San Jose may have begun as a small farming community; however, over the last two centuries, it has grown substantially and become the center of the technology industry. Brian Buffini’s Success Tour swings into the Silicon Valley on June 16th and 17th to give real estate professionals in Northern California and beyond the tools they need to thrive in the new era of real estate. If you’ve signed up for this real estate event, be sure to check out the local sights. Here are a few options to get you started.
For a dose of history and architecture
San Jose was settled by the Spanish in 1777. A few decades later, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph was built. Located in downtown San Jose, it’s the oldest non-mission Catholic parish in California and is listed as a California Historical Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s seen damage from several earthquakes and was rebuilt five times.
If Spanish Missions interest you, visit the Mission San Jose in Fremont. Founded in 1797, it’s the 14th of the 21 Spanish Missions. Although it was destroyed by an earthquake in 1869, it was later rebuilt.
Get your geek on
If gadgets are your thing, visit the The Tech Museum of Innovation. Current exhibitions include the Digital Music Exploration, which features fourteen installations by artists, and Social Robots, where you can build and program your own robot.
Admission is $15.00 for adults.
Learn about microchips at the Intel Museum. Get more information on the company, microchips and the role that technology plays in our daily lives. Although the museum is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm, call ahead to ensure that there isn’t a private event.
Visit an amusement park
Take the whole family, or get in touch with your inner child at California’s Great America. Experience thrill rides and family rides, Boomerang Bay Water Park, Planet Snoopy and much more.
Admission is $62.99 for a daily ticket.
Enjoy the California sunshine
Soak up some sun at one of these four free popular gardens and parks in the San Jose area.
• The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden features nearly 3,000 varieties of roses, including garden roses, tea roses, shrub roses and much more.
• Alum Rock Park is one of the oldest municipal parks in California, and includes over 740 acres of green space and 13 miles of trails for hiking, jogging and cycling.
• The Japanese Friendship Garden is a 5.5 acre garden in the middle of the city.
• The Overfelt Gardens feature 33 acres of gardens, including the Chinese Cultural Garden.
Take a trip back to the Roaring Twenties
One of the top attractions in San Jose is the glamorous California Theatre, built in 1927. It is recognized today as one of the best-preserved examples of 1920s-era motion picture houses in the United States. It regularly hosts major performances from Opera San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley and other organizations. Its convenient location, just two blocks from the San Jose Convention Center, makes it easy to catch a show after the event.