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California has more theme parks and amusement parks than any other state in the union. If you are traveling in Southern California or in the San Francisco Bay Area, chances are there’s a park near you.

Some of the amusement parks have adjacent waterparks if you or your kids want to get wet when it’s hot out. Of course you can still get soaked in your clothes on log rides and white-water rafting trips at some of the major parks.

California’s Great America

Disney, Knott’s, and Six Flags may have set the standard quite high for thrilling and entertaining parks, but there are many smaller amusement parks around California. Most are geared at kids and families instead of scaring the bejesus out of teens and adults. So if you are looking for something simpler, less expensive, and less time-consuming, then consider some of the smaller parks.

Attractions on this map

  • Disneyland


    Disneyland vacations are some of the most popular California family experiences. You can stay at the theme park in the Craftsman-style Disney’s Grand Californian with a room overlooking the theme […]

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  • Disney California Adventure Park

    Disney California Adventure Park

    Are you looking for an adventure that includes fun rides to sweep you off your feet? California Adventure will do that to you. Soar in a ride that takes you […]

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  • Knott’s Berry Farm

    Knott’s Berry Farm

    Welcome to the land of Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Knott’s Berry Farm is a mix of the Old West entertainment and extreme thrill. Six themed areas…Ghost Town, Camp Snoopy, […]

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  • Legoland California

    Legoland California

    LEGOLAND theme park in Carlsbad, California should be added to your vacation list, especially if you have kids. While bigger kids can have fun here, youngsters from ages “baby” to […]

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  • Knott’s Soak City Waterpark

    Knott’s Soak City Water Park

    Soak City is one of Orange County’s top theme park attractions and there are several great ones nearby including Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and Knott’s other nearby park Knott’s Berry […]

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  • Universal Studios Hollywood

    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the top theme parks in Southern California. When you buy Universal Studios Hollywood Tickets, you aren’t limited to just theme park fun. You can […]

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  • California’s Great America

    California’s Great America

    Great America is Northern California’s favorite place for family fun and thrills starring your kids’ favorite Snoopy characters, and the most kids rides and attractions in the Bay Area. The Planet […]

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  • SeaWorld San Diego

    SeaWorld San Diego

    SeaWorld San Diego is on the shores of Mission Bay north of Downtown San Diego. The park opened in 1964 and has been thriving ever since. It’s a popular park […]

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  • Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Six Flags Magic Mountain

    Six Flags Magic Mountain has the largest collection of XTREME roller coasters on the Planet! Known world wide as a thrill ride haven, Six Flags Magic Mountain features world-class roller […]

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  • Santa Cruz Boardwalk

    Santa Cruz Boardwalk

    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk offers more than 30 amusement park rides from roller coasters to kiddie rides, four arcades with both vintage machines and hundreds of modern video games, a […]

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  • Belmont Park (San Diego)

    Belmont Park

    San Diego’s Mission Beach Belmont Park is a beach amusement park reminiscent of traditional thrill parks that Americans enjoyed in the early 1900s. Filled with fun kiddie boat rides and […]

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  • Pacific Park (on Santa Monica Pier)

    Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier

    Pacific Park is Santa Monica’s amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier. On a beautiful, sunny Southern California afternoon thousands of people stroll onto the pier to enjoy a sprawling […]

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  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

    Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is a unique thrill ride amusement park mixed with an aquarium and zoo. It is located 30 miles northeast of San Francisco in Vallejo. The officials […]

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  • Adventure City (Anaheim kids park)

    Adventure City

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  • Castle Park

    Castle Park

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  • Aquatica Waterpark San Diego

    Aquatica Waterpark San Diego

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  • Children’s Fairyland

    Children’s Fairyland

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  • Boomerang Bay Waterpark

    Boomerang Bay Waterpark

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  • Legoland Water Park

    Legoland Water Park

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  • Trees of Mystery Bryce June15

    Trees of Mystery

    Trees of Mystery is a nature based theme park in Klamath along the northern coast of California. They have a gondola ride that climbs nearly 600 feet in a third of a […]

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  • Gilroy Gardens

    Gilroy Gardens

    Gilroy Gardens is the brain child of Michael Bonfante, owner of a chain of northern California Nob Hill grocery stores. This 75-acre theme park has ecology at its roots. Gilroy […]

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  • Balboa Fun Zone

    Balboa Fun Zone

    The Newport Beach Balboa Fun Zone with its small Ferris Wheel has long been a tradition for families with kids who come to play near the ocean. For years it was […]

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  • Winchester Mystery House

    Winchester Mystery House

    Winchester Mystery House in San Jose is named after a wealthy widow Sarah L. Winchester. She began a construction project of such magnitude in 1884 that it was to occupy […]

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  • Sonoma TrainTown Railroad

    Sonoma TrainTown Railroad

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