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31 Theme Parks to explore in California

The most populous U.S. state and the third-largest by area.

"it's a small world"1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

"It's a Small World" is a water-based boat ride located in the Fantasyland area at various Disney theme parks worldwide. The ride features over 300 audio-animatronic dolls in traditional costumes from cultures around the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, and singing the attraction's title song, which has a theme of global peace.

Belmont Park3146 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109, USA

Belmont Park is a historic amusement park located on Ocean Front at Surfrider Square in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. The park's most iconic attraction is the historic Giant Dipper roller coaster, which is considered a local landmark. The attractions and rides that remain from the original 1925 park include the Giant Dipper, a wooden roller coaster that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historic facility is The Plunge, an indoor swimming pool.

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger SpinMagic Kingdom Park, Orlando, FL 32836, USA

This is an interactive shooting dark ride attraction located in the Tomorrowland area of the Disney theme parks. Designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and inspired by Disney/Pixar's movie Toy Story. This attraction combines a carnival game and a third-generation Omnimover system.

California's Great America4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA

A 100-acre (40 ha) amusement park featuring over 40 rides and attractions. One of its most notable attractions, Gold Striker, has been featured as a top-ranked wooden roller coaster in Amusement Today's annual Golden Ticket Awards publication.

Cars Land20 Rte 66, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

Cars Land is a themed area of Disney California Adventure, inspired by the Disney·Pixar franchise, Cars, and Route 66 in America.It contains three rides as well as shops and restaurants, all situated in a replica of Radiator Springs, the fictional town in which most of the first film's events take place. The area's main attraction is Radiator Springs Racers, a racing ride that uses the technology of Epcot's Test Track.

Castle Park3500 Polk St, Riverside, CA 92505, USA

A wonderful 25-acre amusement park and family amusement center located in Riverside. The park utilizes a medieval "castle" theme and includes attractions such as a miniature golf course, arcade, and 22 amusement rides including two roller coasters such as Merlin's Revenge, a junior rollercoaster, and Screamin' Demon, a spinning Wild Mouse rollercoaster.

Children's Fairyland699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94610, USA

America's first storybook theme park, located on the shores of Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland, California. it includes 10 acres of play sets, small rides, and animals. The park is also home to the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, the oldest continuously operating puppet theater in the United States.

Children's Fairyland350 Masonic Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA

Children's Fairyland is America's first storybook theme park, located on the shores of Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland. It includes 10 acres of play sets, small rides, and animals. The park is also home to the Open Storybook Puppet Theater, the oldest continuously operating puppet theater in the United States.

This is a 72 acre theme park located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It is themed after the history and culture of California, which celebrates the adventure of the state through the use of various Disney, Pixar and Marvel Studios properties. According to the Themed Entertainment Association, the park hosted approximately 9.9 million guests in 2018, making it the 12th-most visited theme park in the world that year.

Disneyland Park1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

It is the only theme park designed and built to completion under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. It is the oldest Disney Park in the world.

Jungle Cruise1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

The Jungle Cruise is a river ride at Disneyland and a live-action Jungle Cruise movie featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt. The attraction is a simulated riverboat cruise that travels along a waterway using a concealed guidance system through areas with Asian, African, and South American themes.

Knott's Berry Farm8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA

160-acre (65 ha) theme park featuring 40 rides including roller coasters, family rides, dark rides and water rides. In 2018, it was the twelfth-most-visited theme park in North America and averages approximately 4 million visitors per year.

Knott's Soak City8200 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620, USA

Knott's Soak City Waterpark is a separately gated 15- acre water adventure park immediately adjacent to Knott's Berry Farm. It boasts 23 waterslides, a 750,000-gallon wave pool, and one of the world’s longest water park lazy rivers, Sunset River. The three-story Beach House features interactive fun in the form of 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other surprises.

LEGOLAND CaliforniaOne Legoland Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

Third Legoland park to open. Legoland California is a theme park, miniature park, and aquarium. It comes with over 60 rides, shows and attractions.

Mercer Caverns1665 Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys, CA 95247, USA

This is a show cave located in Calaveras county. It is named after the gold prospector Walter J. Mercer who discovered the caves around 1885 and filed a claim. It is formed in a marble unit known as the Calaveras Formation. It also contains a large display of aragonite frostwork. The standard tour of the cave descends 160 feet, 208 steps down and 232 up in a traverse between the natural and an artificial entrance.

Moaning Caverns Adventure Park5350 Moaning Cave Rd, Vallecito, CA 95251, USA

Moaning Caverns is a solutional cave located in Calaveras County, California, near Vallecito, California in the heart of the state's Gold Country. It is developed in the marble of the Calaveras Formation. It was discovered in modern times by gold miners in 1851. One can visit this place and can understand the things in this cave. not at all a tour, it is a little bit adventurous too.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA

Pacific Park is the family place to play! It's the West Coast's only amusement park located on a pier. Millions of visitors each year enjoy all the rides, games and fun you'd expect from one of Southern California's Leading attractions. There are a total of twelve rides in Pacific Plunge, including the world's first and only solar powered Ferris wheel that provides a view of the Pacific Ocean and a roller coaster that circles the majority of the park.

Peter Pan's Flight1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

Peter Pan's Flight is a rail-suspended dark ride at the Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland theme parks. It is also one of the few remaining attractions that was operational on Disneyland's opening day in 1955, although the original version of the attraction was entirely redesigned in 1983.

Pixar Pal-A-Round – Swinging1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

Pixar Pal-A-Round is a 150-foot-tall eccentric wheel at Disney California Adventure, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. This eccentric wheel, differing from conventional Ferris wheels in that 16 of its 24 gondolas ride on interior rails so that they slide inward and outward as the wheel rotates. This results in a more intense experience, and motion sickness bags are provided in each gondola due to the disorienting nature of the ride.

Pixar Pier and Paradise Gardens Park1313 Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802, USA

Pixar Pier and Paradise Gardens Park are themed neighborhoods at Disney California Adventure, based on that of Victorian boardwalks that were once found along the coast of California. Despite its name and the presence of a nearby man-made lake, Pixar Pier is not actually a pier, but a waterside area of the park. Incredicoaster sprawls across much of the area, with various other attractions and forms of entertainment scattered around it.