Things to do in Silicon Valley
Explore the San Francisco Bay Area, packed with exciting attractions, beautiful parks, wineries, sport and concert arenas, shopping and dining, and endless things to do in Silicon Valley. From the sound experience of Shoreline Amphitheater to the high-flying coasters of Paramount's Great America to the urban energy of Jack London Square, the Bay Area is a spectacular destination for culture, cuisine, and cool fun.
Silicon Valley Museums
- Tech Museum of Innovation - Located in San Jose, The Tech Museum inspires the innovator in all of us through interactive exhibits, unique programs, and colorfully themed galleries. The Tech Museum features 8 permanent exhibits with 240 unique hands-on experiences - from the IDEA House to the Exploration Gallery. Explore technologies that enhance human performance in the Life Tech Gallery. Learn about the power of wind, water and sun in the Green by Design exhibit. The world's most powerful movie experience, the Hackworth IMAX Dome Theater lets you see, hear and feel with crystal clear images and 13,000 watts of sonic intensity that blow your mind.
- Chabot Space & Science Center - Experience the universe at Chabot Space & Science Center. Set on 13 acres of East Bay parkland, with beautiful views of San Francisco Bay and Oakland foothills, Chabot is a celebration of celestial sights and sounds. The new Passport to the Universe is your ticket to a journey to the cosmos through interactive exhibitions, a full-dome digital planetarium show, and a giant screen theater show. Check out exhibits that include "Beyond Blastoff: Surviving in Space" and Tales of the Maya Skies, or get a view to the stars in the Chabot Observatories.
- Computer History Museum - Experience the history and evolution of the information age at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The museum presents the artifacts and stories of the computing revolution and its global impact on our human experience.
Silicon Valley Entertainment
- Shoreline Amphitheatre - Situated on over 60 acres in the heart of Silicon Valley, Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View is the Bay Area's most amazing outdoor concert venue. This award-winning concert space presents a variety of musical concerts and the world's most talented entertainers in one of the world's largest tent structures. Boasting state-of-the-art sound and video systems, Shoreline Amphitheater offers an unforgettable sonic experience, as well as craft booths and eclectic foods.
- HP Pavilion - Set in downtown San Jose, HP Pavilion at San Jose is an entertainment and sports arena that seats 20,000 fans. This state-of-the-art venue hosts hundreds of events and concerts every year, including Grammy-winning musicians, Olympic athletes, and exciting family shows. HP Pavilion presents more than 90 action-packed sporting events annually, including the NHL's San Jose Sharks 41 regular season home games, as well as Arena Football, boxing, lacrosse, tennis, and Strikeforce.
- Oracle Arena & Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum - Set on 132 acres in Oakland, the newly renovated Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and ORACLE Arena are Northern California's premier entertainment and sports facilities. The complex hosts a spectrum of events, including major league baseball, football, and basketball, boxing, blockbuster concerts, rodeos, ice shows and the circus. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum is home of Major League Baseball's Oakland A's and the NFL's Oakland Raiders. The NBA's Golden State Warriors hit the hard courts at ORACLE.
Silicon Valley Parks & Recreation
- Coyote Hills Regional Park - Preserving 978 acres of marshland and grassy hills, Coyote Hills Regional Park is a beautiful recreational spot along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. The park is a popular destination for bicycling, running, walking, hiking, bird watching, nature exploration, and picnicking. The Park features a Visitor Center with exhibits on Ohlone lifeways, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 2,000-year old Ohlone Indian shellmound sites, Marsh Boardwalk, a nectar garden, picnic and camping sites, and bike and hiking trails - the 12-mile Alameda Creek Trail and the 3.5-mile Bay View Trail.
- Don Edwards S. F. Bay National Wildlife Refuge - The first urban National Wildlife Refuge in the country, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge spans 30,000 acres of wetland - bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, and upland and vernal pool - habitats throughout the South San Francisco Bay. The refuge preserves a diverse wildlife habitat, and protects migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and offers wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study. Located along the Pacific Flyway, the refuge is home to over 280 species of birds and millions of shorebirds and waterfowl every year.
