12 Activities To Try Out Near Your Santa Clara Apartment

September 16, 2017

A perk of living in Santa Clara is being centrally located to a plethora of places giving you the ability to try out a variety of different activities. Whether you have lived in Santa Clara all of your life or are new to the neighborhood, these activities are fun for all. So without further ado here are 12 activities to try out near your Santa Clara apartment.

Check out a Chalk Art Festival

On Saturday September 16th Backesto Park will be hosting the 2017 Luna Park Chalk Art Festival. For the 10th year in a row the Luna Park Chalk Art Festival with be held from 10:00am to 5:00pm with over 3,000 artists and vendors. Here you will come across over 250 works of art throughout the park. All proceeds benefit the Luna Park Arts Foundation. If you have time, make sure you stop by and checkout cool art, all while supporting a good cause in the Santa Clara/San Jose area.

Glow Up with Friends

You may have heard of the phrase “glow up” but never in this context! About 20 minutes from your Santa Clara luxury apartment is Miss Ooh Lala. Throughout the year Miss Ooh Lala hosts several themed painting parties. From Mommy & Me Unicorn Paint to Vogue Pumpkin Paint Night, Miss Ooh Lala has it all. But on October 1st, you won’t want to miss the Neon Glow Owl Paint Party. This specially themed party ends with the black lights turned on and your painting brought to life.

Check out the Winchester Mystery House

If you’re in for an adventure make sure to check out the Winchester Mystery House. It is completely free to visit the grounds and check out the gift shop. If you dare to take it a step further and take the tour, your cost will be $40 a ticket. While it may be on the pricier side, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Flamenco a Go-go

If you are into the art of dancing you won’t want to miss the 25th Anniversary production of “Arte Flamenco”. From 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday October 1st, at Santa Clara University various artists, musicians, singers and soloists will pay tribute to the dance, song and music of Flamenco. Tickets are available to purchase online for $25. For more information you can visit their website here.

Partake in Wine Wednesday in the Park

A few minutes away from your Santa Clara apartment is a one-of-a-kind experience. A Wine & Painting in the Park event will be held at Plaza de Cesar Chavez on Wednesday October 4th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. What’s in it for you? Free painting supplies and the opportunity to do some drinking in the park! All you have to do is reserve your spot here and admission is free! You will have to pay for the wine but the great thing is that even if you don't participate in the painting class you are still welcome to go over and check out the wine selection.

Go See a Movie

I know what you may be thinking, “what is this doing on the list?!”. If you think about it, when is the last time that you actually went to go see a movie in an actual movie theater? Nowadays, most people stream movies whether it is on Netflix, Hulu or some other streaming service. It has become more of a norm to watch a movie on netflix over going to an actual movie theater. So next time a movie comes out that you're interested in, why not go to your local Santa Clara theater like AMC Mercado, and try out the movie theater experience.

Stop and Smell the Roses

Less than 5 miles away from your Santa Clara luxury apartment lies the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, a local and tourist favorite. For those who have been to the Rose Garden, you know why it’s such a popular place. It’s majestic environment with an abundance of beautiful flowers is the reason why this Rose Garden is also a top wedding venue. The best part of it all is the fact that entrance to the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden is absolutely free!

California’s Great America Halloween

As October approaches so does everything Halloween. The stores start carrying costumes and theme parks start putting up their haunted mazes, California’s Great America is no different. Starting September 22 California’s Great America will host a Halloween Haunt with a variety of mazes, scare zones and shows. In total there will be nine different themed mazes and three scare zones. You will also be five shows, one of which is a sideshow! Depending on the day you go tickets start as low as $29.99.

K1 Speed

If you have the need for speed, well the name of this business speaks for itself. Here both novice and experienced drivers can hit the race track and hit the pedal to the metal! With speeds as high as 45 mph, this not your typical go-kart race. Just minutes from your Santa Clara apartment, K1 Speedway is the perfect place to let loose with friends. A genuine race experience, K1 is open 7 days a week and closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Solve a Puzzle

Now this isn't just any ordinary puzzle this is an Escape Room puzzle. A few minutes away from your Santa Clara apartment is the Beat The Lock Escape Rooms. For those who are not familiar with escape rooms: it is an adventure game where the participants/players work together to solve a series of puzzles using clues in order to escape in the time allotted. Beat The Lock Escape Rooms feature two themed rooms, The Spy Room and Secrets In The Attic Room. With rooms for both adults and children, this is an adventure that everyone can enjoy. At $30 per person, this is an activity definitely worth the try.

Try a Game of Monopoly

This version of Monopoly is unlike any other that you have played before. Discovery Meadow is the home to a life-size Monopoly board. Yes, you read right, life-size! Known as Monopoly in the Park, this board game is an attraction for every age. Street parking is inexpensive and playing the game is absolutely free. The one thing that you may run into is a bit of a wait due to the high demand of playing in the park. Of course, it all depends on the day and time that you go.

Visit a Museum

For some of us, it is hard to remember the last time we even stepped near a museum let alone into one. Santa Clara happens to be full museums that will interest the whole family. Below are just a few of the many to try and check out:

Digital Game Museum

Located just 2 miles away from your Santa Clara apartment the Digital Game Museum is a great way to go back to a time when technology and gaming was much simpler.

Intel Museum

Eleven minutes away from your Santa Clara apartment lies 10,000 Sq ft. of pure technology. Here you will get a behind the scenes look into the tech world of giant Intel.

49ers Museum

The 49ers Museum features 11 gallery and exhibit spaces that both new and old fans will enjoy. If you are a fan of the 49ers, you certainly won’t be disappointed with everything in this 20,000 Sq ft museum.

These are just a few ideas of activities to try out that you may or may not have heard of. In some cases, you may have even forgotten that some places on the list even existed. Either way you are set for the next month with new activities to try with friends and family in Santa Clara.


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