California's Great America Santa Clara, CA

4701 Great America PkwySanta Clara, CA 95054
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Experience a full day of fun at California’s Great America! With more than 60 thrilling roller coasters, live entertainment, water rides, and family-friendly attractions, there's something for everyone at this San Francisco amusement park. From the excitement of Gold Striker to the relaxing Carousel Columbia, you won't want to miss a minute of the action here!

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Santa Clara Travel Experts
  • Face your fears on California's Great America's RailBlazer single-rail steel roller coaster.
  • Kids can enjoy age-appropriate thrills with family-friendly rides and games in Planet Snoopy.
  • Enjoy a variety of dining options, including gluten-free menu items.
  • California’s Great America has over 60 rides, arcade games, live entertainment, and more.
  • Visit South Bay Shores water park during the summer months!
  • Wheelchair and locker rentals are available, for a fee.
  • The entire park has a cashless payment system via credit card or smart device with Apple Pay or Google Pay.


from California's Great America
Featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, and the South Bay Shores Waterpark, California’s Great America is the top destination for thrill-seekers and families alike.

If you are looking for things to do near San Jose, Great America has you covered with more than 60 rides, thrilling roller coasters, kid-sized fun in Planet Snoopy, and South Bay Shores Waterparkthe only amusement park in Northern California that has a waterpark included with park admission.

South Bay Shores Waterpark is guaranteed to provide hours of splashing fun in the sun! Don’t forget to try artisan foods, delicious treats, and specialty drinks.

Exhilarating rides, tempting treats and restaurants, live entertainment and world-class events happening year-round mean there’s always a reason to return. California’s Great America has fun for the whole family!

California's Great America Reviews

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Ricky Martinez
Patterson, CA
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August 2021
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Jenna Sanders
Fairfield, CA
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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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Modesto, CA
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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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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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San Rafael, CA
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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.
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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
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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
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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

Where is California's Great America?

California's Great America is located at 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054.

Do they 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 California's Great America tickets.

Can 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 California’s Great America rides and attractions may close in inclement weather until conditions permit safe operation. You can 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 just inside the park and to the right of the main entrance.

Do they allow pets at California's 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?

Smoking of any kind, including vapor and e-cigarettes, is not permitted inside California’s Great America. For the comfort of all guests, smoking is only permitted in the designated smoking area just outside the park gate.

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, special events, or concerts.

How much is parking?

Parking is $30 per vehicle for regular parking and $40 for RV parking. A limited number of handicap parking spaces are available near the front gate on a first-come, first-served basis.

What security procedures are implemented at Great America?

California’s Great America utilizes a variety of methods in securing the park for the safety of park guests and associates, including uniformed and plain-clothed officers and video surveillance monitoring. Additionally, enhanced security procedures at the front gate include metal detectors and bag/purse checks 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), bottled or canned beverages (except sealed bottles of water), hard-sided coolers, umbrellas, fireworks, scissors, knives, and child scooters/wagons.

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 is defined as a one- or two-piece swim suits without abrasive buttons, rivets, zippers or snaps. Costumes and face paint are not permitted during Tricks and Treats.

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 the passenger drop-off area just past the entrance to California's Great America parking lot entrance on Great America Parkway.

Are drones permitted in or at Great America?

All drones (unmanned aerial systems) are prohibited in California's Great America. Any unauthorized drone observed over the theme park and water park will be reported to the FAA and local law enforcement, regardless of its point of origin or operation. Drones may pose a potential safety risk and may violate Federal Aviation Administration guidelines.

Does the park have automatic tellers (ATMs)?

No. California's Great America has gone to a completely cashless operation. Simply swipe or tap your credit card, debit card or smart device with Apple Pay or Google Pay where you would normally use cash. It’s faster, safer and always secure. No card? No problem! You can convert your cash into prepaid debit cards at convenient kiosks throughout the park. They can be used anywhere - not just inside the park - with no fees.