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. To visit California's Great America and other attractions in Santa Clara, use our Santa Clara online trip builder .
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  • If you are planning on attending a SF 49er football game or if you are in the Silicon Valley to hobnob with techies be sure to carve out an afternoon California's Great America Park. Easy to get to wi...  more »
  • This place is ok for someone who has never visited a theme park. Most of the rides had long lines ~60-70minutes so the Fast Lane Pass is a must. Food was expensive and not of a quality that matched th...  more »
  • After first glimpse of this place my eyes dazzled by here's glamour. One of its most notable attractions ], Gold Striker has been a top ranked wooden roller coaster.  more »
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  • We went on a Sunday in March and it was awesome. No lines on anything! The Mass Effect: New Earth ride is great if you're a fan of the games. The gold striker and the drop are both top-tier thrill rides. Such a great day. If I ever come to Santa Clara again I will go to this park again.
  • Great America will always hold a special place in my heart. I spent my teenage years coming here often and now my kids enjoy coming here all the time. It's possibly my daughter's favorite place in the world. A fantastic theme park and a piece of Santa Clara history. "Enjoy your best day ever at California's Great America!"
  • We decided to check out the new winter attractions and shows. We both enjoyed ourselves greatly. The ice rink was hopping and although I don't skate anymore, it was fun to watch the little kids and older kids at heart try out the ice. The lights were everywhere and so pretty. There were so many things to look at and even vendors with gift booths. We had dinner at the park and our food was hot and tasty. We saw people we had not seen in years. One of us was even remembered by Snoopy! All in all, it was a fun night out.
  • Small park with older rides, so doesn't satisfy a Six Flags craving. But entertaining with a few medium sized roller coasters (the Gold Digger is very rough on the back and joints). I took the sunset photos from the top of the tower ride. For thrill, the drop tower is 225 ft where all but the last 20 or so feet is a perfect free fall. I rode that multiple times. The giant spinning disk (can't remember the name) that also translates on a small s shaped track might appear as a vomit ride, but is not at all and quite fun. The large size of the disk makes it less jerky so you can enjoy the motions. One small problem with the ride is the back bumper swings from behind and literally slams into your back. Hurts if you're not expecting it.
  • Great Amusement park with great thrilling rides and a lot of good rides for kids. Good food throughout the park but sometimes a bit pricy but that is expected of any amusement park. They also have a peanuts themed section of the park. With Charlie Brown and snoopy. All in all, cool rides and attractions.
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