California's Great America
Rides and so much more! Discover why California's Great America is Northern California's best choice for family fun and adventure! There's something for everyone from mild to wild!
If speed and adventure are your calling card, don't miss our THRILL RIDES, including Flight Deck and Vortex. If slower speeds are for you, FAMILY RIDES such as Carousel Columbia or Barney Oldfield Speedway are perfect.
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.
California has a lot of great theme parks. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. If you live in the south bay, I imagine it's convenient. If you're traveling from outside the area, you should probably choose Six Flags or Disneyland. The price is comparable, but the rides here are a let down and the wait-times are long.
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!
Overall, great experience. My daughter loved it. Kinda upset that the water park portion closes so early. You think it would stay open til it actually gets dark out.