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California's Great America

Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95050
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Ranked #5 of 18 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, ca
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We visited on a Saturday and had a fairly good time. Park was clean, lines for rides weren't too bad. My biggest complaint is the cost of the food and extras. A chicken strip meal with drink was about $15. I was experiencing sticker shock when I saw a refillable soda option for $15. Definitely movie theater prices. My daughter... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

i went to great america and i had a lot of fun, make sure you get there before the park opens and get the most for your money, i got there before 10am and got on a lot of rides, the all day dining pass is worth t he money

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Delta, Canada
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We purchased our tickets online for a good discount on admission, meal and parking. Went to the park on a Monday and the lines for all of the rides were between short and non-existent. Food and drinks in the park were way overpriced at $12 for a hotdog and $5 for a soda and $8 for popcorn. The refillable drink... More

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Chicago, Illinois
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Much too crowded for rides and food concessions! Wait for rides was almost an hour. However, for smaller children, the kiddie rides were much better. At food/drink concessions, we waited at least 20 minutes every time. It appears that the park is understaffed and staff has little incentive to hurry up on their work. We were there on a Saturday... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Was brainwashed into repeating the title by the loudspeaker at park entrance-- if you've waited to pick someone up here, you'll understand. Well it was a great day at the Great America (loudspeaker insists BEST DAY EVER... I can still hear it...) We went on Thursday, arrived about 12pm, no waiting to park. We paid the extra $3 for preferred... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Big rides and very good for teens. It is not the best option if you have little ones. I like the fact that it is not spread out and hence unlike Disney you quickly walk from one ride to another. We went during the weekend and still the queues were not very long. You should take your swimsuits with you.... More

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Fremont, California
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1,133 reviews 1,133 reviews
704 attraction reviews
782 helpful votes 782 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

For teens and those who love thrill rides like roller coasters, Great America is a fun place to go do the rides. Other rides I like are the Loggers Run Rip Roaring Rapids, and for a view of the area, do the Sky Tower or Delta Flyer. There is a variety of food - average theme park fair. Or when... More

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Kearns, Utah
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We started our day with one thing in mind, a gopro on a rollercoaster. But they would not let me take it on any coasters. One thing is a must for this park is if you pay extra for the Fast Track, you get to go on the rides faster and do not have to wait in long lines!!!!! Also... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We had a fun day..loved the coasters..we did invest in the fast lane pass option and it was worth it. We went on a saturday and it was pretty busy..if a ride went down, when it opened everyone got in line and we could bypass about 45minutes of waiting and walk right on. Food is average theme park food, a... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Love that you can ride rides then hit the water and float down a lazy river. Change rooms and lockers available. Buy their refillable drink container and refill all day long.

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