Our Trip to California’s Great America

I was given complimentary entry to Great America, but was not paid for this post.  All opinions are always my own.

I grew up only 15 minutes away from California’s Great America.  As a kid I would come to the amusement park a lot.  The last time I was at Great America was for my physics class field trip in high school (Best science class field trip EVER).  Now that my daughter likes bigger rides I was very excited to take her and have a fun family day.

great america entrance

I told my daughter all about the 2 story carousel and as soon as we walked in she saw it and instantly wanted to ride.

lily carousel

To my surprise though she didn’t want to ride up top.  She insisted on riding on the lower level.

great america flowers

We rode on Loggers Run, which is Great America’s log ride.  My daughter and I were sitting in the front of the log and we got SOAKED.  She was laughing hysterically.

great america arch

We walked all around.  My daughter loved watching people plays all the games.  It brought back so many memories.


We met Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts crew in Kidzville.  My daughter is still scared shy of the characters.  We had a ball riding the little Taxi Jam roller coaster in Kidzville.  My little monkey had her arms in the air the whole time.

carousel star tower

One of my favorite parts was going on the Star Tower.  The views from up top are awesome.  We had a birds eye view of the new 49er’s stadium that is having the finishing touches put on it.

49ers stardium

We also had a great view of Gold Striker, the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in Northern California.

goldstrikerAnd of course, what trip to an amusement park would be complete without cotton candy?

cotton candy

We had such a fun time at California’s Great America and my daughter keeps asking when we can go back.  I should probably get us season passes since my daughter will probably ask to go everyday for the rest of summer.

To learn more about California’s Great America you can visit the website here.  FYI, they have my favorite fireworks display in Northern California.


  1. Rachel B | 19th May 14

    Aww looks like a fun day with your daughter! Can’t wait until my son is old enough for fun stuff like that!

  2. Jennifer LE (@runningwithpugs) | 20th May 14

    Look at that coaster! I love roller coasters, wooden ones especially! So glad you had fun!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 20th May 14

      I love wood coasters too. I can’t wait until my daughter is tall enough for that one 🙂

  3. Amanda H. | 22nd May 14

    Looks like a fun time. I used to take my daughter to the one in Illinois all the time, but now that she’s a teen, she’d rather go with her friends. 🙁 Cherish the times!

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