A visit to Guadalupe River Park & Gardens is a pleasant way to spend a day in downtown San Jose. You and your family can stroll along the banks of the river or borrow a bike from Lyft’s bike-sharing program, Bay Wheels. Either way, you can enjoy the scenery along the 2.6-mile section of the San Jose Trail Network that runs through the park.
Check out the park trail in the video below:
If you need a breather, seating areas throughout the park incorporate cultural elements of San Jose’s sister cities: Okayama, Japan; San Jose, Costa Rica; Veracruz, Mexico; Tainan, Taiwan; Dublin, Ireland; Pune, India; and Ekaterinburg, Russia. The park is open daily, but the Visitor & Education Center is closed on major holidays.
Amateur gardeners will enjoy taking a self-guided tour of the Heritage Rose Garden that tells the history of the more than 3,700 varieties of roses in this volunteer-tended plot. Other gardens in the park include the drought-resistant Courtyard Garden, the Guadalupe Community Garden, and the Historic Orchard.
Kids can work off excess energy at the Rotary PlayGarden. In addition to accessible playground equipment on which kids can swing, slide, and climb, the PlayGarden offers free drop-in environmental science classes for 3 to 6-year-olds. The classes are taught twice a week in both English and Spanish at the amphitheater.
Preview the fun your kids will have at the Rotary PlayGarden:
Families can also check out Adventure Packs from the attendant at the Rotary PlayGarden. Each backpack contains a bug catcher, two pairs of binoculars, a magnifying glass, and printed guides to help young explorers identify bugs and birds that can be found in the area.
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