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Winchester Mystery House

In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah L. Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death thirty-eight years later. The Victorian mansion, designed and built by the Winchester Rifle heiress, is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House. Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel. Unlike most homes of its era, this 160-room Victorian mansion had modern heating and sewer systems, gas lights that operated by pressing a button, three working elevators, and 47 fireplaces. From rambling roofs and exquisite hand inlaid parquet floors to the gold and silver chandeliers and Tiffany art glass windows, you will be impressed by the staggering amount of creativity, energy, and expense poured into each and every detail.

Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

Located in Kelley Park on the corner of Story and Senter Roads, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo has been providing affordable family entertainment, education, and fun since 1961.

The Park is a peaceful, creative, and safe place for children of all ages - with the main focus on "little ones" between the ages of 2-10. There are creative Play Areas, children's Rides, Puppet Shows, special events, and Birthday Areas.

Our Zoo is an AZA-Accredited Institution that participates in conservation and propagation of rare and endangered species - while at the same time offering children (and adults) the opportunity to see wondrous animals such as the Ruffed Lemur and Jaguar. The Zoo also provides hands-on experience with many animals along with the education that's necessary to secure the future of endangered species. There's also an Animal Contact Area featuring Alpacas, Goats, Guinea Pigs, and Miniature Horses.

Children's Discovery Museum

The striking 52,000 square foot purple building, designed by Mexico City-based architect Ricardo Legorreta, signals the purpose of Children's Discovery Museum to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery.

The purpose of Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose is to serve the needs of children, families and schools as a center for learning and discovery. For children, it is first and foremost a place to call their own, offering interactive exhibits and programs in a warm and inviting setting. Its educational mission encompasses the themes of Connections, Community, and Creativity. In its unique environment, children actively make connections among ideas, people and cultures. The Museum's programs also encourage children to define their role in and contribution to both local and global communities. Finally, as a center for creative play and expression, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose provides opportunities for all of us to discover the world through the eyes of our children.

Bonfonte Gardens

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park is a one-of-a-kind experience combining four unique gardens and amusement rides with the mid-20th century history and agricultural roots of Santa Clara Valley.

Set among 600 acres of rural countryside in Gilroy, California, Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park is the brainchild of native Santa Clara Valley resident Michael Bonfante, who sold a successful grocery store chain to realize his dream of creating Bonfante Gardens.

Bonfante Gardens features acres of fun and beauty encompassing 19 rides and 21 attractions including theme gardens, food concessions, an event plaza, and 19 of the world famous Circus Trees. Bonfante Gardens is geared toward families looking for a more natural day of fun.

Gamble Garden

Gamble Garden's mission is to educate, inspire and create awareness about the intrinsic value of plants and our shared environment. In order to achieve this purpose:

  • They offer the garden to the public at no charge every day of the year as an effective educational tool, an enjoyable aesthetic experience and a place of historical significance.
  • They offer educational programs targeted to meet the needs of a diverse group of constituents including: children, adults, individual with disabilities or special needs, gardeners, college students and horticultural professionals. Whenever possible they seek to extend the reach and impact of their programs by collaborating with partners whose strengths are complementary.
  • They act as good stewards of the Gamble home and gardens, always seeking to implement best practices and foster a climate of mutual trust and respect.