Things to Do With Kids in San Jose

Things to Do With Kids in San Jose
San Jose is located approximately 50 miles south of San Francisco and is a quiet community offering warm weather and plenty of recreational activities for the whole family. There are many city parks located throughout San Jose, as well as other outdoor entertainment venues. San Jose is further inland than San Francisco, so while it enjoys the same Mediterranean climate as the rest of the Bay area, it does not receive as much rainfall, or have the recurring fog of San Francisco.

Family Camp

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services offers Family Camp in the Stanislaus National Forest. Your family can swim, hike, fish and join any of the planned programs. The camp sits on 40 acres and offers tent cabins, a dining facility, amphitheater, campfire circles and restrooms with showers. The program runs from June through August and is supported by staff that cooks, presents programs and even offers childcare activities so that mom and dad can go on a hike alone. Book your stay well in advance.

San Jose Family Camp Office
1850 Fallbrook Ave.
San José, CA 95130
(408) 871-3820

Hiking Trails

Pack a few snacks and a water bottle for everyone and start walking (or cycling). There are many trails throughout the city, and an interactive map can show you where each is located, and specific information. For instance, the River Oaks Pathway is a half-mile long, paved path great for skating, running, biking or just going for a stroll. You'll cross the Guadalupe River on a pedestrian bridge, and can relax on several benches at observation areas. Check out the Resources section for the link to the City of San Jose Trails Map.

California's Largest Skate Park

Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park encompasses 68,000 square feet and features the world's largest cradle and largest full pipe. There is a variety of terrain at the park for riders of all abilities. Make sure to bring the kids' helmets and pads (a limited amount of rental equipment is available at the park if you forget yours). BMX bikes are also allowed during designated ride times. You will need to sign a liability waiver for each rider under 18.

2305 S. White Rd.
San José, CA 95148
(408) 794-7528

Winchester Mystery House

Up for a little mystery and adventure? Grab the kids and head to Winchester Mansion, once home to Sarah Winchester, widow of rifle magnate William Wirt Winchester and heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune. Ms. Winchester began building the mansion in 1884 and continued construction for 38 years, until her death. The home features 160 rooms, three elevators and 47 fireplaces. Some doors open onto walls; staircases go right into closed ceilings. Sarah is said to have built the home because she was convinced that she was being haunted by the ghosts of men who had been killed by Winchester rifles. Some of the odd features, such as secret passageways and dead-end hallways were built to confuse the ghosts that Sarah believed to be haunting her. Daily tours of the mansion and grounds are available.

Winchester Mystery House
525 Winchester Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 247-2101

Article Written By Cate Rushton

Cate Rushton has been a freelance writer since 1999, specializing in wildlife and outdoor activities. Her published works also cover relationships, gardening and travel on various websites. Rushton holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah.

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