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Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

3050 Hecker Pass Highway, Gilroy, CA 95020 (Formerly "Bonfante Gardens")
(408) 840-7100
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Ranked #1 of 20 attractions in Gilroy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Dining, Viewing foliage
Owner description: An extraordinary combination of nature preserve and theme park that comprises more than 75 acres of trees, plants, water and rocks combined with... more » Owner description: An extraordinary combination of nature preserve and theme park that comprises more than 75 acres of trees, plants, water and rocks combined with rides, picnic grounds, miniature golf and spectacular gardens. « less
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Phoenix, Arizona
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67 reviews 67 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This is a nice park that you can spend 4 to 6 hours in and see it and do most everything in it. It is very pretty and has an agricultural theme. It has some really nice rides including an electric 50's car ride, antique car ride, and a floating water ride for 4 ppl. The train ride around the... More

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Gilroy, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We have had season memberships for 10 years thru the lives of all 4 of our grandchildren. I was very disappointed today in the new Water Oasis. It looks nothing like the pictures that have been posted about it and my 8 year old grandson had no desire to go in. Really does appeal to children up to about age... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
31 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This park is great for younger kids. I'd say 7-8 and YOUNGER or under 48 inches tall. The rides are all gentle and fun. The scenery is so relaxing. The water park is wonderful, they also have a couple of splash pads throughout. Bring a camera, SPF, swimwear for the young ones, and plan to spend the day there. There... More

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Toulouse, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We had a great time at Gilroy Gardens. The beautiful grounds really set this place apart. We were a group of 5 - two kids aged 4 and 6, one parent, and two grandparents, one of whom was using a wheelchair. The wheelchair access was quite good though many rides require the rider to be ambulatory. The staff were very... More

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Menlo Park, CA
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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Gilroy Gardens is focused on local patrons that buy a season's pass (not much more than a full price 1-day ticket) & visit often for a few hours at a time. They get preferential access to the rides, parking & food discounts. Thus, it you live with easy driving distance & your children are all 12 years old, or younger,... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I would say a must visit place if you have kids age from 1 to 5. Please don't skip this place, it's worth to visit with family. Most of the rides are for kids but there are 4-5 rides purely for adults only, so it's enjoyment for both kids and parents.

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Birdsboro
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is nice landscaped park operated by Cedar Fair. They don't have allot of rides. Two coasters, Timber Twister a small kiddie coaster and Quicksilver Express. Quicksilver is a decent mine train coaster. The Tree Tour is not to be missed. It is unbelievable as to how the owner made the trees to grow that way. You would have to... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I have a 1 & 2 year old. It's the perfect place for them. I've taken them to carnivals and theme parks and I always end up getting into a heated argument with the person controlling the height restrictions. My 1 year old is crying his eyes out and the Nazi with the stick refuses him entry when he's clearly... More

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Boise, Idaho
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The only way to enter the Gardens is to buy a membership to the tune of $39. EACH. We only wanted to spend a couple of hours and are not from the area. There is no day/one time entry. You only find this out after paying $12.00 to park. We were disappointed and felt this was deliberate deception since there... More

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Gilroy
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Park is easily accessible. Parking is plentiful. Rides are designed for toddlers thru 5/6 year olds. No "thrill" rides but the rides they do have are cute and fun for the younger set. Food is average variety, typical amusment park food. Cost is rather high for what they offer. The few times I have gone have been for field trips... More

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