Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
Over 40 Rides & Attractions for Young & Old!
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park includes rides, attractions, theme gardens, food concessions, an Events Plaza, and more. Plus, our main attractions - some very unusual, over 50 years old, one-of-a-kind Circus Trees rescued from Scotts Valley, California.
Some of our Rides and Attractions:
- Monarch Garden - in a greenhouse so large that a train, a monorail and a river runs through it.
- The Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster takes you dipping and turning past over 600 trees!
- Rainbow Garden Round Boats wind through a garden of annual color.
- South County Backroads is an antique car ride where you "travel" through the "back roads" of South County in cars from the 1920's or 1950's.
Bonfante's Splash Garden
CLOSED for the SEASON
Bonfante's Splash Garden™ is a fun-filled water play area that gives kids of all ages a place to cool off in the hot summer sun. Kids can climb up a replicated Circus Tree, spin water wheels, tip over buckets of water and more! Set in the center of the water playground is the towering Tree Top Sprayground™.
Tree Top Sprayground - This 18-foot tall, 12-foot diameter Basket Circus Tree replica is a circus treehouse filled with approximately 15 platforms that twist up inside the tree structure of cascading water fun! Kids can climb to a deck, located 13-feet high inside the trunk, where they feel like they are in the middle of a noisy rain storm as they board a 17-foot long dry slide that sends them swinging around the perimeter of the tree!
Soakin' Fun Sea Saw - Imagine a sea saw pumping station of squirting water with a waterfall tree as its fulcrum! This teeter-totter style pump for two to four is activated by kids as they use pumps to control the amount of water that shoots up. Vertical geysers and surprise pinhole sprays will gush down surprising users and passersby.
Super Squirter Station - This water shooting station has six wood-grained squirt guns set in a circle at regular intervals around a garden blasting zone. Guests can manually blast streams of water at twirling flowers and water barrels, and kids of all ages will love the buckets of fun and water explosions that arise when they hit the targets!
Splashing Branches - This wacky 12-foot Circus Tree is surrounded by tipping buckets, shower heads and a spinning water wheel! With imagination and the touch or turn of pull ropes, wheels and valves, water will shower guests from the branches overhead!
Open during all park operating hours
This interactive natural water feature is a great way to stay cool without needing a bathing suit. Complete with 5 different falls it is designed so Guests can walk behind the largest of our majestic waterfalls; a view rarely possible in nature but built here at Gilroy Gardens for all to enjoy. Yes...you will get wet if you walk behind the falls!
Splash & Squirt
Open all days when the temperature is 75° or higher
Located across from our two kiddie rides in the games area, this smaller water feature is recommended for younger guests in diapers. During October it is turned into the Kiddie Hay Maze.
One-of-a-Kind Educational Exhibits
Gilroy Gardens is more than just rides. We have a variety of great exhibits that the entire family can enjoy. Our world famous collection of Circus Trees and the Musical Market Show on Red & White Stage are just two of the great opportunities that that families have to enhance their experience at Gilroy Gardens.
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park has over 40 rides, gardens and exhibits. Rides include the Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster themed after a local abandoned mine, South County Backroads and Gilroy Gardens very own railroad! Exhibits include our collection of world famous Circus Trees, a rock maze, and the Learning Sheds. And you won't want to miss our six majestic gardens throughout the park.
Guests with Disabilities
Gilroy Gardens has designed special attraction entry procedures to safely help guests with disabilities enjoy their park visit. Download the Rider Safety Guide or visit Guest Services for more information.
All of the Park's rides and attractions were built around a beautifully designed landscape featuring many different varieties of trees, flowers, water elements and rock formations. The Park also has six majestic gardens that are manicured to display the best in landscape architecture. Below you will find a brief description of each of our gardens along with an opportunity to read more about the creation, design and plant life located in each.
195 5th Street
Gilroy, CA, 95020
URL : http://www.cityofgilroy.org/cityofgilroy/community
The Gilroy Museum is housed in the historic 1910 Carnegie Library Building, the result of a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie. The classic revival style building was designed by well-known California architect William H. Weeks and stands on a former tennis court, the gift of local benefactress Caroline A. Hoxett. The Gilroy Public Library opened on July 27, 1910, and remained there until 1975, when it moved to its current location at Sixth and Rosanna Streets.
In the mid-1950's, the large dirt-floor room in the basement of the Carnegie Library was remodeled as a community room. It was this room that saw the birth of the Gilroy Museum. Armand White, a member of one of Gilroy's pioneer families and a local history buff, began displaying his collections of memorabilia and historical items here in 1958.
In 1963, the City of Gilroy formally established the Gilroy Museum in the basement of the Carnegie Library Building with Mr. White as its first curator. Since the Gilroy Library moved to its larger quarters, the Museum has had use of the entire building for its collection which consists of over 25,000 items relating to the history of Gilroy and the South Santa Clara County area.
Admission to the Museum is FREE!
195 Fifth Street
Gilroy, CA 95020
The Museum is staffed on a voluntary basis by members of the Gilroy Historical Society
Days/Hours of operation:
|Tuesday and Thursday||10:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|First Saturday of the Month||10:00 am - 2:00 pm (Except Holiday Weekends|
|Closed all other days including Holidays|
Historic Walking Tours
Join members of the Gilroy Historical Society as they guide you on FREE Walking Tours through Gilroy's historic districts. Tours are given on the first Saturday of each month from 10am to noon. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call the Gilroy Museum at (408) 846-0446
Archive materials are available for research by appointment only; please call and make reservations. Museum resources cannot be removed from the premises, but photocopies may be made for a nominal charge. Please be aware that older records and some bound materials cannot be photocopied.Traveling Trunks
We have compiled trunks filled with duplicate museum artifacts, replicas, and reproductions along two themes: Kids 1890's and Ohlone Indians. They're available free of charge to schools and community groups. Call 846-0446 and reserve one for your group today!
