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Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

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Address: 3050 Hecker Pass Rd, Gilroy, CA 95020-9411 (Formerly "Bonfante Gardens")
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+1 408-840-7100
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An extraordinary combination of nature preserve and theme park that...

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.

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Wonderful place to take small kids

Gilroy Gardens is a great place to take smaller kids. Teens would be bored. The gardens are beautiful!! The rides are just right for young kids. The waterfalls are fun to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Gilroy, California
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Gilroy, California
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gilroy Gardens is a great place to take smaller kids. Teens would be bored. The gardens are beautiful!! The rides are just right for young kids. The waterfalls are fun to get a little wet. I would suggest eating before you go, the food there is pricey and not very good. However a paddle around the little lake is a... More 

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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cute park for family with children under 10. Beautiful lush grounds. Just big enough to cover everything in one day.

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Gilroy CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

plan on spending big dollars starting with parking at $14/car, then pay high entry prices (try to find any coupon to reduce the cost) and then add exorbitant food costs (for example $15 for a poorly made sandwich) that will make you think twice about buying any food in the park. The park is showing its age with maintenance on... More 

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Clovis, California
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

There are some very cute attractions and rides for young children. Not a lot for anyone older than 8. Our favorite ride is the paddle boats . We attended the winter event last week, and had a great time ice skating and enjoying the Chines lanterns and decorations. The ONE thing I reallt do not appreciate about this park is... More 

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Ventura, CA
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

I have kids ranging in age from 2 to 14 and everyone found something to love here. It's a great place for families, especially those with little kids. Food is expensive, but then again it's an amusement park so I didn't really expect anything else. Lots of interesting options including artichoke dip (which was good!). We stayed through the evening... More 

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Emmaus, PA
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112 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I visited the park with my daughter, her husband, and my twin grandchildren, 5 1/2 years old. This is an absolutely delightful park for the children's age group. They had so much fun. the big kids also had a wonderful time. The kids were also surprised to see their teacher and also a classmate, they were 78 miles from home.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

Came here the day after thanksgiving with the family. Nice rides for young children probably from 4yrs and up. Some foods are expensive but some are reasonable just like any other amusement park. The kids in our group had a blast. It's not too crowded which was a plus!!!

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We called them a week in advance and then two days in advance and then one hour in advance of the 6 to 10 PM illumination event. We called to make sure it would not be canceled, since we were driving five hours from Sacramento. We all got to the gate and were assured it would go on all night,... More 

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Gilroy, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

More a park for the younger set and interesting for the more mature. The park needs some better quality food venues and maybe some better rides for the teen ager's. The cost of parking is a little high.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We just visited the Gilroy Gardens Lumination nighttime evening event. This was really a great event and I recommend it to anyone who lives in the bay area or is visiting for the holidays. This is a Chinese cultural event that has huge beautiful light up displays place all over the park. You walk around and see it and its... More 

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