Theme Parks

California’s Great America

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California’s Great America
California’s Great America is a 100-acre (40 ha) amusement park located in Santa Clara, California. Owned and operated by Cedar Fair, it originally opened as Marriott’s Great America in 1976 as one of two parks built and operated by the Marriott Corporation. The park has appeared in 1994 films Beverly Hills Cop III and Getting Even with Dad and features over 40 rides and attractions. One of its most notable attractions, Gold Striker, has been featured as a top-ranked wooden roller coaster in Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards publication.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California%27s_Great_America
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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is a small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo and amusement park in San Jose, California, which originally opened in 1961. It was closed in 2008 for major renovations, and opened its gates again on March 20, 2010.

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Hollow_Park_%26_Zoo

Photo: http://wyattdesigngroup.com/portfolio/happy-hollow-park-zoo/


Raging Waters

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Raging Waters
Raging Waters is the name of three water theme parks located in Sacramento, San Dimas, and San Jose, California. They are the largest water parks in the state of California.[citation needed] The three parks are owned by Palace Entertainment but each contains different attractions. The three parks are generally closed during the winter months.

There are also parks named Raging Waters in Wildwood, New Jersey, but only the three California Raging Waters parks are owned by Palace Entertainment. Until early 2011, there was also a Raging Waters park in Salt Lake City, now operating as Seven Peaks Salt Lake.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raging_Waters
Photo: https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Attraction_Review-g33020-d156815-Reviews-Raging_Waters-San_Jose_California.html


Gilroy Gardens

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Gilroy Gardens
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (formerly known as Bonfante Gardens) is a garden themed family theme park in Gilroy, California, United States. The park has 22 rides and five attractions. It is also home of the Circus Trees, created by Axel Erlandson.[1] The park was designed and built by Michael Bonfante. It originally opened in July 2001. The park and the 536 acres it resides on is now owned by the City of Gilroy. Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park (a 501(c)(3) corporation) operates the park, which is managed by Cedar Fair.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilroy_Gardens

Photo:  Lora Schraft/Chief Photographer – www.gilroydispatch.com