My family and I had the opportunity to visit and enjoy an afternoon at Gilroy Gardens. Even before I was given passes to the theme park, my family has always enjoyed our visits there. That’s why it’s always in our list of places to go to whenever our Saturdays are free.
Gilroy Gardens is a basically a theme park in a garden. The park’s entryway makes you feel like you’re going into a forest, except that it’s so beautiful and it’s not scary. Just like any theme park, they have a Park Map that will help you as you go around. In case you don’t get one when you purchase your tickets, you can simply go to the Welcome Center across the Carousel and get one.
As you enter the main park, past that beautiful wooden walkway, you’ll see an educational kiosk which shows visitors a timeline of the history of the park.
For this visit, we decided to go through the park in a clockwise direction. First few rides we saw were the Illions Supreme Carousel, Strawberry Sundae, Banana Split, and Bulgy The Fish. But the first ride we actually went into was the Pitstop Racer because my son loves cars!
One of our favorite rides in the park is the South County Backroads Garden. We get to ride in a vintage-inspired car (there are 2 lines for 2 different types of vintage cars), be taken around the garden and feel like you’re in the countryside. There are waterfalls, ponds, gas stations, and a tunnel — all with amazing flora and fauna in the background.
Gilroy Gardens also has entertainment and gaming kiosks where you can win a prize if you reach your goal. But even if you don’t win, you’ll still get a consolation prize. And after an afternoon of fun, it’s great to sip on an icee! They also have stands around the park for some snacks and drinks so you’ll never have to worry about getting hungry or thirsty with all your activities!
Our last stop for the day is the Train Station. It isn’t really a stop since we’ll be going around Gilroy Gardens aboard this nice train. They have 2 stations, one on either side of the park, where visitors can board/unboard. While waiting, your little one can dance to some tunes that they’re playing at the station. If you don’t want to wait too long though, I suggest you board the Train on the Redwood Junction. I think fewer people go line up at that station compared to the Coyote Junction.
We left Gilroy Gardens with big smiles on our faces. We enjoyed the kid-friendly rides and all the spectacular sights they have to offer. Maybe you can add it up on your list of places to go to when you’re in the Bay Area!
For pricing and all other information, check out GilroyGardens.org! They have lots of other rides that have not been featured in this post.
I received media passes to Gilroy Gardens so I can share my thoughts on the theme park. Thoughts are my own.