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Orange County’s 5 Best Theme Parks

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Orange County may be named after the citrus fruit that once grew there, but today it’s famous for its family friendly theme parks. In fact, Orange County is home to some of the most fun and exciting theme parks in the country. Continue reading to learn about some of Orange County’s best theme parks your entire family will love.

1. Disneyland

We couldn’t really talk about theme parks without the one that started them all — Disneyland. Billed as “The Happiest Place on Earth,” it has managed to live up to that moniker for decades now. It truly is a fantasy land with 60 various rides and adventures to have in eight different themed lands — Main Street, U.S.A., Mickey’s Toontown, Adventureland, Fantasyland, New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, Frontierland, and Critter Country. In addition to the attractions, you can shop, eat at themed restaurants, and enjoy live entertainment.

Though Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic experience at Disneyland, don’t miss a great kid-favorite Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. For a wet and fun adventure, take a trip down Grizzly River Rapids.

2. Adventure City

This is the ideal park to bring little kids to. It has everything they love, including rides, theater, animals, and pizza!

Kids will love rides like the Carousel where they can select the perfect horse to ride while listening to turn-of-the-century music. It’s a classic! But there’s also the Drop Zone, the Crazy Bus, and the Balloon Ride, which is sure to thrill the little ones.

Take the family to the Petting Farm where cuddling little chicks and snuggling cute little bunnies will get a smile out of everyone. And for the ultimate in child-like adventure, let the kids (4 and up) climb the 24-foot high rock climbing tower, where sirens and music triumphantly announce your success for making it to the top (not to mention a picture to capture the moment).

3. Knott’s Berry Farm

This 20-acre farm from the 1920s has transformed into 160 acres of thrill-seeker fun, featuring the world’s first looping coaster. Come visit Ghost Town, the Boardwalk, Indian Trails, Fiesta Village, Camp Snoopy, and Wild Water Wilderness — the six themed areas with fun and adventure to be had in each one.

When it’s time to break from all the excitement, Knott’s Berry Farm® features Mrs. Knott’s famous Chicken Dinner Restaurant. With room for more than 900 guests, the restaurant serves 1.5 million guests a year.

4. SeaWorld San Diego

Nowhere else will you find the Shamu show, behind-the-scenes tours, rides, and animal attractions that are available at this one-of-kind theme park. Laugh with seals in a delightful little comedy; watch the divers’ daring exploits with dolphins and killer whales; and get splashed on by the world’s most famous and cleverest sea creatures.

You can even eat with the stars at Dine With Shamu, where you can enjoy a buffet menu right alongside Shamu’s private pool.

5. LEGOLAND California

This amazing “snapped-together” Park inspired by LEGO opened back in 1999. It includes more than 60 rides, tours, and the Lego-themed Dino Island, Castle Hill, Fun Town, Imagination Zone, Legoland Water Park, MiniLand USA, Land of Adventure, and Pirate Shores.

There are more than 15,000 LEGO models throughout the Park made up of more than 35 million LEGO bricks. Don’t miss SEA LIFE Aquarium with its nearly 36,000-square-foot aquarium and the nation’s First LEGOLAND hotel.