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Get Out & Explore San Jose

by: Amy Kovacs
It’s finally here! The 2015 inaugural Citizen Science Conference (#CitSci2015).   As you prepare for the all the exciting opportunities and programs at the conference don’t forget to check out all the great things San Jose has to offer.
San Jose was founded in 1777 as El Pueblo de San Jose De Guadalupe, California’s first civilian settlement, and is rich in history and culture. There is something for everyone!
The San Jose Convention Center (also known as McErny Convention Center) is at the heart of the city, making it easy to explore some of San Jose’s best features. To help you out, Conference Co-Chairs Alison Young and Lila Higgins put together a great list of restaurants and local attractions that you can find here on the conference website. And guess what?? Most of them are within a mile or less from the conference!

Interactive Map of San Jose Activities

Check out the awesome interactive map to explore more!

San Jose Map
Click on the image to be taken to the interactive map

San Jose Attractions – A few highlights

Looking for some innovation? Visit The Tech Museum of Innovation

Tech Museum
The Tech museum
Photo: Wikipedia

Or how about a little history with your art? Check out the San Jose Museum of Art. This museum is rich in history connected with some of the first landmarks in San Jose including the site of California’s first state capital, marked now by the Circle of Palms Plaza shown in the photo below. The San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Museum of Innovation are both found on the periphery of the Plaza de César Chávez.
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Art
Photo: Ikluft, Wikipedia

Searching for a bit more history? Check out the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph , it is just a short walk from the Convention Center.
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
Photo: David Leigh Ellis, Wikipedia

If you have access to a car, check out the Lick Observatory. Here you can get a great view of the Santa Clara Valley as well as tour the Observatory.
Lick Observatory
Lick Observatory
Photo: Thirty Meter Telescope

Have kids with you? Or just a kid at heart? Check out the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. This museum has a citizen science program called BioSITE that’s worth checking out!
Childrens Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum
Photo: Wikipedia

Feeling the need to walk among the trees or along the river? Check out Guadalupe River Park and Gardens.
There are about 2.6 miles of trails that run along the Guadalupe River, providing opportunity to run, walk, bike or just enjoy the urban ecology. You can pick up the trail in Discovery Meadow right next to the Children’s Discovery Museum.
Craving more wildlife, natural space and a view of San Francisco Bay? Check out Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge. Here you can view a variety of different species among some of the 15 different habitats that are found within the refuge.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Photo: Wikipedia

For more information on San Jose’s parks, walking or bike trails, recreation areas or neighborhood resources click here.

Good Eats

And for food … well there’s plenty! Check out the list of restaurants for some options that satisfy your taste and your budget. From Mediterranean to Asian Fusion to crepes, you can eat your way around the city!
Do you have any favorite places, must-see’s, hidden gems or suggestions? Share them in the comments section below!

Amy Kovacs is a recent graduate of the Anthrozoology Master’s program at Canisius College. She is currently the Education Coordinator at Sound Experience, a non-profit organization that runs environmental education programs aboard the historic schooner Adventuress. She is a part of the 2015 CitSci Communications Committee.

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