Come explore

It’s your park – get into it!

In the dense urban environment of downtown San Jose, the trails, parks and plazas of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens not only serve to preserve the natural ecology, they offer residents and visitors a multitude of ways to engage, relax, discover and enjoy the area.

Here, you can ride, walk, run, or skate 2.6 miles of trails. You can enjoy the public art, attend a festival, romp in the Rotary PlayGarden, or simply watch the wildlife and river flow. Take time to stop and smell the roses – there are 3,700 varieties to choose from in the Heritage Rose Garden. See the fruit trees that put this valley on the map in the Historic Orchard, or cultivate your own plot in the Guadalupe Community Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Center to sign up for a class, pick up a map, and check out our local wildlife displays.

Pumpkins in the Park 2022

Celebrate Autumn at our 27th annual harvest festival, Pumpkins in the Park! This family-friendly event is a great place to welcome in the fall season while exploring the Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose.

Pumpkins in the Park will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 10:00am – 4:00pm in Discovery Meadow adjacent to The Children’s Discovery Museum.

Spend a summer at the River Park

Join in on the fun at Camp Guadalupe this summer!

Beginning Monday June 13, kids ages 7 to 11 will explore environmental topics like arthropods and physics as well as have the space to play, in a fun, inclusive, outdoor setting. Our knowledgeable Environmental Educators have put together a great program and can’t wait to put the fun into action for young environmentalists in training!

Host a birthday at the PlayGarden

Our picnic rentals have reopened for the Rotary PlayGarden!

The PlayGarden offers a fun opportunity for a picnic or birthday celebration. We would love to host you in your celebrations of all special milestones in life.

New Murals along the River
In partnership with San Jose Walls, nine new murals have been completed along the Guadalupe River Park between the 280 Freeway and Coleman Ave. Designed to connect people to place, the joint benefits of public art and open spaces function as a catalyst to foster community resiliency, attract park users, spark inspiration, and promote social healing. Come visit these wonderful additions all painted by talented local artists.