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Visiting San Jose City Hall in San Jose
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The City Hall of San Jose allures tourists towards its amazing architectural structure, gleaming surroundings, artworks, huge halls, and exciting events.

Insights of San Jose City Hall

Insights of San Jose City Hall

Architecture

Architecture

Located in the heart of San Jose, the City Hall is the most impressive and striking structure. It comprises of three wings with a vast complex of Civic Plaza. The sky liner tower houses city offices with the mayor's office on the top floor. Reflecting the image of a planetarium, the freestanding glass rotunda features above the centre of the plaza with the height of one hundred and ten feet. The council wings are famous for the public meeting rooms, western field office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and San Jose city council chamber. The City Hall tower possesses a daylighting technique with high ceilings, side elevator shafts, and thin floors to take the benefits of sunlight which reduces the costing of artificial lighting.

Artworks

Artworks

The City Hall highlights exciting artworks which boggle the mind of the viewers. Facing towards the East Santa Clara Street, the front plaza exhibits 'Waterscape' with a cascading fountain embellished with granite slabs. In the lobby of the Civic Centre, a nine feet tall statue of Christopher Columbus is carved. It also featured a 'Parade of Floats' which is a series of sixteen floating sculptures tiled with ceramic over concrete. At the end of the South fifth street, the rear courtyard consists of a black bamboo grove which levitates the charm and beauty of the surroundings.

Fauna

Fauna

The tower of San Jose City Hall houses a peregrine falcon named 'Clara' and a tierce, 'Esteban Colbert'. Mayor Chuck Reed and Stephen Colbert were great adorners of these species.

Films and televisions

Films and televisions

Released in the year 2009, the famous Bollywood movie 'Love Aaj Kal' featured the City Hall rotunda as the corporate headquarter of the fictional architectural company, 'Golden Gate Engineering.' The popular CBS television series 'Unforgettable' also visualises the tower as New York City auditorium in an episode broadcasted in August 2013.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

Book the tickets for San Jose City Hall through this website at an affordable price.

How To Get Around?

Explore the San Jose City Hall on foot. Staircases, elevators, and escalators are available for reaching up and down the floors.

What Should I Wear?

Pack light and soft fabrics. A pair of pants with some skinny top wear is a good option. Pair them with boots. Wear denim or skirts and pair it with layered top. Casual Dresses are the norm in San Jose. Moreover, wear classic flat shoes which offer comfort while walking in the vast area of Happy Hollow Park and Zoo. Also, pack warm outfits in case that temperature drops at night. In addition to this, do not forget to take sunglasses, a floppy hat and hand tissues to wipe sweat.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

December to April features dry season with bright sunshine in San Jose which makes for a perfect and soothing climate for tourists to explore the sites of the city. Avoid visiting on Thank giving Day and Christmas Eve as it is highly crowded. City Hall of San Jose invites its tourists to visit between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday. It remains closed on weekends, i.e., Saturday and Sunday.

Currency

United States Dollars.

Will I Need a Guide?

No. This website is the best guide for your tour with all the relevant details.

How To Get There?

Getting around in San Jose is easy. Downtown is compact which makes it easy to explore on foot. You can take public transits for traveling outside the centre. Bus lines, Caltrain and Light Rail, are readily available for an excursion. VTA bus of line 22, 63, 64, 65, 73 and 81 drops you directly in front of the San Jose City Hall. You can also take the light rail to Santa Clara and get off at the Centre City Hall stoppage. Moreover, you can hire self-driven vehicles for a leisure outing. San Jose is a perfect destination spot to spend vacations with family and friends. It can be reached through airplane, train, bus, and car. The city houses one of the three most important airports of the Bay Area. Located two miles away from the downtown, you can take a direct flight to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. It is four miles away from the destination spot. Buses are considered the most economical mode to get in from neighbouring cities. Diridon Station is the main central station located at Cahil Street downtown. Just a mile away. Take a walk of ten minutes from the station to reach the City Hall. US-101 and Interstate 280 are the two significant freeways which connect San Jose to San Francisco. These freeways make the journey convenient for those who travel through cars.

Additional Info

Arrive early to avoid skipping a single moment of enjoyment. Be punctual. Carry a water bottle with you throughout the excursion. Maintain silence in the City Hall. Do not bring large bags or luggage inside the premises. Keep them at the baggage counter. The administration department of the City Hall does not allow photography in certain places. Do not touch the displays and exhibits. An adult must accompany children below the age of eleven. Behave decently at the excursion spot. Carry sanitisers, tissues, and personal care products with you. Try to carry credit and debit cards instead of money. Do not stock all the money in one place.

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