AAA Editor Notes
California's Great America, on Great America Pkwy. between US 101 and SR 237, is a 100-acre family theme park combining movie magic with theme park thrills and excitement. Among more than 50 rides and attractions are the Great Barrier Reef wave pool; a double-decker carousel; Drop Tower, a 22-story free-fall ride; Delirium, a spinning pendulum-like ride; and FireFall, a 60-foot spinning free-fall ride. Among the eight roller coasters is Patriot, a floorless coaster that reaches 45 mph.

Other highlights include the Australian-themed Boomerang Bay Beach Club water park with waterslides and lazy rivers; an aerial gondola; and an antique auto turnpike ride.

Planet Snoopy has rides, shows and opportunities to meet the Peanuts gang. Theaters present stage shows, and concerts are held in an outdoor amphitheater. Children can climb and play at the Construction Zone and cool off at Snoopy's Splash Dance.

$69 (includes water park); $48 (ages 62+ and under 48 inches tall); free (ages 0-2). Admission after 4 p.m. $35. Admission and parking is discounted for advance online purchases.
Park open daily at 10, June 1-Labor Day; schedule varies, Apr.-May and day after Labor Day-late Oct. Phone for hours during WinterFest in Dec. Water park open daily at 11, early June to mid-Aug.; schedule varies, mid-May to early June and mid-Aug. through Labor Day. Closing times vary for both parks. Phone ahead to confirm schedules. Closed Easter.
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