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California's Great America

4701 Great American Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054
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  • California's Great America
    Bruce W
    5 May 21, 2014

    Great America has tons of fun for families and young adults with lots of great shows included in your ticket price. This is the ideal place to ride the famous wooden roller coaster known as the Grizzly. It has many on roller coasters rides for all ages. Be sure to visit this place when you come visit Silicon Valley.

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  • California's Great AmericaPro 2014
    Kevin Chen
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    4 Oct 04, 2013

    Be forewarned, this place is packed during the summer! But what theme park isn't crowded when all the kids are off for vacation? Top Gun is one of my personal favorites here, but be prepared for a lengthy wait.

    I would recommend getting a yearly pass if you want to go during weekends when it's less crowded and school's in session. =)

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  • California's Great America
    Molly
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    4 Sep 13, 2013

    I've been here multiple times when visiting family in California and it's enjoyable. Honestly, I'm not a big fan of rollercoaster rides due to a fear of heights (The Drop Zone gives me heartburn just looking at it), but the rides I do go on are really fun, such as water-tubing. It's great to come in big groups, and I love the shops they have here. If you do come, you MUST buy the funnel cakes. If I remember, they're around $7-8 (a bit pricey) but large and perfectly deep fried. I had mine with strawberries and whipped cream, and it was so soothing since I was freaked out by going on the rollercoaster!

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  • California's Great America
    Scott Daly
    2 Sep 13, 2013

    this place was the greatest when it was marriott's great america! damn you paramount you ruined my childhood memories. the crowds and lines are worse than ever but it's just a boring day. i miss the good ole days of the edge, the demon, the giant 3d movies on the huge screen and all the bugs bunny characters that ran wild. this place has become paramounts gangland! where do these punk kids come from. i will probaly never set foot here again. it doesn't have the charm of knott's berry farm the animals of marine world and the magic of the best ever park disneyland.

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  • California's Great America
    Connie Pistilli
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    4 Mar 21, 2014

    Love getting my scream on at Halloween Haunt! So much so that I have been a Gold Pass holder for the past two years. With the gold pass, you get free parking, entrance to sister parks and admission to Halloween Haunt, which is typically a higher priced ticket than on regular park days.

    My friends and I manage to get on all of the rides we like within 3 hours, so in order to avoid the crowds, we get there at around 5pm and leave at 8pm. Flight Deck (aka Top Gun) and Drop Zone are my favorite rides, and really the best ones there.

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  • California's Great America
    Mike Pistilli
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    4 Mar 21, 2014

    The Winter Wonderland was great! So many beautiful lights and attractions. Riding the ferris wheel this time of yeah is incredible!

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  • California's Great AmericaPro 2014
    Kelly G.
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    4 Mar 21, 2014

    Yes the rides are old, but EVERY student who has been through the school system here in the Bay Area has their Physics day here. Its a nostalgic trip to come back and ride the rollercoasters laughing at the memory that the same ride used to scare the bejeezus out of you.
    Great variety of rides and the last couple times I've been back, the lines haven't been too long. Enjoy!

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  • California's Great America
    socks12ful
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    It's a great park, been there twice, went on all the roller coasters twice in one visit :) Favorite ride The Vortex :)

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  • California's Great America
    Drac Wigo
    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Great America is a fun place to escape from the peninsula. There are some fun rides however the lines are typically super long during the summer. Fun!

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  • California's Great America
    Dolores Park
    1 Jul 05, 2012

    I giving this review for the stupid annoying SCREAMING family TV advert. Please stop airing that commercial and I will remove this review. Do we have a Deal?

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  • California's Great AmericaPro 2014
    Alea G.
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    I loved this place as a kid and I ultimately do have fun when I go to the park. For the most part, though, it's really only okay. The lines are always crazy long and no matter what the weather is like in the rest of San Jose, it's always scorching hot inside the park (unless you just got off a water ride). The best ride is the roller coaster formerly known as Top Gun, but I always have more fun going on all the random and less popular rides (like Triple Play).

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  • California's Great America
    Tali Manouki
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Very easy to get to as it's right off of HWY 101. Not only is it an amusement park, but it also has a water park there as well. The only drawback is that it being this far north, the park operates seasonally, so check the website for hours of operation.

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  • California's Great America
    Adrian
    3 Mar 21, 2014

    I would really give this a 3.5 if I could. It's quite easy to get to by car but if you don't have a car it might be tough. It's priced like how all theme parks are. The biggest issue I have is that the staff and park are reflections of each other; they are there to make some money and that's about it. It's not like they are terrible, but it's not like Disneyland where things are paid attention to and everyone wants to play a part in creating a great experience for people.

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  • California's Great America
    anata
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    4 Jul 03, 2012

    as roller coaster parks go, this one has all the thrills, with the plummeting ride down a huge tower, the double-looped coaster, the bungee swing and everything in between. for me it somehow lacks a bit in character, but the location (across the parking lot from my office building, at the time...) more than compensated for it. don't go when it's too full of people and you'll have lots of fun!

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  • California's Great America
    Gerry Y
    5 Jan 09, 2014

    Roller coasters, water park, great for the kids in the spring/summer/fall.

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  • California's Great America
    Lorraine H
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    5 Dec 20, 2013

    Top of the line amusement park, comparable to Disneyland!

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  • California's Great America
    Christopher F
    5 Sep 13, 2013

    Extreme fun for the family. Rides, shows, food, water fun and much more.

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    Rosemary Joy
    3 Sep 13, 2013

    Great place to take the kids on summer days. The fireworks are every week during the summer.

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  • California's Great America
    Jackie Wells
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    5 Sep 13, 2013

    very fun place to go if u have kids it fun for all ages and it even has a water park

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    John G
    4 Sep 07, 2013
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4.0 out of 5
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203 people visited California's Great America

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Getting excited about numbers has nothing to do with spreadsheets at California’s Great America, where “thrill level” metrics help you decide which roller coasters are the most suitable for your tolerance. Yes, this amusement park in Santa Clara features some of the wildest rides in the country. Little visitors need not worry though, as there are plenty of family-friendly rides as well. California ... read more
’s Great America also features a water park within, providing refreshing thrills during hot Northern California days.

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