Choose your own adventure to spice up your Gilroy getaway!
There really is such a thing as fun for the whole family, and you’ll find it at the magical Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park. The park’s new Water Oasis offers lots of splashy fun for the little ones—it’s the coolest place to play in Gilroy! Stay an extra day so you can also explore Casa de Fruta, go bowling at Gilroy Bowl, take a hike through history at Chitactac-Adams Heritage Park, or find great deals for the whole family at Gilroy Premium Outlets.
Shop ’Til You Drop
If you love to shop, Gilroy is the place to go! Gilroy Premium Outlets is Northern California’s largest outlet center, where you can find extraordinary savings of 25-65% on 145 exceptional brands. Start your trip at the Gilroy Welcome Center and pick up special discount coupons and some fun Gilroy souvenirs. And be sure to take a stroll through Historic Downtown Gilroy, where you’ll discover an eclectic mix of antique stores, boutiques, garlic gift shops, restaurants, and more.
Follow the Wine Trail
Pick up a Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Map at the Gilroy Welcome Center (or download at visitgilroy.com) and plan your own tasting adventure at 20+ different wineries in and around Gilroy. If you have just a few hours, we suggest heading out to Hecker Pass Highway for stops at Solis Winery, Fortino Winery, and Sarah’s Vineyard. Better yet, make it a wine-tasting weekend, so you can explore more of the area’s award-winning wineries and enjoy tasting flights at downtown Gilroy’s Bella Viva Ristorante wine bar.
Garlic, Garlic, Garlic
Thousands of garlic lovers gather every year on the last full weekend of July at the Gilroy Garlic Festival, the world’s ultimate summer food fair. But if you can’t make it to the Festival, don’t despair. We’ve got garlic in Gilroy all year long! Find fresh garlic, gourmet goodies, and other unique gifts at shops like Garlic World, Garlic Shoppe, and Garlic City Mercantile. And garlic’s always on the menu at our outstanding local restaurants, including Garlic City Café and Mama Mia’s Italian Restaurant.
Stroll Back in Time
Pick up a free Historic Downtown Gilroy self-guided walking tour map and visit Gilroy’s historic buildings and landmarks like Old City Hall and the Gilroy Historical Museum. Browse through the treasures of yesterday at the antique shops along Monterey Road. And be sure to dine at The Milias Restaurant, which has been an anchor in downtown since 1922 and was once a favorite stopping-place for celebrities like Clark Gable, John Wayne, and Frank Sinatra.