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Our most recommended California Theme Parks & Amusement Parks

San Diego: SeaWorld Skip-the-Line Park Admission Ticket

1. San Diego: SeaWorld Skip-the-Line Park Admission Ticket

Discover the underwater world at SeaWorld San Diego, with animal encounters, interactive exhibits, and thrilling rides. Get up close to marine life and enjoy educational animal presentations for the whole family to enjoy. Upgrade your ticket to include a pass to eat all day at SeaWorld. Experience thrilling rides such as Electric Eel with its high-energy twists and loops, or Manta, with two thrilling launches that send riders soaring in the spirit of the world’s largest ray. For kid-friendly fun, enjoy Tentacle Swirl, Sea Dragon Drop, Elmo's Flying Fish, and so much more. Admire the animals at SeaWorld such as beluga whales, walruses, penguins, sharks, and orcas as you learn about these incredible creatures. Enjoy interactive exhibits such as the Explorer's Reef Touchpools and Sea Lion Point. Explore the Sesame Street Bay of Play where you can meet your Sesame Street friends.

San Francisco Zoo Admission Ticket

2. San Francisco Zoo Admission Ticket

Visit the San Francisco Zoo, home to over 2,000 animals and 250 species of plants. Your full-day admission ticket includes access to the Leanne Roberts African Region and the Valentine Family Savanna. Both zones offer multi-species landscapes with giraffes, zebras, kudu, ostriches, storks, and more. At Hearst Grizzly Gulch, get nose-to-nose with rescued grizzly bear sisters Kachina and Kiona. See how lemurs leap through the Lipman Lemur Forest, the largest outdoor lemur habitat in the country. Marvel at Penguin Island, home to the largest colony of Magellanic penguins outside of the wild. Admire the Zoo's gorillas in the Jones Family Gorilla Preserve. Feed and pet the farm animals in the Fisher Family Children's Zoo. Find the historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and 1904 miniature Little Puffer Steam Train. Learn about the fun rides, educational programs, and exciting events for children.

LEGOLAND California Resort: Theme Park 1-Day Admission

3. LEGOLAND California Resort: Theme Park 1-Day Admission

Visit the Theme Park at LEGOLAND® California Resort, where families with children ages 2-12 can enjoy more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions. Explore THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD which is a brand new immersive land where the hit movie comes to life. Join Master Builders on a Triple-Decker Flying Couch on Emmet’s Flying Adventure Ride, as cutting-edge technology transports you all over THE LEGO MOVIE universe. Surrounded by a full-dome virtual screen, feel like you’re flying through a world created completely from LEGO® bricks. Spin, bounce, and drop on a rainbow-filled journey on Unikitty’s Disco Drop ride. Stop by Emmet’s Super Suite apartment to meet all of your favorite THE LEGO MOVIE characters. Explore the rest of the park where you can ride on the Dragon Coaster, Coastersaurus, and the LEGO Technic Coaster to get the adrenaline flowing. Explore Miniland USA and see LEGO recreations of Southern California, Washington D.C, San Francisco, and more cities. Learn how LEGO bricks are made at the LEGO Factory Tour. From May 12, guests will be able to see the first-ever life-size Ferrari F40 Lego® model. It may not have more than 470 horsepower, but it’s built out of more than 358,000 LEGO® elements, weighs more than 3,000 pounds, and is a one-of-a-kind replica of one of the most celebrated Ferrari vehicles ever created. The first-ever life-size Ferrari F40 model developed by the LEGO Group will be on display as a part of LEGOLAND® California Resort’s new attraction, LEGO Ferrari Build and Race, opening May 12, 2022.

Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Guided Bus Tour

4. Los Angeles: Hollywood and Beverly Hills Guided Bus Tour

Enjoy a top-ranked tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Feel the movie-magic as you roll past the homes of Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, and Justin Bieber. Cruise thorugh the streets in an open-air tour bus. Capture pictures of sights like Rodeo Drive, the Walk of Fame, and the Hollywood sign. Receive star treatment as your bus picks you up on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Head into the mountains to get up close to the Hollywood Sign. Continue to Beverly Hills to catch a glimpse of mansions that belong to Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and the Playboy Mansion. Avoid missing anything with the onboard 32 inch TV that shows you inside the homes of the rich and famous. Roll down the ritzy Rodeo Drive and see fancy Rolls Royce and Lamborghini cars before heading over to the fabulous Sunset Strip. Ride past the hotels and clubs where the famous come to stay and play. Return to Hollywood and the famous Chinese Theatre that features the footprints of the stars.

