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Best things to do in San Jose

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Shopping Mall
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“Santana Row features a vibrant mix of over 50 shops, 30 restaurants, CineArts movie theater and the boutique Hotel Valencia. Catch live music there with outdoor dining or bar. ”
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Shopping Mall
“Westfield Valley Fair is a shopping heaven. 1) Luxury Brands: so many to choose from 2) Food Court: more interesting that at a basic shopping center 3) Nordstrom: this is my favorite store to shop anywhere ”
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Football Stadium
“Home of the San Francisco 49ers! Enjoy football games and other events in this beautiful stadium.”
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Science Museum
“You can see the world's first IMAX dome theater with 4K laser projector and seamless screen, while explore and experiment the technology revolution in almost every aspect of life.”
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Hockey Arena
“Sharks play hockey here (at the "shark tank") plus there are lots of concerts here. ”
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Theme Park
“Bring the family and enjoy the best attraction in California's Bay Area! With over 40 rides and attractions you are sure to have a great time!”
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Bar
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“A large variety of food/restaurants choices. A sort of food court except real restaurants instead of fast food chains. There is a parking garage across the street. ”
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Premise
“Great 49ers Museum and Stadium Tours as well as 49er's games and other events. GO NINERS!”
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Shopping Mall
“It's perfect place for shopping, eating, drinking, or just hangout with friends in coffee shops.”
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Shopping Mall
“Excellent outlet location for all your favorite brands and restaurants. Equipped with movie theatre as well. ”
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Historic Site
“Not cheap, but interesting history of the Winchester (rifle) family and interesting architecture. They sometimes have tours after dark.”
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Museum
“This museum has multiple activities for a good age range of kids--a special toddler area and even a smaller 'baby area' where little ones can crawl on their hands and knees. The museum has two floors. The main floor with larger attraction like a life size fire truck, bubbles and a 'kitchen'. They also have a nice outdoor area with a great garden, a digging area and some type of outdoor activity. The water area is the best part! The garden and playground is perfect for drying out the kids after playing with water. ”
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Art Museum
“Revolving exhibitions from post-1980 to older 20th-century works plus a cafe & education center.”
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Mediterranean Restaurant
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“Really good Mediterranean restaurant. Nice atmosphere and smack dab in old town Sunnyvale. During the warmer days, they have outdoor seating with heat lamps. Recommendation: Mansaf - tender chunks of lamb cooked in aged yogurt”
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Shopping Mall
“Closest large-scale shopping mall, about a 10 minute drive from the home. Also accessible by lightrail. ”
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Neighbourhood
“Downtown San Jose is known for its bustling beer bars and cocktail haunts, as well as theaters showing Broadway shows. There's a mix of casual and upscale restaurants, and for a quick bite, San Pedro Square Market is a popular choice. The Tech Museum of Innovation has hands-on displays, while the San Jose Museum of Art shows contemporary works. Plaza de César Chávez is a central park with fountains.”
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