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Theme Parks In California

Vacation Thrills In Southern California

This is an overview of theme parks in California, to help you plan your visit, whether as part of your 2 week vacation, or just a one day getaway. On the list below, you will find a brief description, the location, the hours open, the costs, and where to get tickets.

Also, we are focusing on Southern California theme parks, for those who want to combine beach vacation fun with theme park thrills.

The theme parks below are divided by county, from north to south.

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Los Angeles County Theme Parks

  • Universal Studios Theme Park - Rides and attractions centering around the movies. Harry Potter ride is coming soon, probably spring 2016
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
    Theme park north of Los Angeles full of thrilling roller coasters and other rides.
  • Six Flags Hurricane Harbor - next to Magic Mountain, but primarily a water park

Orange County Theme Parks

  • Knotts Soak City - Orange County
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Includes not only Disneyland Park, but also California Adventures, which is right next door.

  • Knotts Berry Farm
  • Originally a western themed park, Knotts has its share of very cool roller coasters and rides. This fun theme park in Buena Park tends to be more laid back and not as crowded as Disneyland.
    More on Knotts Berry Farm

San Diego County Theme Parks

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  • Knotts Soak City - San Diego County
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Sea World
    Lots of water rides and sea animals to enjoy at this aquatic life theme park.
    More on Sea World San Diego
  • Belmont Park San Diego
  • This is an amusement park at the beach, full of rides, attractions, midway games, a plunge and a wave pool.
    More on Belmont Park San Diego

  • Wild Animal Park San Diego
  • A huge wildlife sanctuary in North County lets you view many wild animals in natural habitat. Now called San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
    More on Wild Animal Park San Diego

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