California's Great America

Santa Clara California

Park Synopsis

General Information

The famous hotel chain Marriott opened two identical parks in 1976. One in Santa Clara California and One in Gurnee Illinois. In the 80's both were sold to two different companies. So, following that, both parks evolved differently. The park in Santa Clara, most recently sold by Paramount to Cedar Fair, Is a very family friendly park. If your kids like Nickelodeon, then they'll love this park. There's plenty of stuff for the big kids to do too. How about some world class rides and a free water park inside the actual park?               

 The park is very pretty with lots to look at, sometimes the themes get a little crossed. But, all in all it's definitely worth a visit. Did I forget to mention the famous double deck carousel?  


Adults 3yrs.+ General admission 1 day 


Child under 3yrs.General admission 1 day 


GOLD Pass season pass  (no blackout dates, free parking)

     $69.99 adult         $49.99 child

Platinum season pass to most Cedar Fair parks and water parks, Free Parking

  $150.00 adult       $89.99 child


Save up to $14

See official website for many other package options.

Tips and tricks

Bring a swimsuit. Free waterpark. Get there early. Northern Ca. parks close early.
 Stay at a hotel with a package for free tickets. Sometimes a free shuttle! That means you don't pay for parking.

Smokers, you're not going to like the few and far between smoking areas, and they constantly move.

Take advantage of the gondolas, there aren't many left in California. Flight Deck and Invertigo have the longest lines.



Park Information

Official website:
Fan Sites An excellent site, loads of history, photos, vintage audio and video.
  Visit! A site dedicated to the Great America park in Gurnee, IL Fair---