Orange County, California is home to the most famous theme parks in the world.

Top 10 Orange County Amusement and Theme Parks

Orange County, California is home to the most famous theme parks in the world.  From the original magic of Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim to the state-of-the-art roller coasters at Knott’s Berry Farm® Theme Park in Buena Park, The OC is the ideal family vacation destination. Plus, our mild climate provides year-round fun in the California sun.

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim

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Disneyland Park is a beloved Southern California destination where generations of families have made their Disney dreams come true. Walt Disney’s original Disneyland theme park, which first opened in 1955, is now divided into 8 extravagantly themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, New Orleans Square and Adventureland. Enter a magical kingdom where you can sail with pirates, explore exotic jungles, meet fairy-tale princesses, dive under the ocean and rocket through the stars!

Disney California Adventure, Anaheim

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Welcome to a world where the stories of Disney, Pixar and beyond come to life; to a place beloved Characters from Cars and Super Heroes like Spider-Man & Captain America call home. At Disney California Adventure Park, you’re invited to explore 7 exciting lands with timeless entertainment showcases like World of Color, seasonal celebrations and transformations throughout the year.

Knott’s Berry Farm, Buena Park

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Knott’s Berry Farm is a world-renowned theme park built from the humblest of beginnings nearly 100 years ago. Anchored in its rich California history and charm, Knott’s Berry Farm now bursts with attractions and entertainment for all ages, including first-class roller coasters and thrill rides, elaborate stage shows, interactive entertainment, and family-friendly fun featuring Snoopy and the Peanuts Gang. True to its roots, Knott’s continues to serve up delicious food creations that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm, California’s first theme park.

Knott’s Soak City Water Park, Buena Park

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Knott’s Soak City Waterpark is a 15-acre water park next to the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park. In 2017, Orange County’s largest water park expanded 2 acres to offer even more fun in the sun with seven new slides. The park now boasts a total of 22 speed, tube and body slides plus the 750,000-gallon Tidal Wave Bay wave pool; the one-third-mile-long Sunset Lazy River; and the three-story Beach House, featuring 200 water guns, nozzles, sprayers and other interactive surprises. The water park also features Gremmie Lagoon, a hands-on water playground for younger kids and families. Open seasonally on select days from late May to early September.

Downtown Disney, Anaheim

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Downtown Disney is an impressive admission-free promenade featuring unique eateries, upscale shops and exciting Disney-themed entertainment for guests of all ages. With multiple options for dining, shopping and the monorail entrance to Disneyland Park, there’s plenty to do and see here while visiting Anaheim.

Adventure City, Anaheim

The little theme park with that’s big on family fun, Adventure City is an affordable mini amusement park for younger kids. With numerous rides, attractions, food vendors, a miniature train and a petting zoo, families can spend an easy and exciting day of fair fun without breaking the bank.

Boomers, Irvine

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Boomers offers the best family fun value in Irvine with so many fun things to do with kids and adults. Indoor attractions include Laser Tag and the Arcade. Outdoor fun can be had at Miniature Golf, Go Karts, the Batting Cages, or Bumper Boats. Don’t forget to visit King Arthur’s Carnival with perfectly-sized rides for smaller kids.

Balboa Fun Zone, Newport Beach

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For over 80 years, the Balboa Fun Zone has been an iconic attraction for locals and tourists to eat, play and enjoy Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. With new attractions, updated food vendors and a new look, the Balboa Fun Zone is better than ever.

Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove/Anaheim

Great Wolf Lodge in Orange County, California provides indoor waterpark fun and dry-land adventures for your entire family. Enjoy kid-friendly indoor activities, dining, shopping, and more all under one roof. Guests can choose from over 600 suites, each featuring free access to all the indoor waterpark fun which includes 14 slides, 4 pools, and more. The waterpark is exclusive to guests, and at a warm 84 degrees all-year round, is the perfect family getaway any time of the year.

Irvine Spectrum Center, Irvine

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Irvine Spectrum Center is one of Southern California’s most popular shopping, dining and entertainment lifestyle destinations, visited by more than 18 million people annually. The center features Nordstrom and Target, along with more than 175 stores, restaurants and entertainment venues, including the country’s most successful Improv Comedy Club, as well as one of the highest-grossing movie theaters in North America, Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX and RPX, a 5,000-plus-seat, 21-screen movie theater with VIP recliners and seat-side service.