This summer, you won't want to miss the chance to hit some of the seven
best theme parks in California for some fun in the sun. From sky-high
roller coasters like Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath to good
old-fashioned family fun at amusement parks like Disneyland, you can
find the theme park that fits the fun you seek!
1. Best amusement park roller coaster
Whether it's the more than 200-foot drop into a hole in the ground or
the complete stop, leaving you hanging on your side above the ground,
Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath is known as one of the best roller
coasters in California. For the best experience, wait the extra few
minutes for the front seat.
2. Best theme park thrill ride
Combining a 115-foot drop and a lot of water, the Perilous Plunge
roller coaster at Knott's Berry Farm will leave you feeling like you're
riding down a waterfall. The 75-degree drop-off is just a few feet short
of Niagara Falls' height, and will have you screaming at the top of
your lungs. Just remember to bring a towel!
3. Best theme park for families
The "happiest place on earth" offers two great amusement parks for
every member of your family. With baby centers that include facilities
for diaper changing, nursing and bottle feeding throughout Disneyland,
Disney's California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District, visitors
young and old can have fun with the comforts of home while hanging with
the Disney family of characters.
4. Best amusement park for adults
Universal Studios Hollywood - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City
Hollywood magic is brought to life when you get a VIP pass to
Universal Studios' movie-based theme park. Although there are
attractions and shows for every age, this amusement park is best suited
for teens and adults due to loud noises, high action and life-like
5. Best water park
Raging Waters - 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas
Nestled inside the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park's boundaries,
Southern California's largest water park is packed with seasonal water
park fun. With a lazy river, rafting slides and body slides at every
thrill level, water play areas and gentle water fun designed especially
for babies and preschoolers, you can cool off while having a sizzling
6. Best theme park for kids
This Lego-themed amusement park uses its famous plastic building
blocks everywhere they can, including their rides. Legoland offers fun
for older and younger visitors, but is best for families with kids ages 4
to 9 years old.
7. Best amusement park for teens
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom - 2001 Marine World Pkwy., Vallejo, CA 94589
Take thrilling roller coasters, wild animals and marine life, and
you're guaranteed a day of fun. With thrill rides for the adventure
seeker and family-friendly fun, you'll feel safe letting your teens
spend time exploring the park on their own.