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History Park

1650 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 287-2290
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Ranked #18 of 81 Attractions in San Jose
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Restored historical landmarks, replicas and original old homes form a quaint village overlooking Silicon Valley.
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Palmdale, California
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142 reviews 142 reviews
56 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

While looking for things to do in San Jose, I came across a car show for model T and A cars here at History Park....it's off Phelan Avenue. It is like walking into history, houses have been relocated here to show history and a lot of folks dress in period clothing. Steam cars were also there as well as a... More

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San Jose, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

In my mind History Park is a unique place to have visited. I have come here for car shows, to view art and photography exhibits, and to tour the different museums and displays on the campus. The employees, docents and hosts have always been approachable and knowledgeable. Parking is adequate and there is a nominal fee most of the time.

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Fremont, California
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1,220 reviews 1,220 reviews
767 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a historical park in Kelly Park in downtown San Jose. I visited on a quiet summer day in August. They were however setting up for an evening event there. The small museums are mostly open on the week-ends so I just walked through the area looking at the historic buildings. On the week-ends the free trolley is also... More

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53 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It seems they save historic buildings in San Jose by moving them to the History Park. There was quite a mix of different architecture and eras. The town was quite empty when we visited, but sometimes they have big events here. It was interesting to look at the old buildings, but it's better on a weekend when they are open... More

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san jose
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It has great history on San Jose past. Valley Of The Heart's Delight is very much represented with the displayed artifacts, structures and wonderful docents. Give it a visit

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San Jose
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39 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Sometimes this place can be a bit of a ghost town, but the buildings they have there are pretty neat. You won't spend a lot of time here, but can combine it with a visit to the Japanese Tea Garden. Both are worth a visit if you like taking pictures and doing tourist type things. You can bring your kids,... More

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Pacifica, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We had family visiting from Canada and wanted to do some walking. I looked up History Park and we headed there. WHAT A FUN PLACE. Imagine a small, quiet, historical town frozen in time. It had an electric trolley that worked took you around, it had a restoration / museum area with other trolley cars, houses representing different cultures, a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Hard to find the entrance but once we did park in the correct lot we loved it. Rode the trolley and saw the trolley museum and visited the print shop. We also had time to see the Portuguese building. Wish we would have had more time because my kids loved it. The volunteers are fabulous!

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Sunnyvale, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Love going there with the kids. Quiet peaceful and not crowded park. A lot of interesting things to see. Always something new to learn. The kids favirite was the free trolley ride and the very interesting and helpful volunteres.

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Memphis, TN
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

As stated in an another review, it's somewhat disappointing that the buildings are not open during the week. I walked around the History Park and it seemed it had a lot to offer but I was unable to visit anything, with the exception of the new Vietnamese museum, since all were closed.

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