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Admission FAQs

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How much is general  admission ?

General Admission is the non-discounted Front Gate admission price (the price for guests ages 11-61.  General admission is $58 for the 2017 season.

At what age are children required to have an admission ticket?

Kids age 2 and under are always free and Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park!  Ages 3 and up will require a ticket.

Are the rides included with admission?

Yes!  Your admission to the park include all rides, shows and attractions.  Fees for parking, food, merchandise, food and pay-per-play experience attractions, concerts and special events are not included.

Is there a non-rider admission ticket available?

Gilroy Gardens does not offer a non-rider discount. Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park has a one-price admission as it is a multi-faceted park, not just a ride park. The park also offers a variety of attractions, gardens, gift shops, restaurants and much more.

What should I do if I experience an issue printing my tickets online?

No need to panic. You can have your tickets printed for you at Will Call/Guest Services at the Front Gate. You will need your I.D., the credit card you used to purchase the e-ticket, and your confirmation number.

What is your refund policy on Daily Tickets and Season Passes?

Admission tickets and Season Passes are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for any reason after the order transaction is complete at the Front Gate, online through our website, by phone or when purchased at Costco or AAA. This includes weather related events. We do not issue rain checks. Please check local weather conditions prior to planning your visit.
 

Is there a Military Discount?

As a special thank you to our military, we offer a special Military Any Day Discount. Military personnel (active) and guests may purchase a $30.00 General Admission (day-time) at the Front Gate on ALL public operating days during the regular season, good for up to six (6) people. Tickets are valid on date of distribution only.

Please call us at (408) 840-7100 for operating day information or check our calendar for operating days.

Discounted General Admission (day-time) tickets may also be purchased at many California Military Bases; so check with your local military base.

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Visiting the Park FAQs

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Can I rent a stroller or wheelchair?

Single and double-seat strollers, manual wheelchairs and battery-powered wheelchairs are available near the park entrance. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be placed on reserve in advance. Quantities are limited. Pricing is $12 for a single stroller, $18 for a double stroller, $15 for a standard wheelchair, $45 for an electronic wheelchair and $50 for an electric wheelchair with a canopy.

Do you have lockers?

Lockers are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. They are located inside the Park, behind Sugar Plum Farm Restaurant, just past Sycamore Bridge, near the restrooms.

Is re-entry allowed at the park?

Convenient exit and re-entry is available throughout the day of your visit by the hand-stamp provided at Stroller Rentals near the exit of the theme park.

What is your weather policy?

Don't let a few clouds, or even rain, keep you away! 

Days with inclement weather can be the best time to visit Gilroy Gardens because lines are short and fewer guests may be in the Park. The Park is open rain or shine and usually with almost all rides operating.

When is the best time to avoid crowds?

It's fun to visit all year long, but if you're looking for a quieter time to head out to the park; weekdays during the summer, and weekends in the Fall may be just what you're looking for.

What payment types are accepted?

For your convenience Gilroy Gardens accepts cash, travelers' checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover card in most locations. Most payment types require additional identification. An ATM is available inside the park at our Welcome Center and at the Front Gate near Will Call. Personal checks are not accepted in park.

What security procedures are implemented at Gilroy Gardens?

Gilroy Gardens is committed to providing a safe environment for all of our guests and associates and has implemented several enhanced security procedures at the front gate, which may result in slight delays while entering the park. As a part of this process:

  • Guests arriving at the park may be subject to metal detection.
  • All bags, purses, backpacks, waist packs, etc. may be subject to a brief examination prior to entering.
  • Outside food or beverages, large or soft coolers, glass containers, sharp objects (including pocket knives and metal chains), firearms, or other items that could be considered a weapon are strictly prohibited. We encourage guests to leave any unnecessary items at home or secured within your vehicle. 

Exceptions are made for guests with special dietary needs to include food allergies and baby food/formula. Guests should contact Guest Services or Park Security upon arrival for approval to bring in these special dietary foods.

May I bring in food for my child or a picnic for my family?

FOOD FACT FAQs

Q: What food and drink can I bring into the Park for my child?
A: We respect that some guests are too young to eat anything not prepared at home. Baby food, toddler snacks and water are always allowed. Please restrict your toddler snacks to one snack bag per child.

Q: Can we bring a picnic lunch?
A: Yes, out of courtesy to our vendors we ask that you use the picnic areas conveniently located outside the Front Gate near your car.

Q: My child or family member has a special diet—may I bring in their food?
A: We do not discriminate for any dietary need: medical, religious or personal choice. Out of courtesy to all our guests we ask that outside food remain in the picnic areas located outside the Front Gate.

Q: Does Gilroy Gardens provide vegan, gluten-free, whole food and fresh food options?
A: Yes, we have a wide variety of options and pride ourselves in fresh food made to order in many locations.

FUN FOOD FACTS

  • Sugar Plum Farm bakes fresh sub rolls daily
  • Enjoy a fresh shell Taco Salad at San Juan or a try Cobb Salad at Sugar Plum
  • Try Red Lentil Curry on white Jasmine Rice at Villa Pasta & Pizza
  • Uncle John's BBQ serves Corn on the Cob—fresh off the grill!
  • Villa Pasta & Pizza serves Garlic Toasted Pita Bread with Hummus
  • Kids 6 and under eat free rice at Villa Pasta & Pizza and The Wok
  • Sugar Plum Farm offers Gummy Bears and Goldfish Crackers snack bags
  • Enjoy Teriyaki Chicken at The Wok
  • Refill your child's sippy cup with Minute Maid orange juice or apple juice at Villa Pasta & Pizza and Sugar Plum for 99¢
  • Premium Pass Holders get 20% off food at all our restaurants

Are animals allowed at the park?

Only animals that the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines as Service Animals are allowed in the park.

A service animal is defined as a dog or miniature pony that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with disabilities. We may ask you what task your service animal performs for you. Animals that provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals and will not be allowed to enter Gilroy Gardens. There is a limit of one service animal per guest.

Service animals must be physically controlled on a leash or harness at all times while on our property. Due to the nature of most rides, service animals must remain with a non-riding member of your party. We are not permitted to take control of your service animal. 

Guests whose service animal demonstrates aggressive actions towards other guests or employees will be directed to remove the animal from the park. 

Service animals are permitted only on these rides:

  • Bonfante Railroad
  • Claudia's Carousel (chariot only)
  • Illions Supreme Carousel (chariot only)

Service animals are allowed around water features and attractions with the exception of:

  • Bonfante's Splash Garden Tree Top Sprayground Slide
  • Water Oasis Lagoon and Water Slides

For your convenience, a relief area is located behind the Apple & Worm ride. Please stop by the Welcome Center for more information.

Do you have kennel facilities?

Gilroy Gardens has a very limited kennel facility. We encourage guests to leave their pets at home whenever possible. Special considerations are made for licensed sight, hearing and companion guide dogs (i.e. Service Animals), all of which are allowed to enter the Park.

Is smoking permitted at the park?

For the convenience of all of our guests, smoking of any kind, including vapor and e-cigarettes, is not allowed past the park's entrance turnstiles.