Things to do in
San Jose, California

Our most recommended things to do in San Jose, California

San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

1. San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

Begin your tour by traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. Head to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. At your first rest stop in Davenport, you will have a chance to take a selfie with the whole Pacific as your backdrop.  At Monterey, you will have 2 hours on your own to explore. You can visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent a kayak or paddleboard, hike along the coast, or take a bike to roam. You can also stroll among the quaint boutiques and art shops along the historic Cannery Row. Grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  Enjoy another eyeful of Pacific beauty along the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest and take photographs of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree. This famous road winds its way by magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of the Monterey Cypress.  Your scenic drive finishes at Pebble Beach Village. Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue and be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time, you can visit the historic Carmel Mission. Then, it will be time to head back to San Francisco. 

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

2. California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions. Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

San Jose: Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

3. San Jose: Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Towering granite cliffs and giant sequoias headline this full-day Yosemite tour from San Jose. Expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology, wildflowers, and wildlife, that have made this glacier-carved valley the jewel of America’s national park system. Your Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour from San Jose begins with pickup from your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley and into the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains. This is the only Yosemite Valley tour where you will also experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias, the largest living things on earth. You’ll reconsider your place in the world, 2,000-year-old trees can make people do that. Your heart (and camera) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley, enjoying stops at Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow. You will stop for moments at Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Bridalveil Falls, with plenty of time allocated to "take some selfies". Yosemite is open year-round, and if you visit in the winter months, you can picture Yosemite Valley covered in soft white snow, with animal footprints scattered about in the meadows and the snow-capped Half Dome casting its long shadow.

The Escape Game at Valley Fair in San Jose

4. The Escape Game at Valley Fair in San Jose

The Escape Game San Jose features five completely unique escape rooms, including one of our newest games, The Depths. Each immersive escape room holds up to 8 players. Once you arrive, a dedicated game guide will take you on to your adventure and help you as needed. You will have exactly 60-minutes to complete the mission in your adventure and escape. Choose to play one of five uniquely immersive games: - Gold Rush: Find hidden gold in the California hills! - Special Ops: Mysterious Market: Uncover the truth as a secret agent! - The Heist: Recover a stolen masterpiece from an art thief! - The Depths: Uncover the lab's secrets! - Timeliner: Train Through Time: Save the future!

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area

5. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area

Explore the ultimate indoor LEGO playground at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Bay Area, located inside the Great Mall in Milpitas, California. Inspire the imaginations of children aged 3-10 with over 1.5 million LEGO bricks in one location. Discover a 2-3 hour play experience with a LEGO-themed ride, a 4D cinema where you can see all of your favorite LEGO characters come to life with special effects, and MINILAND™, a LEGO re-creation of the Bay Area’s most popular landmarks. Kids can get tips and tricks from the Master Model Builder in the Creative Workshop, design their own LEGO car and test it out in LEGO Racers: Build & Test. They can imagine and create their very own LEGO world in LEGO Friends: Heartlake City, and more. Create, build and play with the whole family.

San Jose: Valley Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

6. San Jose: Valley Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Join San Jose Ghosts for a shiver-inducing stroll through historic downtown. You'll meet your guide at San Jose State University, where a missing phone booth still emits a terrifying ring. From there, you'll wind through six other historic, haunted locations, unlocking a new ghost story at each one. Marred by fires, earthquakes, murder, and even cannibalism, Silicon Valley is home to ghosts from every time period... but its greatest threat was a shy woman who bought a farmhouse in 1886: Sarah Winchester. The Winchester House’s winding hallways, hidden passages, and seance room have provoked decades of rumors. Some believe it’s a portal to the other side… and we have no idea who — or what — has come through it…  Are you brave enough to face the spirits of this quicksilver city? Book a tour today.

San Francisco: U-Fly Plane Tour

7. San Francisco: U-Fly Plane Tour

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly an airplane around for fun? This U-Fly Adventure Tour was designed with you in mind! This exciting flight combines a Scenic San Francisco Air Tour and allows you to sit behind the controls in the Pilot Seat! At a safe altitude you will experience the thrill and freedom of flying an airplane in the Sky! Enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay Area from the air! Overfly Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Take in the views over Ocean Beach and everything San Francisco has to offer!

