Hailed as the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose covers an expansive 180 miles of Santa Clara County. As the third most-populated city in California, it makes a name for itself by being the cultural, political, and economic center of the high-tech industry. San Jose is often recognized for its innovativeness, affluence, high cost-of-living, and sought-after Mediterranean climate.
On top of tech, San Jose is also home to a thriving arts community, professional sports teams, multiple museums and institutions of learning, and a diverse arrangement of neighborhoods.
San Jose’s large size doesn’t detract from its communal appeal. The city is differentiated into a number of communities that offer their own unique charm.
Parks + Trails
This 172-acre park provides ten reservable and several first-come, first served picnic areas. Enjoy a picnic or barbecue, shaded by beautiful mature trees. Kelley Park is home to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden and History Park.
Alum Rock Park
Alum Rock Park was founded in 1872 and is one of California’s oldest municipal parks. Nestled within the Alum Rock Canyon in the foothills of the Diablo Range, the Park's 720 acres of natural, rugged beauty, provide visitors with many leisure outdoor activities including hiking, horseback riding, bicycling, family and group picnicking, and of course just relaxing. Picnic tables, barbecue pits, water and restrooms are available in most picnic areas, with lawns and a children's playground in the mid-canyon area.
Apple Orchard at Emma Prusch Farm
This 43.5-acre park features San Jose's largest barn. It has acres of open grass perfect for picnicking, kite flying, games, and relaxing. The barn and small animal area offers a close encounter with a wide range of farm animals such as sheep, pigs, steer, ducks, geese, rabbits, and much more!