California Theme Parks - California Theme Park Attractions

California is known for its many world-class theme parks and amusement parks. Below are descriptions of BeachCalifornia approved parks and attractions and information on how to buy discounted tickets. Enjoy your trip to California's Theme Parks!

Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure 

1313 Harbor Boulevard

Anaheim, California

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characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse are in the house for great photos with your family on a California theme park vacation. Disneyland and its second  theme park, California Adventure, just keep getting better. It's A Small World Ride, The Tea Cups, and a horse-drawn cart along Main Street to Sleeping Beauty's Castle are classic favorites that offer a fantasy trip you won't forget. Whether you choose popular budget hotels and theme packages or upscale resort hotels, you're in for the most amazing, delightful experience as you explore themed areas and enjoy Disneyland Resort rides shown in our park videos. For just a few days you can live in a world of fantasy like you've never seen. Surrounded by colorful rides, parades, live entertainment, fireworks shows and delicious food, you need to forget the job at home and just escape. As you enter Main Street, USA to the whimsy of Mickey's Toontown, explore eight "lands". Disney theme parks celebrates the Happiest Celebration on Earth with a new Space Mountain, plus over
85 attractions, 21 shows, 70 restaurants and 91 shops where you can buy some really cool souvenirs, clothes and gifts.


Disney's California Adventure® and Disneys Grand Californian Hotel
Shows, parades and attractions at Disney's California Adventure™ park include The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Heimlich's Chew Chew Train ride on the back of a hungry caterpillar, Disney's spectacular fireworks show and special parades such as the Electrical Parade-Lights!



Universal Studios Hollywood
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA

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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 shop, eat and enjoy an experience catered to your preference. Billed as the World's Largest Movie Studio and Theme Park, Universal Studios Hollywood puts you so close you can hear the cameras rolling. Get an inside look at the sets and uncover the behind-the-scenes secrets of legendary films. Put yourself in big movie action! Face the rage of the world's first blockbuster roller coaster, Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride. From blockbuster movies to City Walk nightlife, shopping, dining and entertainment, plan on spending an entire day at this great attraction.  Coming in 2008 is The Simpsons attraction.


Knott's Berry Farm & Soak City 
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, California
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Knotts Berry Farm theme park features Old West flavor as guests take a train ride, a stagecoach and wander through a ghost town.  What was once an actual berry farm is now 160 acres of world class rides, unique family shows and one of a kind attractions. At America's favorite theme park, experience GhostRider the world's best wooden roller coaster, Supreme Scream, 30-stories up, 3 seconds down and the high-octane thrill of Xcelerator, rated the world's best launch coaster, sending riders 0-80 in 2.3 seconds. For a different type of thrill, stroll on over to Camp Snoopy, home to the beloved PEANUTS gang.



Whether on vacation or not, you'll certainly feel like it when you visit a theme park such as Disneyland or Universal Studios Hollywood.  4 out of 10 California theme park vacations include families where they bring the kids with them to enjoy amusement rides, meet cartoon characters and explore themes such as aquariums, movie-making and zoo animals.


In fact, more children go with mom and dad on theme park vacations than on  beach vacations and other types of getaways, thanks to product licensing, television and movies.  After a child watches an ad for Disneyland or Six Flags Marine World Discovery Kingdom, do you he's going to let the folks off the hook?  Find out how California theme parks rank world wide.



 California Top Theme Park Attractions  Annual Visits
Disneyland, Anaheim 13,360,000
Disney’s California Adventure 5,630,000
Universal Studios Hollywood 5,000,000
SeaWorld, San Diego 4,000,000
Knott’s Berry Farm 3,580,000
San Diego Zoo 3,200,000
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 3,000,000
Six Flags Magic Mountain 2,700,000
Monterey Bay Aquarium 1,947,600
Paramount’s Great America 1,930,000
San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park 1,500,000
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Marine World 1,450,000
Legoland 1,430,000







Legoland California   
One Legoland Drive
Carlsbad, California

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Legoland: Legoland® California is built for Real Family Fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Everybody's sure to have a great time together, whether you're taking on hilarious challenges in the Fun Town Fire Academy fire truck race, experiencing the excitement of Coastersaurus and digging for fossils at Dino Island - or getting into the splash of things at AQUAZONE® Wave Racers. What's more, LEGOLAND has action-packed live shows to delight the entire family, as well as many wonderful restaurants. It's limitless fun.


