Sure, Disneyland is amazing, awesome, and totally fun, but depending on the time of year you go, it can be hella expensive and the lines are very long. What other theme parks are there to venture out to? We have some suggestions for the 10 best theme parks in California other than Disneyland. Some of them are easier on the wallet and they will give you (and the kids) one heckuva good theme park time!

10 Best Fun Theme Parks in CA Other Than Disneyland


1 . Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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Get a wristband and have fun riding the attractions, or play the arcades, play mini golf or shoot pool inside Neptune's Kingdom, laser tag, or bowling. Sometimes the rides are closed so check before you plan to go. The other activities are open 7 days a week. You can also do some shopping and grab a bite to eat along the Boardwalk. If you're seeking some thrill rides, try the Giant Dipper, Shockwave, and the Undertow.

Giant Dipper in Santa Cruz
The Shockwave Ride in Santa Cruz

2 . Santa Monica Pier - Pacific Park

Santa Monica Pacific Park
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The Inkie's Scrambler rollercoaster ride looks like a lot of fun, and so do the ultramodern Sig Alert Electric Vehicle bumper cars! Check out the rides, games, and food options, including signature Pacific Park funnel cakes, topped with ice cream.

3 . Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios

The biggest fun to be had at Universal Studios includes getting on the Revenge of The Mummy, taking the movie studio tours, and getting on themed rides for Harry Potter ride, Jurassic World, Fast & The Furious, Secret Life of Pets, and many more. I can't wait to visit The Simpsons ride. I might squeal like a little kid when I see the "Krustyland" sign!

Universal Studios Krustyland Sign
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4 . Knott’s Berry Farm

Carmen Electra Visits Knott's Scary Farm
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Kristen Stewart Visits Knott's Berry Farm During The Susan G. Komen #ScreamAgainstBreastCancer Initiative
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After you grab a bite to eat at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner or the soon-to-be-opened Viva Fiesta Village, get on one of the fun waterpark rides like Banzai Falls or the Coast Rider rollercoaster. Will you dare yourself to get on the heart-racing Hangtime ride?

@americas_coaster_network Say your prayers before dropping 150 feet at 96° on HangTime at Knott's Berry Farm! #hangtime #knotts #knottsberryfarm #rollercoaster #amusementpark #themepark #pray #scary #adrenaline ♬ original sound - americas_coaster_network


5 . California’s Great America

Some of the most popular rides in this San Francisco theme park include The Grizzly and the RailBlazer.

@cagreatamerica What ride should we do next? #railblazer #waitforthedrop #coastertok #cga #californiasgreatamerica ♬ original sound - TSU NAMI


6 . Six Flags Magic Mountain

The older I get, the less I enjoy superfast rollercoasters. That being said, I sure wish I was brave enough to get on any of the rollercoasters at Six Flags!

@sammydoesvlogs X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain! #x2 #sixflags #sixflagsmagicmountain #sixflagsmexico #sixflagsgreatadventure #sixflagsdiscoverykingdom #sixflagsovertexas #rollercoaster #coaster #rollercoastertiktok #rollercoasterchallenge #intense #scary #fun #funny #fyp #explore #tiktok #scariest #1 ♬ original sound - SammyDoesVlogs



Legoland has amusement rides and a waterpark on site.

@legocr8tor Reply to @mrbookieboo not only can you get stuck. You can actually steer off course #lego #legoland #legolandnewyork #legolandfun #legotok #legotiktok #legofun ♬ Paradise - TELL YOUR STORY music by Ikson™

@hanky_aeger Falling Pirate versus Spider #lego #legoland #spider #crocodile #pirate ♬ sonido original - Eduardo_rdZ


8 . Children’s Fairyland

This theme park in Oakland looks like a lot of fun. Guests say that every Disney fan should visit this place at least once!

@amflow_adventures #fairyland #childrensfairyland #disneyland ♬ Married Life (From "Up") - Geek Music



9 . Sesame Place

Head to San Diego for this family-centered theme park. Expect lots of (screaming) kids and big families here.

@thedavidvaughn Sesame Place San Diego theme park tips for your visit #themeparks #sesamestreet #sesameplace #sandiego ♬ Can You Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street? (From "Sesame Street") - Karaoke Version - Urock Karaoke


10 . Raging Waters

Visit one of these two Raging Waters locations: Sacramento and San Jose.

@monicaplus2 When was your last visit to @Raging Waters Los Angeles ? CA’s largest water park has fun for the whole family to enjoy! Plus their H2GO Fast Pass is a virtual queuing system that waits in line for you! Make sure you visit this summer for tons of water fun! #ragingwaters #sandimas #sponsored #familyfun #california ♬ Wipe Out - The Crushers

Well, there you have it, 10 of the best fun theme parks you can visit in California besides Disneyland! Have fun on your vacation!


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