Theme Parks in California with kids

Get ready to spin, scream, laugh, drop and soar because it’s Theme Park time in California. Theme Parks are a great way to spend the day with the family - no matter what age.

From the fastest and loudest theme parks, to those family friendly amusement parks, The Golden State offers you the perfect places to go for that family fun. 

The smallest dare devils in the family will always find age appropriate rides perfect for them, and often in the same park that those older thrill seekers can close their eyes and brave the tallest and fastest thrill rides! 

There is ALWAYS plenty of kids fun at the many theme parks you can find across this great state.

Hold on tight…because California is ready to give your family a host of fun things to do with kids all year round - Theme Park style!

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  • Castle Park

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    Riverside

    25 acres of California amusement park waiting to be enjoyed in Riverside! Great family fun with thrills, spills, mini golf, shows and arcades!

  • Knotts Berry Farm

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    Buena Park

    With over 165 rides, shows and attractions in five themed areas, Knott's Berry Farm has it all when it comes to family fun!

  • Legoland

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    Carlsbad

    Ready to bring out the hero in you? That's what LEGOLAND is for! With over 50 rides to choose from, there is something for the entire family in this super fun Californian theme park!

  • Pixieland Amusement Park

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    Concord

    A small amusement park perfect for young kids, with free entry but pay per ride. A sweet family day out in California!

  • Six Flags Magic Mountain

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    Valencia

    Have that Six Flags magic experience with thrill rides, family rides, and kids rides - so it's great for the entire family! Theme Park family fun in California.

  • Rotary Storyland and Playland

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    Fresno

    A fun and charming theme park attraction in Central Valley for the whole family. Fantasy and excitement await for all ages!

  • Universal Studios Hollywood

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    Universal City

    The chance of a lifetime to be immersed in the glamour and excitement of Hollywood! Visited, recommended and LOVED by FamilyDaysOut!

  • Adventure City

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    Anaheim

    Adventure City is the little theme park that's big on family fun with 17 rides, shows and attractions! Orange County's premier destination for affordable family fun in California

  • Gilroy Gardens

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    Gilroy

    A sweet family theme park in Scotts Valley, California, with theme gardens, attractions, and of course - rides!

  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

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    Vallejo

    Amazing theme park fun for the whole family in Vallejo, with rides for all ages, animal attractions, entertainment and great events!

  • Small World Park

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    Pittsburg

    A fun and intimate amusement park in California perfect for families and younger kids, with boats, nature, a train, carousel and lots of activities!

  • Californias Great America

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    Santa Clara

    Thrilling and family theme park fun in this exciting and adrenaline pumping California attraction! Thrill rides, family rides, kiddie rides, live entertainment and even a water park will all fill ...

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  • Aquarium Of The Bay

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    San Francisco

    Discover what lies beneath the waves of San Francisco Bay at this family friendly aquarium, with 20,000 aquatic animals including sharks, rays and sea stars!

  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps

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    La Jolla

    This exciting Californian aquarium has been inspiring kids and families for over 100 years - that's pretty impressive! There are over 60 habitats with amazing marine life. Best go and check it out ...

  • Oakland Zoo

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    Oakland

    The Oakland Zoo is a non-profit zoo home to over 660 native and exotic animals! Kids can experience feedings, and events, and learn lots of new things across the day!

  • Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

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    San Pedro

    Discover the underwater world of Southern California at this marine aquarium, just steps from Cabrillo Beach, and a great place for kids to learn!

  • Fresno Chaffee Zoo

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    Fresno

    Get inspired by the natural world at this Fresno zoo with around 190 species, and great animal encounters!

  • Feline Conservation Center

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    Rosamond

    Cat lovers of all ages who discover this desert zoo and wildlife are amazed at the variety of wild cat species found here.

  • Happy Hollow Park and Zoo

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    San Jose

    A San Jose amusement park and zoo rolled into one! With a range of amazing animals, experiences and programs, overnight stays and some fun rides too!

  • Seaworld

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    San Diego

    Explore the creatures of our oceans at SeaWorld San Diego - with sea lions, dolphins, orcas and sharks all ready to play!

  • San Francisco Zoo

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    San Francisco

    Over 1,000 endangered, exotic and rescued animals await you at this amazing zoo in San Francisco!

  • San Diego Zoo

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    San Diego

    One of the largest zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals - San Diego Zoo has all your favorite animals, animal encounters and special experiences!

  • Santa Ana Zoo

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    Santa Ana

    A beautiful 20-acre site in Practice Park focusing on the animals and plants of Central and South America. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Santa Ana ...

  • Sequoia Park Zoo

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    Eureka

    Explore one of the oldest and smallest accredited zoo's in the USA, set against a magnificent backdrop of the redwood forest. Animals of the world, all come together in California for family fun!

  • Roundhouse Aquarium

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    Manhattan Beach

    A FREE entry aquarium in California with touch tanks, camps, story times and lots of creatures of the ocean!

  • Aquarium Of The Pacific

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    Long Beach

    Journey through the wonderful Pacific Ocean at this Long Beach aquarium, filled with exhibits and over 11,000 ocean animals!

  • Micke Grove Zoo

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    Lodi

    Micke Grove Zoo is home to native animals and exotic species from all over the world, including several endangered species, such as the Chinese Alligator, the Snow Leopard and the Cotton Top ...

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

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    Monterey

    A fascinating and wonderfully designed aquarium that really lets families enjoy our wonderful ocean creatures.

  • Orange County Zoo

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    Orange

    The Orange County Zoo is nestled within beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Tucked among coastal live oak and sycamore groves, this eight acre zoo displays flora and fauna native to the southwestern ...

  • California Academy Of Sciences

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    San Francisco

    Whatever your interests, the new Academy is designed to engage and inspire like no other museum on the planet. Not only is the building, itself, a stunning architectural achievement but the new ...

  • Santa Barbara Zoo

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    Santa Barbara

    With 30 acres and over 400 animals plus play areas, animal feeding, zoo train, carousel and more.

  • Charles Paddock Zoo

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    Atascadero

    The mission of the Charles Paddock Zoo is to provide an educational resource for wildlife awareness and conservation, and an enriched recreational experience for the residents and visitors of the ...

  • Ocean World

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    Crescent City

    Home to an amazing variety of sea life, Ocean World is a unique aquarium offering professionally guided tours, hands-on tide pools, a shark-petting tank and a live seal and sea lion shows!

  • Safari West

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    Santa Rosa

    The natural world awaits you... Faster is not always better. In a world increasingly dominated by technology, instant communication and instant gratification, Safari West stands as a tangible ...

  • Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary

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    Folsom

    Since 1963, this small unique California zoo has been providing sanctuary to some very special animals. All are non-releasable. Many were raised, and rejected, as wild pets. Others were injured or ...