Located on the north side of San Jose, Kelley Park is one of the most diverse facilities in the city that offers locals and tourists a great opportunity to walk around ponds, see animals and plants and in general, enjoy a day while spending time with nature. Kelley Park belonged to Mrs. Kelley that inherited the land from her father Judge Lawrence Archer, who maintained this property covered by prune, cherry, apricot, and walnut orchards.
Kelley Park has important facilities such as the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the History Park that includes the Portuguese Historical Museum, the Viet Museum, and The Leininger Center. At the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, you will be able to have engaging encounters with different animals and you will get to learn about wildlife through camps and classes if you would like to. At the Japanese Friendship Garden, you will be able to see the beauty and power of nature. Japanese bridges, waterfalls, and golden Koi fish are part of the Garden.
Open from 8 am to sunset, Kelley Park has so much to offer. Take your time to explore around and even go for a jog. It is a place where you feel disconnected from the noise of the city and where you can meditate if you want. Also, if you get hungry, there are picnic areas where you can sit with family and friends to have a delicious meal. And if you bring kids, there is plenty of space for them to run and play.
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