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  • Gilroy Gardens
    Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park attracts visitors with a 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. Visitors also get to experience the newest water feature, Water Oasis. 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.
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    3050 Hecker Pass Hwy.
    Gilroy, CA US
  • Golden Ridge Stables
    • For $20, you get an hour-long introductory riding lesson (up to a $45 value). • For $90, you get a five-ride lesson package (up to a $180 value).
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    1290 Masten Ave
    Gilroy, CA US
  • Johnny 6 Stables
    Johnny 6 offers full-service training for aspiring equestrians, its barn stocked to the rafters with expert instructors. Your horseback riding experience will include closely guided instruction and four 30-minute private, one-on-one lessons with a trained horse. Learn the ropes of horseback riding as you gallop on your way to becoming sensei of the saddle. All riders should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes during their lessons?for safety and so they don?t embarrass the horse's oddly specific fashion sense. Whether you're an advanced rider looking to get back on your high horse or a total neophyte who believes horses are no more real than Sasquatch or Richard Nixon, Johnny 6 will help you reach your quest for horse-riding success. Once the riding lesson is complete, your experience may include (if eligible) grooming, tacking, and putting the horse away in the stable. Classes are offered throughout the day, from the morning to the early evening, seven days a week.
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    9655 New Ave
    Gilroy, CA US
  • Predator's Archery
    Since founding Predator's Archery in 1993, Curtis Campisi and Mike Pierce have been committed to engaging enthusiasts of all skill levels in the family-friendly sport of archery. The duo has equipped customers with gear such as compound and recurve bows and custom arrows, and taught them how to use their new apparatuses through new-owner orientations on safe handling and technique. Patrons can also visit the shop to launch a few arrows on the indoor range, or enroll in lessons with certified Master Coaches to take their target practice to the next level.
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    7350 Monterey St
    Gilroy, CA US
  • Solis Winery
    Nestled in the scenic Hecker Pass region of the Santa Clara Valley, the family-owned winery focuses on crafting exemplary grape concoctions unlike anything inside a juice box or peanut butter sandwich. Solis has produced dozens of award-winning wines, baiting a 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition gold medal for its 2008 Muscat Canelli, 2009 Fiano Estate, and 35,000 B.C. Chateau de Cro-Magnon. Grab a pal and perambulate the charming winery premises while sampling a variety of palate-stimulating wines during your tasting for two ($5 value per person). Five wines are included in the tasting. Additionally, budding winecionados will be able to take home a bottle ($12 to $30), such as the red 2006 Seducente ($20) or white 2007 Chardonnay ($24).
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    3920 Hecker Pass Rd
    Gilroy, CA US
  • Fernwood Cellars
    Nestled in among redwood trees at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Fernwood Cellars prides itself on its high-quality processes, using only grapes grown on-site and only premium oak barrels for aging. Veteran vintner Matt Oetinger oversees the winemaking process from grapes to bottle, looking after each batch of fermented nectar like a proud parent at a children?s roller-derby bout. Great for a spending a romantic afternoon with a wine-loving date or boldly confronting a grape phobia before it ruins another trip to the supermarket, a visit to the estate allows sippers to get a taste of potable delight before toting home a chosen bottle. Today?s Groupon can be redeemed for a bottle of chardonnay, zinfandel, syrah, or il cane.
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    7137 Redwood Retreat Road
    Gilroy, CA US

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