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San Jose or San José is the third-largest city in California, the tenth-largest in the U.S., and the county seat of Santa Clara County. It is located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay. The San Jose/Silicon Valley area is a major component of the greater San Francisco Bay Area Combined Statistical Area (CSA), a region of nearly 7.5 million people.


Parks, gardens, and other outdoor recreational sites

Almaden Quicksilver County Park, 4,147 acres (17 km²) of former mercury mines in South San Jose (operated and maintained by the County of Santa Clara, Parks and Recreation Department).
Alum Rock Park, 718 acres (2.9 km²) in East San Jose, the oldest municipal park in California and one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.
Emma Prusch Farm Park, 43.5 acres (176,000 m²) in East San Jose. Donated by Emma Prusch to demonstrate the valley's agricultural past, it includes a 4-H barn (the largest in San Jose), community gardens, a rare-fruit orchard, demonstration gardens, picnic areas, and expanses of lawn.
Circle of Palms Plaza, a ring of palm trees surrounding a California state seal and historical landmark at the site of the first state capitol
Kelley Park, including diverse facilities such as Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (a child-centric amusement park currently closed for renovations), the Japanese Friendship Garden (Kelley Park), History Park at Kelley Park, and the Portuguese Historical Museum within the history park
Overfelt Gardens, including the Chinese Cultural Garden
Plaza de César Chávez, a small park in Downtown, hosts outdoor concerts and the Christmas in the Park display
Raging Waters, water park with water slides and other water attractions. This sits within Lake Cunningham Park
Rosicrucian Park, nearly an entire city block in the Rose Garden neighborhood; the Park offers a setting of Egyptian and Moorish architecture set among lawns, rose gardens, statuary, and fountains, and includes the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Planetarium, Research Library, Peace Garden and Visitors Center
San Jose Flea Market
San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, 5½ acre (22,000 m²) park in the Rose Garden neighborhood, featuring over 4,000 rose bushes
Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.


San Jose's trail network offers over 53 miles (90 km) of recreational and commute trails throughout the City.

The major trails in the network include:

Coyote Creek Trail
Guadalupe River Trail
Los Gatos Creek Trail
Los Alamitos Creek Trail
Penitencia Creek Trail
Silver Creek Valley Trail

This large urban trail network, recognized by Prevention Magazine as the nation's largest, is linked to trails in surrounding jurisdictions and many rural trails in surrounding open space and foothills. Additional information is available at the City of San Jose trail network website.

Museums, libraries, and other cultural collections

Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
History Park at Kelley Park
Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, home of the largest Beethoven collection outside Europe
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the largest U.S. public library west of Mississippi River
Mexican Heritage Plaza, a museum and cultural center for Mexican Americans in the area
Portuguese Historical Museum
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on display in the western United States, located at Rosicrucian Park
San Jose Museum of Art
The Tech Museum of Innovation
San Jose Steam Railroad Museum, proposed, artifacts and rolling stock are kept at the fairgrounds and Kelley Park
History San José
Old Bank of America Building a historic landmark

Sports and event venues

HP Pavilion at San Jose—home of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, and the AFL's San Jose SaberCats
San Jose Municipal Stadium, home of the minor league San Jose Giants.
Spartan Stadium, home of San Jose State University football, MLL's San Francisco Dragons, and the previous home of Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes.
San Jose Convention Center—home of the CBA's San Jose Sky Rockets until the team's departure in 2006 to North Dakota.
San Jose Jazz Festival, held annually in downtown San Jose
San Jose Improv, San Jose's oldest theater, home for the San Jose Improv Comedy Club.

Other structures

Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, the oldest parish in California
Lick Observatory, home of what was once the largest telescope in the world
Sikh Gurdwara - San Jose, the largest Gurdwara (a Sikh temple) in the United States
Peralta Adobe, a restored adobe home showing the lifestyle of Spanish and Mexican California
Winchester Mystery House, a sprawling, 160-room Victorian mansion built by Sarah Winchester
Raging Waters, the largest water park in Northern California with 23 acres (93,000 m2) and millions of gallons of water

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