- Ardenwood Historic Farm - Journey back in time to Ardenwood Historic Farm, a working organic farm with seasonal activities and tours. Explore Patterson Ranch, a 19th-century country estate, with a beautiful mansion and Victorian Gardens. See animals, agricultural exhibits - from the 1870s to the present - the Blacksmith Shop and Equipment Shed, and Arden Station and Deer Park Station, where you ride the horse-drawn train into the park with guides dressed in period costumes. The park offers naturalist programs, including planting and harvesting, antique farm machinery demonstrations, and music concerts. You can buy fresh organic vegetables at the gate from May through October.
Things to Do in Silicon Valley
- Niles Canyon Railway - Take a scenic train ride on the historic Niles Canyon Railway, the transcontinental gateway to the San Francisco Bay Area. Board from Niles Station in Fremont or Sunol Depot and enjoy a one-hour round-trip journey on a living history museum, where exhibits come to life. The Niles Canyon Railway preserves the heritage of railroads in the evolution of California and small-town America and interprets the history and tradition of rail transportation through exhibits and artifacts.
- iFly SF Bay Indoor Sky Diving - Experience the excitement of indoor skydiving at iFly SF Bay in Union City. Just as realistic as actual skydiving, indoor skydiving in the iFly SF Bay vertical wind tunnel offers adrenaline and adventure! iFly SF Bay gives you the body flight experience of a lifetime right in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- California's Great America Theme Park - Discover family adventure at California's Great America, Northern California's ultimate theme park destination. Located in Santa Clara, California's Great America features hair-raising coasters, exhilarating rides, stage shows, concerts, and the water rides of Boomerang Bay. Experience the most thrill rides in California, including Vortex, FireFall, and Delirium. See live shows such as Backyard Circus, or be a star of the stage at Jack's Jukebox. Splash into Boomerang Bay, an Australian-themed water park with wild water rides, slides, lagoons, waves, and falls.
- Jack London Square - Blending historic charm with urban energy, Jack London Square is Oakland's most symbolic landmark. Fronting a natural estuary leading to San Francisco Bay, the Square is a vibrant waterfront dining, shopping and entertainment destination framed by open-air cafes, restaurants, shops, and food stalls. With an atmosphere of colorful plazas, Jack London Square invites people to shop and dine in an extraordinary setting. Dine at the Bay Area's most acclaimed restaurants, including Miss Pearl's Jam House, Cocina Poblana and Yoshi's, a Japanese restaurant and jazz house. Shop at the Farmers Market and Oakland Artisan Market. Housed in a 6-story building with breathtaking views of the Oakland waterfront, Jack London Market features local, sustainably produced culinary goods. For entertainment, check out Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon and FDR's Floating White House, the USS Potomac.
Silicon Valley Wineries & Vineyards
- Wente Vineyards - For over 125 years, Wente Vineyards - the country's oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery - has crafted fine wines in the historic Livermore Valley. Located just east of San Francisco, Wente Vineyards is one of California's top wine country destinations, featuring wine tasting, dining, and championship golf.
- Chouinard Vineyards and Winery - A small gem of a winery set in the wooded hills of Palomares Canyon near San Francisco Bay, Chouinard Vineyards, and Winery produces a collection of flavorful blue-ribbon wines. Stop by the tasting room in the 85-year old barn for a sip of the award-winning 2006 Chenin Blanc, 2006 Alicante Bouchet, Viognier Ice Wine and 2002 Old Vine Late Harvest Zinfandel Port. Relax on the deck with views of the vineyard and enjoy ‘Music in the Vineyards' on summer Sundays with live bands.
- J. Lohr Winery - With vineyards on California's Central Coast in the Arroyo Seco appellation of Monterey County and in Paso Robles, J. Lohr Winery produces fine varietals that focus on flavor and complexity. Swing by the tasting room at the J. Lohr San Jose Wine Center and sample the current release wines and mature vintage wines.