A full spectrum of attractions and activities can be found in Silicon Valley. Youngsters and families can find amusement parks such as Great America and Raging Waters. There are scores of city parks, museums and galleries to enjoy. Throughout the year, San Jose festivals bring music, arts and crafts and cultural celebrations to every neighborhood. Golfers of all levels can hit the links at very challenging, world-class golf courses. Major wineries and smaller boutique wineries offer wine tasting tours. Shopping opportunities are plentiful and range from vintage and casual to high-end. Take advantage of all that Silicon Valley has to offer.
Great America – Santa Clara
What better way to spend a day than at the best amusement park in Northern California? Get all the thrills you can handle riding a classic wooden roller coaster – The Grizzly Do you dare to strap yourself in to the Flight Deck, a suspended jet coaster where your feet dangle in the air as you are spun and twisted in every direction?
On a hot summer day, try Whitewater Falls or Loggers Run, two exciting water rides that are sure to get you wet. For a more gentle experience that won’t shake you up, climb aboard the world’s tallest double-decker carousel.
Kidzville is the perfect spot for younger children as the rides are not as scary and intense. The little ones won’t cry and will get all the thrills that you get on the big-boy rides. Meeting Snoopy and the cast from the Peanuts Gang is another hi-lite of a visit to Great America.
Your admission entitles you to enjoy all of the rides, shows and attractions on the day of your visit. It also includes the Boomerang Bay Water Park. Tip: Purchase your tickets in advance and save up to $25 per ticket off the price you pay at the gate.
Raging Waters – San Jose (video)
Bring out the inner fish in you at one of the best water parks you can find on the entire west coast. Tube slides and body slides send you careening down a plume of water at velocities that approach the speed of sound. Well, maybe that’s just the sound of your screams as gravity takes over. There are waves, rivers and pools where you can splash about and body surf. At Pirates Cove you can fire the water canons and battle the nefarious sea-goers. Youngsters have a section devoted just to them. Let them frolic in the Little Dipper bubble pool and play in the Wacky Water Works.
City Parks, Museums and Galleries
San Jose has plenty of activities that are free or only cost a few dollars to enjoy. Spend a few hours relaxing in one of the nice and shady parks. Your kids can run around and maybe fly a kite or toss a Frisbee. Come inside and visit the Children’s Discovery Museum or the San Jose Museum of Art. Art galleries abound in San Jose, Palo Alto and the rest of the Silicon Valley. Stroll down the main drag and check out all of the local art.
San Jose festivals http://www.sanjose.com/attractions/festivals/
San Jose is a city that likes to throw a party. Throughout the year, there are all types of celebrations and festivals that are great family fun. The annual San Jose Jazz Festival attracts 100,000 jazz lovers in early August. Labor Day weekend, is when the annual Tapestry Arts Festival takes place. It draws a crowd of about 250,000 art and music lovers.
Members of the Silicon Valley Golf Club, a group of more than 200 golfers choose the Deep Cliff Golf Course in Cupertino when they want a challenging, 18 hole Executive golf course that is always kept in immaculate condition. The group consists of both men and women with varying skill levels. Deep Cliff Golf Course has three sets of tees. From the back tees, no hole plays longer than 300 yards. Leave your driver at home and practice your iron shots and putting. While the par 60 course is not long, it does require precise shots to score well.
Take a tour of some of the premiere boutique wineries in California. You can participate in a wine tasting tour or buy a bottle of Chardonnay to take home. A few of the best in the area include Jazz Cellars and Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards.
Vacations are about visiting new places, going to theme parks and doing all kinds of exciting things that you do not do every day. When you visit Silicon Valley, you can not help but have fun. Water parks and roller coasters are great for the kids. Art galleries and wine tours are great for the adults. Parks, festivals and golf are fun for the entire family. Go ahead and live it up on your next trip to Silicon Valley.
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