Wondering what do around San Jose that’s fun and under $20? Fear not! Here are some pointers to cure your boredom and spare your wallet:
Snowy Village – It’s a cute little dessert place off of Brokaw Road that serves Boba tea and Bingsu (Korean shaved ice)! They also serve many other types of tea and food, so check it out.
AFK Gamer Lounge – A great place to grab a bite to eat and play in one of their many events. They have gaming tournaments, video-game themed concerts, and parties open to all!
Frozen Ninja – You know that awesome rolled ice cream that’s all over social media? Well, go to this place to get your fix! They have a variety of flavor combinations for a decent price.
CREAM – A spot that serves ice cream sandwiches on freshly baked cookies. You can choose your cookie type and the ice cream filling to build an amazing dessert of your own creation.
My Milkshake – A custom milkshake bar downtown. You can choose different mix-ins, like coffee, tons of candy, and more
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo – A small zoo that doubles as an amusement park in south San Jose. With exotic animals to see and fun to be had, this is a great place to stop by and chill.
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum – Walk among the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on display in western North America. The building itself is inspired by the ancient Egyptians, with a student discount to entice you in.
Lick Observatory – A great place to view the wonders in the stars above us: They offer special sightings of dramatic space events too, which makes this place worth the distance.
Children’s Discovery Museum – I know, it says “children,” but everyone loves to have a little fun with over 100 interactive exhibits located in Downtown San Jose. .
The Tech Museum of Innovation – Walk through two floors of amazing new technology and discover what’s new in the innovation realm. Discounted admission is offered to students with an ID, making this a great place to explore.
San Jose Museum of Art – A collection of different types of art by California artists. This local wonder is full of special exhibits that reflect our area and pop culture.
Overfelt Gardens – A great expanse of gardens and relaxation locations that make this stop a must. Picnic tables and Pokemon Go lures are also a kicker!
Heritage Rose Garden – A beautiful sight and nice relaxation spot for people to hang out, enjoy the fresh air, and walk among the many roses.
Lake Cunningham – A small lake in the middle of south side San Jose that offers great places for parties, outdoor sports, and Pokemon Go hunting! They do charge for parking, so keep that in mind.
Guadalupe River Trail – Open to hikers and bicyclists: explore trails along the Guadalupe River. The entrance to the trail by Downtown San Jose is a huge hot spot for Pokemon Go hunters.
Communication Hill – The greatest view in all of San Jose with a kid’s park you could explore. You could go in the daytime, but I recommend you go at night when the lights and stars are beautiful. Be mindful that it’s also a neighborhood, so don’t be too crazy.
Alum Rock Park – 13 miles of unpaved hiking trails over hills and through brush that can be explored during open hours.
Almaden Quicksilver County Park – An outdoor adventure that highlights the work of miners, with a small history museum onsite and mines that can be observed from afar. It’s a great place for a picnic and guided tours by rangers throughout the park.
Winchester Mystery House – Looking for some ‘spoopy’ activity? This mysterious house of wonders is open year-round, with speciality tours at certain times of year. This one pushes the budget a little, but offers 100 insane rooms about to be featured in a film starring Helen Mirren.
Solar for America Ice – Sharks Ice is open to the public for year-round ice skating at a discounted rate. They offer lessons and have unique skating events every now and then too.