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California's Great America

Theme Park, Water Park, and Park
Santa Clara
  • Roland B.
    "Top Gun, best ride ever?! Can I get a woop woop?"(10 Tips)
    Kalyan N.
    "Don't miss the flight deck, drop tower, delirium and the demon."(4 Tips)
    Chris G.
    "your Heart Racing....and Boomerang Bay was Fun with the Kids."(3 Tips)
    Zach F.
    "Check out Flight Deck first!"(3 Tips)
102 Tips and reviews
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  • Francine S.
    Francine SneddonSeptember 11, 2014
    My kids are small, we are limited on what we can do. Still had a blast. Wait to buy the dining season pass till next year. They don't let you use it now.
  • S_J L.
    S_J LNovember 6, 2014
    pretty old theme park in bay area.. they host big events like memorial day, halloween.. but employees r careless... funnel cake was pretty good, all of my friends enjoyed it ;)
  • Vilas ..
    Vilas .October 19, 2014
    If two of you go on Centrifuge ride, make sure heavier person sits outward, else lighter person sitting outwards gets crushed due to weight (they don't warn you)
  • Monique D.
    Monique Dear2 weeks ago
    Love working in security it has been a Great experience. Glad I chose here to get back in the Work force after being absent for 6yrs.
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVayMay 12, 2015
    On a Saturday in spring or summer, buying the Fast Lane (if you can) is very much worth it!
  • Missy K.
    Missy KirtleyJune 27, 2014
    The Season Pass pays for itself--especially if you get the gold pass and use the free parking! Definitely go to the ice skating show. It's fantastic!
  • Dan A.
    Dan AmrichAugust 9, 2014
    Funnel cake for $10? Okay, a splurge -- but they don't tell you chocolate sauce and whipped cream are $2 each when they offer them. Tasty treat, but not $14 tasty.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GriffinJuly 27, 2013
    Gold Rush was off da Hook.....Fast and longer than most Roller Coasters......Get's your Heart Racing....and Boomerang Bay was Fun with the Kids.
  • Saundra A.
    Saundra AllmanMay 19, 2012
    I have been with my daughter, it is fun especially the water activities. Bring a lunch, you will spend less!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew SeroffApril 18, 2014
    Gold Striker is the best wooden coaster I've ever been on. As smooth as Top Gun and as exciting as Stealth.
  • Meinani C.
    Meinani CarraraJune 4, 2014
    Chicken Tenders and fries were good from the main food court. Also, bring extra money because it's more expensive than Raging Waters.
  • arwa
    arwaAugust 3, 2015
    And lastly the most important thing is that the restaurants weren't that clean💔 but the good part that the rides are good 👍🏻
  • Laurie D.
    Laurie DalzellSeptember 24, 2015
    Take the Amtrak from Oakland. It's a perfect way to save a ton of stress and just enjoy the day AND the trip home.
  • Toom
    ToomAugust 5, 2011
    Rode the Demon in the front row for the first time in 25 years. What a blast! Want to reclaim your youth? Go visit Great America.
  • Đorđe G.
    Just be careful when buying season passes as they tend to change rates for season pass ticket owners guests daily without showing those rates online.
  • Maria M.
    Maria MartinezOctober 14, 2012
    Carn-evil is THE best haunted house here year after year. It was super scary tonight! Got the juices flowing.
  • John K.
    Buy online during the week, for a weekday visit, and save $27! You're stupid not to!
  • William T.
    William TorreyAugust 8, 2014
    Aerial Ice Extreme is far better than standard amusement park fare. Make a point of seeing it.
  • Guy M.
    Guy MalachiNovember 13, 2009
    October is probably the best time to go there: no lines, cheap prices, and still great weather.
  • Todd R.
    Todd RezsnyakAugust 1, 2013
    It was fun! Not too crowded, some excellent rides, wait times were reasonable.
  • Acacia G.
    Acacia GloverSeptember 21, 2013
    Goldstriker is worth the long wait! If I could suggest a place to sit, it would be the back, because you get more air time. More air time means more time to scream!
  • Angel J.
