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California's Great America

California’s Great America is an awesome theme park with a wide range of rides that can be enjoyed by adults and kids of all ages. With drop rides, roller coasters, fairground rides, and playground, plus the chance to meet the cast of Peanuts, there’s something for the whole family to discover! Book your tickets in advance to save time and money on the day.
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California's Great America Theme Park Admission Tickets

California’s Great America is the Bay Area’s favorite place for family fun! Exciting thrill rides, Boomerang Bay Waterpark, the expanded Planet Snoopy kids area, special events and perennial favorites like Halloween Haunt, Red, White & Brews and WinterFest make California's Great America the perfect destination for year-round entertainment.

Top Tips

1. Make sure to ride the Star Tower, a 200-foot (60 meter) observation deck which is the first ride you’ll see in the park after you enter. You’ll get a great view of the park and will be able to get a good overview of the park before setting out on your day.
California’s Great America | Photo: Jeremy Thompson CC-BY 2.0
2. Arrive early as the park gets busy throughout the day, and try to ride the biggest rides first as lines will be much longer in the afternoon.
California’s Great America | Photo: Jeremy Thompson CC-BY 2.0
3. iPhone users should download the California’s Great America app for a smooth trip! With live information about ride wait times, an interactive map, plus the ability to pin your car’s location in the parking lot, there are plenty of features which will make your trip easier.
4. A parent swap system is available for those visiting with children too young to ride! Just let the ride assistants know that you’d like to take advantage of the system before you board, then one adult can wait with the children while the other person rides, and then board straight after the other adult finishes riding rather than waiting in line again.
5. Dress for the weather! You’ll be exposed to the elements on your trip to the park, so make sure you have warm clothes in cold weather or sunscreen and a hat in hot weather. You might also want to bring spare socks or a waterproof poncho if you’re planning to hit the water rides.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of rides are available in California’s Great America?

California’s Great America is home to over 40 rides and shows, from family-friendly carousels and fairground rides to thrilling rollercoasters. Adrenaline junkies should make sure to ride Gold Striker, a wooden coaster which has been named in the Top 10 wooden coasters by Amusement Today every year since it opened in 2013. Other hard-core rides include Flight Deck and Patriot, two looping coasters, and Drop Tower, a 225-foot drop ride which lets you get a great view of the South Bay before letting you freefall 20 stories in 3.5 seconds! Family rides include the Rip Roaring Rapids, Woodstock Express and the Barney Oldfield Speedway, which lets kids get behind the wheel of an old-school roadster.

Is the amusement park suitable for children of all ages?

The park has activities for kids of all ages, from children who would rather spend time in a play area or would enjoy gentle rides with their parents, to teenagers who want to get try more high-octane rides. Children will also enjoy exploring Planet Snoopy, a Peanuts-themed zone of the park! Rides in Planet Snoopy include Snoopy’s Space Buggies, Sally’s Love Buggies, and the PEANUTS Pirates, plus you’ll be able to meet your favorite Peanuts characters throughout the day. Families should also head to Planet Snoopy for special family facilities, including bottle warming, private nursing areas, and air conditioned rooms to escape the California sun.

What are the food options? Can we bring a picnic?

Food from outside the park isn’t allowed except for medical reasons. There are plenty of dining options available inside the park which also offer gluten-free, kosher, egg-free, and dairy-free options for diners. There are over 22 restaurants and food stalls spread throughout the park representing a range of cuisines, including Snoopy’s Snack Shack, Panda Express, Outback Shack, Sushi Bar, La Cantina, and Game Time Sports Bar.

General Information

Opening Hours:

The park’s opening hours vary according to the month. It is generally open from 10 am to 6 pm, though may be open as late as 10 pm depending on the date.


Tickets on the gate cost $59.99 for adults and $44.99 for visitors aged 62 and older and for children aged over 3 but under 48 inches (121 cm) tall.


California’s Great America
4701 Great America Parkway
Santa Clara
CA 95054

How to get there:

California’s Great America can be reached by public transport from the Bay Area by taking bus numbers 140, 141, and 180 from Fremont Bart Station. Great America station can also be reached by AMTRAK/Capitol Corridor trains from Reno, Sacramento, Oakland, and other locations. Car parking is available for $25 or $30 for preferred parking. Accessible parking spaces are available near the front gate on a first-come, first-served basis. A drop-off area is also available.
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