Gilroy Gardens is a unique theme park. Not only is it located in an odd place for a theme park but it has a odd theme. As the name suggests gardens are the theme of the park. Also as you may have guessed the park is located in Gilroy California and is now even owned by the city of Gilroy.
While Gilroy may not be a major tourist destination and its only claim to fame is that it is the garlic capital of the world Gilroy Gardens could be one of the top garden destinations in the country and even world. Few locations are known for their amazing gardens. Not only does the park have great gardens but it has some special and unique plants that separates if from other famous gardens of the world.
If one giant park dedicated to gardens and the garlic does not excite you do not worry because Gilroy Gardens is more then just a garden. In another twist that separates it from other world renown gardens the gardens are also a theme park. In fact the park has 27 attractions and only 6 gardens. In fact the park has more rides and attractions then it does gardens. Some of the rides actually mix with the gardens making more enjoyable and scenic rides.
The park has two roller coasters. One is a kids coaster and one is for the big kids. Timber Twister is the kiddie coaster and the mine themed Quicksilver Express is the big kids coaster. the park also has many of your classics but often with a plant twist. For example instead of tea cups you can spin in garlic cloves, and instead of a pirate ship you can swing in a giant banana.
There are some rides that take advantage of the gardens of the park. There is the Sky Trail Monorail that takes guests through a butterfly greenhouse. The Coyote & Redwood Railway takes guests along the perimeter of the park and by the gardens. The Rainbow Garden Boats offer a leisurely raft ride through the gardens but is closed in November and December.
The park is open year round but is best to visit during the spring for the gardens. Besides having 6 gardens such as the Rainbow Garden. There are also some very unique trees at Gilroy Gardens. There are ten Circus Trees which has include trees that were grown special to make interesting looking trees like one that looks like a woman one with a heart shape along its trunk. Well they are hard to explain its best you see them for yourself. Many of these trees are multiple trees that somehow grow into each other.
The park also offers lots of fun and educational experiences for kids. There are shows and places for kids to learn about nature. There are also lots of fun and beautiful water features. If the weather is warm enough there are places to play and get wet. There are also waterfalls to see and explore.
Gilroy Gardens is a unique experience. It is a great place to go with the whole family especially young kids. Some older kids may not enjoy the park though some may. Its a good park for adults.