Downtown San Jose
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Downtown San Jose is stark with lots of cement and not many of the tall beautiful pines you see in Cupertino or Sunnyvale, but it boasts some great museums and a few architectural treasures. If you walk along Market St near Park Avenue you will see some cool things. There's a bubbly fountain in Plaza de Cesar Chavez- you can stand in the middle of it as the fountain spurts up around you. Next to each other are St Joseph's Basilica and the San Jose Museum of Art (shown above), two gorgeous buildings in completely different architectural styles. Go inside the basilica- it is amazing. If you walk further, to the corner of E. Santa Clara St and 5th St, you can see the stunning modern architecture of San Jose City Hall.
Best of all are the museums in Downtown San Jose. Don't miss out on the Tech Innovation Museum- an incredible place with huge rooms full of interactive exhibits on robots, rollercoasters, genes, bobsleds, geography and more. Also fantastic is the Children's Discovery Museum, which has a giant monopoly board outside it! A great playground nearby with huge rope climbies and a carousel is Arena Green.
While you're in San Jose, don't miss out on the nicest area, Santana Row, a European-style development with sunny outdoor cafes, flower baskets galore, and pretty architecture.
Summer concerts at Plaza de Cesar Chavez are a lot of fun. They begin June 2, 2011 at 5:30pm, and end on August 25. There is valet bike service for those who ride their bikes to the concerts. Here's the lineup.
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Saint Joseph's Basilica.
Man stands in the fountain at Cesar Chavez Park.
Architecture on E. San Carlos St.
Downtown San Jose is the area around Market St and Park Ave. Find a parking space- we found a lot that charged $6 a day- and take a walk around!
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Overall Visitor Rating: Unrated.