- The list below includes 376 free or cheap things to do in or near San Jose, California, including 125 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, History Museums, Comedy Clubs and Movie Theaters.
- From Municipal Rose Garden to Los Gatos Creek Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in San Jose and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Palo Alto, Los Altos, Cupertino and Fremont.
Berressa Farmer's Market, held every Saturday morning from May to October, is a great place to shop for fresh organic farm produce, meat, bread, fish and more, at a reasonable price. It is small scale market with spacious parking and friendly vendors.
San Jose's Children's Discovery Museum is intended to introduce babies, toddlers and young children to the fascinating world around them. The exhibits are meant to be touched, explored, climbed on and otherwise manipulated.
Located in San Jose, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum features huge collections of Egyptian art and artifacts. Its extensive holdings are larger than any other Egyptian collections west of the Mississippi River.
A retro styled drive-in movie venue, the West Wind Capitol 6 Drive-In shows Hollywood new releases with all digital projection. The theater hosts promotions like family fun nights, and features a snack bar.
The Camera 12 Cinema is a 12 theater movie multiplex that shows a combination of new Hollywood releases and classics, art house films, foreign films, and cult favorites. The theater offers a variety of promotions and special events.
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21570 Almaden Road off Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA MoreLess Info
The history of local quicksilver mining is put on display at the New Almaden Mercury Mining Museum. Located within the Almaden Quicksilver County Park, there are mine dioramas, artifacts from historic mining facilities, and exhibits covering the lifestyles of mining communities.
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520 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113 MoreLess Info
San Hose Museum of Quilts and Textiles is a unique museum housing a variety of historic and contemporary textile artifacts. The permanent exhibit includes a variety of quilts, textile artworks, costumes from other world cultures and many woven and wearable artworks designed by well-known artists.