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Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park
Hearst Castle
Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Winchester Mystery House




Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park

3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy
408-842-2121
www.bonfantegardens.com

Bonfante Gardens Family Theme Park opens for its second season and includes 22 family rides and 20 attractions, five stunning gardens and the intriguing Circus Trees. Families with kids under 12 and active adults who love fun, fresh food and lots of trees will have a great day in Gilroy. Bonfante Gardens will re-open to the public beginning Saturday, May 11, 2002. It is located about 40 miles north of Monterey.

 

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Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Rd, San Simeon
800-444-4445

Located about 90 miles south of Monterey on Highway One, this stately mansion was once home to media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Boasting 165 impeccably furnished rooms, an extensive art and antique collection, enormous swimming pools, gardens, and herds of exotic animals including zebras. The Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument is now part of the California State Parks System, and offers daily tours.

 

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Roaring Camp & Big Trees Railroad

Felton
831-335-4484
www.roaringcamp.com

Nestled in the foothills of Felton, Roaring Camp Big Trees Railroad will please train buffs of all ages with its steam train rides through the majestic redwood forests of Santa Cruz County. Highlights include an 1880s logging town, beautiful picnic area, and hearty chuckwagon BBQs. Located about 50 miles northeast of Monterey.

 

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

400 Beach St, Santa Cruz
831-426-7433
www.beachboardwalk.com

Featuring one of the oldest wooden rollercoasters in the countrythe Giant Dipperthe Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an easy day trip from Monterey, just 40 miles north on Highway One. A great place to experience family fun in the sun at the only major seaside amusement park on the West Coast, it offers more than 30 carnival rides, place games, arcades plus miniature golf and laser tag.

 

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Winchester Mystery House

525 S. Winchester Blvd, San Jose
408-247-2000
www.winchestermysteryhouse.com

Beautiful yet bizarre, some say the estate of Sara Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune, is haunted! But why else did she build staircases that lead to nowhere, insist on a window built into the floor, and doors that open into blank walls? Guides will tell amazing but inexplicable stories and let the visitor decide whether ghosts have indeed kept residence in the mansion. Located in San Jose, an hour's drive north on Highway 101 from the Monterey Peninsula.

 

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