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Spring into Summer: Experience Moments & Make Memories with Your Family in Gilroy

With pleasant spring weather and summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time of year for experiencing special moments and making memories with your family in Gilroy, California. Bring the entire family on a trip to Gilroy to enjoy a fun family theme park, kid-friendly wineries, scenic outdoor adventures, and a variety of arts and entertainment.

Outdoor Moments & Memories: Hikes & Bike Rides

With spring flowers and moderate temperatures, this is the perfect opportunity to spend time together outdoors. Take the whole family on a simple walk or bike ride on a paved path at Uvas Creek Levee path in town or at the Martin Murphy Loop at the Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Park. To extend your time together, bring along a picnic lunch. For more info., see our blog: Bicycling In and Around Gilroy. For the more experienced hiking family, try out more intermediate hiking trails in our scenic Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park, with 28.5 miles of hiking trails, or Henry W. Coe State Park, with over 250 miles of trails and old ranch roads to explore. Find more inspiration on our Outdoor Adventures web page.

Creative Moments & Memories: Arts & Crafts


Rainbow on top of Saturday Art Markets on a white background

Gilroy has the perfect opportunities for families who enjoy art. Take advantage of the great weather and stroll outside while enjoying the monthly Friday Art Walks or Saturday Art Markets. Or visit one of our many art galleries or studios in downtown Gilroy Arts & Entertainment – Visit Gilroy.

  • Friday Art Walk on May 20, 5-8 pm (recurring monthly event) in downtown Gilroy
  • Saturday Art Market on May 28, 10 am-2 pm (also a recurring monthly event)

To enjoy more art throughout spring and summer, check out other Upcoming Events in Gilroy.

Theatrical Moments & Memories: Live Shows

3 Men and 3 Women posing on a sofa with various weapons for the Clue play

If live theater is more your family’s style, check out  Tigers Be Still a fun comedy put on by Limelight Theater at the Gilroy Center for the Arts. It runs through May. To keep the good times and laughter going, check out the latest Pintello Comedy Theater’s show, Looking, which you can attend on select dates in May. You can check out showtimes at Upcoming Events – Visit Gilroy.

Delicious Moments & Memories: Dining Out

Delicious fish tacos with cabbage on top


While you’re enjoying all that Gilroy has to offer, take time to also enjoy a family meal out. Gilroy has an eclectic variety of restaurant choices with something for everyone. If you are looking for some ethnic dining experiences, come to Gilroy to sample foods from around the world. Explore the Gilroy Taco Trail for authentic Mexican food, or visit Hecker Pass Plaza for Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, Irish, Chinese, and Indian food. If garlic is a family favorite, then try somewhere along the Road to Garlic, where you can find delicious garlic dishes starring the “stinking rose.” Check out Gilroy’s wide range of Restaurants and experience memorable moments with your family around the table.

Sipping Moments & Memories: Wineries of Santa Clara Valley


A mom, daughter, and dad smile at Martin Ranch Winery

Extend your wonderful wine experiences throughout spring and summer. Many of our local wineries have live music and even some delicious dishes to compliment your wine tasting. Gilroy even has several family-friendly wineries. Be sure to check with each winery for their most up-to-date guidelines on bringing kids, and remember those that welcome kids require they stay in the outdoor seating areas with supervision and seated at the table. To plan your tasting tour, check our guide to Gilroy Wineries and Tasting Rooms.

Exciting Moments & Memories: Gilroy Gardens

A family enjoying slushies in a cabana

Plan the perfect vacation for your family to Gilroy and visit Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park to make lasting memories. They are open weekends through June 5, and beginning June 10, they are open on weekdays (Mondays-Fridays) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are rides for all ages and thrill levels, and spending time in such a magical place strolling through the beautiful gardens and past the interesting Circus Trees will provide memories for years to come. Whether you ride the carousel or the roller coaster, paddle a swan boat across the pond, or take a drive in a classic car, there are enough things to do here for the whole family. And on May 28, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the exciting Water Oasis Waterpark opens! The park will be open on Memorial Day, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Family in line to go down a blue water slide while a boy is sliding down


Plan a Gilroy Getaway

Plan your spring weekend getaway or a summer vacation to Gilroy now! Come experience the fantastic things Gilroy has to offer, and create those special moments and memories to last a lifetime. Book a budget-friendly hotel room and be sure to stop by the California Welcome Center Gilroy for helpful tips, brochures, and fun souvenirs from your trip to Gilroy!