Silicon Valley: 45-Minute Sightseeing Flight

8. Silicon Valley: 45-Minute Sightseeing Flight

Ascend into the skies and be greeted with a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Gaze at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge standing tall in the distance as you rise and admire it from a unique angle. Let your pilot guide you through this technological wonderland and marvel at the tech giants from above. Soar towards Palo Alto and see the lush greenery of Stanford University, where brilliant minds gather to push the boundaries of knowledge. Glide above the heart of Silicon Valley, which unfolds beneath you. Admire the famous campuses of innovators, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook/Meta, where visionary ideas are transformed into reality. Take in the sights of Levi's Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers play, and Stanford University before beginning your smooth descent back to the departure point.

San Jose Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

9. San Jose Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of historic San Jose, California while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your private group as the game guides you through the town. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. Explore San Jose, California at your own pace. See the Hotel de Anza, Cesar Chavez Park, the iconic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, historic Luis María Peralta Adobe, and many more diverse and interesting historic sights. Discover some of what makes this area so popular with both locals and tourists. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages. Work together with your group to solve the 20 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule.

San Jose Unveiled: A Private Walking Tour

10. San Jose Unveiled: A Private Walking Tour

Discover the artistic and cultural treasures of San Jose on this exclusive 3-hour private walking tour. Begin your journey at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, where textile art from around the world comes to life. Next, immerse yourself in contemporary art at the San Jose Museum of Art, where diverse artworks await your exploration. Finally, stroll the vibrant San Pedro Square Market, a haven offering a unique ambiance and atmosphere. Learn about San Jose, its history, culture and heritage while in the company of a local professional guide. This tour combines culture, art, and heritage to provide you with a well-rounded experience of San Jose.

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Our most recommended things to do in San Jose, California

San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

Begin your tour by traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. Head to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. At your first rest stop in Davenport, you will have a chance to take a selfie with the whole Pacific as your backdrop.  At Monterey, you will have 2 hours on your own to explore. You can visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent a kayak or paddleboard, hike along the coast, or take a bike to roam. You can also stroll among the quaint boutiques and art shops along the historic Cannery Row. Grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  Enjoy another eyeful of Pacific beauty along the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest and take photographs of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree. This famous road winds its way by magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of the Monterey Cypress.  Your scenic drive finishes at Pebble Beach Village. Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue and be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time, you can visit the historic Carmel Mission. Then, it will be time to head back to San Francisco. 

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions. Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

San Jose: Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

San Jose: Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Towering granite cliffs and giant sequoias headline this full-day Yosemite tour from San Jose. Expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology, wildflowers, and wildlife, that have made this glacier-carved valley the jewel of America’s national park system. Your Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour from San Jose begins with pickup from your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley and into the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains. This is the only Yosemite Valley tour where you will also experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias, the largest living things on earth. You’ll reconsider your place in the world, 2,000-year-old trees can make people do that. Your heart (and camera) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley, enjoying stops at Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow. You will stop for moments at Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Bridalveil Falls, with plenty of time allocated to "take some selfies". Yosemite is open year-round, and if you visit in the winter months, you can picture Yosemite Valley covered in soft white snow, with animal footprints scattered about in the meadows and the snow-capped Half Dome casting its long shadow.

The Escape Game at Valley Fair in San Jose

The Escape Game at Valley Fair in San Jose

The Escape Game San Jose features five completely unique escape rooms, including one of our newest games, The Depths. Each immersive escape room holds up to 8 players. Once you arrive, a dedicated game guide will take you on to your adventure and help you as needed. You will have exactly 60-minutes to complete the mission in your adventure and escape. Choose to play one of five uniquely immersive games: - Gold Rush: Find hidden gold in the California hills! - Special Ops: Mysterious Market: Uncover the truth as a secret agent! - The Heist: Recover a stolen masterpiece from an art thief! - The Depths: Uncover the lab's secrets! - Timeliner: Train Through Time: Save the future!

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area

Explore the ultimate indoor LEGO playground at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Bay Area, located inside the Great Mall in Milpitas, California. Inspire the imaginations of children aged 3-10 with over 1.5 million LEGO bricks in one location. Discover a 2-3 hour play experience with a LEGO-themed ride, a 4D cinema where you can see all of your favorite LEGO characters come to life with special effects, and MINILAND™, a LEGO re-creation of the Bay Area’s most popular landmarks. Kids can get tips and tricks from the Master Model Builder in the Creative Workshop, design their own LEGO car and test it out in LEGO Racers: Build & Test. They can imagine and create their very own LEGO world in LEGO Friends: Heartlake City, and more. Create, build and play with the whole family.

