United States California California Guide Things To Do Essentials Where to Stay Itineraries Getaways All California California Theme Parks and Amusement Parks Where to Find Coasters and Fun Throughout the State Written by Arthur Levine Facebook Twitter Arthur is a travel writer with more than 25 years of experience. He has been covering theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and attractions for TripSavvy since 2002. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Arthur Levine Updated 05/03/21 Share Pin Email Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort Walt Disney began a theme park revolution at Disneyland in a sleepy Anaheim orange grove and forever changed our notions of entertainment and vacations. That sleepy orange grove is now a destination resort with two parks, hotels, an entertainment, shopping, and dining district, and more. While Disneyland remains the nexus of California's theme parks, there are other noteworthy parks, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Legoland California, SeaWorld San Diego, and Six Flags Magic Mountain. Let's explore the major and minor parks throughout the state. California theme parks are listed in alphabetical order. 01 of 17 Adventure City in Anaheim Adventure City Yup, there IS more than one theme park in Anaheim. Considerably smaller than its nearby neighbor, Disneyland, Adventure City nonetheless has a nice vibe and some tempting rides. The star is the Rewind Racers, a shuttle coaster that goes both forwards and backwards. The tamer Freeway Coaster offers more pint-sized thrills. Other attractions include a small drop tower ride, a carousel, and a mini Ferris wheel. Visitors can cool off in the unique Rain Room, which showers guests with small droplets and envelops them in fog and mist. Adventure City also offers live entertainment such as magic acts and musical performances. 02 of 17 Belmont Park Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images View Map Address 3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA Get directions Phone +1 858-488-1549 Web Visit website One of the state's (and the country's) few remaining seaside amusement parks is based in San Diego. It is home to the historic Giant Dipper wooden coaster, which dates back to 1925. In addition to the rides, the park offers other attractions such as mini-golf, laser tag, and escape room adventures. 03 of 17 California's Great America Jeremy Thompson/Flickr/CC BY 2.0 View Map Address 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA Get directions Phone +1 408-988-1776 Web Visit website This Santa Clara amusement park includes headlining roller coasters such as Patriot, the wooden Gold Striker, and the inverted Flight Deck. The water park, South Bay Shores, is included with admission (making it the only California park to do so). Special events include Halloween Haunt and the holiday-themed WinterFest. 04 of 17 Castle Park Castle Park The medium-sized Riverside amusement park offers two small roller coasters, some spinning flat rides, a drop tower ride, a log flume ride, bumper cars, kiddie rides, mini-golf, and an arcade. Continue to 5 of 17 below. 05 of 17 Children's Fairyland Children's Fairyland The Oakland storybook-themed park pays homage to Peter Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland, Jack & Jill, and other characters beloved by young kids. Pint-sized rides include a carousel, a mini Ferris wheel, and a scaled-down train that dates back to 1954. There are also puppet shows and other entertainment geared to small fry. 06 of 17 Disneyland Resort Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland View Map Address Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA Get directions Phone +1 714-781-4636 Web Visit website In Anaheim, Disneyland Resort encompasses two theme parks (the original Disneyland and Disney California Adventure), three hotels, and the Downtown Disney dining, shopping, and entertainment center. 07 of 17 Disneyland Park Disneyland View Map Address 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA Get directions Phone +1 714-781-4636 Web Visit website Also in Anaheim, Walt Disney's original theme park set the standard for the industry and remains a magical, evolving place today. Its collection of beloved, classic rides along with more recent E-ticket additions, such as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, make it a must-visit park. 08 of 17 Disney California Adventure Matt Stroshane View Map Address 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA Get directions Phone +1 714-781-4636 Web Visit website The sister park to Disneyland, also based in Anaheim, Disney California Adventure achieved its own identity after a $1.1 billion expansion that included the addition of Cars Land and the magnificent Radiator Springs Racers attraction. The park includes the retro Pixar Pier, which features the Incredicoaster and Toy Story Midway Mania, and Hollywood Land, with the Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout attraction. New in 2021, Disney California Adventure will be opening Avengers Campus. It will feature a Spider-Man ride in which passengers will sling webs along the superhero and character meet-ups with Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Captain America, Captain Marvel, and others. Continue to 9 of 17 below. 