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Marine World  
2001 Marine World Pkwy
Vallejo, CA 94589

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Six Flags Marine World is America's only combination wildlife park, oceanarium and theme park. Six Flags Marine World, Northern California’s premier entertainment facility features 140 acres of a roaring good time. From Shouka the beautiful killer whale to Medusa a fast, fearless world-class roller coaster to a well known “wascally rabbit,” Six Flags Marine World is a once-in-a-lifetime experience filled with marine life, wildlife, breath-taking rides and spectacular shows for the entire family to enjoy. Six Flags Marine World consists of an impressive list of playtime gear including 35 rides that range from world-class roller coasters to family-friendly rides, nine sensational shows and more than 35 animal attractions. Enjoy “Ocean Discovery,” a unique Caribbean-themed ocean experience that puts guests up close and personal with dolphins, stingrays, warm-weathered penguins and sea lions.


San Diego Zoo 
2920 Zoo Drive in Balboa Park
San Diego, CA

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San Diego Zoo: The 100-acre Zoo is home to 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies, and a prominent botanical collection with more than 700,000 exotic plants. It is located just north of downtown San Diego in Balboa Park. Enjoy show, rides and zoo exhibits that include Monkey Trails and Forest Tales, Giant Panda Research Station, Absolutely Apes, Ituri Forest, Gorilla Tropics/Scripps Aviary, Polar Bear Plunge, Children's Zoo, Rain Forest Aviary, Tiger River
Sun Bear Forest, Flamingo Lagoon, Reptile Mesa Guided Bus Tour, Skyfari Aerial Tram and Balboa Park Miniature Railroad rides for an extra fee are available.


San Diego Wild Animal Park 
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California

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The Wild Animal Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. Its renowned botanical collection represents 3,500 species and 1.5 million specimens. Over half of the Park’s 1,800 acres have been set aside as protected native species habitat. It is located 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of downtown San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley near Escondido, California. San Diego Wild Animal Park includes The Wgasa Bush Line Railway, Photo Caravan Safari Tour, Cheetah Run Safari and ZooWerks—The Ride: GLACIER RUN 3-D! Exhibits include: Lion Camp, Condor Ridge, Heart of Africa, Elephant Overlook, Lorikeet Landing, Nairobi Village, Kilimanjaro Safari Walk, African Aviary, many shows throughout the day and more!


SeaWorld San Diego
500 SeaWorld Drive
San Diego, CA 92109

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®  San Diego has grown from a small collection of marine animals into one of the largest and most respected marine zoological collections in the world. Its three parks are accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association. Rides include Shipwreck Rapids, Wild Arctic, Skyride, Skytower, Journey To Atlantis. Attractions: Forbidden Reef, Manatee Rescue, Penguin Encounter, Shark Encounter, Rocky Point Preserve, Tide Pools, Wild Arctic, Shamu's Happy Harbor, Freshwater Aquarium, Aquarium de la Mer, World of the Sea Aquarium and Coco Loco Arcade and Games. Dolphin Encounter and daily shows are other features at this exciting theme park.


Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valencia, CA
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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 16 world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions for the entire family. The Park is home to 11 different world records! Rides include: Cyclone 500, Deja Vu, Dive Devil where you go without a parachute on this 150-foot, 60 mile-per-hour free fall, Flashback-the world's only hairpin drop coaster, Freefall-an unrestricted drop from the top of a 10-story tower, plunging at 55 miles-per-hour in just two seconds, Grinder Gearworks-the gears of this wild ride twirl you high into the air, plastered to the wall at a 45-degree angle, Ninja-suspended, swinging black trains accelerate to speeds up to 55 miles-per-hour, Superman the Escape-blasting out of the station, riders accelerate from 0-100 miles-per-hour in seven seconds before shooting straight up a 41 story tower, X-the world's one and only fourth dimensional roller coaster and many daring, easy and even kiddie coaster rides.


