Things to do in San Jose

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Things to Do in San Jose

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  • CiscoTax
    Lexington, SC15 contributions
    Our family with 4 teens went during posted tour hours however we were unable due to a practice. We still very much enjoyed coffee shop and atrium. We will return on another trip to see inside.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Sima M
    2 contributions
    We visited here as part of a San Jose city tour. I wanted my kids to understand the history and culture of CR prior to setting off on adventures and other experiences. This gives a chronological and historical understanding of the Costa Rican people and their rich culture. The museum has lockers for storing backpacks, etc, very clean bathrooms, security, and museum docents.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • AnnaHZ
    Aurora, CO40 contributions
    We enjoyed the temporary exhibition of Dali/Goya drawings as well as the permanent exhibit. Lots of information and artifacts, very well organized and nicely presented. The only thing I didn’t like: there was no café to have a drink and rest for a moment.
    Written 3 August 2022
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  • CiscoTax
    Lexington, SC15 contributions
    I took 5 teens to visit and none in our party spoke Spanish. We spent about 2 hrs. The butterfly exhibit was very well designed. The views from the top were stunning.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • mnzamora
    Costa Rica179 contributions
    We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted to visit a different national park in Costa Rica and close to San Jose. We decided to visit Braulio carillo and chose the second entrance of this park which is the easiest and most popular the Zurqui ranger station. It is just 12 miles (20 km) northeast of San Jose along the Guapiles Hwy (32) and we surprised with a mysterious but lovely animal (An anteater) that was hidden in a tree, this was the first time we ever saw an anteater in the wild such a lovely animal.
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • CiscoTax
    Lexington, SC15 contributions
    We visited 5 towns in CR and this market was a favorite. We actually returned 3 weeks later to visit again. The only downside is there is not posted hours online or around building.
    Written 10 August 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada878 contributions
    I walked around the park after a trek from the central district. Traffic is very busy in this city. It's a great relief to have such a green space near the urban core. It could use some more thought about layout and perhaps add some more gardens and plaques to native plants, but otherwise very pleasant. Unfortunately, you have to pay to use the washrooms but that was minor. They were clean, which was appreciated, unlike some cities I could mention. I also like seeing the police patrolling regularly and have a lot of respect for the local force.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Dan Gillotte
    107 contributions
    Trip Advisor doesn't seem to have a listing for the Museo Penitencerio that shares space with the Kids museum but it's ultimately separate.
    A small but informative museum reckoning with the terrible history of this prison. The museum recreates the conditions using original cells. It includes actual graffiti from the prisoners as well as statues of inmates with authentic artifacts of the the period.
    The museum does a good job at taking responsibility for the atrocious conditions they allowed at this site.
    Written 18 October 2019
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  • Jennifer N
    San Diego, CA2 contributions
    The beer and food were fantastic! They do not open until 2pm and luckily we arrived there at 1:50pm, so not a long wait. There is no tour of the facility, but I highly recommend going for lunch or dinner.
    Written 15 January 2022
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  • Colin F
    Toronto, Canada878 contributions
    This is an interesting collection of several contemporary artists in Costa Rica's cultural history. The building itself is intriguing to walk around and I spent some time sketching n the courtyard after looking at the work. It's free and the staff are helpful.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • ShelB
    Oakville, Canada3 contributions
    If you want quality, not your average gifts/souvenirs/art this is the place. Not all vendors spoke English but easy to communicate. Prices quoted in USD but I requested to pay in colognes which was obliged.
    Written 27 May 2022
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  • vmv205
    San Jose, Costa Rica35 contributions
    This is an adventure park with a purpose. The park's motto is "healthy children help sick children". Costa Rica´s Children´s Hospital is financed by the profits of this park. So if you visit, you enjoy and leave a bit of your money for this excellent institution.
    Written 4 March 2019
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  • Companion60550
    10 contributions
    A cut above the usual tourist curios. Very helpful salesman (Irishman from Quebec living in San Jose) who went over the collection and took the time to explain the objects. Great range in prices from small gifts to major art work. Not far from all the museums in San Jose, worth the trip
    Written 20 November 2021
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  • Thomas D
    Bangkok, Thailand39 contributions
    Very enjoyable to sit on a bench and read in the peace and quiet in the middle of the park. Many trees have their names and description on a plaque.
    Written 3 July 2019
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  • Benjamin R
    Rexburg, ID656 contributions
    This small garden hosts many beautiful plants and butterflies. It is in a challenging location, but once there, it was very pleasant and restful. It is in the same general area as the Zoological Park, across the same canyon, but you have to travel all the way around on a bridge in order to find it.
    Written 27 January 2020
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