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California's Great America, Santa Clara

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.5/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
Experience the amusement park with the most roller coasters and water rides in Northern California when you visit California's Great America. Feel the rush of the dives and turns of the roller coasters, or go for the thrill of rides like Drop Zone, where you can get the feeling of a free fall. Enjoy the myriad family rides, such as the carousel or centrifuge. Younger ones also may enjoy Kidzville, which features attractions without height limits. Peanuts characters roam about for pictures. For thrills in the water, head to Boomerang Bay, the attached water park. Using our international travel planner, Santa Clara attractions like California's Great America can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Husband and I decided to try out the Halloween HAUNT at great America. We paid $15 a person to do the buffet before. Absolute horrible and dry and there were supposed to be "monsters" roaming around a...  read more »
  • In an attempt to solve an online or mobile ticket I pushed to my limits. Not one of my credit cards or PayPal accepted together with my German address. This was especially annoying because the ticket online is cheaper than at the cashier $25. Tough luck, despite complaints, I had to pay the full price on the spot. After all, at the same price, I got a season pass. The exhibition went very quickly at the customer service desk. The park itself has come partly in the years and the rides are less lovingly designed. This applies also to the waiting areas. Luckily, it was completely empty and standing on I had anywhere. Gold striker (super rapid wooden roller coaster) were my favorite rides, flight deck (hanging coaster) and drop Tower (free fall). This year's novelty was also quite well done mass effect, a 4D-Simulator with live actors. After 3.5 hours I had all through and my favorites even several times. Shows were held not in October and the meal offer consisted entirely of Fast Food. You may have been here before, but six flags and the much more expensive large worth like Disney and universal significantly more.
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  • California Great America is one of the best deals for a family or anyone wanting to have some fun. There season pass deal is a great deal and on the payment plan it's perfect for my family. We go 4 to...  read more »
  • A small/medium amusement park compared to some of the other larger parks that are well-known, but for its size and location Great America offers some quality family fun. 3-4 loop coasters. 6-8 non-loop coasters. ~10 carnival type rides (swings, carousel, etc.). The food has been improving along with the themed days (Halloween haunt). While Cedar Fair (the owners) have not really put a ton of new rides in over the last 10 years, they do seem to be investing more in the park lately. This has improved the park, but the Gold Pass has also raised in price due to this. The Gold Pass is still worth it if you get it early in the season. Great funnel cakes, easy grounds to walk around, and a small water park that doesn't require a separate ticket. The water park is a nice addition, but doesn't really stand on its own. Needs about 2 more large water slides in my opinion to hold my attention for more than an hour or so.
  • For kids or adults with children, I think this place has some appeal. But after returning from a last visit more than 10 years ago, not much has changed. Top Gun isn't called "Top Gun" anymore, but my younger company seemed to think it's still the best ride. But it's hard for me to recommend the place other than for people who love rides. There's something lacking that I can't place; but if someone can figure that out, I think this place could be at best a four star destination. The food options are as bad as what you expect at a movie theater, but I don't think it has to be that way. Yes, the majority of customers must be high schoolers at the older end of the spectrum; but for the adults forced to babysit and wait around all day, it'd be great to have at least one healthy food source for sustenance. Just an opinion from a grumpy old man who doesn't know how to have fun, I guess; but some decent food while I'm at it might be nice.
  • Haven't been there in years went back and had a great time. I got there early and my advice is to get there early. Food is expensive as expected but they have a decent enough variety. There's enough to keep you busy the whole day and not get bored. The water park is cool but mostly for kids, still nice though. I'll be getting the season pass next year.
  • I recently visited 2 days ago and brought my son to the water park (boomerang bay) and we swam in the wave pool for hours! We have gold passes and it's so nice to be able to come whenever we want to go swimming or get on rides and it's conveniently close by! I love getting on the gold striker, tiki twirl, and flight deck. I also come to the haunt every year and I'm excited for the new winter event! :)
  • Good number of all level rides. Parking way too far from the gates. Short queues on most days. Don't compare with will be mighty disappointed. Annual pass value for money for locals as it gives free parking + admission to giloy gardens. Huge queues for converting pass to card.
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