California's Great America in Santa Clara, CA

4701 Great America PkwySanta Clara, CA 95054
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California's Great America Reopening Protocols 


We have taken enhanced health and safety measures - for you, our other guests, and our associates. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the park. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the CDC, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

The State of California strongly recommends that Park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the park or wear a face covering. By purchasing, you will attest to understanding that recommendation. 

Hand sanitization stations have been added throughout the park.

There may be limitations to ride capacity on certain attractions.

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Experience a full day of fun at California’s Great America. Home to South Bay Shores waterpark, extreme thrill rides, and the Planet Snoopy kids area, there’s something for everyone at the theme park. For the ultimate thrill, go for a ride on the brand new single rail coaster, RailBlazer, or, choose from one or more of the other 63 rides. Don’t miss the arcade games, live entertainment, and special events all year long, too.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Santa Clara Travel Experts
  • Enjoy a variety of dining options, including gluten-free menu items.
  • Face your fears on the brand-new RailBlazer single-track roller coaster.
  • Kids enjoy the age-appropriate rides and games in Planet Snoopy.
  • Watch incredible performances and take advantage of seasonal festivals during your visit.
  • California’s Great America has 63 rides, arcade games, entertainment, and more.
  • Visit South Bay Shores during the summer months.
  • The State of California strongly recommends that Park guests be either fully vaccinated, obtain a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of attending the park, or wear a face covering.
  • Post-purchase reservations are required for guests attending the waterpark. Guests are required to make a full park reservation. Guest must visit California’s Great America website to reserve their visit dates.


from California's Great America
California’s Great America is Northern California’s premier amusement park and waterpark in one with world-class rides, live shows, unique attractions, and special events throughout the season. Young adventurers love Planet Snoopy™ for kid-sized fun. This summer, enjoy the one-of-a-kind event Taste of Orleans.

South Bay Shores - comes with a tidal wave of new experiences in 2021. The water park makes a gigantic splash with seven all-new water attractions, two new restaurants, and an authentic Northern California theme to refresh Great America’s popular waterpark. Pacific Surge offers six new, epic water slides, four of which send riders down a trap-door vertical drop into a series of turns and dips before a splashdown finale.

Tripster Customer Reviews

11 Reviews
Ricky Martinez
Patterson, CA
1 Review
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August 2021
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Jenna Sanders
Fairfield, CA
1 Review
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"Fun place for the day!"
September 2019
Had a great time. Full of rides and awesome attractions. The lines where short and the staff very friendly. Made me feel like a kid again.
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Tripster Customer
Modesto, CA
1 Review
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"Birthday weekend"
August 2019
Shared a birthday weekend with my daughter at great America we had an amazing time and would do it again next year lines were fast and food was great!
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Tip: Have tickets ready and if you have a stroller there are stroller lines

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Tripster Customer
San Rafael, CA
2 Reviews
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"We picked a good day"
August 2019
My family had lots of fun, we loved the snoopy area, not too much tourists
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Tripster Customer
San Rafael, CA
2 Reviews
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August 2019
Very nice park, my kids had lots of fun
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Tip: Weather, fastpass

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NANCI Wilborn
Tres Pinos, CA
1 Review
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"Great Day sy azgreat America"
August 2019
My nieces make a yearly visit to spend time with us and are finally old enough to enjoy Great America. They had a really wonderful day and we have decided that net year we will do a two day visit there so we can also take in the water activities.
Nanci Wilborn
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Tip: Plan to spend lots of time here because there is a lot to do.

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Anna Garcia
Stockton, CA
1 Review
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"Family fun day at Great America"
August 2019
Very easy navigation, made it simple to choose exactly what I wanted. Payment process was quick and easy. Was done in a matter of minutes
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Tip: Know exactly what you want it will be even faster make sure to double check dates

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Nichole E.
Lathrop, CA
1 Review
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"Great AMerica"
July 2019
Had great time buying the tickets online were easy, a breeze to get through the gates and the family had a great time.!
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Tip: Easy process no problems

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Frequently Asked Questions about California's Great America

Do I need to make a reservation prior to arrival?