    Angel JanuaryFebruary 26, 2013
    So many great thrill rollercoasters. Definitely ride Top gun, Drop Zone, and the Grizzly.
  • Rob V.
    Rob Von BargenJuly 11, 2013
    Great place to have fun with family and friends weather your in the rides or enjoying a concert!
  • Kalyan N.
    Kalyan NarasimhanApril 15, 2013
    Don't miss the flight deck, drop tower, delirium and the demon. Amazing rides!
  • Claudia R.
    Claudia RecinosAugust 22, 2013
    I've come to this place so many times. It's usually pretty empty so lines go by fast, which is cool.
  • Keith S.
    Keith SmithJune 4, 2014
    Get passes if you can, this place is expensive! And be prepared to wait a LONG time while at the food court on weekends.
  • Danielle B.
    Danielle BrownMay 27, 2013
    The staff here has no sense of urgency and the rides tend to break down often. You'll probably get stuck in the air during part of your visit.
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff FrancisApril 8, 2010
    If you want to bring your pocketknife through the metal detectors, just stick it inside of your sunglasses case and put it in the basket. Security isn't allowed to actually touch any of your things th
  • Ja
    JaAugust 16, 2014
    We are here for AAA members appreciation day!!Great!! Fun day with rides--Justine b- day weekend treat!!
  • Leilani G.
    Leilani GuerreroMarch 28, 2010
    Don't ride in the back of DEMON unless you want your brains to get knocked around!
  • Gina C.
    Gina ColemanAugust 4, 2011
    You can't visit without riding Psycho Mouse. Old school coaster but lots of fun.
  • Bryan
    BryanAugust 29, 2010
    Careful going on WILL get your right ear smashed. Take out your earrings! The back's the worst.
  • Mia H.
    Mia HOctober 7, 2012
    At haunt; pay the $1 for the 3d glasses at the clown maze! It is totally worth it!
  • arwa
    arwaAugust 3, 2015
    The place is kinda dirty ... Specially the restrooms we went there and told the women who cleans to clean the bathroom and told us that it was clean and it wasn't... The staff are so slow ...
  • Mackenzie P.
    Lots of great rides for all ages. Food could be better but not the worst.
  • James B.
    James BrentAugust 9, 2012
    The pizz a shack has 25 oz. cans of Fosters to go for 9 bucks.
  • Diana A.
    Diana ArzJuly 27, 2013
    Get here early to avoid the lines and heat.
  • Jenn N.
    Jenn NgSeptember 6, 2009
    Shake your fist at Boomerang Bay as you swear that Stealth was the coolest rollercoaster ever
  • Jill M.
    Jill McElroyJune 18, 2013
    They have Panda Express & Subway! Finally, food that isn't completely gross! (Still redunkulously expensive, but at least it's editable.)
  • Zack S.
    Zack StocktonJune 4, 2015
    Rides and people watching. Visit your chiropractor afterwards- these rides are no joke!
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DrakeDecember 23, 2011
    The winter wonderland light show is great during the Christmas holidays
  • Steve B.
    Steve BJuly 18, 2013
    Ride the tidal wave! Bummer they took it out like ten years ago.
  • Rod S.
    Rod ShieldsJuly 24, 2011
    Don't get the strawberry funnel cake! It has some nasty strawberry/cherry syrup on it. I couldn't even finish this and I payed $8.99 for it
  • Arden
    ArdenJuly 30, 2011
    Invertigo was way more fun than the grass and bushes that replaced it...
  • Missy K.
    Missy KirtleyMay 31, 2014
    Go see the ice show. It's amazing.
  • John W.
    John WallaceMay 27, 2013
    Gold pass doesn't give access to preferred parking anymore!
  • Scottie M.
    Scottie MilagroMay 25, 2015
    Fast lane was totally worth it!
  • Dom
    DomAugust 16, 2014
    Share the loaded funnel cake with a friend if you are enjoying it before a ride
  • John M.
    John ManiquisOctober 28, 2012
    If you like hot links, NEVER ORDER ONE FROM HERE.
  • Nathaniel E.
    Nathaniel EnadNovember 5, 2011
    I have the Current World Record Here for riding the most rides every year!
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