Have Fun This Summer At California’s Great America!

Two weeks ago, my family had the opportunity to visit California’s Great America and we had such an awesome time! California’s Great America is Northern California’s premiere theme park. It delivers thrills, fun and memories for the entire family!

Adventure seekers will enjoy the Gold Striker which is considered as California’s best wooden coaster, and experience the intense drops and speed of Flight Deck, Demon, Tiki Twirl and my absolute favorite thrill ride — the Drop Zone!

California's Great America

California's Great America

California’s Great America entrance and thrill rides

Of all the thrill rides in the park, the only one I went on is the Drop Zone where you descend 22 stories in less than 4 seconds. It’s really scary as you go up that tower because you already know what’s about to happen. And can I just say that I went on this ALONE?! Yup!

Hubby had to be with our son (and he didn’t want to ride anyway — scaredy cat!). So as we were going up, I just had to remind myself over and over again that the drop will just take 2 seconds (I didn’t know that time that it was actually 4 seconds). But the feeling is just awesome once you’re back on the ground! A visit to Great America will not be complete without going on the Drop Zone ride!

Great America’s family rides include the world’s tallest double-decker carousel and Northern California’s highest observation deck, along with the wet and wild Rip Roaring Rapids and Loggers Run. The little ones will delight in seeing Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts Gang as they visit the Planet Snoopy and KidZville areas.

KidZville is an area you just have to explore if you’re visiting with kids. They have about 10 rides and attractions specifically for kids. My son really loved the carousel and the KidZair. AND he didn’t want to leave KidZConstruction which is a huge playground with several slides. Ah! Nothing makes a mom happier than to see her kid having so much fun!

CA Great America with family

Rides and attractions we enjoyed at CA Great America

We went around and played at the arcades and the basketball shootouts. We made sure we had several toy prizes to take home — and we did! We had lunch with some fellow bloggers and their families, the awesome people of CA Great America, and the PEANUTS Gang!

CA Great America Blogger Party

The PEANUTS Gang (Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie, and Linus) + me and Icar of My Charmed Mom and our kids

The one area that we were not able to explore during our visit was Boomerang Bay which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It was still closed that time because we visited before Memorial Day Weekend. Boomerang Bay is an all-inclusive water park featuring a wave pool, water slides and a lazy river –– the perfect environment to enjoy the California sun!

Boomerang Bay - CA Great America

My husband and I are actually planning another trip to California’s Great America this summer just for Boomerang Bay! My son loves swimming — actually he just loves playing with and in the water — so he’ll definitely enjoy that!


Consider spending a fun day with your family at CA Great America!

If you’re in (or if you’re planning to visit) Northern California, be sure to visit California’s Great America’s official website at CAGreatAmerica.com! Check out their Drink and Dining Deals so you can save some money on your visit! You can also connect with them on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest updates on your news feed!


I received free passes from California’s Great America. I was not compensated financially and I was not required to give a positive writeup. Thoughts are my own.


Have Fun This Summer At California’s Great America! — 37 Comments

  1. California’s Great America looks like a great time. One important thing you forgot to mention was food/snacks. Thank you for sharing this review.

  2. I’ve lived in SoCal my whole life and still have not yet made it to NoCal but this park looks super fun! I’ll have to talk to my husband about getting to this park 🙂

  3. Looks like you and your family had a great time and thanks for sharing all these photos. Before your post I had never heard of this amusement park before and I’ve been to and through California several times. I’m going to have to put this park on our ‘to do’ list next time we visit.

  4. You are much braver than I am. I don’t have the stomach for any roller coaster type ride. I’d be more comfortable in the water area.

  5. This sounds super fun for everyone. If I am ever in the area I will check it out.

  6. such a beautiful family and yes it looks awesome and such a blast for the whole family, love that flute ride 🙂 when on once when I was a little girl.. thanks for share

  7. I love to travel and i am hoping to be in california soon. its an amazing place to be in during summers.

  8. I’ve never heard of this park, but it sounds like a blast! Next time we head to California we’ll add it to our itinerary.

  9. I love California but that won’t be happening this summer due to pregnancy. This place looks like fun.

  10. I have never heard of this park, I guess it is because I live in Maryland but it looks like soooo much fun!! The older I get though, the scarier the rides are to me. I used to get on everything at theme parks when I was a kid and a teenager but now not so much. Ugh, I hate getting old!! LOL

  11. Thanks for all the information and great pictures of the rides and all the fun things to do at Great America. This would be a place to go if we visit my brother in California.

  12. Looks like a lot of fun, we have a lot of family all over CA, so it’s fun to hear about places we can check out when we visit. I like that this park has an area for younger kids to play!

  13. We have not yet been to great america, but it is in our plans to go early next fall! Very excited!

  14. Your son is going to grow up with some great memories. You live in a great area. It seems like there is always something fun to do.

  15. I’m envious! That park looks like so much fun.It’s been too long since I’ve been to a water park.

  16. This looks like great fun for your family. I need a vacation like this. We are about 12 hours from cali, how hard would be it be to drive down to the beach/ ya, no I guess not

  17. I didn’t even know that CA has a Great America! I live in IL & the Great America here is awesome! Thanks for letting me know so I can tell my kids.

  18. I’ve only been to California once. I loved it. It was in December but the weather was great. There’s so much to do there.

  19. Great America sounds like a blast! I’ve been wanting to take the kids to a theme park for quite a while, and this looks like a great one to try out. I like the KidZConstruction play area, and the fact that there are several rides for the kids to enjoy. Looks like we’ll be planning a trip to Northern California next year!

  20. This sounds so fun. I rode a drop tower at KD and it was so scary and it felt like forever before it dropped.

  21. I love theme parks like this. It looks like a blast with so many different fun rides and activities. Thanks for this post.

  22. I’m going to make it a point to go to a water park next summer.I doubt I’ll make it to California so, I’ll have to check locally.

  23. I’ve never heard of Great America but this looks like a blast! Enough to make me want to head to California!