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Best Parks in San Jose: Silicon Valley's Greatest Green Spaces

Posted by: Sonesta San Jose Milpitas
19 Mar
Best Parks in San Jose: Silicon Valley's Greatest Green Spaces

Get Active & Enjoy Fresh Air at the Best Parks in San Jose

You're always just a few minutes away from nature when you're in Silicon Valley, from quiet nature trails to flower gardens and public parks. Find picnic areas in the shade for a leisurely afternoon meal. Wander by waterfalls and koi ponds. Follow pathways through the woods and stumble upon historic mining camps. Go hiking and camping. Ride a mountain bike or a horse. Pause for a moment or spend the whole day exploring the scenic green spaces and best parks in San Jose.


Stop & Smell the Flowers at San Jose's Municipal Rose Garden
Rated as the #1 attraction in San Jose on TripAdvisor, this lovely little garden is home to more than 4,000 rose bushes. See over 200 different types of roses in this well-maintained oasis, including varieties with names like "Bon Bon" and "Voo Doo" and "San José Sunshine." There something in bloom almost every day of the year, and in spring and summer, the garden is an absolute symphony of fragrance and color. It's surrounded by redwood trees and centered around a gurgling fountain that adds to the ambiance. San Jose's Municipal Rose Garden is the perfect place for an afternoon picnic. Relax on one of the benches or enjoy a simple stroll through the blooms. You'll leave this local treasure with a lighter heart and a spring in your step.


Discover Parks, Lakes & Mountain Views Along Los Gatos Creek Trail

Embark on an interesting foray alongside Los Gatos Creek, an outdoor lover's paradise surrounded by pretty lakes and a narrow-gauge railroad. You can access the trail at Vasona Park, a family-friendly green space with playgrounds and big picnic areas. Enjoy views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and choose from a variety of trails, from flat and easy to challenging climbs.


Explore Miles & Miles of Trails at Joseph D. Grant County Park

Nestled in the foothills of the Diablo Mountains, this expansive park offers more than 52 miles of trails spread across almost 10,000 acres. It's the largest in the county, and a top recreation destination for hiking, horseback riding, and camping. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails and motorbikes are allowed on about 75% of them. Fishing on the lake and ponds is popular in the warmer months, and there's also a monthly stargazing meeting – the night skies here are especially clear of light pollution. You'll also find organized sports races and events, including trail runs and endurance rides. Love history? Visit the historic home and hunting cabin of the land's former owner.


Stroll Beneath the Oak Trees at Guadalupe Oak Grove Park

This small park features six different species of oak trees that tower over its trails, playground, picnic areas, and dog park. You'll find open fields for throwing Frisbees around and hills to climb for better views. Best for walking and running, the park features a 1-mile loop and a longer 3.8-mile loop.


Hiking, Biking & Gold Rush History at Almaden Quicksilver County Park

Like Joseph D. Grant County Park, this recreation destination offers many miles for hiking, biking, and horseback riding – over 35 miles of trails in all. It's a beautiful place with rolling hills and it's also dog-friendly. Be sure to watch for wildlife including bobcats, deer, and wild pigs. You should also keep your eye out for abandoned miners' camps and mine tunnels – Almaden Quicksilver County Park was the site of the first mine in California. For an in-depth look at the park's history, sign up for a ranger-led tour.


Follow Coyote Creek Parkway Through Hellyer County Park

Peaceful Coyote Creek meanders through the heart of this 178-acre urban park, which features multiple paved trails for hiking, running, biking, and skating. The park is filled with towering trees, including oaks, sycamore, and cottonwood – so there's lots of shade on the flat, easy trails. For insight on the local wildlife and flora you see, check out the one-mile self-guided nature trail that runs alongside Coyote Creek. Kids will love the big new playground with splash pads and nets for climbing.


Relax in a Tranquil Oasis at the Japanese Friendship Garden

Wander alongside waterfalls, weeping willow trees, and ponds filled with koi fish at this peaceful urban sanctuary. Egrets wade through the water and birds fly in the trees. Graceful footbridges, teahouses, and pagodas add to the serene setting, making the Japanese Friendship Garden a wonderful place to picnic and meditate. It's also one of the best parks in San Jose for photos, and you'll often see brides here getting their wedding pictures made.


Embrace California's Great Outdoors with a Getaway to San Jose, CA

California's dramatic natural beauty and epic outdoor adventures are just moments away from our hotel in the high-tech hub of Silicon Valley. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, you'll find all the comforts and conveniences that you crave, including a great on-site restaurant and swimming pool. You can go from work to play in minutes, enjoying a well-balanced break when you're traveling for business. Planning a family vacation? Girls trip? Guys trip? The best parks in San Jose are just the beginning of this unique travel destination. From winery tours to theme parks to golfing and sports – discover the free-spirited vibe of California when you stay at our San Jose hotel.

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