Have you ever heard of a farm park? I certainly hadn’t until visiting Emma Prusch Farm Park in San Jose. Rumor has it that Emma Prusch, the original owner of this land, was worried about the over commercialization happening around her. Towards the end of her life, she decided to generously deed her land to the city of San Jose as an agricultural park with a country feel. And so, Emma Prusch Farm Park was born. Worth noting, this joyful experience is also a free experience. Free parking, free entry, free fun!
Upon entry, you’ll pass an old home on your right (the original, I presume) which is used for offices. The bathrooms (which could use an update,) as well as a rentable space, are on your left. There are some old tractors to climb upon (great photo opportunity) and likely chickens and/or ducks at your feet. That’s one thing that makes this park so special; animals are within a finger’s touch away!
You’ll find a spacious lawn with play structure straight ahead. Although the structure is made for ages 5-12, there is a smaller structure for the younger set. As usual, my son only wanted to use the large structure, which was packed with kids running and jumping with abandon.
My favorite part of this park is the animal area, with more chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, and even peacocks! If you keep roaming, you’ll pass the horse barn (in which kids can take pony rides or horse riding lessons.) You’ll most likely see a few cows, rabbits, and baby animals, too.
There’s also a great loop for walking, as well as riding bikes or scooters. You’ll pass orchards and gardens along the way. During our visit, families were playing soccer and throwing footballs on the grassy lawn. One can easily spend a few hours here! We really enjoyed it.
Emma Prusch Farm Park – 647 King Rd, San Jose, CA