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California's Great America, Santa Clara

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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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  • Great america was alright. There aren't too many rides even with the new water park. If you don't want to get lost, get a free map or download their app. Great america need to add direction or arrows ...  more »
  • Spent a good day here at beginning of June. Park was not too busy, so no long waiting times in lines for attractions. Staff were friendly and seemed to be very safety conscious. Park itself was lookin...  more »
  • My husband and I split up and he did the big coasters with our older kids and I was able to take our 2 year old over to the "Peanuts" area and she was able to do several rides. We ate in the park, we ...  more »
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  • The rides are fun! The park itself seems a little neglected, although I am looking at it though adult eyes and not a teenager... So it's possible that it has always looked like that. The food is alright. I had the garlic fries on a pedestal (what I remember from 10 years ago) and they really fell short. The food set up is odd. You go to mini automated kiosks place you order, go to the counter with your receipt and they send you to the appropriate window. It's an interesting filtration process. However, as the parent of a teenager I'm sure we will be back more times than my bank account will appreciate.
  • Not bad rides. Not amazing. If you have a 4 year old they definitely will have fun. Park rides could use better maintenance in some cases (were told the ride was broken twice after waiting through the line. The water park has nice enough facilities. The bathrooms definitely need an update and better maintenance. The food could also definitely be improved.
  • Fun rides that aren't too scary for the youngins'. They still have some classics like The Grizzly and Demon that I have fond memories of. It's closer and more affordable than Disney! Bring swim suits and towels because they have water rides and a fantastic water "park" included in your admission. If you forget your swim stuff they sell suits. Went on a Monday and pretty much walked right on to all the rides!
  • Lots of rides were not open. The prices for season ticks is high considering most things you have to pay for once your in the park. Nice party was the day we went it was not to crowded. The drink pass was great.. definitely worth it. Some places ran out of ice and food items. Not good for just starting the season.
  • I just love Great America! My favorite thing there is the Grizzly Bear. It is so fast and scary and that is just how I like it! I really want to go there again during the summer but I am pretty sure I am because a lot of us that live in my house really love the place. Sometimes, even my cousins and ants and uncles and other family come with us because why only have 7 people go. Sometimes it is only us 7 people who go and it is still fun to go there without other relatives but we mostly go with other family members who do not live in my home.

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