Just as New York is the finance capital, and Las Vegas is a gambler’s playground, the Bay Area is often thought of as the epicenter of technology. It is home to so many fantastic organizations, from newly funded startups to Google. As one of the friendliest areas in California and boasting more than 300 days of sunshine, it’s no surprise why companies have chosen to locate here.
While San Francisco might be viewed as the hip hot spot for tech companies in Bay Area, you might be surprised to learn that there is an incredible amount to do and see right here in downtown San Jose. That’s why when Intacct was looking to relocate offices in preparation for its continued growth we didn’t have to look far. Intacct chose to stay right here in downtown San Jose, only a few blocks from our former headquarters.
Intacct’s new headquarters at 300 Park Ave. are in the heart of San Jose’s urban downtown and with that comes some really unique places to explore when taking a break from the office. But don’t take my word for it! I chatted with a few Intacct employees who shared some of their favorite, can’t miss spots around town. If you make your way to San Jose, be sure to check these out—it’s just a bonus that they’re all walking distance from the Intacct office!
San Pedro Square—A great place to stop after a Sharks game, this outdoor area offers a huge variety of hangouts, eateries, and boutique/market vendors. The two hour free parking is especially handy.
Monopoly in the Park—Located in Discovery Meadow, you can check out a larger than life sized version of the world's most popular board game and the only Guinness Book of World Records attraction right in San Jose.
Parade of Animals—These bronze animal sculptures by the giant Monopoly board in Discovery Meadow are especially unique to downtown San Jose and a fun place to walk around on a sunny day during lunch.
The Tech Museum of Innovation—This 132,000 sq. ft. museum is a landmark for visitors and a premier science and technology museum.
Plaza de Cesar Chavez—Located across from the Tech Museum, this park hosts live music, cultural festivals, arts and crafts fairs, food shows, and the yearly Christmas in the Park event. This is also the location of California’s first state capital and hosted the first and second sessions (1850–1851) of the California Legislature.
Poor House Bistro—This local favorite spot brings the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans to the San Jose downtown area. They offer live music Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 pm and the menu offers the greatest hits of New Orleans Dining. It’s a must try.
Veteran’s Memorial—Located on the south side of Park Avenue, Veterans Memorial consists of 76 white flags and glass panels inscribed with letters to home from military personnel in various wars.
Whether you’re a San Jose local or just in town for a few days, be sure to stop by a few of these unique places. Have any favorites you want to share and add to our list? Leave a comment!