Plan Your Great Gilroy Getaway!
Gilroy is the “Garlic Capital of the World”— and a great place for a getaway all year long!
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is a magical wonderland full of fun for all ages. The park features over 40 rides and attractions amongst majestic gardens and thousands of trees, including the world-famous Circus Trees. The park’s popular Water Oasis attraction is now double the size, with more super splashy features, including a giant tipping bucket and bigger slides for bigger kids — and grownups too! And now you can enjoy the beauty of the park after dark during special Gardens at Night events on select evenings throughout the fall and winter.
Gilroy is located in one of California’s oldest wine-growing regions, and the historic Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail is still one of California’s best-kept secrets when it comes to wine tasting. Come celebrate California Wine Month during Fall Passport in September to enjoy tastings, tours, special discounts and more at over 30 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms.
Ready to do some serious shopping? You’ll find extraordinary everyday savings of 25–65% at over 145 designer outlet stores at Gilroy Premium Outlets. And be sure to make time to explore the charming antique shops and trendy boutiques in Historic Downtown Gilroy.
Of course, Gilroy’s biggest event is the Gilroy Garlic Festival, held every year on the last full weekend in July (July 26–28, 2019). Since 1979, guests have been enjoying great garlicky food, cooking competitions, and live entertainment at the world’s greatest summer food festival. But even if you can’t make it for the Festival in July, you can still find plenty of garlic in Gilroy.
Downtown Gilroy is a prime destination for foodies, where you’ll find longtime local favourites like The Milias and Old City Hall Restaurant along with cozy cafés, craft breweries, sandwich shops, and authentic Mexican restaurants. Be sure to get yourself some of the only-in-Gilroy garlic ice cream while you’re in town. Love it or hate it, you’ve simply got to try it!
With mild year-round weather and an ideal location close to many of California’s best-loved parks, Gilroy is also the perfect place to explore and enjoy outdoor activities. The area abounds with several parks, award-winning golf courses, hiking and biking trails, and nearby lakes for fishing and water sports.
There are plenty of budget-friendly hotels in Gilroy, and with a central location close to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and the Monterey Bay Area, Gilroy makes a great home base for your California getaway any time of year!
To start planning your great Gilroy getaway, go to VisitGilroy.org.