California's Great America
From roller coasters to a relaxing lazy river, California’s Great America combines amusement park thrills with refreshing water rides for the perfect family day out. The park appeals to both adrenaline seekers to toddlers, and offers a daily programme of live entertainment.
An admission ticket to California’s Great America grants you access to the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California, which sends you hurtling through the air in 360-degree loops. On summer days, your ticket also includes the waterslides, kiddy pools, and lazy river of the Boomerang Bay water park. Book a day pass in advance to skip the lines, or purchase a season pass if you’re likely to become a park regular.
Things to Know Before You Go
The amusement park is a must-visit for adrenaline junkies and families.
The park is wheelchair accessible; visitors with disabilities are eligible to skip the lines.
You can rent a poolside cabana to relax in between rides.
Outside food and water are not permitted; there are several are dining options on site.
How to Get There
The park is located off the Great America Parkway 45 miles (72 kilometers) from San Francisco on the outskirts of San Jose. You can drive to the park or reach it via train, light rail, or bus.
When to Get There
The park’s hours and entertainment programme varies based on the season, so be sure to check the online schedule before planning your trip. Visit in the summer for the water park or, if you want to avoid the crowds and heat, visit the amusement park during spring or fall. If you’re visiting in summer, minimize the lines by getting started right when the park opens or staying late into the evening.
Holidays at California’s Great America
The amusement park offers excitement all year long, but during the holidays, it takes the thrills to a whole new level. Visit during Halloween to turn up the adrenaline with amusement park rides combined with monsters, haunted mazes, and live shows. To see the park transformed into a winter wonderland that includes spectacular light displays, holiday decor, and Santa’s workshop, visit during WinterFest.