Free Things to Do in San Jose

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Best Free Things to Do in San Jose

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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN2,142 contributions
    This is an authentic experience. Indoor bustling market in the center of downtown San Jose with vendors selling all sorts of items including fruits and vegetables, flowers, clothing and electronics. This place is filled with locals and tourists like me are few, but I felt comfortable here. There are several places with a counter and seats to grab some food so make sure you take advantage of trying some local fare while here.
    Written January 9, 2023
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  • Monica M
    San Antonio, TX23 contributions
    Holy cow it’s a great place in the historic airport building. Art indoors, out and built into the amazing woodwork in the building itself. Great variety of mediums - art installations in fabric and video in addition to sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs. Pleasantly surprised to see art from as recently as 2022 on display. Certainly a long way from an old, stuffy, stereotypical art museum. Plan for 1-1.5 hours & take a taxi or an Uber unless you are already near La Sabana park or the University of CR.
    Written January 25, 2023
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  • kizzyjenny
    llanelli108 contributions
    A nice park with paved paths, a lake, sculptures made from wood and concrete, sitting areas, a running/cycling track, a snack shack, trees and bushes and amazing birdsong.
    Written November 15, 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada879 contributions
    I've gone in a couple of times for a few minutes of contemplation and prayer, for those who want a respite from the busy streets of San Jose. It's not one of the grand cathedrals of the world but pleasant nonetheless. I found it a nice way to give thanks and centre yourself amidst all the hustle and bustle.
    Written May 5, 2022
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  • Wayphian H
    6 contributions
    Jen our tour guide was great and extremely informative! We saw some many different birds, insects and trees. The best part was seeing the baby sloth. The university campus is beautiful as well.
    Written June 14, 2022
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC5,804 contributions
    I stumbled upon this place while walking back to my hotel. There are lots of beautiful hand-made stuffs to buy here and take home.

    I was surprised to see that prices of goods are in US $ and they are quite expensive and not within my travel budget for souvenirs. For example, small embroidered sling bags are $20! I just looked around here and did not buy a thing.

    Come here for the experience but be prepared to pay high prices!
    Written November 30, 2022
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN2,142 contributions
    Main plaza in the center of Downtown San Jose where the National Theater (Teatro Nacional) and Pre-Colombian Gold Museum are located. The plaza itself isn't remarkable.
    Written January 9, 2023
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  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, WA3,054 contributions
    We walked through the park because it was right next door to the Metropolitan Cathedral and we wanted a picture of us with the SJO Vive sign. Otherwise, there wasn't much to see here. Plenty of people, locals and tourists both.
    Written August 27, 2022
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  • Jennifer N
    San Diego, CA2 contributions
    The beer and food were fantastic! They do not open until 2pm and luckily we arrived there at 1:50pm, so not a long wait. There is no tour of the facility, but I highly recommend going for lunch or dinner.
    Written January 15, 2022
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  • Companion60550
    10 contributions
    A cut above the usual tourist curios. Very helpful salesman (Irishman from Quebec living in San Jose) who went over the collection and took the time to explain the objects. Great range in prices from small gifts to major art work. Not far from all the museums in San Jose, worth the trip
    Written November 20, 2021
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  • R who travels
    Brighton, UK379 contributions
    Worth a stop en route to the markets. A busy street with lots of cars - walking may we’ll be quicker than a cab. Sculptures are a good interesting distraction to walk around.
    Written April 13, 2019
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC5,804 contributions
    On November 27,2022, I noted vendors setting up their wares here for the Feria. I briefly walked around but did not buy anything. Learned that the feria is on Sundays when they closed some streets for this festivity.

    Around 10::00 am, the parade showing various types of bulls used at the farms here in Costa Rica began. It started near the Iglesia dela Merced, went down Avenida 2 and ended at the area where the Feria was going on.

    It was fun watching all these exciting things in one location. By the way, they were located at a plaza near the National Museum and General Assembly Building.
    Written November 29, 2022
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC5,804 contributions
    After taking pictures of its facades, I decided to go inside, following the short line of people. I inquired about buying some postcards and they directed me to the right direction ( left side office that opens at 8:00 a.m.)

    There is nothing much to do inside after finishing my purchase.
    Written November 29, 2022
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC5,804 contributions
    I admire the wooden ceilings, stain windows and colorful walls of this church. On both sides of the Main Altar are two smaller ones with religious statues. The sidings, floorings, balusters , organ, etc remind me of some beautiful churches that I have visited in Europe.

    Since no mass was going on during my visit, I was able to discreetly take some pictures. I said my prayers before leaving.

    Note: There is a small park located in front of this beautiful church
    Written November 27, 2022
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  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, DC5,804 contributions
    In addition to this attraction, the Morazan Park has statues of some famous Costa Ricans. Near it are sculptures of Angels’ Wings where one can pose for a selfie photo. There are big trees and healthy-looking shrubs and plants near this attraction.

    It would be nice to see when they have some musical shows using this attraction.
    Written November 29, 2022
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