San Jose: Valley Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

San Jose: Valley Ghosts Haunted Walking Tour

Join San Jose Ghosts for a shiver-inducing stroll through historic downtown. You'll meet your guide at San Jose State University, where a missing phone booth still emits a terrifying ring. From there, you'll wind through six other historic, haunted locations, unlocking a new ghost story at each one. Marred by fires, earthquakes, murder, and even cannibalism, Silicon Valley is home to ghosts from every time period... but its greatest threat was a shy woman who bought a farmhouse in 1886: Sarah Winchester. The Winchester House’s winding hallways, hidden passages, and seance room have provoked decades of rumors. Some believe it’s a portal to the other side… and we have no idea who — or what — has come through it…  Are you brave enough to face the spirits of this quicksilver city? Book a tour today.

San Francisco: U-Fly Plane Tour

San Francisco: U-Fly Plane Tour

Ever wondered what it would be like to fly an airplane around for fun? This U-Fly Adventure Tour was designed with you in mind! This exciting flight combines a Scenic San Francisco Air Tour and allows you to sit behind the controls in the Pilot Seat! At a safe altitude you will experience the thrill and freedom of flying an airplane in the Sky! Enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay Area from the air! Overfly Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Take in the views over Ocean Beach and everything San Francisco has to offer!

Silicon Valley: 45-Minute Sightseeing Flight

Silicon Valley: 45-Minute Sightseeing Flight

Ascend into the skies and be greeted with a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay Area. Gaze at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge standing tall in the distance as you rise and admire it from a unique angle. Let your pilot guide you through this technological wonderland and marvel at the tech giants from above. Soar towards Palo Alto and see the lush greenery of Stanford University, where brilliant minds gather to push the boundaries of knowledge. Glide above the heart of Silicon Valley, which unfolds beneath you. Admire the famous campuses of innovators, such as Apple, Google, and Facebook/Meta, where visionary ideas are transformed into reality. Take in the sights of Levi's Stadium, where the San Francisco 49ers play, and Stanford University before beginning your smooth descent back to the departure point.

San Jose Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

San Jose Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of historic San Jose, California while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your private group as the game guides you through the town. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. Explore San Jose, California at your own pace. See the Hotel de Anza, Cesar Chavez Park, the iconic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, historic Luis María Peralta Adobe, and many more diverse and interesting historic sights. Discover some of what makes this area so popular with both locals and tourists. Enjoy fun challenges with family and friends that are perfect for all ages. Work together with your group to solve the 20 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule.

San Jose Unveiled: A Private Walking Tour

San Jose Unveiled: A Private Walking Tour

Discover the artistic and cultural treasures of San Jose on this exclusive 3-hour private walking tour. Begin your journey at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, where textile art from around the world comes to life. Next, immerse yourself in contemporary art at the San Jose Museum of Art, where diverse artworks await your exploration. Finally, stroll the vibrant San Pedro Square Market, a haven offering a unique ambiance and atmosphere. Learn about San Jose, its history, culture and heritage while in the company of a local professional guide. This tour combines culture, art, and heritage to provide you with a well-rounded experience of San Jose.

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Overall rating

4.5
(77 reviews)

It definitely beats driving yourself to and from the park after a long day of hiking, but I'm glad I read through ALL the reviews before going - the San Jose groups gets picked up by a shuttle that takes them to Livermore where they wait for the bus with everyone from San Fran. Our Van was on time, but the bus was late by about 30 min which was bit nerve wracking. You also definitely have to count on the other 30ish people in the tour group to make it back onto the bus on time when we stop for food or pictures. However, if you pack your patience cap its still a wonderful day. Our tour guide, Andy, went above and beyond. He was super knowledgeable both about the history of the area, but is also a geologist and has a lot of experience with the outdoors which he was very excited to share. He also went out of his way to help take pictures for people on our tour who wanted photos of themselves with the iconic sites.

Overall Yosemite National Park was amazing and the trip was great together with the guide. The only lack was we didn’t manage to visit the Giant Sequoias.

The guide was extraordinary good. Perfect amount of information, take care of all guests in such a polite manner. 5 extra stars for Andy!

The hints were such a great help but those clues were difficult to figure out I lived it

Gino is good at telling story and humor. Having a nice journey.