September 22, 2013
- Disneyland—It truly is the happiest place on earth. Disneyland is one of the main reasons so many people visit Los Angeles, and that is because it does not disappoint. This park is great for families, but teenagers and young adults thoroughly enjoy many aspects of the park as well.
- California Adventure—a part of the Disney franchise, this park is excellent for visitors to explore the rich culture and heritage that thrives in California while having fun on rides and attractions.
- Legoland—a park for families with younger children. Young boys love this place, because it’s where imagination comes to life. The tiny bricks that kids play with become the fixture of larger than life sculptures and rides. It’s not a Los Angeles attraction, but it is certainly worth making the trip down to San Diego if time allows.
- Universal Studios—This Hollywood themed park is where the movie magic happens. There are actual sets that have been used in films and on television and visitors take the studio tour to learn about the history and process of movie making. There are a few rides here, but the park is more focused on Hollywood memorabilia and exhibits than it is on thrill seeking.
- Knott’s Berry Farm—This park is great for members of the whole family. There is a large kids section of the park that is Peanuts themed. The rest of the park is devoted to the thrill seekers. This park has a reasonable entry fee and is just a half an hour from LAX or half an hour from Downtown LA.
- Six Flags- Magic Mountain—This park was made for thrill seekers. One of the roller coasters, Goliath, once boasted the fastest accelerating drop. But fastest or not, it is still terrifying and exhilarating all at the same time. And the other rides don’t disappoint either. Imagine any way a person could possibly be strapped into a roller coaster, and Six Flags has already been there and done that. It’s that kind of innovation which keeps this park full throughout the year.
- Santa Monica Pier—While not a regular sized amusement park, this is certainly a great place for the family. It’s a beach boardwalk characterized by carnival games, and a few rides to get the adrenaline pumping. The park is a perfect way to end a day at the beach because of its easy access.
- Seaworld—this park, like Legoland, is not located in Los Angeles, but is just a short drive away in San Diego County. And it is well worth the drive because families can learn about marine life and spend a day in the “Splash Zone" watching the famed Shamu do his tricks for adoring crowds.