Fun Adventures In And Around The Silicon Valley Written by Jean-Pierre Prieur


Adults looking for interesting experiences in and around the Silicon Valley will not be disappointed. From the seas, to the stars, to the scenery, activities abound. Here are some things to do that, together, offer an eclectic and diverse array of experiences for adults to enjoy.

The Lick Observatory

Science and scenery make for a uniquely stimulating experience at the Lick Observatory. This active research facility is located at the summit of Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose and the Silicon Valley.
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At 4200 ft elevation, views are fabulous even with the naked eye. Time your visit in conjunction with the telescope schedule, and escape your terrestrial confines as you peer out into the heavens.

NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field

NASA’s Ames Exploration Center

NASA maintains the Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, 15 minutes northwest of San Jose. It is one of ten such NASA centers in the country, dedicated to advancing NASA’s various key missions. At the entrance is the Ames Exploration Center, where there are many things to do.

At 10:30am on weekdays and 11:30am on weekends, the staff leads visitors on a tour of the solar system. At 2pm on weekdays and at 3pm on weekends, there’s an hour-long presentation on the Mars Rover Curiosity. Opening in late March is the Shuttle Cockpit Simulator, which demonstrates how Ames researchers continue to improve the interaction between humans and computers. On display is a sample of lunar rock retrieved by the crew of Apollo 15 from the Moon’s Hadley-Apennine region.

Immersive theater offers Hi-Def videos of simulated journeys through the Milky Way and Mars mission visualizations. Also on display is the original wind tunnel version of SOFIA, the stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy. This air-borne observatory is designed to supplement the work of the Hubble and other space telescopes and earth-based observatories as well.

The Red and White Fleet

Board one of the ships of the Red and White Fleet at Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf and you’ll participate in a Bay area tradition that dates back to 1892. This family owned business offers the sightseeing expertise that will be appreciated. Seating is offered both inside and out.

The Golden Gate Bay Cruise occurs many times daily beginning at 10am. This one hour cruise includes views of Alcatraz and the many sites throughout the Bay area. Headphone narration is offered in 12 different languages. The Bridge-to-Bridge Tour lasts an hour and a half and treats passengers to endless views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay Bridge.

The Red and White Fleet offers both daytime and sunset cruises. The San Francisco skyline will deliver fabulous views at any time of day. From spring through fall, the two-hour California Sunset Cruise delivers to you the richly hued colors of San Francisco Bay. Liquid libations midst this seafaring experience will be especially savored at the cash bars. Evening tours are replete with an appetizer buffet and live guitar music. Beer, wine, and soda are also included.

The Fish Market

Great seafood options abound at The Fish Market, whether you go to their Palo Alto or San Jose locations. Try the smoked rainbow trout for an appetizer. Swordfish is included among the main entrees. One reviewer said she was so impressed by the staff that she came back with a couple dozen cupcakes for them.

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Carry Nations in Los Gatos

This cocktail bar in downtown Los Gatos is a perfect place to unwind and share in the memories of the day’s adult activities across the Silicon Valley. week night are a particularly relaxing time to enjoy an after-dinner drink served up by one of the cordial bartenders.

Articles written by Jean-Pierre Prieur – Copyright ©2013 mountainviewfun.com – All Rights Reserved

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