Things to do - Area Attractions
When in Santa Clara, you can visit attractions like Paramount's Great America theme park, the Intel Museum and Mission Santa Clara, or go to great events like the Santa Clara Farmer's Market and annual Art and Wine Festival.
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The city's oldest adobe structure features documents, objects, and other artifacts from the era before California's statehood in 1851. 373 Jefferson St. near Santa Clara University.
de Saisset Museum
The museum's permanent collection includes American, European, African, and Oriental art. The California History Collection displays artifacts of the pre-mission California Indians and relics from the original Mission Santa Clara. Located at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara 95053. (408) 554-4528.
Harris-Lass Historic Preserve
Santa Clara's last farmstead includes a restored house, barn, summer kitchen, and tankhouse. Operated by the Historic Preservation Society. 1889 Market St., Santa Clara, 95050. (408) 249-7905.
An interactive museum which introduces visitors to the micro-miniature world of computer chips. Open Monday through Saturday. Intel Corporation, Robert Noyce Building, 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, 95052. (408) 765-0503.
Mission Santa Clara de Asis
The eighth of 21 missions built in California, founded in 1777 by the Spanish Franciscans. (California Historical Landmark No. 338) Located on the grounds of picturesque Santa Clara University, Santa Clara 95053. (408) 554-4023.
Paramount's Great America
Paramount's Great America celebrates 30 years of family fun and adventure! New for 2006 - SURVIVOR The Ride, the world's first reality rollercoaster based on the hit CBS series. The interactive rocking and spinning coaster sends riders swirling along a wave-like track past ancient tribal relics and fiery torches to heights of five stories. The 100-acre theme park is the only place in Northern California to offer Nickelodeon characters and the most rides, most water rides, most coasters, and an 11-acre water park all for one admission. For more information, call (408) 988-1776.
Santa Clara Historic Museum
Housed in the Headen-Inman house, the museum features historic artifacts and photos related to the history of Santa Clara. 1509 Warburton Ave., Santa Clara, 95050. (408) 248-2789.
Santa Clara Women's Club Adobe
One of the oldest adobes in California. Built about 1790, this structure was originally part of a row of houses for married Indian couples. (California Historical Landmark No. 249) 3260 The Alameda, 95050. (408) 246-8000.
South Bay Historical Railroad Society
Founded in 1985 to preserve the heritage of American railroading, the Historical Railroad Society is located in the historic Santa Clara Depot. 1005 Railroad Ave., 95050. (408) 243-3969.
Shrine of Our Lady of Peace
Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, this 32- foot stainless steel sculpture is a reminder to visitors to work and pray daily for peace. Located at Our Lady of Peace Church, 2800 Mission College Blvd., 95054. (408) 988-4585.
Tech Museum of Innovation
Hands-on, imaginative, high-tech exhibits showcase the past, present, and future of Silicon Valley. The museum is also home to a state-of-the-art IMAX Dome Theater. 201 South Market St., San Jose 95113. (408) 294-TECH.
Triton Museum of Art
Rotating exhibits highlight the museum's permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art. Also permanent is the Native American tribal col- lection and Triton's sculpture garden located on the seven-acre grounds. 1505 Warburton Ave., (across from city hall) 95050. (408) 247-3754.
Winchester Mystery House
A beautiful, but bizarre 160-room Victorian mansion built by the Winchester heiress. (California Historical Landmark No. 868) 525 So. Winchester Blvd., San Jose 95128. (408) 247-2000.
4 North Second Street, Suite 275 San Jose, CA 95113
Blue & Gold Fleet
Ferry excursion services and Land Tours. Pier 41, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, CA 94133 (415) 705-8200 Fax (415) 705-5429
Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort
Started as a series of cherry stands in the 1940's, today you will find a 24-hour restaurant, fruit stands, and a RV Park. Located 13 miles east of Gilroy on Hwy. 152. 10021 Pacheco Pass Hwy., Hollister, 95023. (408) 842-7282 or (800) 543-1702.
Children's Discovery Museum
One of the largest museum's of it's kind in the nation, over 150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live. 180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110. (408) 298-5437.
Beautiful western setting for group parties or conven- tions. Barbecue, dancing, and moonlit hay rides. South on Highway 101 on Metcalf Rd. P.O. Box 13036, Coyote, 95013. (408) 463-0661.
Dave & Busters
Dave & Busters is a 60,000 square foot restaurant, bar and entertainment complex featuring world-class pocket billiard tables, championship shuffleboards, and a million-dollar midway filled with the latest electronic video games and simulators. Located at 940 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas, 95035. (408) 957-9215.
Located atop 4,209 foot Mount Hamilton, the observatory is 30 miles southeast of Santa Clara up winding Highway 130. Public programs are available by calling (408) 274-5061.
NASA Ames Visitors Center
Features rotating exhibits of artifacts from space missions and demonstrations of research equipment, such as the human centrifuge and flight simulator. Open Monday-Friday. Moffett Field, Mountain View, 94035. (650) 604-6497.
