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California's Great America, Santa Clara
(3.5/5 based on 460+ 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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  • We went the weekend before Halloween, so it was rather busy. I Have learned from other places in Florida, spend a little more and get the upgraded pass which allows front of the line access, since we ...  more »
  • First time to this park. As a roller coaster fan, I have visited Magic Mountain, Cedar Point, Knott's Berry Farm, Disney, Universal and both Busch Gardens. Gold Striker is one of the best wooden coast...  more »
  • Place was clean, staff was friendly, while I didn't eat-wasn't hungry, they did have soda fountains... was a nice touch. Coke products to include lemonade. 
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  • “Wooden(!)-'ve Believed It” Okay ignore the poor grammar, spelling and awful pun of the title for just a moment and let me explain why i called it this. California's Great America has a modern built, old-world feel, Wooden Rollercoaster that will knock your frickin' socks off (at high speed on tight bends). The coaster is beautifully constructed and looks amazing, when you get on to it you will observe that the carriages sit on rails, flat rails, flat steel rails. There are no underhooking wheels to go below the rails. You are strapped in quite tight, yanked up a high climb and then dropped off. So far so good. Did I mention that the rails and wheels are not attached to each other? On the turns, bumps and drops of this coaster you get real airtime, I mean REAL airtime. the coaster leaves the rails and you get a sense of flating that is not pleasant it is downright terrifying. Oh, I had best review the rest of the park. This is a well-maintained and pretty park with some good coasters. I wasn't able to get to see the full majesty as i was there as part of a special Google day so only a few rides were available. The ones I went on were very good. The park was nicely laid out and clean and the hotdogs and ice cream were everything you'd expect. However, who cares, if you can get there make sure to go on the wooden coaster, and make sure you don't go on it just after eating. Visited October 2014
  • The establishment is bot only way to expensive but they treat their younger first job experience employee horribly. They do not provide adequate work stations if you work in merch. They are very closed minded when it comes to their employess tattoo and or small piercing. For such a huge variety of entertainment they offer maybe they should allow employees/ future employees to wear short sleve on hot days and or gauged ears or little nose rings maybe they would be able to keep their new hired employees if they were more flexable or offered some kind of trAining and little carts that transport the workers across park the human resources people should not hire a teenagwr and then say they lost the paper work just because they couldntfind it ...to lazy to look in filedrawer which is where they found my daughters on bottom thrown in there not filed after the human resource main lady stood there and expressed how only a hour to go the leaving for vacation after telling my daughter that they threw away her whole hiring packet and to refil it out. .then another helper lol went and found the file i explained above.they gave my daughter the run around for over a month then another two weeks horrible first job experience
  • Always been a favorite spot for my family and I, but it just seems like there is very little expansion throughout the entire park. For me, the greatest appeal of the park is of course the kids attractions and the sense nostalgia I get. Unfortunately, there is a lack of freshness and change/growth in the park. I understand that there probably hasn't been much funding for expansion since the Paramount days, but due to the large influx of people and attention Santa Clara gets from Levis, one would think that more attention to the expansion of the park would be in order. Regardless, I'm still a season pass holder because of the convenience of bringing my girls to the park whenever they want, but because of the lack of change, my kids aren't really begging to go. If there are changes like: parades, more rides/ attractions /shows, then the park would surly get more attention. Sad, because I really love GA. I grew up going there during the Paramount days. Its sad to see whats become of it.
  • I'm 46 and haven't been to this park since 8th grade. The Demon was the newest ride . I have to say that I had an amazing time this last weekend! The lines were super short , 5 min wait if that and the food was delicious! We had a basket of chicken strips and fries that were huge! There were 4 of us , hubby , 18 year old , 15 year old and myself and we couldn't finish it! Later on that evening we went back for the Haunted Halloween . It was so much fun going through the haunted exhibits. We let the girls go off on more rides while the hubby and I took in some shows. Had more fun! Only disappointing factor was that everywhere we went smelled of booze and weed. Security desperately needs to step it up some . Other then that we had so much fun that we are now season pass holders :)
  • The shows are really cool, this is the first year they are offering something for the winter season, so we'll have to wait how good it turns out. But the halloween decorations are very fun and not to scary if you go with younger kids during the day. A gold membership also gets you into Gilroy Gardens but you still have to pay the parking pass ($14 the time this review was written.)