San Jose Outdoor Activities

San Jose Outdoor ActivitiesNature has a big green attitude in San Jose. With strong community green incentives, it's no surprise that outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the city. Picture perfect lakes, trails and parks are just some of the most popular outdoor spots that make our list a natural winner.

Alum Rock Park
Put on your walking shoes for the trails at Alum Rock Park in San Jose. The beautiful city park offers trails with slight to steep inclines, so wear good walking shoes. The park is your ideal setting for a day hike in the great outdoors with several rest areas along the way.

Address: 16240 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA 95127 - MAP
Phone: (408) 277-4539
Web: www.sjparks.org

Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park
Spend the day people-watching and enjoying the great outdoors at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in San Jose. Stroll through the scenic 4-acre park bustling with picnic areas, cafés, a seasonal farmers market and summer concert series centered around the park's beautiful water fountain.

Address: 910 I Street, San Jose, CA 95112 - MAP
Phone: (916) 808-5200

Los Gatos Creek Trail
Come run outdoors at Los Gatos Creek Trail in San Jose. The paved trail travels across parks, ponds and downtown Los Gatos. You'll enjoy running over the bridge with a flowing river below and spotting native wildlife along the way.

Address: East Main Street at College Avenue, San Jose, CA - MAP
Web: www.town.los-gatos.ca.us

Lake Cunningham Park
Spend a day at Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose and enjoy hours of fun in the sun. The busy lake offers families and friends hours of boating, water skiing and fishing outdoor fun. The lake is also home to The Lake Cunningham Skate Park and Raging Waters theme park. Planning a day of outdoor fun just got easy!

Address: 2305 South White Road, San Jose, CA 95148 - MAP
Phone: (408) 277-4319
Web: www.sjparks.org

Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Almaden Quicksilver County Park is the ultimate outdoor park in San Jose. The park is a landmark testament to 135 years of California mining history and spans over 4,000 acres. Locals and tourists alike are drawn here to exercise and hone their backpacking, hiking, biking and running skills.

Address: McAbee Road and Camden Avenue San Jose, CA 95120 - MAP
Phone: (408) 358-3741
Web: www.newalmaden.org

Overfelt Gardens
Nature is calling at San Jose's Overfelt Gardens. The natural wildlife sanctuary skirts a peaceful pond surrounded by beautiful trees, and an array of fragrant flowering plants. Spend your time outdoors, walking, reading, writing, painting and taking nature photography at the city's number one park devoted to nature's tranquility and peacefulness.

Address: 2145 McKee Road, San Jose, CA 95133 - MAP
Phone: (408) 277-5561
Web: www.sjparks.org