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California's Great America

Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95050
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Ranked #4 of 17 attractions in Santa Clara
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Traveler Description: California's Great America theme park is located in the city of Santa Clara, about an hour south of San Francisco and next to San Jose. The Park has... more »
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San Jose, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Lots of thrill rides, especially water rides. But you'll spend all day in lines. First for tickets, then at the gate, for food, the restroom, and rides of course. Speaking of food, it's nothing special...all mall food like Panda Express and subway but twice the cost.

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San Francisco, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Great America has been open since the late 70's in Santa Clara, CA. This park is showing some signs of its age. Some peeling paint, cracked asphalt, and just a bit dingy. Maybe I'm a little ociky because I love Disney Parks, and their overall attention to detail. Before you ever get into the park, you have to go through... More

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San Francisco, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My husband and I have very mixed feelings about Great America. We've been coming for 3 years and were Gold season pass holders for two summers but will never purchase those passes again. We go on weekends, get there at opening, and love the thrill rides. However, thuggy high school kids and even FAMILIES are constantly cutting the long lines,... More

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Dublin, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
5 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I have been coming here all my life as I am a Bay Area native. Great America is still a great place to come have fun for thr day or just a few hours. We got Season Passes this year and we have been taking advantage of them since we only live 20 mins away. Best deal. Boomerang Bay is... More

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Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I still remember when the place was called Marriott's Great America and Paramount's Great America. now it's just California's Great America. Lots of fun coaster and rides. They've made a lot of changes to to the park over the years...they've even sold 1/2 the parking lot and built a bunch of office buildings along Great America Pkwy so you can't... More

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Sydney, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We got an online coupon which was $32 entry for the park. Amazing value for a theme park with over 20 rides and an inclusive water park. Best rides were Gold Striker (super fast), Flight Deck and The Demon. Went on a weekday and the lines were short. It was a hot day and Boomerang Bay was perfect with all... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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61 reviews 61 reviews
29 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We were at a group event for a couple of days at the park in mid-June and had a really nice time. Our 3 yr. old had a good time there and so did we. Plenty to do for small ones, teens, and adults. They had a really nice fireworks display, the Gold Striker and Flight Deck roller coasters were... More

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Orangevale, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Just before starting up the lift hill on Logger's Run, I saw that the belt had stopped and the log ahead of me was stuck. A bar was up to keep my log from starting the ascent for a little while, but after about five minutes the bar came down and up I went. I got stuck right behind the... More

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Cupertino, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
7 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A local favorite since the 70's Great America has been slowly changing and includes a surprisingly nice water park section, Boomerang Bay. The park is perfect for 6-12 year olds, with a nice variety of rides from fast thrill rides to more casual ones. The crowds during the summer weekdays are very very light, allowing a lot of riding with... More

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San Francisco, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The park is ok, as far as being interesting. The ride lines move very slow! The staff is alright. Boomerang bay is a very nice addition! Although it is fairly small, it has a variety of water attractions. Great America is good for children of all ages, and adults! Has a variety of rides so everyone will enjoy! Food here... More

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