Santa Clara Information
California’s Great America is one of the family attractions in Santa Clara. Visitors can spin around on a double-decker carousel, float on Boomerang Bay in a log boat or drive around in an antique car. The park also has wooden roller coasters. Daring visitors will enjoy the park’s other roller coasters that will take them through vertical loops. The Planet Snoopy area of the park has rides for small children, and the water rides in Boomerang Bay are a great place to cool off on a hot summer day.
Families who like spending time outdoors will enjoy hiking along the trails in the Ulistac Natural Area on the banks of the Guadalupe River. People who want to have a meal outdoors will find picnic areas in Lick Mill Park across the street. Golfers can enjoy the fresh air while they golf at the Pruneridge Golf Club.
History lovers will find plenty of attractions to enjoy in Santa Clara. European explorers came to the Santa Clara Valley in 1769, and a mission was built in the Santa Clara area in 1777. Relics from this mission are displayed in the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. Other items in the museum show the history of Santa Clara from the 18th century through the 1920s. Furniture from the 19th century is displayed in the Harris-Lass House Museum. This former farmhouse was built in 1865. The Berryessa Adobe is the city’s oldest adobe structure. This small house was built in the 1840s and is open for tours.
Other museums in the city include the Triton Museum of Art, the South Bay Railroad Historical Society, the Santa Clara Fire Museum and the Intel Museum. Exhibits at the Intel Museum focus on computer chips and technology. Football fans will enjoy visiting the 49ers Museum and touring Levi’s Stadium.
Santa Clara visitors can stay in hotels or motels. Italian, Mexican and Mediterranean are some of the types of cuisines available at restaurants in the area. Shoppers will enjoy visiting the department stores and designer boutiques at Westfield Valley Fair.
Visitors who want to take public transportation during their visit to Santa Clara can take buses and light rail operated by the Valley Transportation Authority. Mineta San Jose International Airport is approximately one mile from Santa Clara. Caltrain and Amtrak trains stop in Santa Clara.