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“Old San Jose”
Review of History Park

History Park
Ranked #26 of 136 things to do in San Jose
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Owner description: Restored historical landmarks, replicas and original old homes form a quaint village overlooking Silicon Valley.
SAN JOSE
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Old San Jose”
Reviewed February 10, 2012

A nice sampling of the old days of San Jose. Perfect spot for a relaxing picnic.

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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bradford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good for all the Family”
Reviewed January 26, 2012

Well laid out and all the volunteers are friendly and enthusiastic. Don't miss buying an ice cream or sherbet.

Visited May 2011
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Thank Francess L
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San Jose, California
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Old San Jose all in one place.”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

This is a great place to visit if you are a local or out of towner. Want to learn about the first radio station? It's here. Want to see the Portuguese Museum and learn about the families who settled this valley? It's here. Want to see a beautiful Chinese Temple? It's here. Want to see the actual Victorian homes that were once downtown but have been relocated? Want to see a Trolley Car and take a ride? Here, here and here. Check the calendar online and come to the many special events they have over the whole year. Enjoy

Visited January 2012
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Thank Laura L
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San Francisco
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“History Comes Alive”
Reviewed June 15, 2011

We've visited this unique park on weekdays when no one else is there and on crowded weekends when there have been special events such as vintage cars on display. Depends on your mood - it's thoroughly enjoyable to go at either time.

This is a collection of historical commercial buildings from the 1800's and 1900's that have been moved from their original locations and placed in a town-like setting. Walking through the buildings gives you a great sense of history.

There is an authentic bank with old-time teller cages, a print shop, a fire station and a trolley barn where they repair and maintain trolleys that actually run at special events (fun!)

The residences give an idea of what life was like in Silicon Valley when it was the fruit basket of the nation. During the Christmas season I remember a woman dressed up like a 1900's granny in one of the kitchens. The visitors wondered whether she was a mannequin. Then she sprang to life and started rocking in her chair. The crowd was delighted.

I like the ornate Chinese historical society building that portrays the history of Asians in SIlicon Valley - their contributions and the discrimination they had to endure.

They always have interesting rotating exhibits in the hotel building near the center of town.

I'm not sure of the admission price. Sometimes it's been free, other times there's a charge. So call in advance. Parking is in a dirt lot adjacent to the trolley barn.

Visited June 2011
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3 Thank thumbsupordown
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ontario
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A look at the past”
Reviewed August 24, 2007

A real treasure to find this right in San Jose next to the Japanese Tea Garden. There are several buildings which have been moved from the area to this site, including a print shop, fire house, blacksmith shop, covered wagon, Chinese temple, and a sort of museum of cars and trolleys from the area.

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