Top 10 Things To See And Do In Santa Clara

Photo of Neha Pearce
10 April 2017

The city of Santa Clara is conveniently located close to all the activity the Silicon Valley has to offer, but what is there to do in Santa Clara itself? Here is a list of beautiful parks, amazing food, and entertainment to make the most of your time when visiting the city.

Levi’s Stadium | © Chris Martin/Flickr

Levi’s Stadium

Levi’s Stadium is the current home of the San Francisco 49ers and host of Super Bowl 50. This beautiful stadium not only features top-notch football and fun events such as the bacon and beer classic but also provides guests with tours of the stadium and access to the beautiful 49ers museum. The museum, which is funded by Sony, includes life-size statues, a hall of fame, and a signature film with the 49ers inspirational story. Admission tickets are $15 for adult general admission, and ten for residents, seniors, children under 12, and past and present military

Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 415 464 9377

Central Park

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Santa Clara Community Recreation Center supports a series of youth programs, public pools, sports and athletics programs, golf and tennis, community classes, and an annual art and wine festival. The center is located in the heart of Central Park, which is 52 acres and beautifully appointed with basketball courts, play areas, and shaded picnic spots perfect for barbecues.

Unofficial Koreatown

Along El Camino Real and culminating in Lawrence Square Shopping Center, you will find the unofficial Koreatown of Santa Clara. This is the place to come for delicious and authentic Korean food. Delight in delicious Korean barbeque, snow ice, Korean fried chicken, and much more. A few favorites are the Lawrence Plaza Food Court, Jang Su Jang, and To Bang, but there is much more; therefore, you’ll be sure to find something to suit your taste from the plethora of choices.

Unofficial Koreatown, Santa Clara, CA, USA

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university as well as the oldest higher education college in the Bay Area. Check out the school’s schedule for collegiate theater and dance performances, catch the Broncos in men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, tennis, crew, cross country, golf, track and field, and water polo, and enjoy the history of the college. The university is built around the Santa Clara Mission de Asis from which it developed, making SCU a great place to get a sense for the history of the area. You can also enjoy the beautiful gardens or take advantage of the university’s de Saisset Museum of art and history.

Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 408 554 4000

Triton Museum of Art

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The Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara is small and free, making it a perfect hour visit. Its beautiful sculpture garden sits under redwood trees, and its four wing museum hosts many local contemporary artists, making it equally well suited for longer visits. The museum hosts many community events such as craft and art classes, taco tailgates, and auctions.

Ulistac Natural Area

Although Ulistac Natural Area is near Levi Stadium, it is the only piece of naturally preserved land in the area, which makes it a great place to get out into nature and to experience the natural ecosystem of the Silicon Valley. Explore the foliage, go for a jog, or take a nice bike ride along the Guadalupe River trail. For kids, Lick Mill Park is nearby with basketball courts, tennis courts, a playground and restrooms.

Ulistac Natural Area, 4901 Lick Mill Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 408 615 3140

Mercado Plaza

Here you’ll find Santa Clara’s major movie theater, AMC Mercado, and a littering of popular cafés and restaurants conveniently located next to Mission College. Mercado Plaza is also a few minutes away from Rivermark Village, another hub for food and shopping.

AMC Mercado 20, 311 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA, USA, +1 408 919 0282
By Neha Pearce

Neha Pearce is a Bay Area native who spent the last four years studying psychology and English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In her last year as an undergrad she took course work in Film Studies and worked as an intern producer for a local media company.