Santa Clara City Guide – Our List of Favorite Things to Do in the Area

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The city of Santa Clara has so much to offer. It has many fun, interesting, and relaxing activities to choose from. From amusement parks to central parks, to sports stadiums–you’ll be sure to find something everyone will enjoy. We wanted to create a guide for you to get familiar with some of the best activities you can do in the Santa Clara area. And the best part is that these things are not too far from our local south bay apartment communities! To get started, we picked some of our favorite spots that aren’t too far from your doorstep.


1. California’s Great America Amusement Park
4701 Great American Parkway
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California’s Great America, only 5.5 miles north of Flora Vista and Catalina Apartments, is a huge fun-filled amusement park with carnival rides for every temperament. Truly adventurous visitors head straight for the roller coasters, the 20-story Drop Tower free fall, or the hang gliding and skydiving simulator, the Xtreme Skyflyer.

For those wanting less of an adrenaline rush, there are bumper cars, a carousel, and a splash-filled flume ride. At Boomerang Water Park, all ages can enjoy floating on the Castaway Creek lazy river, sliding down one of the many water slides, and splashing in the Great Barrier Reef wave pool.

And, at Planet Snoopy, young children can ride the mini roller coaster, play on the swings, and scamper around the exciting playground.

2. Get Some Outdoor Fun at The Santa Clara Central Park
909 Kiely Blvd
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While there are lots of attractive, well-tended parks throughout the area, Central Park, located 1.7 miles northwest of Buckingham Apartments and 2.5 miles from Stevens Creek Villas, stands out for its sheer size and abundance of activities to choose from. The 30,000 square foot Community Recreation Center offers a steady buffet of arts, dance, and niche programs for children and adults.

Saratoga Creek runs north to south down the middle of the park with the Community Recreation Center on the west side and the softball field, tennis courts, lake other activities on the east side.

For team sports or just a casual afternoon game, there are two softball fields, basketball courts, a children’s play area, exercise stations, lawn bowling, and an amphitheater. Barbeque pits and convenient restrooms draw families and friends to the park for picnics near the lake. Walkers and bikers enjoy paved trails throughout the park.

There is also plenty of parking for regular park activities as well as for the annual Art & Wine Festival in September.

3. Get Your Sports Fix at Levi Stadium & The 49ers Museum
4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way
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Local football fans don’t have far to go to see a game since the San Francisco 49ers home turf is actually right here in Santa Clara! Levi Stadium and the accompanying 49ers Museum and Team store are about 5 miles north of DeAnza’s Flora Vista and Catalina Properties.

Fans can tour the 68,000 seat stadium and peruse the museum’s 11 football-themed galleries and interactive exhibits. A surefire thrill for any football fan! After a short introductory film, visitors can tour the exhibits, try on football jerseys and helmets, practice some football throws and run through the 49er’s cheerleading routines.

Using football as the medium, the museum education center offers lessons in science, tech, engineering, and math for children from grades K-8th. And don’t forget to take advantage of the many great photo opportunities with the life-size statues of current and retired players!

Between football games, the stadium hosts many concerts, sports events and other entertainment.

Apartments Near Our Favorite Things to Do in Santa Clara

Our south bay area properties put you right in the center of things to do in the area. Our top-rated communities are great places to call home.

At De Anza Properties we can help you live the kind of life you only dream of living! From your daily essentials, fun and entertainment activities, and much more–our nearby communities put you right within easy access to it all. 

If you would like to check out our local communities, schedule a visit and we’ll do the rest!

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