Pacific Marine Yachts
Pier 9, San Francisco, CA 94111. (415) 874-7629 Fax (415) 788-5465
Raging Waters San Jose
Water park with water slides, family play areas and a 350,000 gallon wave pool. Open May through September. Tully Road, Lake Cunningham Park, San Jose, CA 95148. (408) 654-5450.
Roaring Camp Railroads
Forty minutes west of Santa Clara, groups can take an 1880's steam train ride to the top of Bear Mountain or to the ocean at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Located off Highway 17 at Mt. Herman Rd., P.O. Box G-1, Felton, 95018. (831) 335-4484.
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
A 426-acre research laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, offering a guided tour, which includes a lecture, Slide presentation and a look at experiments. 2275 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, 94025. (650) 926-2204.
Sports & Recreation
Community Recreation Center (CRC)
969 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara, 95050. (408) 984-3257.
George F. Haines International Swim Center
The world class facility has been home of many Olympic gold medal winners. The center is the setting for nationally televised sports events, including international swim meets, and synchronized swimming. 2625 Patricia Ave., Santa Clara, 95051. (408) 243-7727.
Bowling is fun for everyone in downtown Santa Clara 2780 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, 95051. (408) 296-7200.
Pin High Golf Center
Driving range just one-mile from Santa Clara. 4701 N. First Street, San Jose, 95002. (408) 934-1111.
Pruneridge Golf Club
Nine hole course. 400 No. Saratoga Ave., Santa Clara, 95050. (408) 248-4424.
Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club
The golf club features 18 championship holes, seven lighted tennis courts, and a restaurant on site. Tournaments welcome. 5155 Stars & Stripes Drive, Santa Clara, 95054. (408) 980-9515.
San Francisco 49ers Headquarters &
Viewing only of the 49er Super Bowl trophies in the lobby of the facility. Practices are not open to the public. No autographs allowed. 4949 Centennial Blvd., 95054. (408) 562-4949.
Santa Clara Swim Club
P.O. Box 2672, Santa Clara, 95055. (408) 246-5050.
Santa Clara University (SCU)
SCU is a Division 1 member of the NCAA. Men's and women's teams compete in soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, and tennis. For more information, call (408) 554-4063 Event tickets: (408) 554-4660.
1303 Fremont St., Santa Clara, 95050. (408) 984-3266.
Youth Activity Center
2450 Cabrillo Ave., Santa Clara, 95051. (408) 984-4511.
Included in the mall is the Main Post Office, florist, bakery, shops, and restaurants. Located at Homestead Road and Monroe, Santa Clara.
Gilroy Premium Outlets
Located south of San Jose, Gilroy Premium Outlets featurs an unparalleled collection of designer and name brand outlet stores. With 145 outlet stores, shoppers will find impressive savings at Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sony and More. The Outlets bring together the finest brands, unique outdoor settings and savings of 25 to 65 percent every day.
Great Mall Of The Bay Area
Northern California's largest outlet mall. Great Mall has over 185 out- let, off-price and specialty stores all under one roof. Plus numerous restaurants, and two entertainment centers. Located off I-880 in Milpitas at Great Mall Parkway and Montague Expressway. (408) 956-2033.
Mercado Santa Clara
This complex includes a 20-screen AMC Theatre complex, Micro Center Computer Store, and popular food establishments: Tomatina's, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Mexicalli Grill, and Sushi Lovers. Mercado is located between Hwy. 101 and Great America Parkway on Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, 95054. AMC Mercado 20 Theatre: (408) 919-0282.
Offers 27 shops and services including Mervyn's, Lucky's and Walgreens surrounded by 24 other specialty stores. El Camino Real and Scott Blvd., Santa Clara. (408) 985-8881.
Moonlite Shopping Center
Features an international food Court and a bowling alley-Moonlite Lanes. At El Camino Real and Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara.
Rivermark features many shops and restaurants, including Piatti Restaurant and Red Robin. Also on-site is the Sierra Suites Hotel. 3900 Rivermark Plaza, Santa Clara.
New upscale shopping, restaurants, and much more.
Westfield Shoppingtown Valley Fair
One of Northern California's largest enclosed shopping malls features specialty shops, elegant boutiques, major department stores, and a 450-seat food pavilion. Located at I-880 and Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara. (408) 248-4451. (800) 959-FAIR.
21850 Bear Creek Road Los Gatos, 95030 (408) 354-1111.
Casa de Fruta Vino
6680 Pacheco Pass Highway Hollister, 95023 (408) 842-9316.
23000 Congress Springs Road Saratoga, CA 95070.
J. Lohr Winery
1000 Lenzen Avenue San Jose, 95126 (408) 288-5057.
Thomas Fogarty Winery
19501 Skyline Boulevard Woodside, 94062 (650) 851-6777.