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Five Amusement Parks To Visit This Summer Near OC

May 17, 2014 5:00 AM

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Embark on a summer filled with thrills, chills and excitement! Amusement parks are the perfect place to share a good time with the family. From thrilling roller coasters to lively attractions and exciting shows, these theme parks near OC will provide you with more than enough reason to look forward to the summer. Here is a guide to amusement parks near OC.
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Adventure City
1238 S. Beach Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92804
(714) 236-9300

Looking for an adventure this summer? Then make plans to head to Adventure City in Anaheim. A local favorite, Adventure City keeps thrill seekers on their toes each spring/summer season with the many rides for kids, adults and the family. Among the highly popular attractions are Freeway Coaster, Thomas the Tank Engine, Drop Zone and the Adventure City Express Train. After being loaded with exhaustion from all of the fun and exciting rides, you’ll want to wind down with a few delicious bites at the many food stands offering favorites like hot dogs, curly fries, pizza, salads and more. When it comes to Adventure City, parents will appreciate the family-oriented nature of the park and kids will enjoy the many attractions to spark their curiosity. For thrills plus delicious foods with affordable admission prices, Adventure City is the place to be this summer.

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Knott’s Soak City Waterpark
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200

One of the very few water-themed parks in Orange County, Knott’s Soak City Waterpark is an amusement park for those looking to cool off from the summer heat. With the many water slides and attractions including Banzai Falls, Malibu Runs, Tidal Wave Bay and Toyota Beach House, you won’t feel the need to break out in a sweat unless it’s from all of the jam-packed excitement. Like its Knott’s Farm partner, Soak City Waterpark is a summer haven in Orange County for all to come out and enjoy.

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Disneyland Resort
1313 S. Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
(714) 781-4565

Located in Anaheim, Disneyland Resort is arguably Orange County’s premiere location for amusement parks. Who isn’t familiar with the beloved characters of Disney? Disneyland Resort brings you to all of the action featuring Mickey and the gang along with exhilarating rides, events and tours and direct access to the many featured attractions. Each summer, people visit their favorite amusement rides including California Screamin’, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain and The Haunted Mansion. If you’re in the market for world class fun right in the the heart of Orange County, look to Disneyland Resort as a top choice.

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Six Flags Magic Mountain
26101 Magic Mountain Parkway
Valenica, CA 91355
(661) 255-4100

Venture off into the outskirts of Orange County at Six Flags Magic Mountain. From coast to coast, Six Flags is known as one of the best amusement parks ever built. At Magic Mountain, you’ll have a chance at the many rides, events and attractions featured. One of the more popular attractions includes Hurricane Harbor, a thrill seeking-themed water park, and the roller coasters Batman the Ride Backwards, Viper and Scream. There are also many live events, family rides, kids rides, dining, shopping and plenty of other things to do that makes Six Flags Magic Mountain one of the best amusement parks in the West Coast.

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Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 918-LEGO

Located in Carlsbad, LEGOLAND is a Lego-themed park and is home to more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. The park also features its own LEGOLAND Hotel complete with bright colors, interactive LEGO building, play areas and kid-themed rooms. In addition to the theme park, enjoy their new LEGO Legends of CHIMA Water Park featuring a terrific wave pool, crocodile swamp and interactive build-a-boat.

What are your favorite amusement parks in Orange County? Share in the comments below!

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Barbara Akowuah is a freelance journalist based in Southern California. As a fashion examiner who is privy to style, Barbara loves to write about fashion and how it relates to the Los Angeles scene. Barbara loves to dish out the latest trends, style tips, and inside scoop. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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