It's not enormous, but the water park at California's Great America offers a great way to cool down after a hot day on the coasters and other rides. Called Boomerang Bay, the park features an Austrailian theme. Among the highlights is Didgeridoo Falls, a family raft ride and Down Under Thunder, a halfpipe-style slide. Other more aggressive attractions include the enclosed body slides, Screamin' Wombat and Ripsnort Ridge.
Younger kids and those seeking a less intense experience, will want to check out Jackaroo Landing, an interactive water play center with small slides, sprayer elements, and a giant tipping bucket. Boomerang Bay also offers the Great Barrier Reef wave pool and the Castaway Creek lazy river.
Toddlers have their own attraction, Kookaburra Cay. It includes small fountains, and other fun ways to get wet. Toddlers could also join their families at Boomerang Lagoon, a large heated pool with shallow water.
In addition to the twisting slides and other typical water park features, the park offers swimming lessons and junior lifeguard training. The classes require an additional fee and are for season pass holders.
California's Great America general admission passes include access to both the water park attractions and the dry rides. (It is the only theme park in California to include water park admission at no extra charge.) Reduced prices available for seniors (62+) and juniors (48"and under). Children under 3 are admitted at no charge. Reduced prices available for tickets purchased in advance and online at the park's Web site. Season passes available.
Private cabanas are available to rent. Inner tubes are provided, but guests can rent tubes to use throughout the day at the water park. Complimentary lifejackets are available.
What's to Eat?
There are plenty of dining options throughout California's Great America. Inside the water park, Crocodile Canteen offers pizza, chicken strips, hot dogs, wraps, and other fare. Note that guests are not allowed to bring their own food or drinks into the park.
See the Park
California's Great America and Boomerang Bay Photo Gallery
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Location and Phone
Santa Clara (near San Jose), CA
From San Francisco: US 101 S to Great America Parkway exit
From San Jose: US 101 N to Great America Parkway exit
From Oakland: I-880 S to 237 W to Great America Parkway exit