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Southern California Theme Parks

By Viator, February 2015

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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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