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Santa Clara’s California’s Great America theme park has the most kids’ rides and the most water rides in Northern California. Open late March through the last weekend in October, the park is Northern California’s best choice for family fun and adventure. It is the state’s only combination theme and water park, offering more than 100 acres of world-class entertainment.

Other attractions include the Intel Museum, Mission Santa Clara de Asis and Mission Gardens, two renowned art museums, spectator sports and great shopping. In 2014, the San Francisco 49ers will play home games at the new Levi’s Stadium. The stadium will also host international soccer, Kraft Fight Hunger college football game, motocross, concerts, civic events and more. For a listing of attractions and Calendar of Events, visit santaclara.org.

ATTRACTIONS

Berryessa Adobe
The city’s oldest adobe structure features documents, objects and other artifacts from the era before California’s statehood in 1851. 373 Jefferson Street near Santa Clara University. (408) 615-2488.

California’s Great America
California’s Great America is Northern California’s best choice for family fun and adventure. It is the only theme park in California to offer a complete water park inside – free with park admission.

Highlights include “Planet Snoopy,” featuring Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, and the new wooden coaster Gold Striker. Great America Parkway between I-101 and Highway 237. (408) 988-1776. www.cagreatamerica.com

Children’s Discovery Museum
One of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, over 150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live.
180 Woz Way, San Jose. (408) 298-5437. www.cdm.org

de Saisset Museum
The museum’s permanent collection includes American, European, African and Oriental art. The California History Collection displays artifacts of the pre-mission California Indians and relics from the original Mission Santa Clara. Located at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara. (408) 554-4528. www.scu.edu/desaisset

Harris-Lass House Museum
Santa Clara’s last farmstead includes a restored house, barn, summer kitchen and tankhouse. Operated by the Historic Preservation Society. 1889 Market Street, Santa Clara. (408) 249-7905. www.harrislass.org

Headen-Inman House
The Santa Clara Historic Museum is housed inside the historic Headen-Inman House. The museum houses the city’s historical collection and features Santa Clara historical artifacts. The museum is open from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Intel Museum
Experience high-tech up close. Hands-on exhibits show kids and adults how silicon chips are made and what they do. Open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and holidays. Free admission and parking. 2200 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara. (408) 765-0503. www.intel.com/museum

Mission Santa Clara de Asis
The eighth of 21 missions built in California, founded in 1777 by the Spanish Franciscans. (California Historical Landmark No. 338). The Mission and surrounding gardens are located on the grounds of picturesque Santa Clara University, Santa Clara. (408) 554-4023. www.scu.edu/visitors/mission

Santa Clara Woman’s Club Adobe
One of the oldest adobes in California. Built about 1790, this structure was originally part of a row of houses for married Indian couples. (California Historical Landmark No. 249). 3260 The Alameda. (408) 246-8000. www.santaclarawomansclub.org

Shrine of Our Lady of Peace
Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, this 32-foot stainless steel sculpture is a reminder to visitors to work and pray daily for peace. Our Lady of Peace Church, 2800 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara. (408) 988-4585.

South Bay Historical Railroad Society
Two operational scale model railroad layout displays depicting various railroad eras and operations venues, plus areas devoted to artifacts and other railroad-related objects. Open 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free. Santa Clara Depot, 1005 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clara.
(408) 243-3969. www.sbhrs.org

Stroll into the Past
A self-guided tour of Santa Clara history leads visitors through a series of 28 plaques tracing Santa Clara’s history from a Native American settlement to its present status as the internationally recognized center of technology innovation. Santa Clara Civic Center, corner of Center Drive and Lincoln Avenue. (408) 615-2200. www.santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?Page=1279

The Tech Museum
Hands-on, imaginative, high-tech exhibits showcase the past, present and future of Silicon Valley. The museum is also home to a state-of-the-art IMAX Dome Theater. 201 South Market Street, San Jose. (408) 294-TECH. www.thetech.org

Triton Museum of Art
Rotating exhibits highlight the museum’s permanent collection of 19th and 20th century American art. Also permanent is the Native American tribal collection and Triton’s sculpture garden located on the seven-acre grounds. 1505 Warburton Avenue (across from City Hall), Santa Clara. (408) 247-3754. www.tritonmuseum.org

Universal Child Statue
Sculpted by artist Benny Bufano, the 79-foot statue depicts the concept of the Universal Child; however, the statue’s shape and lines were meant to represent the 1960s missile and space era.

1500 Warburton Avenue at City Hall,
Santa Clara.

Winchester Mystery House
This beautiful, but bizarre, 160-room Victorian mansion built by the Winchester heiress offers tours year-round. (California Historical Landmark No. 868).

525 S. Winchester Boulevard, San Jose.
(408) 247-2000.
www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Blue and Gold Fleet
Experience the beauty of San Francisco Bay and beyond – the best cruise values and land tours begin from Pier 41/PIER 39.

Pier 41, Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. (415) 705-8200. www.blueandgoldfleet.com

Comedysportz
Comedysportz, an award-winning interactive comedy show where two teams of “act-letes” compete for audience laughs and points while improvising scenes, games, operas and musicals based on audience suggestions.

288 S. Second Street, San Jose.
(408) 985-LAFF
www.comedysportzsanjose.com

iFLY SF Bay
You can experience human bodyflight! Indoor Skydiving at iFLY SF Bay is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. No experience is necessary, great fun for ages three and up. 31310 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587. (510) 489-4359. http://sfbay.iflyworld.com/

Lick Observatory
Located atop 4,209-foot Mount Hamilton, the observatory is 30 miles southeast of Santa Clara up winding Highway 130. Public programs are available by calling (408) 274-5061. www.ucolick.org

NASA Ames Exploration Center
Rotating exhibits and space artifacts, include moon rock from Apollo 15 and other space memorabilia. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and Noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Moffett Field, Mountain View. (650) 604-6274. www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/index.html

Pier 39
San Francisco’s Premier Bay Attraction with more than 100 unique shops and 13 full-service Bay-view restaurants and numerous attractions including the Blue & Gold Fleet and Aquarium of the Bay. (415) 705-5500 or (800) 325-7437. www.pier39.com

Roaring Camp Railroads
Forty minutes west of Santa Clara, groups can take an 1880s steam train ride to the top of Bear Mountain or to the ocean at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Located off Highway 17 at Mt. Herman Road, P.O. Box G-1, Felton. (831) 335-4484. www.roaringcamp.com

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