Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
Where fun grows on trees!
There simply isn’t any other amusement park quite like Gilroy Gardens! Staying true to the vision of founder Michael Bonfante, the park features over 40 fun rides and attractions amongst majestic gardens and thousands of trees in a truly beautiful and unique setting.
Rides and Attractions
Many of the rides throughout the park were inspired by the region’s agricultural and historic past—from the Mushroom Swing and Garlic Twirl to the Timber Twister and Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster. There are plenty of gentle rides too, like Bulgy the Goldfish and Balloon Flight, for the youngest kids to enjoy. Other favorites include the Illions Supreme Carousel, Bonfante Railroad, and South County Backroads.
At Water Oasis, kids get to splash and play—while grownups kick back and relax in comfy cabanas and Adirondack chairs. Pitch-n-Win features carnival-style games with fun prizes, while The Green Barn is a unique space where families can explore art and nature together. And you can even pilot a Duck or Swan Paddle Boat across Coyote Lake!
Be sure to take a stroll through the park’s six unique gardens, including the serene Claudia’s Garden, the lush Camellia Garden, and the tropical Monarch Garden (housed inside a 60-foot-tall greenhouse).
Gilroy Gardens is open from early April through January. Please visit the Gilroy Gardens website for operating dates and times.
INSIDER TIP: Rent a colorful, comfortable cabana at Water Oasis so you can relax and recharge while the kids splash and play!
Family Fun by Day and Night
When the sun goes down, Gilroy Gardens becomes even more magical! During Gardens@Night Halloween in October, you can enjoy “The Great Big Boo!” live musical show, ride on the Boo Train, and go trick-or-treating along the Boo Trail. During Gardens@Night Holiday (in late November and December), the park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Visit Santa, go ice skating under the stars, and join the Peanuts Gang for the “Charlie Brown Christmas” show.
The world-famous Circus Trees were originally grafted and shaped by Axel Erlandson in the 1920s, then rescued and replanted by Michael Bonfante. Today, 19 of these incredible living sculptures—including the park’s iconic Basket Tree as well as others like the Arch Tree and the Four-Legged Giant—can be found throughout the park. Visit California named the Circus Trees one of the state’s “Hidden Gems.”
3050 Hecker Pass Hwy | Gilroy, CA 95020
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Water Oasis – Expansion
Enjoy bigger splashes, bigger smiles, and bigger fun at the coolest place to play in Gilroy. Make sure to enjoy Water Oasis before it closes for the season on Oct 7th!
Take a relaxing ride around the park through redwood groves and a tropical rainforest.
South County Backroads
Let the kids take the wheel and explore country roads in vintage classic cars.
Get up close with this living masterpiece made up of six sycamore trees carefully hand-woven together.
Duck and Swan Paddle Boats
Pedal a stately swan or darling duck across a peaceful lake.