About a 30-minute drive from Downtown San Jose sits this brand new, horticultural aware theme park in Gilroy. Among other ... More
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
About a 30-minute drive from Downtown San Jose sits this brand new, horticultural aware theme park in Gilroy. Among other things, here you will find a monorail, a miniature golf course, incredible landscaping, several gardens, antique car rides and the famous circus trees from Scott's Valley that are groomed to grow in fantastical shapes. A multitude of activities for the whole family await you here. The owner sold off a very successful chain of grocery stores in order to create this one-of-a-kind park.
This is not the largest theme park, but it is extremely special and your younger children will love it. Teenagers will most likely think it is boring (although my teens love it).....And if you love horticulture you will too. This is a much mellower theme park with a setting of trees that will astound you. The bakery is fantastic (we always bring home the chocolate cake). This is a theme park where you can spend the day and actually feel like you relaxed a little. Gilroy can get pretty hot in the summer months...but all the trees afford some great shade. The roses are worth stopping and smelling, believe me. If you are super early in the morning, stop and eat breakfast in the old downtown Gilroy at Odies....this is where all the locals go to eat breakfast. Bottom line, Gilroy has a lot to offer visitors from the Gardens theme park to the best outlets in California.....there is even some great golfing close by.
This theme park is wonderful for families with toddlers and mellow children. It's rare now to find a full sized theme-park with so many activities and an atmosphere so friendly to small children. The staff is polite, the rides geared for small kids, and the gardens are something that you don't find at any of the six-flags parks: Relaxing. There is a fun roller-coaster (I recommend riding it in the dark) for older kids, not extreme but good. Lines seem to always be short there and being a garden park, there's always lots of shade.
We did the Holiday Lights twice last December, both times were a great way to get our son (he's two) very excited about Christmas. Since the park closes before it really gets dark during the summer, seeing the park at night with all of the extra decorations made it a "new" park and worth an extra trip.
It's not a full-day experience, but a very nice 5 hours or so, and well worth the price of admission if you have children under 12 (or if you just like gardens and don't want gangs of teens rushing past you to grab the front seats on the roller-coasters).
my family and i went the first week it open first part of 2000 and we fell in love with everything about it. From the beautiful plants and flower,to the kiddies rides and the food was awesome . We have move out of ca over 6 year and we will be returning soon and will buy season tickets to this wonderful family park. I just can not say enough about it . You will need to visit it to see what i mean. Mary texas
lets see the wasnt nothing i disliked about the park i loved the last your me and my family visited the park servel times . i love that the park all about little people , no long lines the park is very quite and its a very affordable pak. and no matter what you never go thristy with they're cheap refill prices . and the park is very safe its the only park i know where your children can run wild and you never have to worry about them bein lost r hurt . ilove the gardens
We'll tell our friends with small kids that they need to take them there.
By A Yahoo Contributor, 4/18/05
We loved the circus trees and just seeing shaped animal trees in between of other trees. You had to pay attention and look at everything in detail. We didn't dislike anything. Well, perhaps the price of bottled water, it was very expensive. $2.69
This is a great park for preteens and adults that like beautiful gardens and good wholesome fun at a reasonable price. There are even a lot of rides that young toddlers enjoy. Warm in the summer but the park has so many trees there is a lot of shade to cool off under. The Circus Trees and the Gardens are great. The food is very reasonably priced. It is more expensive than outside the park but not two or three times as high like many theme parks.
I do not understand why it is not advertised in our area. I have never found anyone in the Central Valley, of California, that has ever even heard of it. We are 3-4 hours away but we have made the trip in a single day several times.
We bought season passes for this year that was a great deal. Now that you can get discount tickets online and at a number of other locations I think it is very reasonably priced. I think the $32 price at the gate is about $10 too high.
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