
  • SHARKS VS. OILERS - SAP Center Tuesday, December 9, 2014 7:30 PM. More details.
  • SHARKS VS. WILD - SAP Center Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:30 PM. More details.
  • SHARKS VS. PREDATORS - SAP Center Saturday, December 13, 2014 7:30 PM. More details.
  • NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball - Santa Clara vs. Washington State - Leavey Center on the campus of Santa Clara University December 13, 2014. More details.
  • "The Nutcracker" - Santa Clara Ballet - Santa Clara Convention Center Theater December 13 - 14, 2014. More details.
  • 48th Annual Cable Car Classic - NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball - Northeastern vs. Cal Poly - Leavey Center at Santa Clara University December 17, 2014. More details.
  • SHARKS VS. OILERS - SAP Center Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:30 PM. More details.
  • SHARKS VS. BLUES - SAP Center Saturday, December 20, 2014 7:30 PM. More details.
  • 48th Annual Cable Car Classic - NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball - Santa Clara vs. Northeastern - Leavey Center at Santa Clara University December 20, 2014. More details.
  • NFL Football - San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers - Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara December 20, 2014. More details.
  • 48th Annual Cable Car Classic - NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball - Santa Clara vs. Cal Poly - Leavey Center at Santa Clara University December 23, 2014. More details.
  • WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - SAP Center December 25 - 28, 2014. More details.
  • NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball - Santa Clara University vs. Saint Mary's - Leavey Center on campus of Santa Clara University December 27, 2014. More details.
  • NFL Football - San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals - Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara December 28, 2014. More details.
  • NCAA Division 1 Women's Basketball - Santa Clara University vs. Pacific - Leavey Center on campus of Santa Clara University December 29, 2014. More details.
  • NCAA Division 1 College Football - Foster Farms Bowl - Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara December 30, 2014. More details.
  • SHARKS VS. CANUCKS - SAP Center Tuesday, December 30, 2014 7:00 PM. More details.

Things To Do With Kids in San Jose, California

There are also great things to do with kids in downtown San Jose like the Children's Discovery Museum. More great family fun can be found at California's Great America, Winchester Mystery House, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Raging Waters, the Intel Museum, the Tech Museum and Bonfante Gardens. Come, experience Santa Clara's unique charm, culture and character. The Biltmore Hotel and Suites offers the ideal place to see it all.

Levi's® Stadium

Levi's® Stadium is home of the San Francisco 49ers, and will also serve as one of the world's best outdoor sports and entertainment venues. The $1.2 billion venue will have 1.85 million square feet, seat approximately 68,500 and will feature an expected 165 luxury suites and 8,500 club seats.

49ers Museum

The new, 20,000 square-foot 49ers Museum Presented By Sony will be in Levi's® Stadium. The Museum will be a first-class celebration of the 49ers past, present and future. Featuring 11 unique gallery and exhibit spaces, your journey begins at the Trending Gallery, and will end reliving the memories of the 49ers five Super Bowl Championships in front of the Lombardi Trophies.

California's Great America Theme Park

California's Great America is one of the best things to do with kids in the San Jose area. Northern California's ultimate family theme park and entertainment destination, California's Great America offers exciting rides, live stage show, concerts and Nickelodeon TV characters. Located in Santa Clara, Great America features 10 pulse-pounding coasters and the wild water rides of Boomerang Bay.

San Jose EarthQuakes

In town for business or on a family vacation? Take in a Major League Soccer game and watch the San Jose EarthQuakes. Take a tour virtual tour of the new stadium set to open in 2014. "Click Here" for stadium tour.

Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House ranks among the top things to do in San Jose, California. A bizarre architectural marvel, the Victorian mansion is filled with unexplained oddities such as a staircase to the ceiling and a door that opens onto a wall. The sprawling Winchester Mystery House boasts three working elevators, 47 fireplaces, rambling roofs, and Tiffany art glass windows. To learn more about Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, visit www.winchestermysteryhouse.com.

Mission Santa Clara

Mission Santa Clara dates back to the 18th century and is located on the present-day grounds of Santa Clara University. Mission Santa Clara is the eighth of 21 missions built around California by Father Junipero Serra and his Spanish Franciscan padres. Built in 1777, this mission is a California historical landmark. To learn more about one of Santa Clara's best attractions, visit www.scu.edu/visitors.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is California's oldest seaside amusement park. Blending old-time nostalgia with modern thrills, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is located on a mile-long stretch of beach between Monterey and San Francisco. Stroll the Boardwalk, and enjoy 34 classic rides, attractions, an old-style arcade, plus summer concerts and events. To learn more about Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk attractions, visit www.beachboardwalk.com.

Santa Cruz Wharf

The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf stretches for a half mile into Monterey Bay and is lined with fish markets, seafood restaurants and gift shops. Hop aboard a boat for a sightseeing excursion around the Bay, or watch the comical sea lions. Adjacent to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, the wharf is home to a number of events throughout the year, including Jazz on the Wharf and Woodies on the Wharf. For more details on the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, visit www.ci.santa-cruz.ca.us.

Elizabeth F. Gamble House and Gardens

The Elizabeth F. Gamble House and Gardens is a splendid Colonial Georgian estate located in Palo Alto, California. Built in 1902, the 2.3-acre estate features beautiful formal and working gardens. The Elizabeth F. Gamble House and Gardens also features a carriage house, teahouse and several demonstration gardens. Self-guided tours are offered daily, and the gardens are available for weddings. For more details on this top Silicon Valley, California attraction, visit www.gamblegarden.org.

Civic Center Park

Civic Center Park is a three-acre park that's beautifully landscaped with colorful flower beds, a large reflecting pool and fountains. Located on El Camino Real in front of the Police Administration Building, this park is the site of the Statue of Saint Clare, the city's namesake. The historic bronze statue was cast by an ancient "lost wax process" in Italy and shipped to Santa Clara in 1965. To learn more about one of Santa Clara's most popular attractions, visit www.santaclaraca.gov/park_recreation/pr_civic_center.html.

Shoreline Amphitheater

Shoreline Amphitheater is the Bay Area's largest, outdoor concert facility. Featuring state-of-the-art technical, visual, and sound systems, Shoreline Amphitheater has hosted some of the world's most talented entertainers on its award-winning concert space. To learn more about upcoming performances and attending concerts at Shoreline Amphitheater, visit www.shoreline-amd.com.

NASA Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center is located on the border of Mountain View and Sunnyvale at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. Ames occupies 430 acres of land and hosts federal, civilian, and military agencies on the adjoining 1,500-acre former naval air station, Moffett Federal Airfield. NASA Ames Research Center offers outreach activities to stimulate student interest in science, mathematics, and technology. To learn more about this exciting Santa Clara-area attraction, visit www.arc.nasa.org.

Moffett Field

Moffett Field was originally the Naval Air Station's base for the Navy dirigible U.S.S. Macon. Today, Moffett Field is home to the NASA Ames Research Center. Moffett Field's two runways, three aircraft hangars, and 3.5 million square feet of facilities is a shared federal facility known as Moffett Federal Airfield. You can also see annual air shows by the country's best aviators at Moffett Field. To learn more about Moffett Field air shows, visit www.airshownetwork.com

Other Nearby California Attractions

  • De Saisset Museum
  • Mission Santa Clara De Asis
  • Santa Clara Historic Museum
  • Intel Museum
  • South Bay Historical Railroad Society
  • Triton Museum of Art
  • Blue and Gold Fleet
  • Computer History Museum
  • Coyote Ranch
  • Lick Observatory
  • Pier 39
  • Roaring Railroads Camp