Looking for a family adventure this summer? Why not head over to Gilroy and visit Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park?!?! What attracted me to this park was the combination of nature and rides. I knew this would be a fun place for both kids and adults... and I was RIGHT!
Depending on where you live, you can make this a day trip or a mini vacation! We live about 2.5 hours away from Gilroy, so we took this opportunity to go on a mini vacation. The kids were BEYOND thrilled to visit a new theme park. As we walked across the wooden bridge with trees all around us, we new we were in for a grand family adventure. Kira spotted GIL and ROYelle.
We used the map to plan our day. Our goal was to hit every ride and then visit the water park last. It was so much fun to go on these rides as a family. Many of the rides have height restrictions... with chaperone and ride alone... so make sure you check the map before waiting in line. There were only two rides the kids could not go on: Banana Split and Mushroom Swing (height restriction 48").
We enjoyed taking a trip on the Coyote & Redwood Railroad. It was the perfect way to view the park. Not to mention Logan LOVES trains! It was nice to sit back and see what Gilroy Gardens had to offer. The view was beautiful. I loved seeing all the trees and rides my kids could enjoy.
Gilroy Gardens has two roller coasters: Timber Twister and Quicksilver Express Mine Coaster. We had the chance to go on both. Kira like the Timber Twister and Logan thought the Quicksilver Express was the BEST ride ever! Logan actually asked my husband to take him on the ride repeatedly.
It was nice that there were a few rides (kiddy rides) that they kids could go on by themselves. It made them feel independent.
We spent the last 1.5 hours in the Water Oasis, Bonfante Falls, and Bonfante's Splash Garden. I didn't take any photos because I didn't want to take my phone into the water areas. Please note that this is NOT a water park, but a play area for kids. It is designed with kids in mind (not teenagers or adults...though in the Water Oasis parent's can purchase alcoholic beverage). Kira LOVED sliding down the mini slides in the Oasis...while Logan preferred the squirt guns in the Splash Garden.
The lines were short, so we didn't have to wait long to ride anything! BONUS...many of the lines were shaded by trees! I highly recommend going during a weekday in order to avoid the crowds. I'd love to say that we saw everything, but alas the park was only open from 11 am - 5 pm.
Disclosure: I received tickets complimentary in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. No other form of compensation was received.