San Jose’s urban center is home to over 250 restaurants, 9 theater venues, numerous art galleries, museums and many unique festivals and special events. The safe, campus like core exemplifies the city’s reputation as one of the most walkable and bike-friendly cities in California. Several sections make up the downtown and you won’t want to miss the artsy SoFA District, the bustle of San Pedro Square or the Convention and Cultural District’s diverse performing arts offerings. From rooftop view and swanky hotel lounges to tons of live music, sports bars, and public art, the downtown is the true pulse of a city that loves to move colorfully to the beat of its own drum.
Neighborhoods in and around downtown offer a range of lifestyles. On one hand, those who choose to live in apartments and condos in the heart of the action will experience a busy, energetic and sometime pulsing experience Just a few blocks away, in 100-year-old homes residents enjoy a blend of serenity and calm, mixed with just the right amount of city swagger.
Downtown hosts competitive and family fun races all year long. The year ends with the fun TiVo’s Santa Run Silicon Valley – with a finish line among the Christmas in the Park and Downtown Ice lights. Other races include the Turkey Trot, Rock ‘n’ Roll half Marathon, the Color Run, the 408k and many, many walks and runs to raise money and awareness for many causes.
Getting around downtown San Jose is easy. The light-rail system connects downtown to the rest of Sa Jose and Santa Clara County. At Santa Clara and First and Second streets, a score of bus lines make transfers to light-rail easy. Transportation is available via air at the Mineta San Jose International Airport only 10 minutes away from downtown, offering a plethora of flights daily.