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These Are, Hands Down, the Best Theme Parks in California

5. Best water park

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 and 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

Legoland California
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Legoland California
1 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

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo

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. Plus, the Harley Quinn Crazy Coaster — the world’s first dual-looping coaster — arrives at the park this spring!

Quick tip: To save some dough while having some amusement park fun, pack your own picnic lunch. Many theme parks, such as Disneyland’s Downtown Disney, have a picnic area just outside the park 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!

Best California theme parks
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