09 of 17 El Dorado Frontier El Dorado Frontier Themed to the Gold Rush era, this quirky little park in Long Beach features a narrated train ride aboard the El Dorado Express train. Other attractions include Panning For Goldie’s Treasure, the Crsytal Corral Carousel, the Prospector’s Journey handcar mining buggy ride, and carnival games. There is also live entertainment and food concessions. 10 of 17 Knott's Berry Farm Arthur Levine View Map Address 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA Get directions Phone +1 714-220-5200 Web Visit website In Buena Park, the classic park (which claims to be the country's first theme park) features Ghost Town with the wonderful, restored Calico Mine Ride and Timber Mountain Log Ride, as well as wild coasters, such as Xcelerator and Silver Bullet. The adjacent Soak City water park is not included with admission. 11 of 17 Legoland California Merlin Entertainments View Map Address One Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA Get directions Phone +1 877-376-5346 Web Visit website Geared to the under-12 crowd, Legoland California in Carlsbad is themed to the bright plastic building bricks and Lego characters. Highlights include Miniland, with scale models of U.S. landmarks fashioned out of Lego blocks, the interactive 3D Lego Ninjago dark ride, The Lego Movie 4D (a mini sequel of sorts to the wildly popular film), and coasters and other rides based on the toy brand. There is also a water park and an aquarium, both of which require separate admission, and onsite hotels. New for 2021, Legoland California is debuting The Lego Movie World. The new land will welcome the flying theater attraction, Emmet’s Flying Adventure Ride, the drop tower ride, Unikitty’s Disco Drop, and Queen Watevra's Carousel. Characters from the movies will also be on hand for meet-and-greets. 12 of 17 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk A lovely seaside amusement park that dates back to 1907, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features modern as well as vintage rides such as the (wonderful) Giant Dipper wooden coaster, which was built in 1924. Despite its age, it still packs a potent punch. In addition to a nice collection of spinning rides, kiddie rides, and other staples, the park offers a laser maze, a walk-through haunted experience, laser tag, mini golf, bowling, and more. Continue to 13 of 17 below. 13 of 17 SeaWorld San Diego Radius Images/Getty Images View Map Address 500 Sea World Dr., San Diego, CA 92109, USA Get directions Phone +1 619-222-4732 Web Visit website At the original SeaWorld park (there are others in Orlando and San Antonio), the focus has changed through the years. Once the home of Shamu and his theatrical stadium shows, the park has been transitioning into more of an educational focus. It has been adding more attractions and thrill rides, as well. 14 of 17 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Six Flags View Map Address 1001 Fairgrounds Dr, Vallejo, CA 94589, USA Get directions Phone +1 707-644-4000 Web Visit website In Vallejo, the hybrid zoo/oceanarium/amusement park is unique among Six Flags parks. In addition to the animals, Discovery Kingdom offers wild coasters and thrill rides, including Kong, Medusa, Sky Screamer, and The Joker. 15 of 17 SpeedZone APX Operating Company Located in City of Industry, the large family entertainment center features a number of go-kart tracks, mini-golf, a rock wall, a Ferris wheel, and a roller coaster. 16 of 17 Six Flags Magic Mountain Six Flags View Map Address 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, USA Get directions Phone +1 661-255-4100 Web Visit website One of Six Flags' flagship locations, Magic Mountain in Valencia holds the distinction of having the most roller coasters of any park in the world. Among its standout coasters are X2, the wooden-steel hybrid, Twisted Colossus (which gets a rare 5-star review), and the 100 mph Superman: The Escape. The adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park is not included with admission. Continue to 17 of 17 below. 17 of 17 Universal Studios Hollywood Universal Studios Hollywood/Nathaniel Chadwick View Map Address 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608, USA Get directions Phone +1 800-864-8377 Web Visit website Near Los Angeles in Universal City, the movie-themed park is located at an actual working studio, with tours available. The addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2016 capped an aggressive expansion plan that also included Transformers: The Ride 3D, The Simpsons Springfield land, and a Fast & Furious attraction. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! 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