Out & About: 10 Theme Parks to Visit

You’re likely to never run out of places to explore and things to do in Los Angeles. Thankfully, there is no shortage of theme parks and amusement parks. From 4D experiences and exhilarating water rides to record-breaking rollercoasters, there’s hardly a dull moment at one of California’s many amusement parks.

  1. Knott’s Berry Farm

Location: 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Sitting on what was once a berry farm and fruit stand, this 160-acre park opened its doors in the 1920s and is now one of the most visited amusement parks in North America. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park is not too far away from Disneyland and boasts ten roller coasters in addition to western themed attractions and shows.


  1. Six Flags

Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

Just an hour away from Los Angeles, Six Flags Magic Mountain sits on 262 acres of pure adrenaline.  Riders push their limits on 19 thrilling rollercoasters, including the fastest stand-up coaster in the world, Riddler’s Revenge, and the world’s longest hybrid rollercoaster, Twisted Colossus.


  1. Disneyland Park

Location: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Children and adults alike are drawn to the Disney magic found at the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim. With world-class dining, year-round special events like Pixar Fest, and spectacular shows, there’s something the entire family will enjoy.


  1. Disneyland California Adventure Park

Location: 1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

Steps away from the entrance of Disneyland is its younger sister park, California Adventure. While Disneyland has the fireworks show, each night at California Adventure the lake comes to life for The World of Color, a spectacle of water and light.


  1. Santa Monica Pier

Location: 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Open since 1996, it includes a dozen rides and 15 midway games as well as a climbing wall, one of those bungee bounce jumping things and a food court. With rides and games galore and the beach by your side, it’s easy to understand why this Santa Monica amusement park is tops with visitors.


  1. Adventure City

Location: 1238 S. Beach Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92804

Enjoy fun, interactive children’s shows and so much more at Adventure City! Admission for a family of four is less than a ticket to a big park so you can enjoy all of our 17 rides, shows and attractions for one affordable price!


  1. Universal Studios

Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

Universal Studios has an impressive mix attractions highlighting the production company’s most famous films. Visitors board a tram and view the actual sets and props from movies like JawsPsycho, and the hit TV series Desperate Housewives.


  1. California’s Great America

Location: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054

At California’s Great America, there are over 50 attractions from old-school carousels to high-speed rollercoasters. Thrills for every age are ready to rock your world and run you ragged. Get your walking shoes ready and practice your screaming, there’s a lot to cover on this adrenaline rush of an outing!


  1. Legoland

Location: 1 Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Fans of the popular toy will appreciate a visit to the Legoland California Resort. Comprised of the Legoland theme park, aquarium, and waterpark, its fun for the whole family! Though most of the rides at the amusement park are aimed at younger children, adults will enjoy the impressive lego creations.


  1. SeaWorld

Location: 500 Sea World Dr, San Diego, CA 92109

Once the home of Shamu and his theatrical stadium shows, SeaWorld has been transitioning into more of an educational focus. The park has been adding more attractions and thrill rides to create an unforgettable experience for visitors and families.