The kids get off whenever the teachers have training, so I took some Fridays off from work (last July and November) so we could visit Bonfante Gardens in Gilroy. Bonfante Gardens bills itself as the world only horticulturally-based theme park for children, attracting a completely different crowd than Legoland or even Disneyland. It did not disappoint us.
The rides are geared for children under 10 years of age, with a good selection for the pre-school crowd. There are boat rides, flying car rides, merry-go-rounds, ferris wheels, choo-choo trains and scrambler-type rides. The kids were thrilled. And the lines were non-existent.
There are also many finely manicured gardens throughout the park, which was pleasing to my eyes. My only complaints were the stifling heat of a summer day in Gilroy (the Garlic Captial of the World), and the high prices on food and drink in the park. Otherwise, I was very impressed by the cleanliness and quick lines at the rides. We could have stayed longer than the 4 hours we were here, but my wife and the kids were wilting in the heat. We'll definitely come back here, but only when the weather gets cooler down in Gilroy.
P.S. - The price of a daily ticket is the same as an annual pass. If you plan on comng back in the same year, it makes sense to get your daily ticket "converted" to an annual pass at no fee when you leave the park.
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