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Southern California Theme Parks

By Viator, February 2014

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Southern California, stretching from Los Angeles to Anaheim to San Diego, is dotted with theme parks across a variety of genres. From the magical Disneyland to the world of water creatures at SeaWorld, there is something for both adults and children alike. Here’s a quick overview of some of California’s most famous theme parks that definitely merit a visit.

Disneyland, home to Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and a host of other memorable characters is a must on every kid’s wish list. Its many themed areas offer unparalleled rides, shows, shopping and dining opportunities for the entire family. Adults can enjoy the spas and bars at the ESPN Zone and House of Blues or partake in the food and wine festivals held from time to time.

Seaworld is a must for animal lovers as visitors come face to face with dolphins, whales, penguins and a flurry of exciting sea creatures.

Knott's Berry Farm, America’s oldest theme park, has 165 rides and live shows and is the perfect way to pump up your adrenaline.

Take things one notch higher at Six Flags Magic Mountain, home to Riddler’s Revenge, the world’s tallest and fastest stand-up rollercoaster and 100 other thrilling adventures.

Legoland in Carlsbad is famous for Miniland USA, a 20-million Lego piece reproduction of famous American landmarks.

But in spite of the fun galore, theme parks can be quite exhausting and expensive when not properly planned in advance! Enormous and widespread, they entail a lot of walking and tend to take up the whole day. It is advisable to have a pre-planned map of attractions that you plan to cover, wear comfortable footwear, slop on sunscreen and carry a change of clothes in case you get drenched on water rides!

Finally, theme parks can be quite confusing with their maze-like structure, so it makes sense for large groups to decide on a leader who will supervise the group and children in particular to make sure no one gets left behind along the way.

Be sure to book your tickets in advance to skip the hassle and the lines!

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Skip the Line: Front of Line Pass at Universal Studios Hollywood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 659 Reviews

Get the celebrity treatment with this all-access pass. It includes all-day admission to the park, one-time priority access to all rides, shows and ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $138.99

Universal Studios Hollywood General Admission Ticket

4.5 star rating: Recommended 212 Reviews

Get ready for the ultimate Hollywood movie experience! Go behind the scenes on the world famous Studio Tour to explore where Hollywood movies are made. Then, ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $91.99

2-Day Disneyland Resort Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Welcome to the happiest place on Earth -- Disneyland® ! Make your Anaheim vacation as smooth as possible by booking your Disneyland Resort admission ticket in ...  Read more

Location: Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: 2 Days

From USD $177.99

The VIP Experience at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Immerse yourself in a full day of movie-making magic with a specially trained guide as you discover the Universal Studios Hollywood℠ the general public ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

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Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure with Transport from Los Angeles

4.5 star rating: Recommended 118 Reviews

Between Disneyland Park and Disney’s California Adventure Park, the family fun in Los Angeles never ends. With your choice of a pass to either park, or a pass ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.99

Southern California 2-Park Flex Ticket: SeaWorld and Universal Studios Hollywood

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Get double the fun in Southern California at two of best theme parks in the area! For less than the combined price of admission, this two-park flex ticket ...  Read more

Location: San Diego
Duration: Flexible

From USD $145.49

Anaheim Theme Park Transport: Universal Studios Hollywood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

Already purchased your tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood? Sit back and relax and let someone else take care of the driving! This round-trip transport from ...  Read more

Location: Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.99

Universal Studios Hollywood and Night Tour of Los Angeles from Anaheim

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Take advantage of your day and combine two best selling tours! Enjoy the exciting attractions at Universal Studios Hollywood and then take in the breathtaking ...  Read more

Location: Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.99

San Diego 3-for-1 Pass: SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Sunny San Diego is home to some of the best family attractions in Southern California, and you can enjoy three of them with this special 3-for-1 pass! Enjoy ...  Read more

Location: San Diego
Duration: Flexible

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Southern California CityPASS

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Visit the most famous attractions in Southern California at one amazing price, and have plenty of time to see it all! With the Southern California CityPASS, ...  Read more

Location: Anaheim - Buena Park, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $329.99

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