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Planning a West Coast amusement park tour this summer? You're gonna want to check out this list

5. Best water park

Planning a West Coast amusement park tour this summer? You're gonna want to check out this list
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Raging Waters
111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas

Nestled inside the Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park's boundaries, Southern California's largest water park is packed with seasonal water park fun. With a lazy river, rafting slides and body slides at every thrill level, water play areas and gentle water fun designed especially for babies and preschoolers, you can cool off while having a sizzling good time.

6. Best theme park for kids

Planning a West Coast amusement park tour this summer? You're gonna want to check out this list
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Legoland California
One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad

This Lego-themed amusement park uses its famous plastic building blocks everywhere they can, including their rides. Legoland offers fun for older and younger visitors, but is best for families with kids ages 4 to 9 years old.

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7. Best amusement park for teens

Planning a West Coast amusement park tour this summer? You're gonna want to check out this list
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
2001 Marine World Pkwy., Vallejo, CA 94589

Take thrilling roller coasters, wild animals and marine life, and you're guaranteed a day of fun. With thrill rides for the adventure seeker and family-friendly fun, you'll feel safe letting your teens spend time exploring the park on their own.

Quick tip: To save some dough while having some amusement park fun, pack your own picnic lunch. Many theme parks have a picnic area just outside the park, such as Disneyland's Downtown Disney, to allow visitors to eat their own fare. Just check out the websites of the seven best theme parks in California before you go and be prepared for some big-time fun!

Planning a West Coast amusement park tour this summer? You're gonna want to check out this list
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