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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  • It is small and there are few games, but it was pretty fun. The very nice place full of lights by Christmas! The very cute wooden roller coaster!
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  • Visited Santa Clara specifically to go to Winterfest at California Great Adventure. A few of the rides were closed, as well as sections of the park. Managed to do all of the good stuff in a few hours....  more »
  • I used to visit Great America 10x a summer as a kid. What happened!? This place went to hell in a hand basket. I remember this place being clean, classy and fun. Now it is just ghetto. Such a sad day ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • I went to the park during Halloween weekend and forgot to write a review. Honestly the night myself and my girlfriend went was terrible, it took an hour to get into the park after spending an hour in traffic to get in and park. Once we finally got inside there was way too many people and the park was so dimly lit we could barely see anything or find a bathroom and there was kids running around everywhere, the decorations were cool and the actors were fun but overall the place seemed very unorganized and we felt uncomfortable and left, turns out the next day people were getting hit with tasers and mugged inside the park! Talk about safe! I’ll never go back!
  • It's a Halloween tradition to come here with my friends and I'm happy to say that we managed to complete every single scary maze this year. I can't handle scary things. I died. It was fun though :)
  • Went to Winterfest! They're winter wonderland with roller coasters. Had a blast, literally no line for most rides on a weeknight! I have a Gold card and keep coming back! Always a great day time!
  • My first time here was so fun! I went last Saturday actually. During the Halloween Haunt is probably the best time of year to go. The line for the haunted houses are pretty long, and you can be there for over an hour; but most of the rides are open and there's hardly a line for any of those. Ed Alonzo's Psycho Circus of Magic & Mayhem is definitely a must see as well!

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