Casa de Fruta Orchard Resort
Taste and enjoy select fresh-off-the-farm fruits and vegetables, premium dried fruits and nuts, and unique condiments at the Fruit Stand. Taste award winning wines at Casa de Wine or satisfy your sweet tooth at Casa de Sweets. Ride Casa de Choo Choo through the scenic sites or make friends with the adorable animals. The 408-842-9316
Syngenta Flowers/ Goldsmith Seeds
One of the largest wholesale breeders of hybrid flower seeds in the world, they develop and produce flower seeds for seed companies and growers internationally. Visitors are welcome to view the “Field of Dreams” and the gardens are open for viewing seven days a week during daylight hours. A public restroom and a viewing 408-847-7333
Pintello Comedy Theater
Come prepared to laugh out loud as you are entertained by South County's very talented actors. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-776-8004
Children's Discovery Museum
Over 150 hands-on exhibits, innovative programs and lively performances incorporate science, art, humanities and so much more. 408-298-5437
National Steinbeck Center
Salinas celebrates the man, his art and the agricultural heritage of the fertile Salinas Valley. Vivid stage settings bring the places and experiences of Steinbeck's world to life. Open daily from 10-7. 831-796-3833
Culinary Arts Center of Monterey
Participate in hands on classes, create delectable dishes, learn new techniques from award winning chefs...all while overlooking to beautiful coastline of the Monterey Bay. Available for individual classes, corporate retreats or team building opportunities. The Culinary Arts Center is also a State of California Certified 831-333-2133
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Located on Monterey's historic Cannery Row, this amazing museum features kelp forests and open ocean exhibits for sea otters, sharks, touch pools, jelly fish and so much more. 831-648-4860
- Members' Halloween Celebration: Oct. 30
- Whole Foods Market, Aquarium Partner on Sustainable Seafood Ratings Program
- Send a Spooky Halloween E-card!
- Watch Our "Change for the Oceans" Video
Ticket Prices & Ordering InfoAvoid ticket lines and breeze on in—just buy your tickets online. There is no service charge when tickets are printed at home or picked up at will call .
Admission fees support our work as a non-profit organization.
Buy Tickets Now General Admission
|Child (3 thru 12)||$17.95|
|Child (under 3)||Free|
|Student (13-17, college ID)||$27.95|
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|Student (with ID)
||$50 ($90 for two)|
|Senior (age 65+)
($90 for two)
* Rates are valid through December 2010.
Between the oceanfront Coastal Recreation Trail , wine tasting rooms and world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row bustles with enough activity to keep families, couples and friends on the go for days. Of course, there's also boutique and outlet shopping, live music and dynamic nightlife, beaches and dive shops, and year-round events for all ages. Here, guests can just as easily indulge their adventurous spirit as they can relax and reconnect. So go ahead – build a sand castle, schedule a spa treatment, watch sea otters or try that glass of award-winning pinot noir. It's a perfect day to make memories on Cannery Row for every budget.
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Visitors packing for a Cannery Row vacation might want to leave some empty space in their suitcase. With more than 85 merchants there is always a bargain to be found, including independent, family-owned shops and top-selling national name brands, the original treasures on sale here are as exciting as the district's ocean views. Toy stores and chocolate shops make spoiling kids simple, while boutiques feature unique art and antiques, gourmet foods, local wines, stunning jewelry and casual fashion for women and men. For a complete listing of Cannery Row retailers, click here .
John Steinbeck's Cannery Row spotlights the legendary lane during its industrial heyday, but the street's true story begins long before canneries lined the former Ocean View Avenue. From Native American, Asian and European settlement, through the boom and bust of the whaling and sardine industries, to structural and economic despair followed by restoration and re-development, the tale of Cannery Row – so renamed by Monterey officials 13 years after the release of Steinbeck's novel – continues to fascinate guests. Here, past and present alike influence the architecture, cuisine and attractions as Cannery Row continues to celebrate the unshakable spirit on which it was founded.
Cannery Row is the premiere location for your group meeting. This dynamic oceanfront destination boasts a selection of affordable hotels, restaurants and attractions all within walking distance. Attendees will enjoy plentiful wine tasting, shopping, golf and activities throughout the region. Whether you are planning an executive retreat and smaller meetings, or need to accommodate a large group, Cannery Row is the ideal place to meet.
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Number of guestrooms: 290
Group Capacity: 500
Two Ballrooms offer spectacular views of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and attractive break-out space combines natural light and upscale decor with state-of-the-art audio visual services and high speed internet connectivity.
Number of guestrooms: 208
Group Capacity: 230
Most of the rooms at the oceanfront, contemporary Monterey Bay Inn feature stunning ocean views. A private boardroom offers natural light from two patios overlooking scenic Cannery Row.
Number of guestrooms: 49
Group Capacity: 14
Escape to an environment of European refinement and gracious hospitality, directly on McAbee Beach, in the midst of Cannery Row. Each guestroom of the Spindrift is unique, providing a satisfying blend of luxury, comfort and modern convenience ideal for a social group or special incentive trip.
Number of guestrooms: 45
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Number of guestrooms: 70
Group Capacity: 12