San Francisco: Pier 39 Flyer Thrill Zone Combo Ticket

5. San Francisco: Pier 39 Flyer Thrill Zone Combo Ticket

Perfect for family, friends, or a combination of both, discover Pier 39 with a four-attraction entry ticket. Soar over Northern California in the Flying Theater, skydive with Rush WingSuit Virtual Reality, battle zombies at the 7D Ride Experience, and test your agility in the Laser Maze Challenge. Begin your day at the Flyer "Flying Theater" for a virtual tour of San Francisco, including landmarks like Chinatown and The Golden Gate Bridge. Then test out Rush WingSuit VR, a virtual reality experience that simulates an adrenaline-filled skydive, including "targets" to reach along your flight. Continue to the 7D Ride Experience, a hybrid technology that combines video game competition with the movement of a thrill ride. Then it's time for the final attraction, the Laser Maze Challenge, which tests players' physical speed and agility as they try to reach targets without tripping on lasers.

San Francisco: 7D Ride Experience

6. San Francisco: 7D Ride Experience

Experience the thrill of a rollercoaster and the excitement of a state of the art laser blasting game all at once!  The 20 seat theater, a massive movie screen, and the newest 3D technology will keep your senses reeling as you ride, blast, and compete your way into other dimensions.  Visitors will choose the ride they want to experience, with themes as scary as zombies or as lighthearted as the robot bandits of Los Banditos. Upon arrival at the 7D Experience, the guest will choose the ride they want to experience and join the line with the other players. A new ride starts approximately every 8 minutes. Next up, the visitor will watch a short safety video and game intro in the DarkRide pre-show area. After the pre-show, the visitor will enter the theater and take their seat. Once the ride is over, the guests will be escorted out of the theater and have the opportunity to see their on-ride souvenir photos.

LA: Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Tour

7. LA: Universal Studios Hollywood VIP Tour

Go behind the scenes at a real working movie studio with a 1-day entrance ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood. Enjoy VIP treatment as you explore by special trolley and disembark at areas not open to the general public. Visit real sound stages where blockbuster movies and TV shows are filmed, and get a sneak peek at the enormous props warehouse. Avail of unlimited skip-the-line access to all the rides and attractions and get access to the VIP lounge to enjoy a light breakfast or gourmet lunch. Rides and Attractions: Fast & Furious - Supercharged: Hold on tight for the all-new Fast & Furious – Supercharged ride that exceeds speeds of 120 miles per hour and catapults you into a high-stakes underworld of fast cars and international crime cartels. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Get the chance to become one of the mischievous Minions on a hilarious 3D ride. Transformers: The Ride Brave an epic ride that fuses HD 3D media and flight simulation technology to put you in the middle of the ultimate war zone. Studio Tour Go behind the scenes and explore Hollywood’s most famous back lot at the world’s largest working movie studio. King Kong 360 3D Test your survival instincts and prepare to be caught in the middle of a terrifying struggle between a 35-foot T-Rex and King Kong. Springfield Grab a Homer-sized helping of donuts at Lard Lad, imbibe at Moe’s Tavern or the first Duff Brewery Beer Garden and crash through Krustyland on The Simpsons Ride. Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride Face the heart-pounding special effects and unexpected twists as you escape the Mummy’s revenge in life-like horror at speeds up to 45 mph in virtual darkness. Shrek 4D Take adventure to the next dimension in Shrek 4D, with hair-raising and eye-popping effects so real all your senses will be on ogre-time! WaterWorld Experience a tidal wave of explosive action at WaterWorld. Join an adventure that surges to life with jumping jet-skiers, perilous plunges, firefights, massive explosions and an in-your-face plane crash. Special Effects Show Learn the secrets behind the making of your favorite blockbuster movies, and become an expert in Hollywood movie effects magic. Universal’s Animal Actors Witness Tinseltown-trained critters putting pet tricks to shame with their animal antics as the animals take control. Universal CityWalk Kick back with all the great food and live music entertainment of Universal CityWalk. Get some retail therapy with over 30 shops to browse.

San Francisco: Sky Star Wheel Experience

8. San Francisco: Sky Star Wheel Experience

Installed in 2020 as part of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration, SkyStar is an experience not to be missed. Standing 150 feet tall in Golden Gate Park's Music Concourse, SkyStar Wheel boasts sprawling views from downtown San Francisco to the Pacific Ocean. The SkyStar Observation Wheel offers 36 gondolas that can host up to 6 guests per gondola. And if you feel you want to elevate your date night, or a night out with friends, enjoy the VIP experience option! Skip the line when you take an extended flight of 20 minutes in the VIP gondola with leather seats and hardwood floors. A VIP flight fits up to 5 people and it is the ultimate private experience. The SkyStar Observation Wheel was previously installed in Louisville, Kentucky; Norfolk, Virginia; and Cincinnati, Ohio. This is the first time an observation wheel of this scale has operated in San Francisco since Golden Gate Park hosted the Midwinter International Exposition of 1894, where the first Wheel stood at 120 feet tall.

Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

9. Los Angeles: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

Explore LA’s top attractions with the Los Angeles Explorer Pass and get up to 45% off compared to buying separate attraction tickets. Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 activities from a list of over 30 attractions and tours. And with 60 days to use your pass, you'll have plenty of time to discover the City of Angels. You can go behind the scenes with a Warner Bros. Studios Hollywood tour, hop on and off a big bus tour around LA, take a selfie with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds Hollywood, or go hiking in the Hollywood Hills. Your pass is fully digital. Simply print it at home or display it on your smartphone and show it at each attraction for free admission. You will also receive a digital guide to help plan your itinerary ahead. See the following list of attractions, tours, and activities you can enjoy with your pass (any activity indicated with an "R" means advanced registration is necessary): Popular Attractions • Big Bus LA 1-day Classic Ticket • Warner Bros. Studio Tour (R) • Madame Tussauds Hollywood • Big Bus Celebrity Lifestyle and Homes Tour • Hollywood Sign Tour (R) • TCL Chinese Theatre - Tour or Movie and a drink Tours and Cruises • Dolby Theatre Guided Tour - Home of the Academy Awards (R) • Celebrity Bike Tour (Guided or Self-Guided) by Bikes & Hikes LA (R) • Haunted Hollywood Walking Tour (R) • Downtown LA Food and Culture Tour (R) • Perry's Beach Café and Rentals - Mountain Bike or Roller-Skates (All Day) • Whale Watch (Long Beach) (R) • Whale Watch (San Pedro) (R) • Harbor Cruise (Long Beach) • Harbor Cruise (San Pedro) • SoFi Stadium Tour (R) • Night Star Tour (R) Museums and Landmarks • California Science Center IMAX Movie • Aquarium of the Pacific (R) • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum • Grammy Museum (R) • Battleship IOWA Museum • LA Zoo • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Leisure and Entertainment• Yoga on the Beach - Huntington Beach (R) • 2-hr Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak Rental - Huntington Beach • $30 Credit at Sixty Four & Hope Check your included digital guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go.

San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

10. San Diego: Go City Explorer Pass - Choose 2-7 Attractions

Experience San Diego's top attractions and tours and get up to 55% off combined admission with Go City's Explorer Pass. Simply choose 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 top attractions from over 45 options and go at your own pace - you have 60 days to use your pass from first activation. Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo or the USS Midway Museum. Explore more of the city with a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, or kayak and snorkel in beautiful La Jolla. The possibilities are endless. Your pass is fully digital and no physical card is required. Simply download your pass directly to your smartphone or print at home. Show your pass at each attraction for quick and easy entrance. Choose from the following things to do in San Diego with the San Diego Explorer Pass: Museums and Places of Interest • San Diego Zoo OR San Diego Zoo Safari Park (choose 1) • USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum • Belmont Park Ride and Play Pass • Maritime Museum of San Diego • Air and Space Museum • Birch Aquarium at Scripps • The Fleet Science Center with IMAX • San Diego Natural History Museum • Museum of Us • Living Coast Discovery Center • The New Children's Museum • San Diego Museum of Art • San Diego Model Railroad Museum • Japanese Friendship Garden • PETCO Park Tour - Home of the San Diego Padres • San Diego Automotive Museum • Museum of Contemporary Art (Downtown) • Mingei International Museum Tours and Activities • 2-Day Hop-On Hop-off Old Town San Diego Trolley • Living Coast Discovery Center • 1-hr San Diego Harbor Cruise by Hornblower • 90-min Best of the Bay Cruise by Hornblower • San Diego Speed Boat Adventures • Jet Ski Rental San Diego Harbor • Go Kart and Thrill Park • Whale Watching by Hornblower Cruises • Plunge San Diego • San Diego Fishing Tour • San Diego Hiking Tour • San Diego Harbor: Kayak Rental or Stand Up Paddle Board Rental • La Jolla: Kayak Rental, Snorkel Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, Surf Board Rental or Bike Rental • Coronado: Kayak Rental, Stand Up Paddle Board Rental, or Bike Rental • UTC Ice Sports Center • Speed Circuit: All Access • San Diego City & Beach Tours • 1-Hour Scooter Rental • GoCar San Diego Tours 1-Hour • San Diego City Tour • Patriot Jet Boat

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What people are saying about California

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,044 reviews

Very father and it is more convenient to buy with food included. Because inside the park everything is super expensive. And you are not allowed to put anything. And another thing, the lines are very long, more than an hour, and with the skip-the-line pass, you don't even stand in line for ten minutes. Example a meal for 4 people. $120 And with the pass you can eat at any of the 5 restaurants every hour. And at the end you can order to take away and have dinner at the hotel.

Hassle free valet parking, then on to breakfast. Our guide Taylor welcomed us there. The tour was in a group of 12 people. The express lane was great. At lunch there was a great buffet. Everywhere the staff was very friendly. The Studio Tour is also worth seeing. I would recommend this tour to everyone.

With the Fast Track tickets, the visit to the park was super pleasant! Little waiting time! However, not all supervisors agreed immediately whether they could let us through. It worked, but it would have been easier to print it out.

Fantastic experience with VIP treatment throughout the day. Skilled guides, delicious food, no queues, just a top experience all the way which was worth all the money!

Please show the restaurants where the food can be picked up, had to ask where Nan can get it.