At the northern end of San Jose's River Park Chain, Kelley Park offers visitors to San Jose an urban oasis with various amenities. In the eastern section of San Jose, the park's trails, picnic facilities, and green space allow guests a chance to slow down after a day of sightseeing.
This park of 156 acres formerly belonged to Mrs. Louise Kelley, who inherited it from her father, the former mayor of San Jose, Judge Lawrence Archer. The judge owned a 600-acre estate filled with fruit, nut, and exotic trees.
The park offers various facilities and attractions, such as Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, a Japanese garden, the History Park Museum, and picnic areas with barbecue pits. There is also a community center and amphitheater for large groups or events. Visitors may enjoy the park from 8:00 a.m. to thirty minutes after sunset.
Kelley Park is just ten minutes by car southeast of San Jose International Airport. Within walking distance park visitors can also enjoy the Portuguese Historical Museum, Hellenic Heritage Museum, and Spartan Stadium. A short drive will take tourists to other sites, such as the San Jose Museum of Art, Tech Museum of Innovation, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, and various city parks.