Things to do in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula

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    Stanford University

    Stanford University,Stanford,CA
    64 reviews

    If you are visiting Silicon Valley, Stanford is definitely a great place to come spend the day. Its a huge campus with gorgeous architecture, a great museum, an amazing cathedral, and more. You can definitely spend a day here. Check online, as there are also concerts and events that are open to the public.

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    Santana Row

    3055 Olin Avenue, San Jose, CA
    61 reviews

    There's no denying that Santana Row is a San Jose hotspot. And as much as I try to stay away, I find myself coming here several times a week. It is a beautiful outdoor shopping and dining complex, and because it is one of the nicest spots to go in SJ, it's lively on any given night. Shops tend to ...

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  • 3

    Stanford Shopping Center

    660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto, CA
    42 reviews

    This is a pretty mall with lovely landscaping. Take advantage of the gorgeous Palo Alto weather and shop outside. Stores include Macys, Apple and Crate & Barrel.

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    California's Great America

    4701 Great American Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    45 reviews

    this place was the greatest when it was marriott's great america! damn you paramount you ruined my childhood memories. the crowds and lines are worse than ever but it's just a boring day. i miss the good ole days of the edge, the demon, the giant 3d movies on the huge screen and all the bugs bunny characters that ran ...

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  • 5

    Shoreline Amphitheater

    1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043-1326
    41 reviews

    I love going to concerts and comedy shows (ive seen both here) but I find the lawn seats are a joke. Its so far away you spend most of the convert watching the tv screens. The lawn also gets pretty rowdy with drunk people falling on you as they try to walk by. I go to a concert to relax ...

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    Winchester Mystery House

    525 South Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128-2537
    41 reviews

    It's a very interesting house with a fascinating story, and while it costs a pretty penny to enter, I thought it was worth it. I went on just the mansion tour, though you can go on a tour of both the mansion and the estate. There were a few kids on my tour who seemed to enjoy it as well.

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  • 7

    Stanford Dish Trail

    Stanford, California
    29 reviews

    A great place to do a long run or walk, the view is incredible and trail leads you along the dishes! It's a must stop if youre into nature and exercising!

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    Filoli Center

    86 Canada Road, Woodside, CA
    24 reviews

    Date spot alert! Guys, if you are in need of a cool date idea, look no further. Bring your ladies here for a romantic day in the garden. I imagine early spring being the best time for the flowers but the roses were blooming in full force mid summer when I visited. The garden was stunning. The house tour was ...

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  • 9

    Children's Discovery Museum

    180 Woz Way, San Jose, CA 95110-2722
    22 reviews

    I used to love this museum as a kid. It's a little more hands-on than the Tech Museum and there's so much fun science and the like to be had there. If you haven't been, wander around the park outside for a while to find the giant Monopoly board. At some point, it held a record for being the largest ...

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  • 10

    Computer Museum History Center

    1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043-1311
    22 reviews

    Ah. Finally a geek heaven made just for me! Wander through isles of old and fantastic computers. Find right there with a label, the first computer you ever owned. Nearby is a gallery of ancient hand-held calculators. Some days the docents give demos of the very first real computers from MIT. They also have a fun gift store and wow, ...

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  • 11

    The Wine Room

    520 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA
    20 reviews

    I can't believe I've never been here before. It's such a cozy little bungalow type of wine bar. Everyone there was super nice and super knowledgeable about wine. They also have shared plates, don't think they have a full menu, but at least they offer small bites. I would definitely come back here again! I like the cozy feel.

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  • 12

    SAP Center

    525 West Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California 95113-1520, USA
    22 reviews

    Went to one concert here years ago, and the sound sucked so bad that my friend and I wanted to leave early. The two bands we saw were actually favorites of ours, and ones we had seen at other venues. After this experience we never wanted to see another concert here again for fear of a repeat sucky experience. Gave ...

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  • 13

    Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

    1300 Senter Road, San Jose, CA
    21 reviews

    Nice small park for young kids. They have lot's of activities, a small zoo, amusement park and some nice picnic area. the only problem is that it's a place you can come only when the weather is nice because everything is outdoor. The price (12$ for adults) is more than reasonable and kids under the age of 2 are free.

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  • 14

    The Tech Museum

    201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA, United States
    16 reviews

    Bar none one of the best museums in San Jose. If you are visiting this is a MUST see. From the pool balls out on the north end of the museum to the variety of exhibits you simply cannot go bored here. Thursday nights on select days of the month are also for singles. Bottom line is there is a ...

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  • 15

    Vasona Lake County Park

    333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA
    18 reviews

    My favorite picnic location in the bay area. this park is huge and have many nice shaded places you can come to with friends and family. you can rent a small boat at the lake, or just enjoy the great weather this place offers for most of the year.

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  • 16

    IKEA East Palo Alto

    1700 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
    23 reviews

    Ikea is a crazy maze of a furniture department store. You cant go and just get one item because you have to finish walking through the WHOLE store and you usually get suckered into buying more items. A great cheap store for students

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  • 17

    Stanford Stadium

    625 Nelson Road, Stanford, CA, 94305
    16 reviews

    Home of the Stanford Cardinal football team, anyone who attends one of the games will notice the huge Red Zone student section devoted to cheering on their home team. Entrances to the stadium take you to a level midway between seating levels. Concession stands line that same level all the way around the stadium for normal expensive rates. If you ...

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  • 18

    Stanford Memorial Church

    Memorial Church, Stanford, California 94305, Duena Street, Stanford, California
    16 reviews

    Absolutely stunning! If you're an alumni or student you definitely need to check this spot out as a a future wedding venue because it is simply gorgeous! The stain glass windows, large arches way, and grand entrance makes for an amazing back-drop for your special day. I was a tourist for a day and just fell in love with how ...

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  • 19

    Shoreline Lakeside Park

    3160 N Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View
    16 reviews

    Nice place to take a walk and watch birds. There's a long bike path so the kids can scoot. We sighted pelicans, hummingbirds, geese, coots and migrating birds. There's even a playground in the shape of a ship, surrounded by sand.

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  • 20

    Rancho San Antonio County Park

    Cupertino, CA
    17 reviews

    As close as the park was relative to me I rarely frequented it. The environment tends to be dry, dead yellow and I found it hard to enjoy myself most of the time. Otherwise, the park is often frequented and very popular.

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