Santa Teresa Community Information

Local Education

Children living in Santa Teresa attend excellent schools that are part of Santa Clara Public Schools. Santa Clara County colleges and universities include De Anza College, Evergreen Valley College, Foothill College, Gavilan College, Mission College, National Hispanic University, Santa Clara University, San Jose City College, San Jose State University, Stanford University, University of Phoenix, and West Valley College.

Parks & Recreation

Santa Teresa is paradise for those who enjoy outdoor activities. In addition to Santa Teresa County Park, there are various other county and city parks offering hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts and handball courts, including John D. Grant County Park, Coyote Creek Park, Alum Rock Park, San Jose County Park County Field Sports Park, and Motorcycle Park.

For those interested in water related activities, Lexington Reservation Water Recreation Area, Anderson Lake County Park, Chesbro Reservoir County Park and Calero Reservoir County Park have lakes for boating, fishing and swimming. Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation and San Jose Parks and Recreation offer classes, activities and sports leagues for all ages. Those interested in wildlife and birds can see many species at the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, just 20 miles north of Santa Teresa in the northern Santa Clara County.

Attractions & Areas of Interest

History and culture can be found at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch where visitors can experience what life was like on a working ranch 100 years ago. Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum explains the importance of mercury (quicksilver) mining, which began in Santa Clara County in 1845. The museum and Casa Grande are part of the New Almaden National Historic Landmark District along with homes along Los Alamitos Creek that belonged to mine workers, and the Cinnabar Hills were where the actual mining took place. The Chitactac Adams Cultural History site is located on four acres in the Uvas Creek and Little Arthur Creek area where Mutsun Ohlone Indians lived nearly 3,000 years ago. They called their village Chitactac, and it is rich in petroglyphs and bedrock mortars used for grinding meal.

Other places of interest for Santa Teresa residents include the Youth Science Institute, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, Lick Observatory, the Municipal Rose Gardens, Peralta Adobe and Fallon House Historic Site, San Jose Museum of Art, and the Tech Museum of Innovation.

Kelley Park has three sections: Happy Hollow with a playground, riverboat replica, tree house, rides and a zoo, History Park with 28 structures depicting the history of Santa Clara Valley and San Jose and the Japanese Friendship Garden. Those interested in Egyptology will want to visit Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium to see Egyptian, Babylonian, Sumerian and Assyrian artifacts along with mummies, sculptures, jewelry, everyday objects, and a rock tomb replica.

Raging Waters is located in Lake Cunningham Regional Park and features waterslides and pools with a tropical theme. Paramount's Great America is Northern California's best choice for family fun and adventure, and a wonderful bargain when you purchase your season pass. Winchester Mystery House was the home of Sarah Winchester. The odd and puzzling additions to the Victorian mansion were made to baffle the evil spirits who haunted Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune. The house has 160 rooms, 2,000 doors, 13 bathrooms, 10,000 windows, 47 fireplaces, 40 staircases, blind closets and secret passages.

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