Make Gilroy your “home base” for a wonderful Northern California vacation! These popular destinations are all within an hour’s drive of Gilroy.

California's Great America
4701 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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Rides and so much more! Discover why California's Great America is Northern California's best choice for family fun and adventure. There's something for everyone from mild to wild. Open Seasonally.
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110
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Visit Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose where you can expect to test, crank, listen, prod and tinker. One of the largest museums of its kind in the nation, CDM's 150 interactive exhibits lead visitors to explore, understand and enjoy the world in which they live.
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
1300 Senter Rd.
San Jose, CA 95112
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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo exists to provide an affordable, sustainable, conservation-centered outdoor adventure for families with children.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA 93940
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Explore the hidden universe in Monterey Bay, from shallow tide pools and lush kept forests to the vast open ocean.  Changing special exhibitions feature marine life from around the world.  It's a place like no other, with a million-gallon indoor ocean, a living kept forest, and jewel-box exhibits that reveal the delicate beauty of colorful sea creatures.
National Steinbeck Center
One Main Street
Salinas, CA 93901
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Welcome museum explorers, art lovers, readers, scholars and Steinbeckians to the Valley of the World in Steinbeck Country. In these times of in-depth reflection, we often require an awakening of the mind, body and spirit, and that is just what we offer here at the one and only place of its kind: the National Steinbeck Center, a cultural museum and archival resource center.  The Steinbeck Center is open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm.
Old Mission San Juan Bautista
406 Second Street
San Juan Bautista, CA 95045
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Founded June 24, 1797.  This mission was one of four established by Fr. Lasuen and the 15th of the 21 missions in the state of California.  In June 1803, the cornerstone was laid for the present church.  With three naves or ailes, it became the widest of all the mission churches.  As you walk through the church, please note the animal prints in the tiles which were made while the tiles were left outside to dry in the sun.

Alfred Hitchcock's classic movie, "Vertigo" was filmed on the Mission grounds in October 1957.
Roaring Camp Railroad
5401 Graham Hill Road
Felton, CA 95018
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See California's Redwoods from two historic railroads. Attractions includes steam trains, beach trains, redwoods, nature trails, chuckwagon BBQ, a 1880s village, a depot and a general store.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a classic seaside amusement park located along a beautiful sandy beach in a friendly beach town. The Boardwalk features more than 34 rides and attractions including two National Historic Landmarks: the world-famous 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster and the beautiful 1911 Looff Carousel, plus many scream-inducing thrill rides, gentle kiddie rides, casual restaurants, gift shops, games, indoor arcades, and miniature golf.
Tech Museum of Innovation
201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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The Tech Museum is singularly focused on inspiring the innovator in everyone it reaches. Hands-on and interactive exhibits - divided among themed galleries - offer guests a truly memorable experience.  

Open daily at 10am. Closing times vary.

Winchester Mystery House
525 Winchester Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95128
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Visit the estate, including the mansion, gardens, and museums. Come in, we've been expecting you. In 1884, a wealthy widow named Sarah Winchester began a construction project of such magnitude that it was to occupy the lives of carpenters and craftsmen until her death 38 years later.  Sarah Winchester built a home that is an architectural marvel and is filled with so many unexplained oddities, that it has come to be known as the Winchester Mystery House.

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