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.
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
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