15 Best Theme Parks and Amusement Parks in California

All along the coast, you’ll find parks of all stripes that you, your friends, or your family can enjoy together. Relaxed outdoor adventures, kiddie rides galore, or exhilarating thrill rides—California delivers it all.

SeaWorld San Diego features both animals and amusement park attractions. Here, you can touch a real stingray one minute and fly by on a roller coaster the next.

SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO

Dedicated entirely to the famous building blocks, the parks invites your family to admire the intricate mini LEGO worlds designed to look exactly like famous cities.

LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA RESORT

Belmont Park is a historic amusement park located along the boardwalk in Mission Beach. After spending the day at the beach, venture here for a ride on the famous Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster.

BELMONT PARK

Whether your kid is experiencing it all for the first time or you’re visiting for the nostalgia of your own childhood, this park is where the magic happens.

DISNEYLAND PARK

Photo: Disneyland Resort

This newer park features eight themed lands of its own, many of which are designed after real California locations, such as Grizzly Peak and Pacific Wharf.

DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

This theme park has several areas, such as Camp Snoopy, where you’ll find the kiddie-focused rides and attractions, and the Boardwalk, which features games and sports.

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM

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Photo: Universal Studios Hollywood