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California's Great America

California Theme Park and Water Park


The Flight Deck inverted coaster at California's Great America.

The Flight Deck inverted coaster at California's Great America.

California's Great America. Used with permission.
Special Note
The park used to be owned by (the now defunct) Paramount Parks and was known as Paramount's Great America.

When Paramount Parks sold Great America to Cedar Fair (the chain that operates Cedar Point in Ohio, Knott's Berry Farm in Southern California, and other parks) it lost its Hollywood connection and most of its movie themeing. The Top Gun inverted coaster, for example, is now known as Flight Deck. Among the park's other coasters is the wooden Grizzly and the stand-up ride, Vortex. A hybrid coaster/spinning attraction, Survivor The Ride incorporates a spinning platform that careens back and forth on a coaster track. The Drop Tower is one of the industry's first second-generation, magnetically braked freefall rides and, at 224 feet, is still one of the tallest.

Nickelodeon-themed shows, characters, and rides, such as Dora's Dune buggies, await smaller children in Nickelodeon Central. A second area for younger guests, KidZville, also offers pint-sized rides, including the Taxi Jam coaster.

California's Great America offers the state's only onsite water park that's included with theme park admission. Boomerang Bay's attractions include a wave pool, a lazy river, and a bunch of water slides, all themed to the land down under.

Location and Phone
Santa Clara (near San Jose and San Francisco), CA

(408) 988-1776

Admission Info
General admission passes include access to both the dry rides and the water park attractions. Reduced prices available for juniors (48"and under) and seniors (62+). Reduced prices available for tickets purchased in advance and online at the park's Web site. Season passes available.

From San Francisco: US 101 S to Great America Parkway exit

From San Jose: US 101 N to Great America Parkway exit

From Oakland: I-880 S to 237 W to Great America Parkway exit

Park Highlights

  • Drop Tower freefall ride
  • Invertigo inverted boomerang coaster
  • Flight Deck inverted coaster
  • Grizzly wooden coaster
  • Boomerang Bay- Water park included with admission.

More Park Info
California's Great America Photo Gallery

Boomerang Bay Water Park Overview

New for 2013
Gold Striker- Read about the wooden coaster coming to the park.

Halloween Event
Info about the park's annual spooky festival.

Official Web Site
California's Great America

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