Monday, May 19, 2014

Great America-Best In Northern California Family Fun!

California's Great America

If you’re a resident of Northern California, then you already know how lucky we are to live in a place rich in culture, art and family fun.  With today’s tough economic times and rising gas costs, it can be almost impossible to find an affordable place close to home where the entire family can laugh and play together. 

Nestled an hour south of San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley is the perfect place for a day of family entertainment and fun- California’s Great America part of the Northern California Bay Area since 1976. My family and I were treated to a fulfilled day last weekend at California’s Great America which is now part of the Cedar Fair Entertainment Group and are in total agreement when we say that this is Northern California’s biggest and best choice for world-class family fun and thrills.

 Being coaster fanatics, of course our first stop was the new Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California. Throughout the day, we were kept busy by the plethora of thrill rides the park had to offer but as a grandma and kindergarten teacher, I was even more delighted in the Peanut’s themed KidZville and Planet Snoopy area that featured Snoopy and his friends in a well laid out and fun self contained area of it’s own that ensured that even the smallest of visitors has just as great a time as the teens and adults while visiting the park. 

You never have to ride a single ride to enjoy the day at Great America. With a full range of entertainment scheduled throughout the summer and the return of Snoopy and the gang in the summer ice spectacular Happiness Is Snoopy! California’s there truly is something for everyone. Food choices were plentiful with such fares from Subway and Panda Express to amazing and delicious eating choices throughout the park.  

Did you know that Great America is home to the most rides and most water rides in Northern California? Plus, it is the only theme park in California to offer a complete water park inside – free with park admission. For not much more than the cost of a one day ticket, you can enjoy Great America all summer long with a Season Pass which includes extra benefits such a payment plan, bring a friend, discounts, admission to Boomerang Bay Water Park not to mention the ability to play all summer long.

The new free interactive app made navigation of Great America a breeze. In the Fall, the park also features Halloween Haunt, the ultimate Halloween extravaganza featuring walk-through mazes, scare zones, and Halloween themed rides and shows. What are you waiting for? Great America is the Northern California destination for family fun. The 100-acre theme park is located on Great America Parkway between highways 101 and 237 in Santa Clara, Calif. Open March through October. For more information or discount tickets, call 408-988-1776 or visit  We can’t wait to return to Great America, Northern California’s best in family fun.

Disclaimer: My family and I received admission for review purposes for this promotion however the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

Gayle is a lifelong educator by day and avid blogger by night and is the owner and cofounder of the Disney Gals, one of the most popular Disney blogs around! Proud mommy to 5, Grammy to 4 she is blessed to share her life with amazing family and friends who encourage her to chase her dreams no matter where they may lead.  When not in the classroom, she can be found following her son as he dances his way through life, or working with young performers in free nationally recognized after school children’s theater program that she founded 13 years ago. On any given day you will find Gayle skipping her way through life with a giggle and a smile knowing that today is meant to be lived and enjoyed. To learn more about Gayle, click here.

1 comment:

  1. OMGee I love all the photos that you posted Gayle! You can tell from the mile wide smiles just how much fun everyone was having! What a great place!!