Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San DiegoCalifornia has the most diverse selection of theme park attractions in the United States, and its unique blend of sun, surf and the fun make it the perfect location for an amazing family vacation. But if the sun, surf and fun aren’t enough to tempt you, here are seven good reasons to go adrenaline-hunting in California this summer.
1. Wet And Wild At SeaWorld
SeaWorld Aquatica is San Diego's premium water park. Like Sea World's other branches, it incorporates an educational array of exotic animals, but combines it with the fun of a water park and the relaxation of a sandy beach.
After viewing the animals, visitors can experience the high speed thrills of one of three extreme water slides, take it easy tubing down the ‘Loggerhead Lane’ lazy river, or splash around in a tide pool with up to five-foot swells. When the family gets worn out, SeaWorld Aquatica boasts a white sand beach with sunny and shaded areas to kick back and enjoy.
2. Building Blocks Of Fun
A trip to California wouldn't be complete without a stop at the iconic Legoland-theme hotel. Located in next to the Legoland theme park in Carlsbad, this hotel offers 250 Lego-themed rooms, dining options, a heated pool – and of course – plenty of Lego play activities.
3. Limited Time Magic
For the Disneyland fans, the Disneyland Resort will be launching its ‘Limited Time Magic’ event this summer, with a host of new entertainment and imaginative events. This week-long event appears and disappears like magic at various times throughout the season, so be sure to keep an eye out for announcements on Disneyland’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
4. A Fabulous Flume
The family will certainly enjoy making a splash at Knotts Berry Farm theme park. The farm has just reopened its Timber Mountain Log Ride after a revamp. The most elaborate log flume in the US, this ride guides visitors through a 19th century lumber camp and thrills with its 42-foot free fall, giving riders a massive splash at the end.
5. Go Full Throttle
Six Flags Magic Mountain is introducing its new ‘Full Throttle’ ride this summer. This rollercoaster is said to be the fastest and tallest looping rollercoaster in the country. With the 160-foot loop and 70 mph acceleration, it is sure to be a big hit with adrenaline junkies from across the globe.
6. Amazing Acrobats
Meanwhile, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is unleashing a feast for the senses with its new ‘Cirque Dreams Splashtastic’ show. The show combines the awe of acrobats performing to music above water with the grace of dolphins performing in the water below.
7. Strike Gold
Like Six Flags, California's Great America Theme Park is also unveiling its new rollercoaster this summer. The ‘Gold Striker’ is the tallest and fastest wooden rollercoaster in the Western United States, but if that is not enough to tempt you, Great America also boasts a water park that’s included in the park admission fee.