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6 things do in San Jose when you’re not watching the Rebels

In between the hours of basketball being played at the HP Pavilion and the UNLV game against Cal, there will be the inevitable downtime.

For that, San Jose offers a little something for every type of fan visiting the city. The city is filled with bars, parks, zoos and other activities to kill the hours between cheering for the Rebels and the next game.

Here are six activities recommended by Team San Jose, a company that partners with the San Jose Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote the city.

    • Born May 2, these black and white ruffed lemur babies, a critically endangered primate species from Madagascar, emerged from a nest box Thursday, May 24, 2001, at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose, Calif. These births were carefully planned as a result of a worldwide cooperative breeding program known as the Species Survival Plan. This program helps preserve and protect the genetic diversity of species in captivity.

      Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

      The city of San Jose recommends the zoo as a great outdoor adventure for children to learn and explore. The zoo is home to jaguars, monkeys and lemurs (above) in addition to a variety of other animals. At $12.95 a ticket, the zoo offers an affordable family outing when UNLV is not playing.

      More information: www.hhpz.org

    • Sara Lively, 24, left and Michelle Coler, 21, test their drinks for date rape drugs at the Britannia Arms pub in San Jose, Calif., Sept. 19, 2002. Colleges around the country are buying millions of coasters that test for "date-rape" drugs in drinks. But law enforcement experts say the coasters are ineffective and could lead to more assaults by creating a false sense of security. The manufacturers — who also make fake snow and party foam — say the 40-cent paper coasters are 95 percent accurate.

      The Brit

      This British pub is near the HP Pavilion and provides a place for fans to enjoy a drink before the game or a place to hang out afterward. The bar offers 19 beers on tap, a heated patio and live music to go along with traditional British food such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie.

      More information: www.britanniaarmsdowntown.com

    • Sherman Cellars

      Rebel fans looking to escape the standard bar fare can visit Sherman Cellars. The winery, in downtown San Jose, offers a variety of wines from the Creekview Vineyards of San Martin. The winery opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

      More information: www.shermancellars.com

    • 300 San Jose

      The bowling alley offers a mixture of state-of-the-art bowling lanes with a full-service bar and floor-to-ceiling TV screens at the end of each lane to catch the games. There are also pool tables and catered food far from the standard bowling alley fare. The alley is open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day and ranges in price from $5.25 per game on weekdays before 5 p.m. to $8.25 after 5 p.m. on the weekend.

      More information: www.threehundred.com

    • Coyote Creek Golf

      For fans who brought their golf clubs, there is the Coyote Creek Golf Course. It is the only Jack Nicklaus signature course open to the public in the Bay Area. Golfers can select from two 18-hole courses based on their level of experience. The Valley Course is for casual golfers; the Tournament Course is designed for experienced golfers. Both are designed with intricate fairways, lakes and waterfalls to challenge those handicaps, according to the course’s website.

      More information: www.coyotecreekgolf.com

    • Workers put the finishing touches on the facade of the Tech Museum of Innovation on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1998, in San Jose, Calif. The new $96 million museum, which highlights the latest technological advances, is designed not only to inform and entertain, but "to stimulate thought and inspire the innovator in everyone," according to Tech President Peter Giles.

      The Tech Museum

      The museum offers a glimpse into the world of innovation and technology that defines the Silicon Valley. Visitors can explore hands-on exhibits, workshops and an Imax theater — all focused on technology. The museum is $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults.

      More information: www.thetech.org

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