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Things to do in Santa Clara, California

In Santa Clara there is almost too much to do as you look for activities for family or outings with friends. There are kid-friendly destinations and also places that are only appropriate for adults.  In Santa Clara, if you ask people for suggestions of things to do, the most popular places you’ll be told to visit are probably California's Great America theme park, the Intel Museum and Mission Santa Clara. If you enjoy going to events there’s the annual Art and Wine Festival  and a more casual weekly gathering at Santa Clara Farmer's Market. However, to truly enjoy all that the Silicon Valley area has to offer, you’ll  need to know more about what people living in the area like to do. We’ve put together a list of all the fun, unusual and enjoyable places to visit and experiences to try.

A must for any visitor to Santa Clara is the Mission Santa Clara de Asis located on the campus of Santa Clara University. The mission is one of 21 such missions built in what would become Northern California from the late 1700s through the early 1800s. The historic mission includes beautifully kept grounds and gardens.

Santa Clara University is the oldest private instruction of higher learning in California. The university has an extensive collective of architecture and art, most of it open to the public.

The Statue of Saint Clare, located on El Camino Real and Lincoln Street in Santa Clara, was sculpted by Ann Van Kleeck. Saint Clare was an Italian saint who spent her life as one of the early followers of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Central Park, home to the International Swim Center where many Olympic athletes have trained, is one of the city's most popular destinations. Free concerts are a big draw in the summer along with bike trails and walk ways and plenty of room for softball games and picnics.

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Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy Santa Clara, CA 95054
The Santa Clara Convention Center is a complete meeting venue in the heart of Silicon Valley, CA just south of San Francisco off Interstate I-101...
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The Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum
1401 N Shoreline Blvd. Mountain View, CA 94043
The Computer History Museum offers a wide variety of information, exhibits, research and a rich library of multimedia content garnered from some...
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Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
1300 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112
The park features children’s rides and amusements, plus 50 domestic, exotic and endangered species from all over the world, including a jaguar...
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California's Great America
California's Great America
4701 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA 95054
Water rides, kids’ areas and high-speedroller coasters abound at this 100-acre amusement park.
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Raging Waters
Raging Waters
2333 South White Road San Jose, CA 95148
The Bay Area’s largest water park offers more than one million gallons of family recreation and adventure. High-speed slides include the...
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Winchester Mystery House
Winchester Mystery House
525 S. Winchester Blvd San Jose, CA 95128
Oddities include a stairwell that leads to a ceiling, a window built into the floor, doors that open to blank walls, upside down posts and much...
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de Saisset Museum
de Saisset Museum
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053
The museum's permanent collection includes American, European, African, and Oriental art. The California History Collection displays artifacts of...
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Harris - Lass House Museum
Harris - Lass House Museum
1889 Market Street Santa Clara, CA 95050
Santa Clara's last farmstead includes a restored house, barn, summer kitchen, and tankhouse. Operated by the Historic Preservation Society.
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Mission Santa Clara de Asis
Mission Santa Clara de Asis
500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053
The eighth of 21 missions built in California, founded in 1777 by the Spanish Franciscans. (California Historical Landmark No. 338) Located on the...
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400 Beach St Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The only major seaside amusement park on the West Coast. Admission is free! The last of the great seaside amusement parks remaining in the United...
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340 Blomquist St. Redwood City, CA 94063
Acres of fun! Show your friends who's boss as you race wheel-to-wheel into a hairpin turn. Spend some time relaxing on one of the three miniature...
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1664 Park Ave San Jose, CA 95191
The Egyptian Museum at Rosicrucian Park has been a fixture of San José life for so long that it is difficult to conceive of a time without it...
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Portuguese Historical Museum
Portuguese Historical Museum
1650 Senter Road San Jose, CA 95112
The Portuguese Historical Museum opened on June 7, 1997, just a few days before Portugal Day, which is commemorated on June 10 annually. The...
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Hakone Gardens
21000 Big Basin Way Saratoga, CA 95070
Hakone Gardens is a traditional Japanese garden in Saratoga, California, USA. It claims to be the oldest Japanese-style residential garden in the...
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1700 Alum Rock Ave San Jose, CA 95116
The Mexican Heritage Plaza is a museum and cultural center in San José, California, USA that opened in 1999. It is operated by the City of San...
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75 Arbor Road Menlo Park, CA 94025
Owned and operated by the Allied Arts Guild Auxiliary, Allied Arts Guild is a beautiful and historic garden oasis, home to unique shops, artists...
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Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies and Museum
1 Washington Square San Jose, CA 95192
The Center for Beethoven Studies finds its home on the campus of San Jose State University. If you are an aficionado of classical music...
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1001 Fairgrounds Dr Vallejo, CA 94589
Previously known as Six Flags Marine World, the 135-acre park is now known as Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to better reflect its diverse offerings...
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699 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, CA 94610
A ten-acre park on the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt where children’s literature comes to life and kids can be kids. Since 1950, Children’s...
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