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California's Great America, Santa Clara

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Theme Park · Hidden Gem · Water / Amusement Park
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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. Arrange to visit California's Great America and other attractions in Santa Clara using our Santa Clara online trip builder.
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  • We only had a few hours because we went on a Sunday and they opened at 12:00. We wanted to rest before Elton John concert. Anyway, we planned to only go on the thrilling rides. The park is a little... 
    We only had a few hours because we went on a Sunday and they opened at 12:00. We wanted to rest before Elton John concert. Anyway, we planned to only go on the thrilling rides. The park is a little...  more »
  • We just attended the Tricks and Treats Halloween shows and events and really liked it. It's all family-friendly, not scary, lots of families with small children. Older children there too but not... 
    We just attended the Tricks and Treats Halloween shows and events and really liked it. It's all family-friendly, not scary, lots of families with small children. Older children there too but not...  more »
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  • Love coming here. It has been at least ten years since my last visit. The park has definitely changed up a bit with new rides and attractions. Still a blast! My favorite ride was the railblazer! Such a blast. Great place to go with friends or family.
  • We wanted to like our trip there, but we had a group with several kids ages to 5-7 and on the Friday we went there was very little open for them to do. The Planet Snoopy area had only 3 ride operators who were operating rides for 1 hour and then rotating to a different one. 70% of the rides were down. When we did get one one - a small blue roller coaster that adults can ride with kids, the ride went around like normal, but then stopped halfway on the tracks. The young female operator pulled out an instruction manual, reviewed it, then made it go again… and again… and again. At that point my son wanted off, but it stopped on an incline facing directly into the blazing sun. So, of the 3 rides going that one broke. Even their play area was closed because it was “too hot “ to use the slides. Across the park most rides were closed - unless they were the major roller coasters that the kids were too short for. The gondola was closed. One of the major water rides was closed. The experience things were closed. Several food stands were closed. We finally stood in a very, very long line to go on the open water ride and and we did it the kids just wanted to stand on the bridge and get splashed by the boat going under it… but the ride broke just one time after ours and stranded everyone high up on the incline in the sun for more than 15 minutes. I spoke with multiple employees and they all seemed very frustrated and said there were major staffing issues and to request help from management at guest services. After that we decided to give up and spend the rest of the day at a county park with a splash pad. We did visit guest services and politely explained everything and the manager was very understanding. I asked them to put a message on their website so that families with young children visiting from out of town don’t spend so much time and effort getting there only to be so disappointed. He said he would give that suggestion to leadership. He also gave us a complete refund (I had requested a partial one), which is why I’m still giving them 3 stars. My advice if visiting in spring/summer 2022 with little kids to call ahead to ensure it is worth it.

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