Home to Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara is gearing up for the Big Game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Santa Clara will be buzzing with events and excitement, and it’s a perfect chance for you to discover what Santa Clara is all about. Once you’ve read up on some of the great things to do in Santa Clara leading up to the Super Bowl, dive a little deeper into other things to do, see, and eat that best fit your interests and budget on Visit Santa Clara’s trip planner, powered by Utrip: tripplan.santaclara.org
The famous Triton Museum of Art is hosting “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s largest traveling collection, all the way from Canton, Ohio. The exhibition features over 200 items of memorabilia, jerseys, photos and more, housed in over 5,000 square feet of gallery space.
Eat like a local at Ike’s Place, home to some of the best sandwiches this side of the Mississippi. Each is uniquely named, typically after athletes, musicians or celebrities, but in other cases, simply bizarre combinations of words (for example, “Vegan Handsome Owl”). My personal favorite is the Tim Lincecum, but you really can’t go wrong at Ike’s.
If you’re a sports fan stop by the de Saisset Museum to peruse through 99 years of Santa Clara sports. The exhibit features sporting artifacts, stories, quotes and more, memorializing the rise of athletics at once was Santa Clara College. Long before the rise of Silicon Valley and the modern tech industry, the college sent several rugby players to the 1924 Olympics in Paris and strung together a few major college football bowl wins against much bigger, tougher opponents. Check it out!
Curious how Silicon Valley got its name and its start? Hop on over to the Intel Museum to discover more about one of the most innovative companies in the history of the world. The museum takes you on a stroll through time and technology, two components that are forever interwoven thanks to Moore’s Law.
If you’re looking for the right veggies to accompany those game day burgers, look no further than Santa Clara’s Farmer’s market for the freshest local produce and dairy products. It is open from 9am – 1pm every Saturday, just in time to stock up on healthy tailgating supplies before you hit the parking lot on Sunday.
With the Super Bowl coming to Silicon Valley, Santa Clara wants to celebrate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) via an interactive, immersive exhibition at the Central Park Library. Put on a virtual reality headset and peer out across space, or check out some of the presentations from some of today’s most inventive companies. Tickets are free, but limited, so get yours here while they’re still available!
If need a break from the football-fueled chaos, long lines and dense crowds or looking for a family-friendly activity, take a stroll through Santa Clara’s Central Park. There is a peaceful, winding pond that is very popular amongst local ducks, as well as a playground if you’re bringing the kids.
WATCH SUPER BOWL 50 AT A SPORTS BAR
If you find yourself in Santa Clara on Super Bowl Sunday, but are without a coveted ticket to the big game, stop by a sports bar to watch the game on TV with what is sure to be an mixture of impassioned locals and diehard fans. We recommend either Ballpark Sports Bar & Grill or Characters Sports Bar & Grill – wherever you end up, make sure to get there early as each venue is liable to be packed well before kickoff.
If you were lucky enough to snag tickets to Super Bowl 50, enjoy the game, for there is no other American sporting event like it. So Santa Clara, we at Utrip only have one question for you: “Are you ready for some football?”