A visit to California would not be complete without exploring the state’s iconic theme parks.
Your family vacation dreams will be realized by exploring Knott’s Berry Farm, LEGOLAND California Resort and SeaWorld San Diego – just a few of the must-visit theme parks to be discovered in Southern California. Scream with delight as a roller coaster propels you upside-down at breakneck speed, and applaud talented singers and dancers performing in shows. Meet a famous cartoon character, race down a water slide and touch a spiny sea urchin. Plot your own itinerary at these destinations; there are no wrong choices.
Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park
Visit the 65-hectare (160-acre) theme park that features thrilling rides and spectacular shows in four themed areas. Meet characters made famous in the PEANUTS cartoon, walk through the Old West Ghost Town, splash around Soak City, and eat a signature chicken dinner washed down with a delicious boysenberry punch. After all, the former berry farm is where the boysenberry – a cross between a raspberry, loganberry and blackberry – was created in 1932. Stay overnight in the adjacent Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel.
Thrilling rides in the 65-hectare Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park
LEGOLAND California Resort, Carlsbad
Find endless hours of family fun at this resort, which features a theme park, aquarium and water park with convenient access to onsite hotels with LEGO-inspired rooms. Explore more than 60 attractions, see entertaining shows, board a thrilling land or water ride, and admire buildings, models and figures constructed with more than 62 million toy LEGO bricks. Let children test their own LEGO building skills, and be sure to leave time for dining, shopping and basking in the California sun.
Ready for an exciting day at LEGOLAND California Resort in Carlsbad
SeaWorld San Diego
One of the most famous marine parks in the world, SeaWorld San Diego offers visitors entertaining and educational experiences. Meet magical sea creatures while exploring ocean ecosystems. Get thrills on rides like the Manta roller coaster, look a moray eel in the eye, walk through the Shark Encounter tunnel and attend the Orca Encounter presentation about killer whales. Learn how SeaWorld helps hundreds of ill, injured and stranded marine animals each year by rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing them into the wild.
Fast-paced fun on the Journey to Atlantis flume ride at SeaWorld San Diego
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