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2390 Harris Way
San Jose, CA 95131
Phone: (408) 434-9330
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Milpitas Grammar School is a historic educational building. Designed by Frank Delos Wolfe in Greek Revival style architecture, the school was built in 1916 in the place of an old school house that had burned down. The new school consisted of offices, classrooms and an auditorium. Later, it served a variety of purposes like a city hall, police station, library and a senior center. The main school was then expanded and wings were added on either side to construct a public library that is popular to this day.
If you are looking for a particular book or need reference material for your projects, then visit the Milpitas Library. This public library is a part of the Santa Clara County Library District and is open to everyone. Apart from paperbacks, journals, books, reference materials, the library also has e-books and virtual resources on offer. For more details, check website.
Designed in a Italianate and Victorian style of architecture, the James Lick Mansion is said to be one of the largest estate of the once richest man in California. The beautiful grass beds on the front with trees adds to the beauty of this house. Comprising of the mill at one end, and the horticultural activities on the other, many trees of oaks are said to be planted by Lick himself. The site is open to the public during the day and the visit to the house can be arranged for.
Penitencia Creek County Park has many trails and open spaces. The park is a heaven for bikers, hikers as well as nature lovers. The place is also ideal for a morning or evening run and on weekends this is the best place for a family BBQ picnic. The park is also home to an adorable kids park and also has a small lake where you can sit with a good book and watch the world go by. Locals who visit the park are very friendly, so are the turtles and ducks who you run into occasionally.
This amazing amusement park offers something for the entire family. You'll find thrilling rides for children, family rides, 3-D animation shows at the Paramount Action FX Theater and loads of adrenaline-packed excitement. It also boasts one of the world's tallest double-decker carousels. For the best deal upon your buck, the park has some attractive season passes as well. For more details on open hours please check the website.
This temple is a fabulous one to look at from the outside, as it is one of the only Japanese-styled buildings in the immediate area. There is a pond outside, and the temple is right around the corner from many fine Japanese restaurants. The central figure of the temple's altar is a traditionally ornate statue of the Buddha Amida, sculpted according to the Jodo Shinshu Nishi Hongwanji school of Buddhism. San Jose Buddhist Church offers flower-arranging classes (also known as ikebana), Japanese language classes and judo practice.
Backesto Park is a fun place for kids to spend time in the outdoors playing Tennis, Racquetball, Basketball and more. The 13 acres park has restrooms, picnic tables to enjoy barbecue parties, basketball and handball courts and open spaces for a lot of other sports. Large open grounds covered with manicured grass are perfect for romantic walks or for strolling babies. This is a perfect place to spend a fun weekend with family; cook up your favorite BBQ, drink beverages and laugh under the bright sun. The park is very safe and clear of any kind of anti-social elements.
This lovely and lush 33-acre (13.35-hectare) space contains the Chinese Cultural Gardens, Palm Grove, reflecting ponds, a memorial to the Chinese Nationalist hero Sun Yat Sen, and a natural wildlife and plant sanctuary. Stroll, take photos, or just kick back in the warm, sunny weather that is a hallmark of the San Jose area. This is easily one of the most charming gardens in the area; the free entry is the icing on the cake. This garden can also be hired for weddings.
Japantown is near Downtown San Jose in the Jackson and Taylor neighborhood. An ethnic and authentic ambiance pervades this historic neighborhood. The rich cultural heritage is reflected in its beautiful and quaint specialty stores and gift shops, which are maintained and preserved by shopkeepers and residents alike. The famous Japantown Farmers Market, financial, legal and medical resources, martial arts courses, Japanese performing arts, schools and a number of restaurants like the Kazoo Japanese Restaurant, Minato Japanese Restaurant, and Okayama Restaurant are all located here. Visit Japantown to experience a slice of Japan in the Silicon Valley.
The South Bay Historical Railroad Society houses the Edward Peterman Museum of Railroad History. Known as the oldest train station, this museum offers a library, artifact displays, large models of railroad layouts, and a boardroom. The boardroom is rented out and the museum is accessible to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays at different timings. The society also takes care of the railroads and are responsible for the restoration and maintenance Santa Clara Railroad Depot and the Santa Clara Tower. A visit to the depot will give you insights into the railroad eras.
The San Jose Heritage Rose Garden is part of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens. Boasting of a motley of more than 2500 varieties of roses in diverse hues, this garden is a delight with young children, families and couples alike. Whether you choose to follow the short trails, have a picnic amid the colorful flowers or just walk slowly with your loved one, admiring the roses, you are sure to have moments of unbridled peace. The garden is maintained through the efforts of volunteers and rose lovers can either choose to volunteer or adopt a rose for a small fee. This garden also provides group tours and free pruning lessons.
This Chinese Temple of calm and tranquility propagates the teachings of Buddha. The numerous Buddha images take you to the world of inner peace, reminding you of values such as compassion, joy and kindness. Prayers of well-being are held and the monks also offer services for wedding, funeral or birthday ceremonies. The temple also provides free vegetarian lunch on Sundays.