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Visit Gilroy Blog

Choose your own adventure and take some time to explore all the fun things to do in Gilroy, California! (Hint: You’ll probably need to book a hotel room—there’s way too much to do in just one day!)


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Great Trails Near Gilroy: The Waterfall Loop at Uvas Canyon County Park

California is filled with outstanding natural beauty, and Gilroy is ideally situated near many diverse and beautiful parks, including Uvas Canyon County Park. This hidden gem is so exceptional that advance reservations are required. Tucked into the hills and trees on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, this ...
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Discover More than Just Tacos along the Gilroy Taco Trail

Just like American food is more than hamburgers and hot dogs, Mexican food is more than just tacos and burritos. Gilroy, California has over 25 authentic Mexican restaurants along the Gilroy Taco Trail that offer up some of Mexico’s best dishes—right here in Gilroy. You’ll find that each Mexican restaurant ...
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Moya Art Gallery & Studio: Bringing Art Lovers from around the World to Gilroy

Nacho Moya in Moya Art Gallery & Studio Colorful, eye-catching art that makes a statement is drawing people from around the world to Moya Art Gallery & Studio in downtown Gilroy. More accurately, the artist behind these eye-catching pieces—Ignacio Moya Rodriguez (who goes by “Nacho” Moya)—is drawing visitors to his ...
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Santa Sightings in Gilroy

This may be Santa’s busiest time of the year, but he has still found some time to make a few appearances in Gilroy. The jolly man in red will be riding in a sleigh in our local parade, making time for sharing wishes and taking pictures, and will be at ...
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Gilroy Gardens—Family Fun for the Holidays!

Your days—and especially your nights—will be merry and bright when you visit Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park this holiday season 2022! Bring the whole family out to enjoy the Gilroy Gardens Holiday lights and festive activities offered only this time of the year. Rides Select rides will be open and ...
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Holiday Fun + Gift-Getting = A Merry Season for All in Gilroy

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, escape for the weekend to a enjoy a more relaxed pace in Gilroy, a city surrounded by the rolling hills to the east and the tree-covered foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west. Gilroy is the ...
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Old St. Mary Cemetery in Gilroy: Secrets of the Grave and a Window into the Past

The Old St. Mary Cemetery in Gilroy is a hidden cemetery with a wealth of history and mystery that not even most locals know about. This is the perfect spot for history buffs or “tombstone tourists” (also called taphophiles—those who have a passion for visiting cemeteries) to visit Gilroy’s people ...
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Breakfast Hot Spots in Gilroy

Who doesn’t love breakfast?! It’s the one meal that many of us eat at all hours of the day. Brunches have also grown very popular. And you know you’ve made “breakfast dinner” more often than you’d like to admit—long after the kids have left the nest. Let’s not forget that ...
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Cool Cocktails in Gilroy

Whether you’re a novice cocktail drinker or a cocktail connoisseur, Gilroy has delicious options for cocktails. A Brief History of Cocktails A traditional cocktail, according to the first printed definition in 1806, included a spirit, sugar, water, and bitters. Today what we call a cocktail is a drink that is ...
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Introducing New Wineries on the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Part 1

We’re excited about new wineries that have opened up recently along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail in Gilroy, San Martin, and Morgan Hill. Check their websites for tasting days and hours and discover them for yourself. Read about two of them here, and read about two other new wineries ...