Children who aren't exposed to early nature education can never develop important life skills such as photosynthesis and how to attract bees. Teach your family the natural facts with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get one single-day ticket to Gilroy Gardens (a $30 value in advance, up to a $45 value at the door).
Gilroy Gardens weaves thrilling rides and the wonders of nature into a child-oriented, horticulture-themed amusement park. More than 21 rides combine adrenaline with plant life, including mushroom-shaped flying swings, tilt-a-whirl-style spinning garlic cloves, and the Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster (whose dips and turns wind around 600 majestic trees). Drive a lavender 1920s roadster or a ’50s Chevy through the South County Backroads attraction, comprising acres of meticulously landscaped grounds and 300 mature trees, or climb aboard the ornate 1927 Illions Supreme Carousel, with 1,200 lights, 64 beveled glass mirrors, and 144 figurines for riding or befriending.
Those who prefer to wander on their own two feet can visit Gilroy Gardens’ prized circus trees featuring grafted trunks and branches that create unusual shapes such as hearts, spirals, baskets, and Truman Capote. The park's amusements and expansive gardens are open seven days per week until August 19, when the hours transition to a weekend-only schedule.
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
Managing 27 grocery stores and more than 2,500 employees is a stressful task. Nob Hill Foods owner Michael Bonfante learned that the best way for him to manage that stress was to retreat to a shady, secluded spot surrounded by majestic trees. These occasional escapes into nature inspired Bonfante to found a park dedicated to teaching visitors of all ages—but especially children—how to appreciate horticulture, wildlife, and trees in particular. Along with his wife, Claudia, Bonfante eventually sold his grocery stores and committed all of his efforts to educating the public and spreading his love for nature.
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park receives virtually all of the Bonfantes' attention now, and it attracts visitors with combination of educational exhibits, carnival games, and amusement-park rides. The map features more than 40 possible destinations where guests can learn something new about local horticulture, enjoy an adrenaline-pumping joy ride, or simply enjoy the scenery. With family-friendly attractions available for all ages, the park includes everything from carousels to paddleboats to a mine-cart roller coaster that takes passengers through a thrilling series of dips and speedy turns. An interactive water attraction called Water Oasis and the Octonauts live show were just added to the roster in 2014.
Even while visitors are standing in line or buckled into a ride, they are still surrounded by nature at Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. Five waterfalls—representing the five major styles of waterfalls that occur in nature—gush with torrents of water. The grounds also feature 19 of Axel Erlandson's famous Circus Trees, which he created by grafting saplings so that they grew to form shapes such as hearts, lightning bolts, and basket weaves. In addition to touting the importance of animals such as monarch butterflies and honeybees, the park features six distinctive gardens brimming with informative displays and everything from conifers to tropical and subtropical flowers.
This is a great place for young children. The train is fun and the gardens are beautiful. The rides are fun for both kids and parentsAlena B., Yelp, 2/15/11
Great place for toddlers! It is clean and safe! We've taken our son there 2 times now and he loves it more each visit.Marcia H., Yelp, 4/18/11
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3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.
Gilroy, California 95020