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.

Park Map

Complete List of Rides

Complete List of Gardens

Circus Trees

Ride Guidelines

Rider Safety Guide

Check our Weather

Bonfante's Splash Garden

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!

Bonfante Falls
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. 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.

Once you are at the Park, stop by Information, Please! for self-guided tour brochures and informational booklets on the Park, Gardens, butterflies, bees and more.


Circus Trees

Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is the proud home of the world famous Circus Trees. Nineteen unique Circus Trees can be found throughout the Park, including ten just before you enter the Park through the turnstiles and the Park's icon, the Basket Tree. Be sure to visit Information, Please! for more information and a guide to the Circus Trees. READ MORE


Six Majestic Gardens

Our six, beautifully designed gardens feature many different varieties of trees, flowers, water elements and rock formations. They are manicured to display the best in landscape architecture. Read more about the creation, design and plant life located in each garden by clicking here .


Learning Sheds

Placed throughout our Park grounds are four Learning Sheds. These sheds are modeled after old-fashioned packing sheds used for sorting and packing apples. Click here to see how three of our Learning Sheds keep the learning going with seven different video vignettes and how the other teaches us about leaves, weather and the water cycle.


Monarch Butterfly Exhibit

See a collection of Monarch Butterflies in various stages of their life cycle, from the start as an egg to a full-grown butterfly. Participate in fun, educational activities and perhaps see some of the butterflies released into Monarch Garden! Read more information on our butterflies here .


The Honey Bee Hut - A Living Hive

Did you know bees are some of our environment's best friends? Come see our live bee hive near Lakeside Amphitheater to learn about the role each bee plays in helping our environment grow and thrive. Learn more about bees and our hive here .


Musical Market Show

The Musical Market Show takes place on the Red & White Stage inside beautiful Camellia Garden. Running multiple times daily this show is sure to delight and educate the entire family. Learn from singing fruits and vegetables about the South County environment and agriculture.

Unique Rides

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.

Majestic Gardens

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.


Claudia's Garden
Named after founder Michael Bonfante's wife, Claudia's Garden is the oldest garden in the Park and features "conifers and color". The garden showcases a variety of conifers, trees with needle-like leaves, many formed into unique geometric topiaries and enhanced by colorful blankets of annual flowerbeds. Many varieties have been specifically grown for this garden. Claudia's Garden is also host to many wedding ceremonies throughout the year and has an antique children's carousel. Look for the entrance off the main path under the Arch Circus Tree. SEE MORE!


Rainbow Garden
The Rainbow Garden is best viewed by drifting leisurely on the Rainbow Garden Round Boat Ride. As you twist and turn through our winding stream you will be treated to annual color and many of the Park's collection of topiaries. The water attraction part of Rainbow Garden is closed during November and December for winter maintenance, but during this time some parts of the garden may still be viewed. You can stand at the railing next to South County Cones, take a walk down the entrance queue or go through the ride's exit portal down to Elm Tree Deck for a fabulous view of Coyote Lake and a place to rest or eat. SEE MORE!!


Monarch Garden
Hundreds of tropical and sub-tropical trees, shrubs and flowers, which would not otherwise survive in Gilroy's climate, are displayed inside a 60-foot tall climate controlled greenhouse. Ornamental trees have been selected for their spectacular blooms, while fruit bearing trees produce popular tropical fruits and annuals provide a colorful carpet. Guests are treated to three unique views of this incredible garden: at ground level walking along the footpath, in the air taking a ride above the canopy on Sky Trail Monorail, and down below as the Park's train tunnels through the ground to give you views of over 50 feet of luscious growth. SEE MORE!


Camellia Garden
Camellia Garden displays many varieties of the two most popular species of Camellias – 'japonica' and 'sasanqua'. A combination of these provides a blooming season from September through April and is best viewed in early spring or late fall for full blooms. Added to compliment the deep green formal look of the Camellias are many selected varieties of Japanese Maples and annual flowerbeds that are a sight to see all year long. This garden is also host to our educational Musical Market Show. SEE MORE!


Holly Garden
This pathway garden features a collection of over twenty different varieties of hollies displayed in shrub, tree and topiary forms. Holly tree varieties are not well known in the west and this Garden was created to show their diversity in leaf sizes and growth habits. Holly ranges in size from a very petite 12 inches to full size trees at 75 feet. They can be either evergreen or deciduous, but all produce colorful berries in the fall. Guests can also catch stunning views of the Lily Pond and one of the Park's largest waterfalls from the garden's two observation decks. SEE MORE!


South County Backroads Garden
Viewed by taking a ride in a 1920's or 1950's antique car through almost two acres of historical South Santa Clara Valley. Driving up into the foothills that surround the valley floor, guests pass under majestic conifers, a canopy of deciduous trees, past fanciful topiaries, annual flowerbeds, an open meadow and a variety of stunning water features with rock formations. SEE MORE!

Gilroy Museum

195 5th Street
Gilroy, CA, 95020


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
(408) 846-0446

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

Archival Materials

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 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

Ticket Prices & Ordering Info

Avoid 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 .

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Buy Tickets Now General Admission
Adult $29.95
Child (3 thru 12) $17.95
Child (under 3) Free
Student (13-17, college ID) $27.95
Senior (65+) $27.95
* Rates are valid through December 2010.
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  • Free admission for two adults and your children or grandchildren ages 3-21
  • Plus two transferable guest cards—a $60 value each time you use them
  • Free admission for two adults and your children or grandchildren ages 3-21
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  • Free admission for one adult
Student (with ID)
  • Free admission for one or two students
$50 ($90 for two)
Senior (age 65+)
  • Free admission for one or two seniors
($90 for two)

* Rates are valid through December 2010.

Cannery Row

Monterey, California

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.

Few destinations offer dining experiences as enticing and authentic as those on Cannery Row. From tasty & inexpensive to fine gourmet, menus here feature fresh-caught Monterey Bay seafood, organic produce from local farm fields and healthy, innovative cuisine shaped by the character of this historic coastal community. Casual, kid-friendly eateries such as Bubba Gump Shrimp Company , which opened its first location right here on Cannery Row, sit steps from classic fine dining options like the Sardine Factory , operated by its founding families for two generations. Enjoy dinner with a view at Schooners Bistro on the Bay or The Duck Club Grill , both located at the Mobil Four-Star Awarded Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa , or enjoy your meal with award-winning live entertainment at Sly McFly's . With more than 25 celebrated restaurants, cafes and wine tasting rooms, Cannery Row exemplifies truly good taste.

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.

Meet Here

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.

  • Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

    From the intimate to elaborate, this Mobil Four-Star awarded luxury resort offers newly remodeled conference facilities with ocean view meeting rooms, ballrooms and breakout rooms. Two outdoor terraces present a dramatic setting with the beautiful Monterey Bay as a backdrop.

    Number of guestrooms: 290
    Group Capacity: 500

  • InterContinental The Clement Monterey

    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

  • Monterey Bay Inn

    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

  • Spindrift Inn

  • 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

  • Victorian Inn

    The Victorian Inn's classic hospitality creates a perfect home-away-from-home for business travelers. Meet in the fireside boardroom for a private meeting of up to 12 people.

    Number of guestrooms: 70
    Group Capacity: 12






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