A few weeks ago Keith and I took Owen down to Gilroy (about 45-60 minutes from our house) to have some fun at Gilroy Gardens! Gilroy Gardens is a family theme park with lots of rides and attractions for little ones, and parents too. This time of year they decorate and transform the park for their Halloween Scary Boo! & Spooky Zoo and we went down to check it all out!
The park is open on weekends only right now, and I recommend getting there as soon as they open to maximize your time there -- there is so much to see and do!
Gilroy Gardens is home of the Circus Trees, so there are a lot of beautiful trees and plant all around, as well as tons of shade! It was a warm day when we went. The entry way into the park is gorgeous and they had a bunch of Halloween and fall displays lined up along the walkway. Owen loves stopping to check each one out, since he's become quite the spooky decor connoisseur.
Our first stop at is always the carousel. Can you tell he loves them?
The scavenger hunt and both mazes were his favorite parts of the park that day. At the front of the park they give you a copy of the scavenger hunt with a map and pencil. There are simple questions and pictures to be drawn at various points in the park, as well as a spot or two where the kids can trick-or-treat. Once you complete the hunt and answer all the questions you can pick up your treat bag at the exit near the petting zoo!
The Kiddie Hay Maze is perfectly age appropriate. Owen whipped through it a light speed about 3 times! He really really really loved dashing through the much spookier Pinnacles Scary Mazerock maze.
We also rode the steam engine around the park!
Since it was a warm day, we ended our day there with a little time in the Splash Garden water play area. I wasn't planning on it being open, so we were ill prepared without water shoes, a towel or bathing suit, but we weren't going to let that stop O from cooling off and having some fun.
After lunch we were all pretty tuckered out. There was still some more we could have done, but we had a long drive ahead of us and an expiring 3 year-old who needed some down time.
If you have time, I highly suggest you go before it's gone for the year. It was so much fun!
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