Yes. Guests must reserve both the theme park and waterpark prior to arrival. You can follow the link listed on your voucher to set-up your reservation and view availability. Capacity is limited. 

Do you offer a non-rider admission ticket? 

California's Great America does not offer a non-rider discount. Great America has a one-price admission as it is a multi-faceted park, not just a ride park. The park features live entertainment, PEANUTS characters, a variety of gift shops and dining facilities, plus a 13-acre waterpark and

much more!

At what age are children required to have an admission ticket? 

Guests three years old and older require an admission ticket to California's Great America.

May I bring my own food and beverages into the park?

No outside food, beverages or coolers are allowed to be brought into California's Great America. However, guests with special dietary needs are permitted to bring outside food and drink.

What happens if it rains during my visit?

Some attractions may close in inclement weather until conditions permit safe operation. Please enjoy a live show, meal or shopping until such weather passes. California's Great America cannot issue rain checks or refunds for inclement weather.

How do I re-enter the park should I have to leave for some reason?

If you wish to leave the park and return on the same day, please see a Guest Service Associate for a re-entry ticket at the front gate. You will need this ticket to enter the park. 

Are wheelchairs available for rent?
A limited number of wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis inside the park just inside the front gate.

Do you allow pets at Great America?
Only guide dogs and service animals are permitted in the park.

What is the policy on alcoholic beverages at Great America?
Guests must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages at California’s Great America. Valid state-issued identification or valid driver's license is required for each person purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted while in line for any ride. 

Is smoking permitted at the park?
For the convenience of all of our guests, smoking of any kind, including vapor and e-cigarettes, is not allowed in the park. 

Are there places in the park to store my belongings?
Lockers are available for rent in different areas of the main park and in South Bay Shores Waterpark.

What does my admission ticket include?
Your admission ticket to California's Great America includes all rides, live shows, and attractions in operation on the day of your visit. Your ticket also includes admission to South Bay Shores Waterpark. Your admission ticket does not include pay-per-play games or attractions, or special events, including but not limited to Halloween Haunt and concerts.

How much is parking?
Parking is $25 per vehicle for regular parking ($20 pre-purchased online) and $30 for preferred parking ($25 pre-purchased online).  

What security procedures are implemented at Great America? 
The safety of our guests and associates is our number one priority, and we have implemented several enhanced security procedures at the front gate. As part of the process:

  • Guests arriving at the park will go through metal detection every public operating day. 
  • All bags, purses, backpacks, waist packs, etc. will be examined prior to entering.
  • Sharp objects (including pocket knives and metal chains), firearms, or other items that could be considered a weapon are strictly prohibited and should be left at home or secured in your vehicle. 
  • Other prohibited items include speakers, chairs, a glass of any kind (except perfume bottles), food (except for special dietary needs), water guns, luggage, prescription drugs (unless in original packaging), weapons, bottled or canned beverages (except sealed bottles of water), hard-sided coolers, umbrellas, fireworks, scissors, knives, and child scooters/wagons.

We use a variety of methods in securing our parks, including uniformed and plain-clothed officers and video surveillance monitoring.

California's Great America does not tolerate guests who fight and/or harass other guests. People who engage in this behavior are subject to being ejected and potentially banned from the park and may be subject to arrest by local police.

What attire is appropriate for the park? 

Shirts, shorts/pants, and shoes must be worn at all times while at California's Great America. Proper swimming attire for South Bay Shores Waterpark is defined as a one- or two-piece swimsuit without abrasive buttons, rivets, zippers, or snaps. Costumes and face paint are not permitted during Halloween Haunt.

What if I require first aid?

First Aid is staffed by certified emergency medical technicians (EMT's) at all times. First Aid is located in the red schoolhouse next to 3 Point Challenge, near RailBlazer's first drop.

Where can I pick up or drop off a guest?

You can pick up or drop off guests in our passenger drop-off area just past the entrance to California's Great America parking lot entrance on Great America Parkway.