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Kelley Park, San Jose

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Kelley Park is a 156acre city park in San Jose, California, United States, that encompasses diverse facilities such as Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, the Japanese Friendship Garden, History Park at Kelley Park (a.k.a. History San Jose), Portuguese Historical Museum, and Viet Museum within the history park. Most of the rest of the park is picnic areas, lawns, groves of trees, and plenty of pathways in between. There is also an 18 hole disc golf course in the walnut orchard behind History park
Kelley Park is located at the intersections of Story and Senter Roads in East San Jose.
The land was once a farm owned by Mrs. Louise Kelley who inherited the land from her father Judge Lawrence Archer, a former mayor of San Jose.
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  • Kelley Park is one of the tourist and local attractions nearby downtown of San Jose town. The park is located on 172 acres of land and one can enjoy the beautiful ground. Car parking facility with... 
    Kelley Park is one of the tourist and local attractions nearby downtown of San Jose town. The park is located on 172 acres of land and one can enjoy the beautiful ground. Car parking facility with...  more »
  • Nice walking trails. The history park and Japanese Friendship Garden are interesting, although they were working on some of the garden's ponds. Parking is the only "admission price" and is very... 
    Nice walking trails. The history park and Japanese Friendship Garden are interesting, although they were working on some of the garden's ponds. Parking is the only "admission price" and is very...  more »
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  • History of San Jose preserved here! Friendly docents share the past as you step through old buildings and museums. This is a lovely, enlightening place, an excellent enrichment activity for kids and adults. Heritage of Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese immigrants are celebrated, as well as the architecture, artifacts and technology of this region, mostly for the 50 years that ended about 100 years ago. There are many buildings, but dependent on volunteers, some are may be open, some closed during your visit. I visited Independence weekend mid-day (sat July 2nd) and felt like I saw a lot.
  • Kelley Park is a large park with tons of picnic areas, a zoo, a disc golf course, a museum and more. Ita very close to downtown San Jose so very convenient. Parking is usually pretty good at any of their various lots, although its $6. The park itself is pretty clean, but there are a few homeless wandering around, however they do not bother you from what I've seen. Water fountains for the most part don't work, and the bathrooms were in ok condition. If you plan on hosting a big group, reserve a spot ahead of time but be weary of the rules to post the permit by 8am and have someone stand there from 10am up to your event or someone can steal your spot.

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