Best Local Amusement & Theme Parks in Southern California

Theme parks fascinate people of every nationality from all over the world. Great local theme parks cater to the imaginations of the young and old alike. Thrilling rides and elaborate, colorful themes complemented by exquisite restaurants, tasty treat-shops and fast-food eateries are a few of the many attractions at two of the best local amusement and theme parks located in Southern California.

The two best local amusement and theme parks are Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm parks with a collection of rides, numerous attractions, and several restaurants, all attractively designed in life-like, worldly themes. From my first visits during my childhood to the numerous return trips over the last 50 years that have included my children and grand children, I have found these two amusement park venues wonderful, amusing, entertaining and uniquely themed with stimulating attractions that offer breath-taking trips into the future, magical fantasies, and enchanting, informative, creatively-themed recreations of America’s rich history.

Disneyland

Great attractions, fine dining, and a grand mix of entertainment describe Disneyland’s theme park. Known as a “place where imagination is destination,” and “the happiest place on earth,” Disneyland has eight imaginative themes including “Adventure Land,” “Critter Country,” “Fantasyland,” “Frontierland,” “Main Street, U.S.A.,” “Mickey’s Toontown,” “New Orleans Square,” and, “Tomorrowland.”

Location

1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-3463

Park Hours

Monday – Friday; 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Admission

“1-Day,” “2-Day” ticket deals vary by offer from as low as $68.00 for children to $161.00 for adults.

Specials

3-6 Day Park Hopper specials are available starting at $165.00 for children to $216.00 for adults. “Premier Passport” tickets are offered allowing theme park enthusiasts to return anytime; Yearly passports begin at $459.00 and can be as much as $700.00 for unlimited access.

Website

http://disneyland.disney.go.com/disneyland/

Knott’s Berry Farm

This great local theme park is America’s first theme park, created in the 1920s, famous for home made chicken dinners. Shows and attractions entertained diners in a restaurant themed around America’s Great Frontier, an eclectic mix of shows, rides, and attractions in a “Frontierland.”

Location

8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, California 90620
(714) 220-5200

Park Hours

Park hours vary from 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM, depending on the time of year and extending hours as late as 2:00 AM for special events and holiday celebrations.

Admission

Special packets range from $22.49 for children to $46.49 for adults.

Specials

Seasonal passes and corporate specials are available.

Website

http://www.knotts.com/