Discovery Meadow

Discovery Meadow is at the southern end of the park, and is home to the Children’s Discovery Museum. It features a large expanse of lawn and is used extensively for festivals during the summer months. The Riverwalk trails along Discovery Meadow follow the river closely and are lined with comfortable park benches.


Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m.


This dynamic cultural and educational institution offers more than 150 interactive exhibits for young children in the areas of science, humanities, technology and arts. The Museum’s educational offerings and its natural appeal to kids of all ages draw many to its site in the Guadalupe River Park. Visit the Museum’s web site for information on current exhibits, admission fees, hours of operation, and parking.



The Children’s Bridge

The Children’s Bridge is a suspension bridge that provides a pedestrian crossing over the Guadalupe River approximately half-way between San Carlos Street and Woz Way. It links Discovery Meadow with buildings to the east (including the San Jose McEnery Convention Center) along Almaden Boulevard. A colorful depiction of children at play anchors the west side of the bridge.



Monopoly In The Park

Monopoly in the Park, in Discovery Meadow, features the largest Monopoly game board in the world — 930 square feet in size. It is designed to be an interactive element of the park, with groups able to rent large tokens and actually play a game of Monopoly in an outdoor public setting. Corporations and individuals support Monopoly in the Park by sponsoring properties on the board, ie. California Water Service Company is sponsoring “Water Works”. For more info, visit



AIDS Grove

The AIDS Memorial Grove was conceived as a special place for friends and families wanting to honor those who have HIV or have died from AIDS. The Chinese pistache trees were selected for the grove because they are deciduous and renew themselves every year, and because they thrive when planted in groups, where their branches can intertwine.



Parade of Animals

Artist Michael Boris created these six bronze animals dedicated to the children of San José and representing creatures that might be found along the Guadalupe River. The animals are arranged so that the owl, hawk, and fox are eyeing the rabbit and frog as food sources. The raccoon is placed as an observer, watching all the other animals.

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