Monterey Bay Aquarium 
886 Cannery Row
Monterey, California 93940
Español: 800-555-3656

Monterey Bay Aquarium: From special exhibits of sharks and jellies, to special events and programs, come discover why we're recognized as the nation's finest aquarium and No. 3 top-rated family attraction in the United States. Located on Monterey's historic Cannery Row, just minutes from Carmel and Pebble Beach, with each visit, you'll find something new—and your visit supports conservation of the oceans. Exhibits include the Outer Bay, Splash Zone, Kelp Forest, Sandy Shore, Sea Otters, Save Seahorses and many more.


Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 
400 Beach Street
Santa Cruz 95060


The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is a half-mile long historic amusement park next to Santa Cruz’s mile long main beach. It includes more than 35 rides and attractions (featuring two national historic landmarks: the 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster and the 1911 Looff Carousel plus plenty of modern ride thrills), dozens of restaurants, shops, games, indoor arcades, and miniature golf. Enjoy Double Shot, Haunted Castle, Riptide
Sky Glider, Cliff Hanger, Fireball, Crazy Surf, Typhoon and many thrills. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it's old fashioned fun in the Original Surf City.


Pacific Park
Santa Monica
(310) 260-8744
Pacific Park is Santa Monica's classic-style seaside pier park, built in 1996. The amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier includes arcades, thrill rides and a unique Ferris wheel that's solar powered. Also enjoy the classic National Historic Landmark Looff Carousel. Enjoy a sprawling complex of rides, restaurants, shopping carts, artists creating portraits for customers and outdoor concerts. 


Paramount's Great America Santa Clara
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Paramount's Great America is Northern California's favorite place for family fun and thrills starring your kids' favorite Nickelodeon
® characters, and the most kids rides and attractions in the Bay Area. Showtime features live stage productions at the only place in the Bay Area where kids can meet and play with their favorite Nickelodeon® friends. Rides include Delirium-a powerful spinning pendulum that will send you whirling, Top Gun®-Soar through a 360-degree vertical loop, two 270-degree afterburn turns, a full-circle wingover, and a zero gravity roll. If that's not enough, you take this 50-mile-per-hour flight in a floorless coach, suspended below the coaster's steel track, Delirium-a powerful spinning pendulum that will send you whirling, Psycho Mouse-Northern California's ultimate new family coaster with 14 crazy twists and turns along 1,257 feet of track, Invertigo-race through loops and boomerangs, and then back again! First you're pulled up 138 feet above the ground. Then, speed down the lift, and shoot up into a "boomerang," a 180-degree turn with double inverted side-winders. Exploding out of the boomerang, head into a 72-foot-high vertical loop before rocketing to the top of the second 138-foot lift. You'll have just enough time to catch your breath before you do the whole thing again in the opposite direction, Drop Zone Stunt Tower, Vortex, Xtreme Skyflyer and many more thrills.


Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Call: 1 (800) 616-2695  

Safari West features a wildlife preserve set amongst the hills near California Sonoma / Napa County wine country. Located in Santa Rosa, home to the Charles Schulz Museum and Luther Burbank Rose Gardens, this amazing preserve features several types of experiences. You can ride a tram through the preserve to see the animals on a larger vehicle or take a personalized Jeep safari ride with a small group that enters into the actual gated areas where the animals live and graze. On this tour you will not be allowed to get out of the vehicle or pick up anything that may fall out Jeep. If you don't mind a few little critters, you can rent an African style tent with running water, a shower and flush toilet plus space heater and spend a wild night listening to the nocturnal animals calling in the dark not far from your cabin.


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California's major theme park attractions make California the theme park capital.  Beginning with Disneyland first, then Knotts Berry Farm, two original Southern California theme parks compete for ticket sales with Universal Studios Hollywood, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Magic Mountain and SeaWorld.  Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure top the chart in attendance, while  Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm, San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld, Six Flags Magic Mountain Vallejo, Legoland, Golden Gate Park and Universal Studios Hollywood work constantly with new rides, shows and easier access so you'll come see them as well.  California theme parks within an hour's drive of the California beaches, offer a dynamo California Kids Vacations. Whether you're visiting a business conference or coming on a family vacation, don't forget the kids (if you have any), when planning a California theme park vacation.  We sell tickets!




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