101 Family Day Trips from San Jose | Kids Out and About San Jose

101 Family Day Trips from San Jose


**COVID UPDATE: Maybe you've had to cancel that big vacation you've planned. Or you just want to dream up all the fun outings that the future holds for you and your family. One place to get started is our big list of day trips. Now, not every place will be open or operating quite as it usually does, but it's a quick link over to learn the details directly from the destination.

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from San Jose. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun!


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Get Wild on a Hike

  San Bruno  Mountain State and County Park
Oyster Point Marina and Park 
Sawyer Camp Trail
Shoreline at Mountain View


Time Travel Today

  San Jose History Park
Black Cavern Chasm
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Niles Canyon Railway
Mission San Jose 
Winchester Mystery House
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park


Make Life a Beach

Aquatic Park Cove
Angel Island State Park
Cull Canyon
Don Castro Regional Park
Parkside Aquatic Beach 
Chicken Ranch Beach
Schoonmaker Beach


Splash into Some Water Fun

Raging Waters San Jose
  South Bay Shores 
Golfland San Jose 
Aqua Adventure
Great Wolf Lodge - an Francisco


Spend the Day at a Museum

  Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
Randall Museum of Science, Nature and the Arts
Children's Museum of Sonoma County 
Aquarium of the Bay


Explore These Cities

Santa Rosa
San Francisco 


All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Wings of History Air Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum 
The Transportation Museum
Skyline Sightseeing Cruises 
The Schooner Freda B
San Francisco Wale Tours
Sea Spirit Ocean Safari
Academy of Art University Automobile Museum


Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  Hidden Villa
Emma Prusch Farm Park
Ardenwood Farm Park
Jacob's Farm
Swanton Berry Farm
Spina Farms


Play Ball!

  Bowlero Milpitas
San Jose Batting Cages
Golfland San Jose
Campo di Bocce 
Fremont Table Tennis Academy - San Jose


Treat Yo' Self

  Willow Glen Creamery
Sweet Fix Creamery
Smitten Ice Cream
CREAM San Jose
Marco Polo Italian Ice Cream
Cauldron Ice Cream 


Connect with Nature

Filoli Gardens 
Skyline Ridge Preserve
  Municipal Rose Garden
Hakone Japanese Garden
San Francisco Botanical Garden
The Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt


Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  California's Great America
  Gilroy Gardens


Talk to the Animals

  Happy Hollow
Oakland Zoo 
San Francisco Zoo
Gilroy Ostrich Farm 
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
Lemos Farm


Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Portuguese Historical Museum
Japanese Friendship Garden and Tea House
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum
Mexican Heritage Plaza
Chinese Cultural Garden 


Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  Castle Rock State Park
Berry Creek Falls
Maple Falls 
  Rainbow Falls
Carson Falls


Get Active Indoors

  Duck Pond Playspace
Billy Beez
Luv 2 Play
Pump It Up
Fun Factory 
Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park


Challenge Yourself

  Symphony Silicon Valley
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
Omescape Escape Room
Planet Granite Santa Clara


Shop Your Heart Out

Zonkey Toys
The Wooden Horse

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!

Most of these destinations are within an hour from downtown San Jose. For those that are a bit farther away:

             = Less than 1 hour away

          = 1 to 2 hours away

       = 2 to 3 hours away

   = Just over 3 hours away